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Category: Garden, Patio & BBQ

The First Windowsill Hatchery 2020

I sowed the first plants for this year and put them on the southward windowsill to make them germinate. I hope they thrive and give me a good yield this year.


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 🙂


Late Year Planting

The garden year is coming to it’s end, so, since it’s still fairly warm for the end of october I decided to late-plant potatoes and garlic for next spring. Yes, it is possible to plant them in late fall and enjoy the following year as they’re very cold resistant and can be buried “in advance” so the’ve got a lead in the early next year.

I did this with garlic already and it worked beautifully, now I also wanted to try potatoes. The whole work was done in under one hour and now I’m looking forward. I will still have to cover the areas with some bark mulch though.


My Chicken Care Routine

Here’s my chicken care and maintenance schedule as for now. Thought it might be interesting for other beginner chicken-scarers like me out there 🙂

Download it if you’re interested.


Priscilla

Priscilla – the name tells the story. She’s the undisputed Queen of the coop 🙂


Chickens Moved In

 

So the new chickens moved in today and after an hour or so of being a little sheepish and insecure they became curious and lively, digging around, cackling and exploring their new home. We delibertely chose races that are suitable for the beginner and thus also might forgive the one or the other beginner’s mistake – we want them to be happy and thrive. We’ve got:


Chicken Coop

Last two week’s big project is finally done! I made a chicken coop in the back yard and now I’m waiting for some chickens to move in! Living in a rather rural area, I took great pains in creating an as much as possible predator-proof construction.


New Approach to Hydroponic Growing – Part I

As the last try with the hydroponic tower system failed completely and I’m not willing to give up the idea itself, I tried a new approach. This time it’s a more standard horizontal construction, capable of holding 24 net cups in 4 “stories”. Construction was cheap and easy enough – the most time consuming thing was letting the paint dry. I’m waiting now for my seedlings to grow big enough to be placed into the tubes.

 


 

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