Attract Birds to Your Garden

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Posted in Garden, Projects | Posted on 24-03-2015

Birdhouse made from reclaimed barn wood.

Birdhouse made from reclaimed barn wood.

Many people think the best way to deal with pests in the garden is to go down to the local store, pick up a bottle of the lastest greatest bug-be-gone spray to rid their garden beds of all interlopers. This is a little over-kill in my opinion, not only have you blasted all the bugs that you want to get rid of, but you have also most likely just knocked out any beneficial insects as well.

One way of ending this destructive; and spendy, cycle is to bring in a more natural pest control system.  Namely some feathered friends that are more than happy to help.  But how do you get birds to set up shop in your garden? First off, they need a reason to be there;

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Book Review – “All New Square Foot Gardening”

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Posted in Garden, Miscellaneous | Posted on 07-04-2014

chili-hungarianThis year’s Springtime warm-up seems to be running late and I am just not one to wait.  With snow still on my planting beds there is little that I can do about it.  So what to do with my time as I wait for Mother Nature to catch up?  Over the winter season I usually read; a lot.  I like to keep up on various methods of gardening to help me develop a style that works for my yard, my climate and me.  Not to mention, I just can’t stop looking at gardens, planning my beds, and getting ready for the next seasons’ crops.  I might be a little obsessed.  Maybe.  Some books I  have found have helped me be more organized, and given quite a bit of information on how to be a better gardener.  One of the newest I have found, though it has been around for a long time, is Mel Bartholomew’s All New Square Foot Gardening.

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Phone-Free Communications

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Posted in Miscellaneous | Posted on 17-04-2013

TH-UVF1Sometimes a cell phone just can’t beat a walkie-talkie when you need a quick and easy way to communicate.  Having a lightweight portable two-way radio can make working on projects with another person much easier when you need to keep in contact but don’t have the time or patience to dial a phone and then wait for it to ring until the other person answers the phone.  Sometimes you need something instant, and depending on where you are, maybe a cell signal might not get through, like if you’re in a basement, or a garage or if you’re out in the boonies with limited or no cellular coverage.

There have been times when I needed to get up on the roof to adjust a TV or satellite antenna while another person watches the TV in the house to let me know when the signal is coming in strong, and other times when I went fishing or hiking with friends and we wanted to split up; having a radio to keep in contact with each other made things much easier, especially out in the wild where a cell phone is limited to taking pictures or playing music since cellular service is unavailable in those areas. Read the rest of this entry »

Welcoming A New Puppy Into My Home

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Posted in Dogs | Posted on 01-03-2013

FreddyAfter having to say goodbye to my dog Serra, my other dog Diego was having a hard time being alone.  He really missed his “big sis” and spent day and night sleeping on her spot on the couch.  I could lure him off for snacks and meals and to play outside with me, but he would quickly return to that spot and just lay there.  Diego had lost interest in playing with his toys and didn’t have much of an appetite.  He was in mourning.

Diego needed a new buddy to play with and take his mind off of Serra so I spent a few days trying to find the right puppy.  After a couple prospects failed to materialize, I found an ad on Craigs List for a 1 year old Boxer mix puppy named Fred.  Fred was in a foster home as part of the Last Paw Rescue animal shelter in Wisconsin who had rescued him from a kill-shelter when his time was up.

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Saying Goodbye To My Dog

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Posted in Dogs | Posted on 01-03-2013

Serra's Fort of FlowersIt was 14 years ago when I first met Serra.  I was wandering down the long corridor of an animal shelter looking for a dog to adopt when suddenly I found myself in the middle of a “jailhouse riot” when all of the dogs in the cages began barking and jumping and bouncing off of their cage doors.  I decided to leave for a while until things settled down before coming back to look for my new “best friend”.

As I was making my way towards the exit, I caught an image out of the corner of my eye of a little girl sitting alone in the middle of her cage staring right at me.  She was completely still and she was the only dog that wasn’t barking and participating in the “riot” that was going on all around us.  She looked scared and sad, staring at me with her big eyes while she trembled as she sat there.  That’s when I knew that she was the dog for me, and I had to get her out of that place that she feared so much.
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