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A Clean Garden Slate

2013 is the year that I really make a difference in the garden. I got it all cleaned out and ready for it’s makeover. There are many thoughts running through my mind on just how to make it, but none have struck me as perfect.

I know that I want raised beds with irrigation, but how to configure it…. that is the question?

To keep the birds out I will be adding a netted room. My tomatoes and strawberries last year were pretty severely picked over by the Mocking Birds, Blue Jays and Cardinals.

Here is the garden in its blanks slate form.

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Learning How To Prune Fruit Trees

I am not an expert… Man! Am I NOT an expert. LOL

At the time of this blog post I have only pruned two fruit trees in my life. I pruned both of my pear trees in one day. Since I was a bit timid on my technique I made a video of the process and posted it on YouTube to share on Google+.  My goal was to get some feedback so I could learn better to do it in the future.

Here’s the video.

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Satisfying Thirsty Meat Chickens

The meat chickens are very thirsty birds. I could not keep up with watering them with the small water containers I had so I made some 5 gallon bucket drinkers on an adjustable chain. The chain allows me to move the bucket higher as the chickens get older and taller. At the end of the video you can see how we encouraged the young chicks to find the water.

… and here’s a short video showing all of the birds well adapted to using the buckets.

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Playhouse Among the Trees

In the title I say “among the trees” because this was originally supposed to be a tree house.  The plan got bigger and bigger which made me re-evaluate the tree.  Yep, my tree is not stout enough to hold the current plan.

Providing a playhouse for the kids is part of Growing Families 🙂 My girl has a great time hanging out in here. I catch her singing as she is rearranging her “furniture” 🙂

These plans available on this PDF aren’t super detailed, but it could help you along in your project if you are building a cute little playhouse! 🙂

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Playhouse Among the Trees

I didn’t take enough early pics of the process, but here it is before all the siding is on. There are pics of it painted at the bottom of this post.

Playhouse Among the Trees
Before the playhouse was finished we used an old palette for a ladder.
Playhouse Among the Trees
Cedar fence boards were used as siding.
Playhouse Among the Trees
A small square window was placed on each side for visibility and light from every side.
Playhouse Among the Trees
The trees “hide” the playhouse nicely. It’s like an enchanted forest.
And here with a little more progress.
Playhouse Among the Trees
The ladder is built and the playhouse continues to take shape.
Playhouse Among the Trees
The windows and doors are framed up.
We finally got this painted! Thanks big brother!
Playhouse Among the Trees
The creative yellow and green color scheme was used to keep it whimsical.
Playhouse Among the Trees
In place of a door we just used a curtain for “privacy”.
Playhouse Among the Trees
The shingles were reclaimed from a pile that would have been thrown in the dumpster. They were left behind our barn from when the house was built.
Playhouse Among the Trees
Ready for years of making memories and imaginary friends!
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Pet Turtle Pond With DIY Filter

Pet Turtle Pond With DIY Filter
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We have a turtle that someone gave to us for a pet. We call her Carlita.

Carlita came to us in a 10 gallon glass aquarium. She seemed very cramped in that after a while so we moved her into a blue kiddie pool. The kiddie pool was big enough, sure… but it was a pain to clean since we didn’t have any kind of filtration. Continue reading Pet Turtle Pond With DIY Filter

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