How to Start Your Seeds on the Cheap

I love seeing row after row of uniform black plastic seed starting planters in garden centers and greenhouses. They’ve been dutifully watered and sunned, shaded and fertilized by the garden pros in the nursery. They even have the guts to set them out before the last frost of the year, so we can get our gardens started early! After spending so many cold days looking out the windows, dreaming over the seed catalogs, I’m itching to get started with my own seeds, but not quite ready to be outside.   To…

Re-Purposing a Table Destined for Destruction

A new desk for $8.39? Yes, please! I picked out a table from a pile of junk that was headed for the dump. It was still pretty sturdy and I’ve been on the lookout for a simple rustic table that wouldn’t break the bank. The funny thing about this particular table is that it is exactly the same model as our dining room table, just smaller. Here’s what I did: I cleaned that dirty old thing with the strongest bathroom cleaner I had on hand. You never know what crud has been on these…

How to Delight Your Chickens by Re-Purposing Junk

Entertain your chickens for free! You likely have a lot of this stuff already (or can find it on the side of the street any given weekend) to be re-purposed into your very own chicken carnival. Yeah! Take the girls to a carnival! So, naturally, when you arrive, you, as the responsible adult, will be analyzing all the activities at the carnival to make sure you and your girls hit all the important attractions with minimal inconvenience. Everyone’s so excited, aren’t they?   So while you’re passing by the ticket booth,…

Let Me Crow About This Chicken Coop!

We used a couple of skinny trees to support the chicken wire from drooping on the top. I know that looks like barbed wire at the top, but it’s some super-sexy (NEON!) zip tie sewing we did with scrap chicken wire to keep predators out of the run and the coop. There’s an overturned plastic pool-cover turtle shell (free castaway from a trash pile) pond for the duck and the old doghouse top for a little something familiar. That beachy blue paint is a mix of most of the leftover paint…

March 2014 – Posts Imported as a single post.

  Chicken Coop Progress Report – March 16, 2014 This is the overturned cast-away bottom half of a plastic dog house that they’ve been sleeping in since we moved them out last month.  They’re so big now, that they can’t ALL fit in there!! We HAVE to do something! The chicken coop is a project we had planned on building in three stages. We have decided we are at a MUST BUILD point for the Pre-Permanent Coop. We have acquired a full sized door, some used tin sheets to repurpose…