Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Mini green pepper
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
I can't believe it's already August and I've barely blogged about my garden. To be honest, it's been my worst gardening season to date. In July, we had record breaking rainfall and August has turned into a scorcher.
I had such high hopes when we built our two garden boxes back in April.
It was relatively simple project. First we got all our supplies from Home Depot the night before.
1 4x4 (10 foot long)
12 4x2 (8 foot long)
At the HD, we got them to cut the 4x4 into 8 even pieces of 15 inches each and you get them to cut 4 of the 4x2 in half.
This leaves you with
o 8 4x4 (15 inches long)
o 8 4x2 (8 foot long)
o 8 4x2 (4 foot long)
Supplies for 2 boxes
The cutting at HD sometimes leaves rough edges so you can choose to sand them like we did.
The first step is to lay 2 4x2 (8 feet) across resting on 1 4x4 on each end. Make sure they are flush at the edges, attach with screws (2 crews per piece, per edge). Do this again to make the other side. Once you have two sides, you add the 2 4x2 (4 feet) upright on one end and then at the other (both on the same side). Once you do this, you basically have a box with 3 sides. Then connect the remaining long side to the rest of the pieces to have a complete box that should look like this:
The extra length on the bottom of the 4x4 is to anchor the box in the ground.
Next step was to decide where to place the box. It's best to place your boxes in the sunniest spot in your yard. As you can see, your project evolved into 4 boxes.
Note to self: this spot was sunny in April, not so much in July.
I removed the majority of the weeds and turned the soil a bit. I covered the bottom with a single layer of newspaper to suppress any weeds I may have missed.
We ordered 5 cu feet of garden soil for the boxes. We ended having extra that we used for the flower garden. This was the most difficult part - hauling the soil from the front of the yard to the back of the yard. My arms were sooo sore the next day I could barely raise my arm.
The finished product in early May.
Friday, August 14, 2009
Unfortunately the top that is featured has already sold but there's more styles and sizes in my shop. Free shipping runs till Sunday night, more details are available in my shop announcement.
You can view more weekend deals featured on Etsy here.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
Since there was a bit of room left on the wall, I decide to buy an Grundtal rail and hooks to hang up my belts. I feel so organized!
Thursday, August 6, 2009
- 4 eggs
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 c milk
- pinch of salt
- Baguette or other leftover bread, crust removed and cut in 1" cubes. Approx 4 cups.
Combine first 5 ingredients in large bowl. Mix well. Add bread and let sit 10- 15 min so all the liquid can absorb. Add bread to square baking dish and cover with foil. Bake for 30 min in a 350 degree oven. After 30 min, remove from oven and make sure the middle is cooked. It should be nice and puffy.
Next add 1 tbsp of melted butter with enough brown sugar to make a liquidy paste. Drizzle on top of french toast. I also like to add frozen blueberries and pecans. Bake for another 15 minutes ( foil removed). Serve with fresh fruit and maple syrup.