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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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FERMENTED GREEN BEANS

Remember those green beans we harvested the other day? Well they are back, and today we are making them into pickles!

These are naturally pickled green beans. We are going to preserve them by fermenting them with salt, and get all the good pro-biotic benefits. Make those bacteria work for their rent.

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The recipe can vary greatly depending on the amount of beans, type of salt, temperature, and taste, but I have a hard time messing it up, so try it for yourself. Your ancestors did this to lots of food way before the invention of the internet.

1 pound fresh green beans (or however many you harvest)

4 cups water

1-3 tbsp salt

garlic, to your taste

dill, to your taste

1. Heat water so salt will dissolve in it. Cool to room temperature.

2. Trim ends of beans, and layer them in a glass jar with garlic and dill. We use normal mason jars. Use a jar you can pack the veggies into, not a size where they are swimming in it.

3. Cover beans with water, until they are fully submerged. You can push them in there a bit.

4. Leave jar on counter not in the direct sun for a couple days. *Gently put the lid of the jar on, do NOT tightly screw on. The organisms preserving the beans will create gas that needs to escape, and you don’t want an explosion.

5. Keep tasting until they are pickled to your taste, a few days to two weeks, depending on temperature. When you like them, put in the refrigerator, where they will keep for a couple months.

They should stay pretty crunchy, like a pickle. Enjoy all those good bacteria!

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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