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Category: Garden, Patio & BBQ

Another Mushroom Harvest

This is the 6. (sixth!) harvest from the do-it-yourself mushroom cultivation bags in the homemade fruiting chamber now and I’m really overwhelmed! If this is going on that way, I’ll never buy any mushrooms from the store again 🙂

Also, I’ll be trying to cultivate some additional sorts like King Oyster (pleurotus eryngii), Shiitake (lentinula edodes) , etc. in the future.


Strawberry Raised Bed

We got a new chicken-quarantine-box (a former luxury guinea pig enclosure, with large windows, better ventilation and easy access), so we were able to re-purpose the trusty old one: Now it’s a raised bed for the SO’s perennial strawberry plants.


Viking-style Table

After the viking-style chair I made shortly, I decided to make likewise coffee table as well, this time for my own backyard. It was as uncomplicated and as satisfiying as the first build, made from the same scaffolding oakwood with a 3 cm thickness.


Chicken Care Routine

Now that I’ve had my chickens in the backyard for almost a year and the girls seem to be happy and satisfied enough, here’s my chicken care routine that has resulted from one year of trial and error, experiencing and learning:


Chickens and their Eggs

 

Pretty, protective, full-throated and enraged Henriette, when we tried to collect her own freshly laid egg 🙂 (She got over it and she’s very well used to us rummaging around in the den).


Wooden Viking Chair

In winter I planned to make a viking style chair for the northern germany garden. Now, by chance, we’ve got a very pretty wooden bench and I don’t need another chair anymore. Which doesn’t keep me from building it nonetheless and give it away as a present to a friend of mine who is much into viking lore anyway.


Mushroom Cultivation Bags

German TV can be a cornucopia of documentaries. Of course: Hitler. Up and down. I can’t stand that guy anymore, just because of his omnipresence. This is presumably the most reliable way to prevent something like this from ever happening again – grinding people’s last nerves with it 🙂

But also interesting stuff! Like for example on professional mushroom growing in an old airforce aircraft shelter. Made me try some cultivation bags on my own again, as I found a left over box of store-bought mycelium in the shed. I didn’t have a clue if it was still any good, but it was worth the try and as usual, I had a little fun.


White Chili…

 
…on the new pot belly stove, summer 2022. For the recipe click here.


Another Pot Belly Stove

… aka “Backyard Rocket“, aka “Wok-Station” – this time for my sister in law. Also made from an old fire extinguisher, just a little smaller than the last one. Perfect for the patio, for use as a heater or as an outdoor cooking station. It was another fun and not too complex project, I hope she’ll like it.

(And yes, my welding game needs training…)


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.


 

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