Archive for June, 2010

Bike Wheel Trellis

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Michelle built a Luffa Trellis out of old bike wheels, popped bike inner tubes, and palettes.  The only things that weren’t reclaimed/recycled were the six screws that hold the wood frame together.

Apricot Jam

Friday, June 25th, 2010

The food preservation has already begun!  We canned 10 1/2 pints of apricot jam, froze 7ish pounds of apricot halves, and are making more jam in the next day or two.  The apricots came from West Orchards out of Macon, MO.  We got to go pick apricots with one of the owners, Dan West, and had a wonderful time talking with him and getting to know another great food producer in the area.  We highly recommend going out to see their orchard and eat their delicious fruit!

Dan also told us about some projects he’s researching like a parabolic solar still for fermenting and distilling the fallen fruit to produce ethanol that powers his mowers and machinery.  Very interesting, amazing stuff happening!

You can visit them online at

Pole Bean Trellis

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Part 1 of the pole bean trellis is finished, with the addition being finished tomorrow.  Here’s the work in progress.  Also, a picture of the freshly painted garage.  The paint was “oops” paint from Home Depot.  Basically, whenever a paint bucket gets tinted incorrectly, they sell it for super cheap.  We got 5 gallons for $15.

Mid June Garden

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

When it warms up, the plants just grow so quickly.  Before you know it they’re all grown up, showing off to some pollinator, and bearing fruit.

Scapes and Cilantro

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

We harvested some of our Garlic Scapes today.  They’re the edible (and delicious) flowering stem of the garlic plant. Here’s a picture of one still on the plant.

We roasted them in olive oil with some sea salt on top.  They tasted like a mild, roasted garlic.  We didn’t plant much garlic last fall, so we only have one or two more rounds of the scapes for this season.

Some volunteer cilantro popped up in our potato bed, so we’ve been caring for it.  Apparently cilantro and potatoes do well together, because this cilantro is lusher than any I’ve grown before, and it doesn’t seem to be ready to bolt anytime soon.  I guess all the mulch and shade from the potatoes gives it a nice cool, moist environment with just enough afternoon sun.  The best cilantro is growing on the west side of the middle row of potatoes (the potato rows are N-S).

Also, a picture of our closest-to-actually-being-set-up room.

Moving by Bicycle

Saturday, June 12th, 2010

Finally!  We’re in the actual house that is the Kirksville Permaculture Education Center!  It’s been a hectic last few weeks, but the end to the move is in sight.

Things would have been much smoother had it not been for the lead abatement/encapsulation that we did on the windows and garage.  The paint was flaking off and was an environmental health hazard to many lifeforms, so we spent over 120 work hours getting that under control.

Then- We moved.  By bicycle!

Here’s the proof.

By the end of the moving, we were testing the capacity of the four trailer bike-train.  Successes all around!

Many thanks go to Will, Jonathan, Eric, Gabe, Amelia, and Jon, and for the use of the trailers built by the Rot Riders and Eric and  the 700lb capacity trailer from the Possibility Alliance.