Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Monday, May 18, 2015
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Thursday, May 14, 2015
I recently posted an article about how to combat the vine squash borer in the garden. Last night I finally got out into the garden to try it and "bandage" up all my squash plants. I was too late for one, had been already attacked by something, but the rest got wrapped up. Hopefully this method will see results, and I can actually be Borer free this year.
Saturday, May 9, 2015
This evening I went and installed another raised bed project. This time it was for a bigger order. Two raised beds and one trellis, all out of cedar.
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
I have decided to try to roast coffee.... I recently heard a podcast over on Root Simple in which they discussed the merits of roasting your own coffee beans, and I also remembered a blog post a ways back on Chiot's Run which came to a similar conclusion, so it got me thinking. Would this improve the quality of the coffee we drink, and also help us save money? I was able to get an old air popcorn popper from a coworker for free, to get me started on the roasting. I ordered a bag of green Costa Rica Providencia Tarrazu beans to try out. I was able to get a one pound bag for $10. The roasting of the beans went well. I attempted to do a Vienna roast, so roasted them for just under six minutes, when the majority of the beans went through a second crack. They should be ready for us to grind tomorrow morning after they have sat for about 12 hours.
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
His past weekend I was able to harvest a nice batch of compost created from our kitchen scraps and yard clippings. Was able to amend the soil of a few plants, such as my blueberry bushes.
The bin is completely full of freshly harvested compost.