Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Some New, Old Gardening Ideas

And, for the second post of the day....

A post I saw this morning led me to this website,HERE

Now, you might remember that we are doing lasagna gardening here... and layer our beds with biodegradable paper, with straw and peat moss, and then garden soil.  Our elevated beds have the same in them, and I have just top-dressed them with straw for the current growing season. 

I am going to experiment with growing IN just a bale of straw, and report on it, for you. 

Yesterday evening, we got some great ideas for a watering system using Homer buckets and hose to get water from the duck pond that I am now emptying and refilling daily to the fruit trees.  If you have read along here for a long time, you know that I carried many, many buckets of water to those trees last summer to keep them alive in our terrible drought.  It worked, all four lived. 

Gail suggested that we raise a bucket and do a downward-running siphon system to the trees, so that I only have to bucket into that bucket from where I stand by the pool.  It will keep the yard MUCH drier, and gravity will water the trees.  Keith got it immediately when he read her comment, and we are going to put it into effect in the next few days, because frankly, today is a mess out there. 

34 degrees! 

Back to comfort food... it's Beef and Bean Casserole from Betty Crocker, and will have lettuce and some more tomatoes on top by the time Keith gets home.  Notice I had to taste-test it. 

HERE is the recipe. 

I made some chocolate chip cookies for dessert. 

I thought you would all enjoy seeing some of the birds coming to the deck today.  Everytime I say I am going to stop feeding on the deck, we have another crazy weather day.  I just love the wildings so much and enjoy watching them... so I am still feeding.  

As Keith says... they have my number! 

I had some particularly good pictures of tufted titmice, but, in going back over them... I can't isolate them, there were so many pictures.  How I love to watch them, even the grackles and cowbirds. 

Today is a Tuesday Gardening linkup at An Oregon Cottage, HERE and there's lot's of good gardening information if you have time to go read a few. 

Let's hope this is the last of the "S" word for our spring, here at Calamity Acres! 


  1. I love it that you can't stop feeding the birds on the deck. You are a softy aren't you?

  2. YUM on the comfort food ! I love seeing such a variety of birds on your porch . Aw they love ya .

  3. Mmmm~ that recipe sounds (and look) wonderful, Mary Ann. I will definitely give that a try because it sounds like something my hubby would love.
    I love the idea of "lasagna gardening"... pretty neat!
    Hang in there~ spring has got to be on the way... *sigh*

  4. The weather has been crazy here, too. I'm wondering if we'll ever have a few good days in a row before it just turns off blazing hot.

    I love the bird shots and am wondering about the yellow and black one? My first thought was that is was a Goldfinch, but it has such a lot of black.

    Your comfort food looks tasty and I'm sure was good on a cold day. It's gotta get warm soon!

  5. Wow snow still on deck ! Here's hoping your sunshine is on its way ! Have a wonderful day

  6. It'll be interesting to see what grows in a bale of straw. I've never heard of that one. Your casserole looks yummy! I always taste test everything I make too. We do have to make certain it is good. Yes we hope for no more snow. This has been the strangest April we've ever had.

  7. They show that bale technique at the Fall Fest, along with several other types of raised and bed ideas. It's a free festival and they have lots of great things to look at and learn from.

    You wildlife cam takes great shots.

  8. We are concentrating on your comfort food cos mom is at work and hungry! we feed the birds also, but it is getting to "do we feed the birds or the pugs?" and you know who will win there don't cha
    stella rose

  9. I will be so interested to see how your gardening works. It sounds awesome.
    The birds on the deck look so pretty. I bet you are tired of snow.
    I think that is so great you didn't loose your trees last year.

  10. Hi Mary Ann, I was writing my grocery list and I had to have that recipe. It looks wonderful. I can't wait to make it. Thanks


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