Removing Lawn – Simply and Violently

One thing I’ve been hiding from everyone is that I am wretched at lawn care.  Possibly because I don’t care beyond Devin (pup) having a place to, you know, do her thing. We wanted less lawn to mow and more area to plant different varieties of crops (preferring a combination of reliable harvests with room…

Homemade Seed Starter

Hey everyone, And happy spring!  We hope you’r just as excited as us to rotate the garden into summer crops.  Our winter served very well on leafy greens, broccoli, cauliflower, beets, and the occasional monster carrot.  Still we miss our tomatoes and peppers and look forward to a change in our meal plan. Right down…

Pallet beds

Earlier in the year I constructed a pallet garden bed.  The goal was to get some garden space up off the ground and away from predators for the especially vulnerable crops – namely strawberries.  Despite all out successes, we’ve never particularly flourished in the strawberry department.  They’re a slug favorite and we’re pesticide shy.  And…

Zucchini Invasion?

It’s that time of year.  Lock the doors and leave the porch lights on, or the neighbors will drop a payload of zucchinis on your family.  Here’s one recent picture that we took on a random Tuesday: We made several dishes.  We consumed lots of zucchini.  And here’s where we ended up about two weeks…

Companion Planting

Early summer has just exploded this year.  Here’s a current picture of our garden from the second story. We made a few adjustments this year that our novice minds from the early 2010s couldn’t comprehend.  For one, we planted fewer plants this year and gave each one more space.  This way they weren’t leaf-punching one another…

Building a bookshelf from recycled pallets

Project bookshelf was inspired as books began to clutter high against the walls.  When you trip on one and fold the cover page in half you know your life is a literary mess.  A bookshelf at Ikea is $80 minimum for the size we wanted, and that’s for particle board, laminated paneling, and no love whatsoever.  And…