Make a Modern Scarecrow/Deer Deterrent

Make a Modern Scarecrow/Deer Deterrent

Even though it’s been too cold to garden this spring, somehow my sister has managed to make a few vegetables grow in our garden anyway. In fact, they’ve grown tall enough for deer to notice. That wouldn’t be a problem if our wind wall wrapped around...
Best DIY Pond Cleaning Gadget EVER

Best DIY Pond Cleaning Gadget EVER

This is a short rave about a small gadget that I’m in love with. After fighting with pond algae and scum all last year and into this year, I was at my wit’s end. I got a lot of scum out with the pool skimmer, but each scoop was very heavy and hard on my...
Vegetable Garden Setup

Vegetable Garden Setup

This series of posts is almost a year late. Last year my sister and I decided to get serious about vegetable gardening, so we moved the few beds that were on the north side of the property into a 40’x30′ plot on the south side. We had avoided the south...
How to Kill a Bee’s Nest

How to Kill a Bee’s Nest

You may remember my post about a party we had this summer where a bunch of kids were running around the yard and ran into a yellow jacket nest in the ground (and in the dark). Our first concern was to figure out what to do for the bee stings. Since it was dark out,...
Cold Zone Gardening: Frost Protection

Cold Zone Gardening: Frost Protection

Thanks to the recession, my sister and I no longer have the option of not growing our own food. Unfortunately, we live in the high desert region of Central Oregon where the hardiness zone is technically 5, but where you have to be prepared year-round for the...
Make an Outdoor Pendant Luminary

Make an Outdoor Pendant Luminary

After experimenting with pond algae as an alternative heating fuel, I experimented further and made this outdoor pendant lamp using chicken wire and algae. It’s a very inexpensive and easy way to make a lighted garden sculpture. The chicken wire allows you you...