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Dave\'s Garden Book Review: Pine Needle Basketry
I cut a couple of old ballpoint ink pen cases down to make my tubes, but drinking straws, small vacuum hoses and copper tubes are also easy to work with.The author starts with a basic coil and stitch and helps the beginner understand the basics with clear...
California
El Segundo
Fun Feature: Making Compost in the Self-contained Toter Composter
The trap door on the bottom makes this a continous-feed unit. I'm anxious to see how well this works.The unit comes with a handy kitchen bucket that is ventilated and easy to clean.
California
El Segundo
Making a Living Wreath
This will provide some depth that the succulents can root into. If there are gaps, insert some smaller succulents into these spaces.Keeping the living wreath flat for several weeks allows the roots to take hold; however, if the wreath needs to be hung...
California
El Segundo
Fun Feature: Making Compost in the Self-contained Toter Composter #2
I could feel the heat of the cooking compost today when I held my palm to the side of the container. I've not had any wildlife problems with the Toter Composter. I've added kitchen waste and another layer of brown, dry material.
California
El Segundo
Fun Feature: Making Compost in the Self-contained Toter Composter #3
There's a few eggshell pieces and some of my larger dry materials should have been broken up a bit more before I added them, but for my first effort, I'm quite pleased.Since my compost has quite a few coffee and tea grounds, it is probably a bit on the...
California
El Segundo
Let It Tow: Choose the Correct Vehicle for Towing Your Loads
A load leveler distributes the tongue weight between the trailer axles and the rear truck axle to keep your truck level for better control and to keep your lights aimed at the proper height.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Just so much Junk!
All other photos are my own. While it was aging, I took a little trip to a local hardware store and found exactly what I was looking for, cobalt blue spray paint that was guaranteed to cover and protect anything outside.
California
El Segundo
Making Sauerkraut
[4][5], promotes sauerkraut as a healthy superfood. The weight should be heavy enough so that the liquid just reaches the bottom of the cover. Today, sauerkraut even has its own web site:[6] where you will find a recipe for sauerkraut chocolate cake.The...
California
El Segundo
Making Lambies
Now he's polite. He's Ursula's boyfriend from the last two years. Mom told him Ursula would hurt him but Rumbler said he wanted to give it a try. Then she backed up and rammed and whammed him in the sides and butt until Mom got worried and took Ursula...
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Making Bitters
Vodka and grain alcohol are most commonly used to best convey the natural flavors of the plant. The trio that follows is based on plants native to in the U.S. and Canada. Tonelli/Flickr Some of the most common bitters stem from exotic roots and barks,...
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Making Do
Now a sledge has to be one of the oldest implements ever devised. An hour of work with a fork had my truck bed filled, and I left Roger's yard, leaving behind an embarrassingly small hole in his pile of cow-power fertilizer.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Too Much Magnesium for Plants
Important nutrients include magnesium, potassium and calcium. A potassium deficiency affects the leaves of the plants, generally attacking the lower leaves first. Plants need a balance of nutrients in the soil to thrive.
California
Santa Monica
How Much Sun for Corn?
The mature height of a corn depends on its variety, which genetically disposes them to reach a maximum height anywhere from 4 to 12 feet. Regardless of corn type, all are tropical annual grasses that need a fertile soil that is warm.
California
Santa Monica
Flowers That Don\'t Require Much Water
Both perennials and annuals have been developed that grow well without constant rainfall or watering.Cleomes love the sun and tolerate dry spells in the weather.Perennial flowers that don't require much water include echinacea, daylilies and yarrow.
California
Santa Monica
How Much Cold Can Pansies Take?
The many varieties and long-blooming period of pansies make them a versatile addition to the garden. Some pansies even continue growing in temperatures well below freezing, as low as 2 to 5 degrees F, according to the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.
California
Santa Monica
Make It Do
Save your money! A penny saved is a penny earned—another good slogan for the frugal gardener.Dave's Garden Soil and Composting Discussion Forum:http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/f/soil/all/http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/f/containers/all/http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/f/boxgardens/all/http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/f/dirtcheap/all/
California
El Segundo
Rain Makes Applesauce
When we taste-tested, we decided the applesauce was too bland, so we added a little bit of raw sugar and a healthy dose of cinnamon, agreeing that each of us could doctor the sauce further when serving it, if necessary.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Carnations ~ Much More than a Boutonniere
It is the name of a shade of pink and a crayon color in the larger boxes of Crayola crayons.If you want to grow carnations in your own garden, there are many lovely cultivars available, both as plants and as seed.
California
El Segundo
How Much Water Do Pansies Need?
Pansies are a hardy biennial bedding plant used in flower bed borders, hanging baskets and window boxes. Use organic materials, such as pine straw, pine bark nuggets or shredded hardwood.
California
Santa Monica
How Much Sunlight Do Petunias Require?
Petunias flower best and produce the most compact growth when supplied with six to eight hours daily of sunlight. When possible, set the containers in an area where the petunias receive full sun but the base of the container receives shade.
California
Santa Monica
How Much Water Do Cucumbers Need?
Plastic makes it more difficult to check the soil and deliver water. Installing drip irrigation under the mulch ensures the moisture reaches the soil beneath the mulch. Feel the soil two to three times a week when there is no rainfall and water when necessary.
California
Santa Monica
Making Dandelion Jelly
You don't want to go to the effort to make the jelly and not be able safely eat it!The first thing you need is dandelion flowers. Process in a water bath for 4 minutes.The result is a lovely jelly that tastes a bit like honey with a citrus undertone.
California
El Segundo
Make Mine Mules
And mules come in every color of the equine clan. Upkeep is much the same as for horses although mules are often easier keepers that require lower-protein feed than comparable-size horses.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Making Olive Oil
Photo by Rick Gush A proud couple wait as their plastic tank gradually fills up with oil. I found it surprising that the entire olive, including pit, is ground up during the processing.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Cheese Making Basics
Milk to Use in Cheese You will need milk for all cheese making endeavors. Before you invest, make sure this is for you. Sheep Milk Although dairy sheep are scarce in North America, globally that's not the case.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Making a Sledge
This sledge used a pair of 4x4s recycled from a retaining wall. Next week, I will finish suggestions for making a sledge. It will maintain the spread between the runners as well as carry the load.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Making Mud Cloth
Patricia Lehnhardt Examine your dirt. Grind it into a powder with a glass muller. As a kid, I loved to play with the dirt drying in mud puddles. You need to dry the mud. Spread the mud out onto a disposable pie tin and bake in the oven at 200 degrees...
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Making My Workbench
A Frame for the Surface Two, 24″-long 2 x 4s inside two, 60″ 2 x 4s, all on edge with corners roughly squared, form a frame for the surface. In the case of the wood, it is solid without being too heavy which has been nice when breaking it down for...
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
How Much Sun Do Azaleas Need?
According to the Azalea Society of America, the azalea thrives in variable shade. Some are more shade or more sun tolerant depending on the cultivar.The University of California recommends evergreen azaleas based on Indica or Indian hybrids.
California
Santa Monica