Friday, March 27, 2015

Fungus Among Us



Fungus among us! Today, I permanently left the door to my greenhouse open because it was producing too much moisture. 
Evidence of too much moisture was visible on the outside of two peat pots which held tomato seedlings.

Check out the picture below.  I remember as a kid we would look at trees for large Shelf-like mushrooms and pull these off the trees, use something sharp to engrave a name or draw a picture on the underside, and place the fungus on a box to dry.    Once dried, we would put the mushroom up on the cabinet for display. 



As a kid, did you ever pull Shelf-like mushrooms off of trees to create art?

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I also want to take a moment to say welcome to new followers of my blog.   



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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Tornado Season Starting Early



The clouds are building; you can hear the thunder roaring.  We’re expecting damaging wind with up to 50 mph, hail, rain, thunder, and an elevated risk of tornadoes. 



Monday, March 16, 2015

Carolyn This One Is For You



On my previous post, I mentioned we ordered a part to fix our free digital camera.  The part arrived; Bulldog Man got to work removing the broken old part, and replaced it with the new part.  This fix was quick and very inexpensive……meaning: we didn’t have to buy a new camera. 


New Part

Broken piece and little pieces found.

 
Fixed Button.
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Every week, I usually bake off a beef roast, ham, or a turkey; to cut thin with our meat cutter to make our own lunch meat.  This week we selected a ham.  We coated the ham with brown sugar and crushed pineapple.  OMG…..talk about good!  The guys were happy to have homemade sandwiches with our own meat instead of the old processed lunch meat from the grocery store.  


 
I took the picture to late, Bulldog Man started to clean the slicer.






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We recently picked up a couple of new bird feeders from Lowe’s while in town.  As you can see here, the squirrels are having a field day with one of the new feeders.  I’m thinking it’s time to fix this problem and maybe have fried squirrel for dinner……..what do you think?







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I love to use tires for planting my potatoes.  As we all know, tires hold water unless you cut the side walls off of them.  In order to do this, you need to puncture the sidewall with something sharp, or an electrical tool (like a drill) with a spade bit attached. After puncturing the tire with a wide punch mark, insert the blade of a Sawzall to cut the sidewall off.  This is a tedious, time consuming, and back breaking process; but in the end your potatoes will grow and not rot. 






 
More to Cut.
 
This past weekend, Bulldog Man, Tank, and I removed the old garden fencing with the bamboo; because it really didn’t hold up as we expected.  This fencing will be chopped up and hauled off to the dump.  As for the remaining T-posts, they’ll be reused.  
Beans Investigating Some Pieces of the Old Fencing.

We had decided this year’s garden was going to be doubled in size.  That is, until we realized we would be dealing with some things we can’t control, like a sick parent (mother), and upcoming surgery for Bulldog Man. 
We ended up increasing the garden size, but not doubling it.  Bulldog Man pulled out his handy dandy measuring tape, marked off where the T-posts would be placed.   Tank and I pounded the T-posts in to their new locations.  As I cut the overgrown grass where the old fence used to be, Bulldog Man and Tank wired feedlot panels to T-posts and now we have a fenced in, expanded garden.





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My lettuce seeds have already starting growing.  It will be nice once again to have fresh lettuce in our salads in a matter of a couple of weeks.

 
Once lettuce seedlings get larger, I will thin the bed.
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While at our local Atwood’s Ranch store, I picked up several small pots of organic purple cabbage to plant in one of our garden beds.   As soon as you walk into the store you knew they had baby chicks for sale.  All that was heard was a constant chirping. I so wanted to head back to where the chicks were and surprise Bulldog Man with a couple of baby chicks, but I changed my mind.