Skip to main content

Summer Vacation at Last.

I'll think I'll spend it doing stuff. I managed to get all my commitments polished off and now I can spend some time doing some chores around the place. Like finishing the Chicken runs, getting the skid steer mobile and maybe planting a late tire garden.I've discovered a new way to make a tire garden. By reversing a 16 inch truck tire and painting the inside white it makes a great cold frame. The curved white surface on the inside reflects the light and the black tire outside collects the heat. We have been doing a little test with some of them and in the sun lately it was getting over 40 degrees centigrade inside. Too hot to grow anything but it sure showed what the set up is capable off. Going to do another run of radishes and lettuce, maybe some spinach. Our crop has all bolted.


Kevin said…
how did you get those turned inside out? There must be a secret, since it seemed like a 700lb gorilla was required when I was there.
Art Blomquist said…
Ah, the ones you see turned inside out are 16" truck tires. Although there is a trick to doing it. I don't know if it is possible to turn a logging truck tire, but then I really don't have to, I just cut the top tire a couple of inches back from the bead, and use a bottom piece to hold the plastic, or garden cloth. I am off to Burns tomorrow to get some more. I think I need around a 100. It's 9c here today and raining so the cold frames are needed.

Popular posts from this blog

Deep Winter

Late in coming, winter does seem to be upon us.

 The snow is piling up and we are very grateful for it.  Hopefully that will translate to a rise in the well water.  last year the water table dropped at least eight feet. Which means we are now looking at several options including water catchment systems, hauling water from town, developing some new wells. 

The doggies are in their glory.  Loving the piles of snow - or as they see them: Doggie Lookouts!

Once in a Blue Moon

Winter Wood.

Winter isn't the best time to be bringing in the wood, but this year it was necessary.  A combination of procrastination and doing other things during the summer.  A mistake I won't be making this year.  We heat everything with wood as using electricity to heat is like burning money.  This year we resorted to trading Pork for Firewood.  Dave used his skidder to untangle the pick up stick from the pond forest.  It's all dead bug wood pine and the wind has done a fair job in knocking it into unr…

Spring Dreams

The snow is gone.  Well, except for a few inches now and then, when Mother Nature decides to remind us that winter will be truly gone when she says it is.  Not when we wish it were. Or whined about it.  She seems particularly deaf about whining.  Almost like using sarcasm with Hurley, the Great Pyrenees.  It's not that they ignore me - it's just not within their job scope.

Have the greenhouse in a flurry of planting.  That's spinach and mesclun mix setting my taste-buds to a slightly embarrassing drooling state.

Soon the dandelions and lamb's quarters will be up and getting a light sprinkling of virgin olive oil (don't get me started) and balsamic vinegar.  That's a 250 watt HPS lamp to make sure they get 18 hours of light a day.

Zucchini came up in a very short time. They are on a two by four heat mat and have a timer controlled grow lamp a foot above them. I know people just can't seem to give away Zukes. Not a problem here, the chickens, turkeys and Peeg…


Blackie the cat gets the primo view.  He was a superlative mouser and had the respect of his peers.

Freedom!  As in Freedom Rangers, Chickens grown to be pastured.  I feel guilty growing the Cornish crosses that we have been.  A chicken with phenomenal feed conversion rates that grows to market weight in six weeks.  If they live.  We have had some terrific losses some as high as thirty percent, attributable to heart failure.  So we have decided to try the freedom rangers.  We had them brought in from their hatchery in Pennsylvania USA, and they arrived five days old, in great health with feathers happening!  Were only trying fifty of them, so there wont be a lot left over.

Still haven't got spinach cultivation to where I want them to be.  We've had one feed off off this tire and it's bolting already.  This week I will try some out in the tire garden, under a cover and see if the cooler temperatures will work better.

 Starting seedling peppers, Brussels sprouts and Red ca…