Category Archives: DIY

Projects around the farm

CLEANING THE GRILL

Cleaning the grill is like cleaning the shower. You put it off for months, then once you actually put some effort into it, it gets all nice and shiny again, and you feel like you accomplished a real thing for the day.

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Our grill was mostly dirty from a combination of food and thunderstorms. We have a stainless steel gas grill, so first things first, unplug it all so you don’t catch on fire.

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For cleaning stainless steel, we went with the soapy water and soft rag route. Sponge bath for all the cooking surfaces, and the inside of the grill.

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After a little muscle power and soap, its looking good as new. We wanted to grill some chicken for dinner, but we have to go to a flag football game. Who knew football would be the thing standing between us and the grill.

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REPOT A PLANT

Its summer housekeeping over here this week. We’re cleaning and sprucing up some things on our to-do list, since its too hot to do much else in the garden.

Upon our kitchen window sill sat the cutest little plant. But that cute baby plant has grown into a gigantic monster that is spilling over and threatening to topple off the ledge.

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We are going to upgrade him to a real life hanging planter. We will need some potting soil, the planter, and the plant.

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The pot has holes in the bottom for drainage already, so that is convenient. We’ll fill it with some potting soil.

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Now we’ll place the plant in the soil, gently loosening roots as needed.

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Tuck some more nice, cozy soil around him, and give him a drink of water.

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So much more space to spread out and grow! Now to hang him by the window.

DIY LAWNMOWER RAMP

Lawnmowers are heavy. We don’t know how heavy, since we have been working out a lot and can’t tell, but heavy enough to make them inconvenient to lift off the ground. So let’s make things easier for ourselves!

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You’ve seen this problem before. Our shed is a little off the ground, so you have to step up to get into it. Lawnmowers do not have legs, or else they would be creepy.

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To solve this problem, first find a wide board that fits in the doorway of the shed.

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Set one of the long sides of the board in the doorway, and slant the other long side down so it reaches the ground, creating a ramp.

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Now wheel your lawnmower up and down with ease as needed.

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What a simple solution to a very small problem!

TOMATO WATERCOLOR CARDS

Let’s try something new today, shall we? These watercolor tomato cards would be perfect to include in any “garden extras” baskets, for when you are up to your eyeballs in tomatoes, and need to feed them to friends instead. Plus, tomatoes come in all shapes, colors, and sizes, so you would have to actually put effort into messing it up.

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We’ll need the basic watercoloring supplies. Some water, paints, brushes, and paper.

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I cut out a little square of paper, and drew a light outline with a pencil of a tomato. Its basically a potato shape with a spider hat.

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Now to color. To make mine, I wet the paper first, then add some color little by little, until I like it. Don’t think about it too much. Go with your gut. I filled it in, then went back and added a little more red-orange on the edge for shading.

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Wait for a hot minute for it to dry. Then paint the spider shape green, and you got yourself a tomato.

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After I finished the red tomato, I did a green rendition, and also a tribute to my garden favorite, the pear tomato.

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After its all dry, adhere it to the front of a card, and give it away to a friend or enemy, depending on how much you like your painting.

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WEED REMOVAL, VOL. 1

The enemies are among us. Since we know how to identify the impostors, we can start the business of eradicating them. Reminiscent of Helena on Orphan Black.

There are many different ways to get rid of weeds. Today we’ll talk about one of the more obvious ways- pulling them out of the ground with your hands.

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Here is a weed growing in some rocks. We don’t want it to grow there, so let’s get rid of it.

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When pulling a weed out of the ground, you need to locate its main root, the one that is attaching it to the ground and bankrolling its life.

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Grasp it at the root base firmly, and then finagle it out of the ground. The goal is to get as much of the root as possible.

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Be sure to try to get as much of the roots as possible. If you just get the peripheral leaves and appendages, you are just pruning it, and it can still continue to grow.

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It is sometimes easier to weed without gloves, because you can get a better grip. Weeding by hand is good if you are weeding around other plants, or if you want the plant gone immediately. Its also good if you feel like tearing something to shreds. It does require a bit of time and muscle, but think of it as a good workout.

Weeding by hand is instant gratification. The weed is now gone, and depending on how much of the roots were removed, will not return to pester you again. Don’t worry though. Another one will pop up somewhere to laugh at you soon.

FRIENDSHIP BRACELETS

Let’s be farm friends, ok? We’ll make it official and make some friendship bracelets.

Gather up the supplies: embroidery floss, scissors, and a piece of tape

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Great! To begin, tie the strands of embroidery floss together with a little knot. Tape the floss to something sturdy below the knot. This makes it easier to braid tight since its not flopping all over the place.

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Start braiding! You can braid a couple feet, so there will be plenty to wrap and tie. Don’t remember how to braid?

Now its time to wrap around your wrist and tie. Its helpful to have a friend do this, hence the friendship needed.

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Tie it in a good square knot, and feel the power of the friendship!

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