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Brainstorm

I have to admit that sometimes the little things, which can turn into big things, bug me.  I think about them for a long time.  In this case it turned out to be a good thing.  I had a brainstorm.  What might you ask was it?  DUCT TAPE!!!!  This would save me so much time and energy trying to take apart the greenhouse that was partially complete and dealing with the store to get them to take the greenhouse back, then I would have to find a replacement.  The other option would have been trying to contact the manufacturer, which is not another great thought for me since who knows how long it would take to get the replacement parts.  I decided I would just tape the pieces that were cracked and hold it secure that way.  It is really sturdy and no one will know unless they come inside and really look.  The cover will hide the silver tape.

So the main structure of the greenhouse is just about done.  I have to complete the roof tomorrow.  I was in a hurry this afternoon trying to finish it in between things I had going on and I totally couldn’t figure it out.  I can’t find the diagram anywhere so I was at a loss.  Well, brainstorm #2.  Tomorrow, I know how to finish it.  Boy, I did a lot of thinking outside the box today.

I moved my little greenhouse outside today to start the hardening off process. As soon as the other greenhouse is done, they will go in there for another week or so and then I will put them in the ground.  I am so excited for that!!  I can then start some pumpkin, sugar snap, zucchini and spinach in the greenhouse to get a jump on the season.  I will still plant some outside in a bit and get alternating harvests.

Now, just keeping my fingers crossed that everyone makes it through this transition.  I have lost a couple of seedlings but that is normal, still sad, but normal.  I am hoping to post some pictures of the various things going on tomorrow.  It is time for me to work on my paper for school, which of course, is due tonight.

Happy planting!!!

 

 

Greenhouse failed

I was hoping to have a picture for you all today.  We purchased a 5’x5′ greenhouse to move the plants that are ready to be hardened off outside.  This would leave me with the indoor greenhouse to start a few more plants that I wanted to start.  Well, the assembly was a bit of an issue.  Mind you, I have assembled many things through the years, my indoor greenhouses, dollhouses, matchbox tracks, train tracks, dressers, you name it.  Today was not one of these glowing moments.  It seemed relatively simple.  The diagram was a little misleading in which length pole went in which position.  I ended up building it sideways on one of the sides of the greenhouse.  The other side there were poles with unfinished edges and ended up cracking the connectors.  so I used the good pieces and got one side completely done, but I am now short not only connectors, but poles that cracked.  I am really disappointed in this product.  I am also disappointed to not be posting a picture for you today.

On the positive side, I separated most of my tomato plants last night.  They are looking happy and vibrant now.  I had a little over watering issue, I think.  Some of them were starting to have fuzz grow on the soil.  I have let them all dry out a little for the last few days and have opened the front flap on the greenhouse.  They look much happier now.  I will post some updated pictures tomorrow.  I can’t wait to get these babies in the ground.  I hope all of your garden plans are coming along as well.

Happy planting!!

 

 

 

Spring is here?

Today could be categorized as a typical upstate spring.  One day it is 72 and sunny, the next it is 34 and raining to beat the band.  The last few days have been the latter.  Not very pleasant and not conducive to gardening.  If you go out for more than a few seconds you are soaked to the bone.

I am reading a book about permaculture in our northeastern climate.  It is very interesting and has me really thinking about our own yard.  I have been working hard on getting it cleaned up over the years (with the help of family of course) and the thought of filling it up again is kind of funny.  Of course the idea is to fill it with edible and useful plants and trees, not weeds and ugly brush.  So the ideas are swirling around and slowly embedding themselves.  I am not sure my husband will enjoy the added work I have in mind, but the end result will be well worth it.

I thought I would share some pictures of our spring day.

This is my kitchen garden.  Last year it held tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers.  this year will be the same with a few additions.

This is my kitchen garden. Last year it held tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers. this year will be the same with a few additions.  It does need to be worked, if it ever stops raining long enough.

This is my flower garden.  It is looking a little sad right now.  I have a clematis which grows up the trellis, they are beautiful light blue flowers.

This is my flower garden. It is looking a little sad right now. I have a clematis which grows up the trellis, they are beautiful light blue flowers.

This is my bulb garden.  It has crocus, daffodil and tulips.  they have been spreading nicely over the last few years.

This is my bulb garden. It has crocus, daffodil and tulips. they have been spreading nicely over the last few years.

This was the old garden on the property.  It is a nice flat area out of the water but it is too close to the woods and critters who would like to share my harvest.  It does still produce blackberries and my compost pile resides here.

This was the old garden on the property. It is a nice flat area out of the water but it is too close to the woods and critters who would like to share my harvest. It does still produce blackberries and my compost pile resides here.

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This is our lake, I mean backyard. It was almost dried up a few days ago, and then it rained. I would love to make this space more useable but it is difficult because it floods every year.  In the foreground is the remainder of the old chicken coop we had to take down.

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The other half of the back yard.

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My Wegelia bush. It is beautiful when it is in full bloom. It produces reddish leaves and deep pink elongated bell flowers. The best part is they are deer resistant. It has grown considerably since I purchased it years ago.

I hope you enjoyed the partial tour of my water logged property.  Hopefully soon I will be able to post pictures of a more productive area.  Happy planting!

Knit doll clothes

Today is a chilly, rainy day. It feels more like fall than spring. Plans for putting the plants outside are on hold til the forecast looks more promising.

Today, I thought I would show you pictures of the two outfits I finished for an “American Girl” size doll. I love the way they came out. They were made using free patterns I found online. The little sweater I did modify from the dress pattern. I used thinner yarn and a size smaller needles. It was perfect. I also changed the waistband on the pants from the original pattern. They made belt slots for a 70’s look. I changed it by ribbing. Very fun and different project.

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Just for fun, I thought I would put in a picture of the sock yarn bear I just finished.  He was a fun project which I am glad is done.  Sock yarn, in the round, for a small project can be tough on the hands.  My little guy loves him so I am thrilled.

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Happy crafting

Starting out

Hello everyone. I am just getting my blog set up and am so excited to share the things that I am learning about. I am a mom of twins, student, knitter, novice gardener, minimalist, trying to make a simpler, more self-sufficient life. That is a lot for one sentence! I am really excited when a seed sprouts and I can share that with my little ones. I love to knit gifts for my loved ones. There are things I have learned as life has gone on and I am trying new things. As I get my page set up, I look forward to sharing these with you. Please be patient as I may not have consistent posts as I get set up. Thank you for stopping by!