Contest at Two Barking Dogs

Just passing along a contest at the cool blog Two Barking Dogs!

I found her blog while I was searching ideas for garden totems. I absolutely loved her whimsical tea pot totem…check it out–here.

I was so inspired that I spent the entire day searching thrift shops and flea markets. OH…the lovelies I found!

Further search on the internet, landed me on a webshots page belonging to an extremely talented couple who are definitely in the know when it comes to concret. Take a look at their webshots profile here for additional slide shows of leaf print bricks and unusual conrete artwork.

More Garden Totems

Growing a Living on an Urban Lot

OH MY! 67K from 1/2 acre????  

Urban Farmers’ Crops Go From Vacant Lot to Market

“On a fringe of Philadelphia, a nonprofit demonstration project used densely planted rows in a half-acre plot and generated $67,000 from high-value crops like lettuces, carrots and radishes.

In Milwaukee, the nonprofit Growing Power operates a one-acre farm crammed with plastic greenhouses, compost piles, do-it-yourself contraptions, tilapia tanks and pens full of hens, ducks and goats — and grossed over $220,000 last year from the sale of lettuces, winter greens, sprouts and fish to local restaurants and consumers. “

A Tree Grows in Bucklingham

 As an end of the year gift one year, my students gave me a gift certificate from Headrick’s Nursery to purchase a tree. This is the second year the tree has been planted, but part of my Mother’s Day gift was to make a flower/herb ring at the base. We used reclaimed bricks from a building that was torn down in Mullinville and some of my new compost. I transplanted a plant from another location in my yard.

Unfortunately, right after it was planted, Blondie (the Wonder Dog) decided to take a walk and take in the new aromas from my exquisite compost.

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We also filled the new vegetable bed with the new compost. I can hardly wait to start planting.

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our little toadies :)

The other day while I was in the backyard, I had the bejeebers scared out of me by my first little toad of the season. I am not afraid of toads, but there was unexpected movement as I was walking down our “half-built” walkway and it not only startled me, but I was afraid I was about to step on it. Of course by now you know that I wanted to share a photo, but the little darling had disappeared by the time I returned with my camera.

Tonight, as the storms were about to arrive, DH and I were out covering my new plantings and the baby came back out…along with three other friends. They have all been hanging out in my rock pile. Who knew that I had inadvertently created a frog/toad habitat by stacking my stones? As soon as this weather clears out, I will have to make them an acceptable abode post haste. I am certain I have some broken pots that can be placed deeply into my herb garden for a cool, shady spot.  

Our Little Toad
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International Kitchen Garden Day 2008

Before today, I had no idea that this event existed. I know that August 24 is a few months in coming, but I thought I would post this interesting video about the need for turning our lawns into vegetable gardens. The gentleman in the video discusses the many reasons why everyone should dedicate at least some portion of their lawn to a productive garden, but his mention of $3 gasoline dates it slightly. Oh wait…$3 wasn’t that long ago….the fear of $4 gas is becoming more and more real.

Manure Tea

“What is that yuk in the bucket on the sidewalk outside mom? It is gross!!!!!” That is the first thing I heard from my DD when she found my deep, dark, bison manure tea steaping in a bucket in our side yard. Normally, I would place the manure in a cloth bag attached to a stick so the manure will be easy to remove from the bucket, but this time around I just floated the manure in the water. My plan was to dip the tea out as I used it and then dump the remains into the compost pile, however with the rains and, consequently, muddy yard I have not used even a drop yet. In the meantime, we will have to deal with the brown liquid gold sitting where everyone can see. I will plan better next time.

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There's a Freeze A-Comin'!

Well, ended up not to be a freeze, but I just couldn’t take that chance.  The plants that could be brought inside rested in the kitchen overnight and the others were covered with various buckets and pots.  The temps got down around 33-35 degrees, but neighboring towns were not quite as lucky.

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A few days later, we were running from the threat of hail. Luckily, I could bring my plants up to the side porch for protection.

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