Archive for December, 2008

Potting Soil From Compost

December 31st, 2008

Every year lately I make a big batch or two of potting soil – it saves quite a lot of money and it’s more convenient than working with a bunch of awkward leaky plastic bags.  Plus I know what goes into it.

This is the rig that I use to screen compost – it works very well and is built out of scrap lumber and a piece of 1/2″ by 1″ galvanized wire mesh left over from building some rabbit cages.

The last time I painted the garage roof I gave my retired commercial wheel barrow a nice thick coating with the last bit of roof paint to keep from having leftovers.  It’s ugly, but it keeps it from rusting.

A simple efficient compost screener

A simple efficient compost screener

Just work your compost around with a hoe and pull the big pieces off the back.  Toss them back  on to the compost pile when you finish. » Read more: Potting Soil From Compost

Anyone Can Raise Rabbits

December 25th, 2008

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Anyone can raise rabbits,  but then why would you want to?

Raising rabbits is  enjoyable – the animals are gentle, and interactive – they often “thump” at you when they hear you come outside if they want attention. If you are actually raising rabbits as opposed to just keeping them as pets then you will have litters of baby rabbits on a regular schedule, and that is also enjoyable.

Rabbits don’t take up much space, and they make almost no noise at all.  They don’t smell as long as the rabbit keeper does his or her part.

Raising rabbits is not very expensive to begin – breeding stock can be had for $10 – $20 each or less, and the required equipment can be built from inexpensive or recycled materials by anyone with a modicum of skill. » Read more: Anyone Can Raise Rabbits

Thanks for the Comments

December 16th, 2008

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While perusing some of the comments that we’ve been blessed with lately I checked into some of the blogs and other web sites that our readers have…

Chris at  – Urban Horticulture has  some great gardening how to articles, and a beautiful site with lots of photos and video content.  His article on Brown Turkey fig trees caught my eye.   I’m thinking of trying some container fruit trees now that I have a greenhouse which I can use to protect them from our notorious late spring frosts.

Dave at  The Home Garden is another Tennessee gardener who blogs on his pastime.  Lately he’s done some good posts on propagation – free plants, you gotta love that.

Cheryl blogs with plenty of photos on her gardening experiences at Cheryl’s Garden Goodies . Her friendly writing style and replies to comments are something that I really enjoy as a visitor.

Andrew at  – Garden Hacker – reports on his garden experiments and links out to other interesting/experimental garden sites.

Bill comments on sustainability and environmental issues at his Recycle blog – just another voice crying out in the wilderness, but maybe if enough of us get on our soapbox our leaders will realize our concern isn’t just a fad.

Dave’s Workout has great articles on Health, fitness, and nutrition as well as healthy / vegetarian cooking. Don’t be intimidated by the sign up form on the home page you can just click on the articles without all that if you want.

Merry Christmas!