Sunday, June 18, 2017

Weekend Pallet Project - Vertical Pot Planter

I used some left over turquoise blue outdoor spray paint to lightly spray the front surface of the pallet.

The pots are just standard plastic pots that some other plants came in.

I used metal strapping from a load of shop trusses to attach the pots to the pallet. If the metal strapping is too wide, you can use wire cutters to cut the strapping length-wise. Run the strapping through the bottom drain hole and attach to pallet boards.

After planting, many herbs such as Italian parsley, German Thyme, Lavender, Spearmint, Peppermint. Also some multi-color Purslane:

From Drab to Fab - Plastic Window Box Makeover

My old plastic window box planter needs some TLC. I had cilantro growing here but noe the cilantro has gravitated into my general front planting beds, so I decided to re-purpose it.

I dumped out the old potting soil, scrubbed the inside and outside with a SOS pad, let it dry and painted with outdoor plastic paint.

Once dry, I positioned the planter onto a pallet using cut two by fours slid in between the pallet slats.

Cucumbers are sprouting and will climb up the pallet for support!!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

New Man Cave Construction Project - Doing it Ourselves

Hubby and I are weekend DIY'ers. We choose to DIY on everything we can to save money. Hubby has the talent, plus he needs something to do. Here are our first efforts at our new man cave.

We finally settled on a 40 x 40 slab. The Cave will be 30 ft across and 40 ft deep.  Cave runs East/West. There will be a 10 ft overhang on the north side.

For informational purposes, the total cost of  the concrete in Oklahoma for this project was $12,600.00. This includes the 40 x 40 slab and 920 sf of flat work which is the approach that was poured connecting our driveway to the man cave slab.

First section of back wall - East side of cave

Full wall complete

Making some progress

One window, east wall

Got two more windows and a door In - Hubby praying for a break

An example of how the 2 x 4's are attached to the concrete.
Notice we have plumbing as well!
Up With the Trusses and Braced. It took 5 good men on a
Memorial Day about 4 hours to complete adding the trusses.

Makings of a bathroom

Latest Completion June 11, 2017, OSB going up!

Weekend of 06/17/2017, got the top ends enclosed. Next week will work on decking the roof:

Sunday, April 30, 2017

A Saturday Before Vacation Project - New Dry Creek Bed April 29th,2017

When we moved into our house, there was a deep ditch or creek at the back of the property on the east side that wrapped around all the way to the south side of our property. We were told several things by several people. That this was a creek that had dried up, that it was made by kids riding their dirt bikes and that it was a hollowed out ditch so that people could burn their trash. I suspect all the above. As we have cleaned the property and dug into the earth, here are some interesting finds that now rest upon hubby's shelf in our study. Notice the old Coke bottle in the back? I suspect the blue jars may be Vick's Vapor Rub??

As of today, this is what that ditch became. Now to add more plantings and then it will be complete.

The concrete that will later become our shop in the second photo, now covers the other half of the creek.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Lettuce From Last Year in a Miracle Gro Soil Bag????

This is what my bag of Miracle Gro lettuce looks like this year. I found this idea on Pinterest, Miracle Gro Bag of Lettuce , some time ago. The difference in mine was that I used an old wheelbarrow to hold the bag so I could roll it in and out of the garage until it got established. I also used Mesclun seed instead of lettuce seed.

Funny thing is, I didn't sow new seeds. I ate the lettuce I had last year, it regrew, then I let it grow tall and go to seed. I left it out in the elements all fall and winter long (bad me) and it has rewarded me this Spring. It takes a licking and keeps on ticking!

New Three Tiered Garden Bed - 6' x 3'

Hubby built me this on Saturday. It matches the compost bin he made for me last year. I love it!

The mixture that was placed into it is a lot of organic compost, garden soil, peat moss, and peat hummus. All this first tilled into the sandy spot I chose (our base soil is sand because we live near the lake) in the back yard. Then the raised bed was placed on top. I like this version of a raised bed because the top tiers can be removed if needed. I also need this version to help keep 2 dogs out!

I planted several tomato plant and pepper plants. Hubby bought hot banana pepper plants from Lowe's and I grew the tomatoes and some of the other pepper plants from seed.

The construction:

Almost time to plant:

Peppers and tomatoes, I hope they like it here:

Matching compost bin, from here Compost Bin:

Sunday, February 26, 2017

It's February Still, but the Plants Here in Southeastern Oklahoma Thinks It's Spring!

The Cilantro is bolting already!

The Pampas grass after cutting down with hedge trimmers.

Stevia plant emerging

We bought a Stihl blower /leaf vacuum / mulcher combo tool so that we could use the many leaves for bedding mulch this year instead of burning the leaves or buying bags and bags of mulch from garden supply stores.

The rose bushes are growing leaves

These are Canna's emerging beneath the leaf mulch.

Oh and here a Pink Hydrangea is emerging from the bottom.

This is a May Night Salvia we brought from our old house when we moved.

Even the Garden Mums want to make an appearance.

The Purple Queen Wandering Jew plant arriving.

I really hope the Anouk Lavender lived through the winter. It really looks a little iffy right now. I'm going to give it a month or two to see.