Friday, April 12, 2013

Chicks, Tea, and a Tutorial

It's Friday, already.
Can you believe it?
Is it me, or does time fly by even more quickly once Spring arrives?

It was a great week...
warm temperatures and thunderstorms magically turned the grass green overnight.
I swear, one day it was brown, the next day....green!
The trees are budding, and weeds are growing like crazy.


I have spent many hours in the garden this week...
weeding and cleaning up garden boxes.
There is much planted, but so much more left to plant.

The chicklets are growing like weeds...they have doubled in size over the past week.


Happily, we have suffered no more losses.

It has been a long time since I have featured our oldest Roo, Rod Stewart.
Check out the head feathers, and you will understand the name.


Rod and a handful of hens live in the chicken coop next to the barn.
Every morning he greets me with his rendition of Maggie May.
(ok, so I might be the only one who actually hears the tune...
but then, we all know I have a vivid imagination)

So to celebrate the end of the week,  Chloe would like to invite you to tea.


Tea, that is, in the fairy garden.


There is room enough for you and me...to sit a spell and sip some tea.
The tea is ready and the sweet rolls are in the oven.


Little by little this miniature world is taking shape.


And there is so much more to come!

Have a wonderful weekend.
I will, for sure, as I am keeping Tyler for the weekend.
He arrives at 4 today and will stay through Sunday!
Fun...fun!

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Garden Box Tutorial
Since I have had many requests for garden box instructions,
I thought I would give you a quick tutorial for making a 4ft X 4ft box.
(Of course you can make whatever size you like.)
I have found that 4 ft boxes are easy to build, easy to use, and hold a lot of veggies.

Materials:
2X6 untreated wood in whatever length you choose
4 pieces of #3 size Rebar (.375 inch diameter) cut to the height you want your box
 (plus several inches for pounding into the ground)
Jigsaw
Electric drill with large drill bit (bigger than the diameter of your rebar)

1.  Cut your 2 X 6 wood to the length you desire... 4 ft lengths if you want a 4 ft. box
You will need four pieces for each level.  Each level will be 6 inches high (approx)
I usually make my boxes 4 levels high....so I would cut 16 pieces.

2.  With your jigsaw, cut a notch in each end like this:
(you will notice that a 2X6 is not actually that size, but a little smaller)



Your finished piece should look like this:


3.  Drill a hole through the center of the tab that sticks out on each end like this:


4.  Stack your first level and place Rebar through the corner holes.


Thread remaining levels onto Rebar, stacking like this:


Before assembling the boxes, we covered the ground of our garden area with a very thick tarp.
We built our boxes on top of the tarp,
 and then used a utility knife to cut the tarp out of the inside of the box.
(This helps to keep weeds from growing around the base of the box.)
Cutting the tarp out of the inside of the box allows for drainage.
We filled our boxes with a mix of topsoil and compost.
Over the years I have added more compost and peat moss.
I often top dress the box in the spring with a bag of organic garden soil.
(This helps to keep weeds from starting.)

A couple of years ago, I ordered worm eggs
 and added them to the boxes just to boost my worm count.

We use mulch (tanbark) on top of the tarp between the boxes.
(Weeds do grow, but they are easy to pull...thanks to the tarps.)

13 comments:

Lynne said...

Seriously . . . no doubt about it, Rod Stewert is living at the Haven . . . fun neeeee . . .
Enjoy the weekend with your grandson . . .
Great, helpful square garden tutorial . . .

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the garden box tutorial and the great pictures. Enjoy your time with Tyler!

Candice

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

Thanks for the tutorial. Because we have problems with critters (gophers), we would probably build more of a planter-type box that sits above ground.

Junebug said...

Can I have a wee bit larger chair for tea? Of course I could use my vivid imagination and make believe my tush will fit, LOL!!!

Your weekend sounds full of adventures with Tyler! I will have three of my grand kids stay over Saturday. Wonder what we can get into???

My luck is also improving with my little chicks. They have moved from the garage to a special spot in the coop. Soon they will be romping with the girls outside.

Have a wonderful weekend, Hugs!!

edenhills said...

Thank you for the tutorial! Now I just need to learn how to use the tools. :-)

Missy George said...

Your Fairy garden is so sweet already..I have the perfect spot for a stump :)
Have a fun time with Tyler man..

Margy said...

I love your blog and am always showing it to my husband so he is technically a follower too!
Where did you find the adorable clay fairy garden furniture? I have some but mine is mostly wire and after a few years the rust gets to bad.
thanks!
margy in KY

Susannah said...

Rod is perfectly named! I can hear him singing Maggie May right now! Your fairy garden is so interesting. You are doing a wonderful job! What fun!

Have a glorious weekend with your grandson.

Susannah

Karen said...

Tonights the night..... it's gonna be alright...

Hey, have you posted a picture of your fairy garden in entirety? I am thinking of making one, and want to see where you have it, how big it is. It looks adorable!

Jill Cooper said...

Thanks so much for the tutorial! Could you tell us what type of soy sealant you use? Have a great weekend with your grandson!

Kim said...

Love your roo, Rod! I'm going to be singing "Maggie" all day!

jaz@octoberfarm said...

i love your fairy garden! i just found this gnome furniture in a site i follow and thought you might want to see it!

http://taryterre.blogspot.com/

wouldn't your garden be so cute with a mini mushroom fence? i don't know how anyone could cut something that small though! i bet your grandson is loving it!

helenkosings said...

Lovely garden box! I wonder if you know anything about keyhole gardens? I'm experimenting with them this year......

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