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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Poop possiblities!

I have to admit I'm a lazy composter...all year long I dump any undiseased garden clippings, weeds (not gone to seed, okay maybe sometimes they do have seeds lol) and whatever else I can think of onto one of my three compost piles. I think I might turn the pile once a season. If that.
Using this lazy method, the piles grow quite large quickly and need something to get them "cookin".
So, always being on the look out for good "poop possibilities" look what's catching my attention!!
                                              What are these guys called?? Anyone know??
                                                                 Maybe shaggy Bison?
                                                                These guys are Huge!!
Now I have to tell you when I got out of the car to take these shots, they seemed less than interested in me and would not even come close enough for a photo shoot.
That is until I came up with the idea of pulling long tufts of grass from my side of the fence and waving it at them..that got their attention!
                                              They came running and I WENT running! Ha!
I'm sure the owner of the beautiful beasts would be less that pleased with me squeezing through the fence rails to collect field poop and I'm not too sure even I would go that far...okay for those who know me stop that snickering right now :  )
                                                This field is right down the road from me and
                                                        there  are also donkeys and llamas.

                                                                        Aren't they cute?

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

dining room greenhouse

 So, in the past, this is how I have started some of my plants.
 I use the shelving from my pantry that normally has dry food items stored on it.
I roll this into the dining room and place it in front of the sliding glass doors with a very sunny western exposure. Flats are filled with soil less mix and placed on plastic garbage liners.
I hang shop lights with regular bulbs in them, keeping the lights on about 12 to 14 hours a day.
Regular bulbs are much cheaper than "grow light bulbs". And they seem to work just fine.
The lights are hung from chains that can be moved up as the plants grow.
 All lights are plugged into one power strip to make it easy to turn on or off.
I fill a shallow plastic bin ( like an under the bed storage bin) with water and set the flats into it, every day or every other, for about 20 min or so for a "bottom watering" only. But I do mist occasionally.
The only plants I have had to throw out were the ones I started too early! ( overly excited !)

Counting backwards from the package date to maturity, I simply plant the seeds and water!
Well, basically lol.

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