April showers bring May flowers

April showers bring May flowers

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Sunday the 16th!

What do we want to do for our potluck?
I will bring seeds to share.
Stacey? Alyssa? What shall we do for a dinner plan?
Shall we do a theme? or just bring what ever sounds good?

I'll email everyone too =)

Friday, May 7, 2010

See you all next week!

Going up to Bonner's Ferry to visit family
Have a great Mommy's day!!!!!
We'll figure out the pot luck/BBQ next week


Friday, April 30, 2010

Hey chicks! See you at the Renaissance Faire!

Alyssa, I completely understand if you need to stay home with you little one. Ear infections are just miserable. Let me know if you are coming or not and if you are coming, when you'll be there.  Stacey and I are meeting around noon in the food area, but I can meet up with you any time that works for you.

I am thinking that it would be really cool to work on our "homesteading" skills. Like spinning, making soap, candles and canning. I want to learn all of these skills and so much more, I hope that I can learn it all. I need to be 20 again only not so dumb =)

See you all soon!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Planning for the 16th of May already!

What a week! Started out last weekend with the flu and I still feel funky. Alyssa, you had the flu bug too. Hope you are feeling better, poor girl!

 I got to thinking that since both of you ladies work long hard hours, maybe next month we should just concentrate on welcoming new members and backyard bbq type things. Alyssa, you mentioned having everyone over and tossing something good on the grill during our last visit. Would that work better for you for the 16th? Kind of cook n'chat =) I would be more than happy to bring food for everyone...lets talk!

We can do the seed swap thing a little later when everyone else has some seeds to share. I went gung-ho early with the seed catalogues *Blush* and still have some from two years ago!

Anyway, I just want this to be a casual easy thing for all of us.

So tell me what you think?

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Wanna do a garden seed swap?

Ok...I admit, I may have gone overboard a bit in my seed buying =P
So I'm going to have extra and I thought while our group is still pretty small, that we could have a garden seed swap! All that we need are seeds  that we have extra of, labels, little ziplock bags and some egg cartons!
How about May 16th? Cuz we are going up to Bonner's Ferry to see Drew's parents for Mother's Day =)

Let me know what you think!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Mirabelle plum jelly, my place, late july!

I have three trees of small European mirabelle plums....they all are ripe at once! usually I have heaps of dying plums in my yard, but I figure we can have a marathon canning session and a have jelly and comfits and fruit for all of us. You girls want to help eat all of these luscious little beauties?

Hypertufa projects this summer

Hypertufa directions!

They look like hand-carved stone, but hypertufa trough planters are actually cleverly cast concrete planters you can make yourself!

The principle behind these versatile, easy-to-make faux-stone planters is that their composition of mixed sand, peat moss and cement facilitate excellent drainage, which allows you to grow plants that otherwise probably wouldn't make it in the ground, such as certain herbs, alpine plants, dwarf evergreens and others. The planters' sturdy antique look will add interest to your garden on their own as well!

What you'll need:
 2 parts sand
 1 part peat moss
 1 part Portland cement 
 plastic or other mold 
 2 wooden dowels, 1/2-inch thick in diameter
 rubber gloves and a protective mask
 plastic to cover the planter
 wire brush
1. Mix the sand and peat moss thoroughly. Then, wearing a mask so as not to inhale cement dust, add the cement to the mixture and mix it again.
2. Slowly add water — it's important to add it a little at a time, mixing it in well with each addition. This will help avoid over-saturation. Add just enough to achieve a stiff consistency.
3. Wearing gloves, apply the mixture to the bottom of the mold and press firmly. The base should be about 2 inches thick. Then apply the mixture to the sides of the mold. The sides should be about 1 inch thick.
4. To make drainage holes, firmly insert the two dowels into the base of the mold, screwing them in until they reach the bottom. Leave the dowels in the mold and cover the entire planter with plastic (grocery store plastic bags work well). Let the planter dry for 24 hours.
5. To unmold the planter, remove the dowels and turn the mold over. The planter should slide out easily. Clear out the drainage holes and smooth the edges of the planter to your liking with a wire brush.
6. Finally, cover the planter again with plastic and place it in a shady spot for one month. Before using, flush it well with water.
So there you have it — a very attractive "old" planter that looks like stone, perfect for alpine plants, small evergreens and more. And best of all, it's handmade!