When I presented the busted spading fork to my husband, I expected some degree of exasperation. Not that he is prone to anger at all, but everyone has his limit. My husband is the one who cleans up after this sort of garden destruction, and I have broken a lot of spading fork handles. However, […]
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Why did I come up with a DIY PVC pipe collapsible frame dog bed? Because I wanted: a dog bed that was easier to both vacuum and machine wash. a dog bed out of a fabric that wasn’t an eyesore in my bedroom, where my dog sleeps next to my bed all night. a dog […]
Softening and bending PVC pipe has become a regular activity for my engineer. He has done everything from forcing straight pipes to fit into anchor slots to form a hoop house cold frame, to using a blowtorch to make the stand for my underwater swimming timer. The problems with forced bending are limits of degree […]
A couple of days ago my dad and I went to visit his barber at the barber’s private residence in order to examine the barber’s homemade greenhouse. The barber, Mr. Bell, has been cutting my dad’s hair for a couple of years. This last week they got to talking about greenhouse projects. My dad only […]
I should probably have commemorative bricks made in honor of each person who has helped me with building this chicken pen. Or maybe they can just sign their names to the outside of the coop in Sharpie markers? They can each claim a different piece of scrap wood… First, there is my brother, who left […]
So there I was with my yellow garden wagon. It was filled with the staple gun, air compressor, fence tying wire, and pliers. I had also gathered my shovel, fence posts, ladder, and post pounder. I had had my hands-on lesson with the staple gun the day before, then my engineer left for a business trip to Italy. Neither of us had thought I would need instructions on how to use the Cosco ladder.
We had plans simmering for a new chicken coop and pen in front, but circumstances conspired against us. Everything from termites under the bathroom floor to a deer smashing the front end of a car nibbled at our schedule, until we found it was time for my construction engineer to have shoulder surgery as soon as he got back from a business trip to Italy. But the chicks didn’t stop growing and my building skills are still barely wobbling on the positive side of nil.
Lawnmower versus sprinkler pipes When you think of ways you might die, upside down in a hole reaching for sprinkler valves is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. And I’m not saying you should worry about it. However, my story might give you some insight into safety precautions. It all started when […]
You have caught me at a bit of word play here. The word radical’s first definition in the dictionary is “from the roots, going to the foundation of something, basic.” Raised beds are a basic gardening concept that are easy if you just keep in mind a few foundational ideas. Let’s group the discussion into these categories: […]
Do you have useful hints, tips and ideas that you would like to share with the D&B community? What do you do that makes life easier? D&B is looking to inspire others with your knowledge. Hints: Putting your dogs food on an elevated surface can make it a tad bit easier on your old pup […]
Christmas shopping for a man can be challenging for a woman. Even if you have been married to him for over 30 years. But it can be a good opportunity to build the relationship and get insight into how to show your love in ways he will understand and appreciate. I offer a list of […]
Suppose you have construction going on in your backyard so that a section of sprinkler pipe needs to be disconnected for several days. And suppose it is during the summer when it is nearly a 100°F every day. And suppose your garden is in full swing, getting ready to produce all kinds of bounty. Don’t […]
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