Hey Everyone, I worked on a few projects this weekend: a few new bean hutches, harvesting worm compost, reworking the layout of the salad bar led grow/harvest area, and the continued bathroom remodel.
The new bean hutch ideas are something I came up with at the end of the season last year, but wanted to wait until it was closer to this years spring season. We’ll that lasted until this weekend when the sun popped out and we had a seasonably warm day in the low-mid 50s…Mr Green Jeans came out and I was itching to get out in the soil! 🙂
Well, it was that time again this weekend to put away all the Christmas decorations. Paula does the inside and I get to freeze outside putting the lights away (I don’t mind at all…Paula has an affinity for Santa dolls she’s collected for years and I like to avoid messing with those as I’m told “Your not putting that away right!”).
One thing we do every year is get a live Christmas tree. Some say that isn’t environmentally sustainable, but I say BS to that. I’m taking a tree that has sucked 7-8 years worth of carbon out of the air then when the holiday is done that tree gets put into our homestead. What I do to make best use of our used tree is to cut off the tree limbs/boughs and place them on top of the fall tree leaves we use as mulch around our blueberries. This has two benefits: one is that the boughs keep the leaves from blowing around, the second benefit is that all the needles and limbs around the blueberries increase the acidity of the surrounding soil adding nutritional benefit. Whether you like the idea of live trees or not we make sure that we return as much as we can back to the improvement of our urban homesteads soil. 🙂
After the decorations were put away it was time for the annual oil change on Paula’s SUV/truck. That usually takes half-an-hour so nothing really else to note here other than I’ve always taken vehicle maintenance very seriously being a former automotive mechanic. Treat your cars well and you’ll be less likely to get stranded on the side of the road.
Last project for the weekend was making dog beds. You might be thinking what the heck is he talking about? Well, we bought a new king size bed for Paula and I over the Christmas vacation so we needed to figure out what to do with our old one. Using my hillbilly ingenuity I like to reused as much of a product before I send the remnants off to the dump.
(Side Note: I consider my self a proud hillbilly and not an urban-redneck. A true hillbilly is innovative and uses the resources provided to make the best of their situation to the best possible outcome weather it comes to fixing their homes, tools, vehicle repair, providing or growing food, and most important providing for their family without the desire of government interference or welfare. To my mind an urban-redneck is self-centered only thinking of what’s best for them alone and that their deserving of a free handout with little effort put forth to earn it. The attitude of “I want what I wants now…” is their mantra much like the social justice warriors which both groups believe it’s their right to get what they want no matter what anyone else has to say and YOU should have to pay for it! Otherwise we’ll use the force of government to take it from you!).
With that rant off my chest, what I did was take our king size tempurpedic mattress and cut it down into a queen size mattress using one of Paula’s old 12″ kitchen knives. This foam cuts like butter so it was a fairly quick task. All that is needed after that is a new matress queen size cover (or just reusing the oversized one and tucking it over into the edge of the bed). Our son was more than happy with the result as it saved him having to buy a larger bed for himself and he can put it right on the floor of his room (he doesn’t like box springs and bed frames…ah being mid-20’s must be nice…Paula said that wouldn’t be an option for us…I was sad 😛 ). With that accomplished I then took our sons old fullsize/double bed mattress and cut it down into two 40×35 dog beds. Paula’s going to order two new covers from Amazon and we can use these for our living room and the laundry room (not having to pull that bed out for use during the day now will be a big plus). Next was what to do with the old box spring…take it to the dump! Heck no! That’s not using hillbilly logic…we’re going to strip off all the fabric and break that bed down. Its all natural pine so I pulled off the covering and broke all that wood down to be burned in our outdoor firepit. The wood isn’t treated with anything so it’s a fine burning wood. So this entire operation means we’ve reduced our load on the environment with secondary reuse. Years down the road these items will eventually be sent to the dump, but….what if they find a way to recycle this foam in that time? I’ve kept a kingsize matress along with a fullsize boxspring out of our landfills; I’m proud to be a hillbilly!
Just a quick update, checkout the Youtube videos to see how the new indoor large grow tent kale is doing and all the other indoor growing projects are progressing. Paula and I have been eating off these greens with every meal now and they are putting a real dent in our weekly food bill.
Well that raps up another week here on our little urban homestead, I hope you all have a great week. 🙂
Hi Everyone, it’s 2018! Can you believe it? Time is moving faster and faster as I age, so there is no time like the present to get things done. This last week of vacation was spent finishing up some work down in the bathroom we’re remodeling (re-working the electrical for the new locations of switches and outlets).
After completing the indoor work it was time to move outside and cleanup broken branches from trees surrounding our backyard after the ice/snow storm from Christmas day (nothing fell into the fruit trees so that was good), but our green stripe bamboo by our lower deck lost a number of the 2 inch diameter 30ft canes. That’s ok, I needed some of these larger canes for this springs project at the new stair-step garden boxes. 🙂
As part of this cleanup I trimmed all of our fruit trees (general shaping and thinning). We’ve also started the shaping of one of the full size pears into an espalier with horizontal branches. I’ve wanted to do something like this for a while to see how it turns out as far as earlier fruit production (this is like the french method of forced limb drooping so the tree thinks its reached optimal height and the limbs are ready to start baring fruit).
Well keep this update short as I need to finish getting the Youtube videos up (PnB Homesteading Youtube Channel) and get things packed up for the return to work after a relaxing few weeks at home with Paula.
Have a great first week of 2018! 🙂