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Category: Garden, Patio & BBQ

Greenhouse Drip Irrigation

I had the time to build a drip irrigation system for the greenhouse! Luckily, we decided to install a lead-through for water and electricity when building the foundations, thus it was as simple as it looks. Consisting of a soaker hose (like so, DE) fastened to the ground with simple tent stakes and hooked up to to a homemade inside water tap contraption made from common hardware store components.

It connects to our rainwater-collecting cistern-system and it works like a charm. Only thing I might add in the future is a timer (something like this, DE), but otherweise I’m really happy.


Happy Chicks

 

Other than me when I was a kid, the girls love to eat their vegetables 🙂

Vegetable Gardening Progress, May 2022

I often envy people growing abundant amounts of veggies in their garden with seemingly no effort (I know that’s not true). As of may now, I don’t have anything to harvest yet. Well, I don’t seem to be the best gardener before the Lord, but undoubtedly, at least there IS some progress 🙂


Smoked Char

 

We got two beautiful chars from our favourite fishmonger and brined (see below) them over night. Then they were “hot smoked” – a fast and delicious cooking method, but not suitable for long-term preservation.

Hot smoke for about 30++ minutes (depending on the size of your fish) at up to 90°C/195 °F and until golden on the outside. Add your favourite smoking wood after 10 minutes for a nice aroma. They’re done when you can pull out the back fin very easily and can be served for example with toasted bread, salad and horseradish. They’ll keep in the fridge for max. 2-3 days.


We’ve got a Greenhouse! Yay!

Last year we got a greenhouse for a very reasonable price compared to now and we finally managed to set it up (with oooonly just a little help…) Oh, and the door is still missing 🙂 I’m a complete newcomer to greenhouse gardening and now I’m very hooked about the first try!


Potato Planting

I couldn’t help but take advantage of the good weather today and plant my potatoes outside. I had already prepared the raised beds some days ago and so I took myself the hour outside and buried my “sproutlings“.


First Burn of the Backyard Rocket

 

Unexpectedly, we had two days of good weather here and I took the chance to try the backyard rocket for real for the first time. It’s a real litlle devil, burning hot and vigorously (I assume because of the chimney effect) and radiating a lot of heat. When it’s hot enough and the lid is on it even burns almost smokeless!


The Backyard Rocket

Formerly known as “Patio Oven and Wok Burner from an old Fire Extinguisher” – Part I and Part II 🙂

But, looking at it and observing it for while, I like “The Backyard Rocket” much better… I deem it finished so far and waiting for action. Unfortunately, work has me again and I didn’t have a chance of firing it up and have a shot at it, but I like the outcome so far and I will put it to use as soon as I can.


Patio Oven and Wok Burner from an old Fire Extinguisher (II)

Next part of the burner is done. I took great efforts to fabricate four identical (okay, almost identical) pot holders and weld them in place correctly. Eventually, it worked and I’m proud that I achieved some ugly but correct welding lines instead of lining up separate spot welds.


Patio Oven and Wok Burner from an old Fire Extinguisher (I)

I sort of inherited an old fire extinguisher from the previous owner of our northern germany dwelling. Expired and last tested in 2002 it was standing in the corner mostly unnoticed, but now, after almost three years I decided to put it to use. What better afterlife use could there be for a fire extinguisher than to become a fire place 🙂


 

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