Posts Tagged ‘Garden’

Bike Wheel Trellises

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

The bike wheel trellis is holding up supremely well.

It’s been through several major storms and battled high winds with ease.   It’s as easy as it looks, and the luffa’s love it.

Is there lead in your garden hose?

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Probably.

We came across an article from ABC. They tested 10 hoses from major retailers off their shelves. The results weren’t good.

Five of the 10 hoses came back with levels of lead higher than what the Environmental Protection Agency allows for drinking water: 15 parts per billion. Four of those came back with extremely high lead levels.

And this isn’t a case of poorly managed international trade regulations. Most the hoses I looked at were made in the USA. Lead and all.

We traded out our hose at Ace for one without lead in it.   We don’t like advertising for anyone, but this seems to be more about safety than advertising.  Other places might have them too, but either way, find out what’s in your hose.

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.

KPEC Gardens

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

We worked from Wednesday through Tuesday, establishing our gardens and planting onions.  Lots of Communiversity Garden members came out to help, as well as our good friend Tim who was visiting from Albuquerque on his way to Austin.  There’s still more work to be done, but the majority of it is finished.

The onions and garlic are planted on New Street at a community garden established there.

The method we used for established the garden at the KPEC was to use garden forks lift out the sod, let the soil dry out for a day, broad fork the bed to loosen and aerate the soil, sprinkle a layer of shredded leaf mulch over the bed, flip the sod back on grass side down to compost with the leaf layer, then finish it off with another layer of mulch.  We’ll be letting it break down over the next few weeks.