Today we headed to the brother in laws for our niece's 13th birthday party. Never one for missing a chance to unload extra zucchini or cucumbers I decided to make them up a box of garden fresh organic vegetables. I ended up with two boxes with over 40 pounds of zucchini, winter squash, potatoes, onions, early girl and fourth of July tomatoes, Salsa peppers as well as two types of sage, 3 types of rosemary, lavender and lots of basil. I must of been feeling generous as I also gave them the first two heirloom tomatoes of this year as well as the first three ears of Silver Queen sweet corn I've harvested this year.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
One of my goals this summer was to get a bee/hummingbird friendly cottage style garden situated behind the house whereonly 4 roses where before. It's starting to take shape. Note: The goose decoys are only there to keep Max the Blunderdog out until I pick up some metal cottage style fencing.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Sunday, August 15, 2010
I bought this windmill at a a garage sale next door to where I moved by brother in law to. The price was right at $15. The condition of the paint was poor and it was missing a tail piece. My wife has wanted one of these for quite a few years. I just never could bring myself to pay $180 for $30 worth of material. After getting it home last week it sat until yesterday when I started repainting it and making a tail for it.
In keeping with the frugal theme (I didn't want to put $30 worth of paint on a $15 windmill)I headed for the mismixed paint table at Home Depot. I was able to get the quart of white for $1 and the 2 reds and the blue for $.50 each.I needed a yellow and a black. I was able to talk the girl at the paint counter into changing a beige to a yellow at $.50 and she tried to change a light gray into black but it didn't get past dark gray. I ended up paying the full price of $4.24 for Rustoleum black. I repainted the whole thing and built a tail out of some 2X12 I had laying around. Not a bad lawn ornament for $22 and some change.