Just a bit earlier, today

With how bitterly cold it has been for the past while, I have been doing my morning rounds much later in the morning. It may only have been a couple of degrees warmer, but I was taking anything I could get! Usually, by the time I came out, the outside cats were hovering around the … Continue reading Just a bit earlier, today

Our 2021 garden: bunching onions started, and sprouts!

Finally! The last of our onion seeds have been planted! These were the bunching onions; a variety called Red Baron, from Veseys. They have red root ends instead of the usual white. Using the dampened blunt end of a bamboo skewer made planting the seeds really easy. I could pick up a single seed at … Continue reading Our 2021 garden: bunching onions started, and sprouts!

Our 2021 garden: shallots are started!

Well, the shallot seeds are finally planted! Yay! After adding more water and letting it soak overnight, we were left with a sort of peat slurry! 😀 No fear of the seeds not getting enough moisture, this time! To contain any potential mess, I set up inside the under-bed storage container that will eventually be … Continue reading Our 2021 garden: shallots are started!

Our 2021 Garden: preparing to start shallot seeds

With our bulb onions already starting to show sprouts (so quickly!) I've got a bee in my bonnet about getting the shallot seed started, too. With how dry the loose peat in the K-cups are in the middles, this time I wanted to make sure the peat was thoroughly saturated before putting them into the … Continue reading Our 2021 Garden: preparing to start shallot seeds

Converting the fish tanks into greenhouses, part 5: all set up and pretty much done

Today, I was finally able to continue setting up cat proof greenhouses in our unused fish tanks, to start seeds. What I wanted to do was line the tanks with rigid insulation where they were near walls. Since there is no way to lower the lights to be closer to the seed starts, I was … Continue reading Converting the fish tanks into greenhouses, part 5: all set up and pretty much done

Converting the fish tank to a cat proof greenhouse, part 4: padded

Today, I found the self adhesive felted pads that I wanted to use on the covers for the fish tank. I found them while looking for something else, of course. 😀 Here is where, on the tank, I want them to sit. The bar across the middle has extra surface area in the corners of … Continue reading Converting the fish tank to a cat proof greenhouse, part 4: padded

Converting the fish tank to a cat proof greenhouse, part 3: covers done!

Yes! The big tank now has its cat proof covers! The second one was much faster to build than the first. 😀 For those who are new to this blog *waves hello* you can catch up on the project with part one and part two. Links will open in new tabs, so you don't lose … Continue reading Converting the fish tank to a cat proof greenhouse, part 3: covers done!

Converting the fish tank to a cat proof greenhouse, part 2: changed plans

Yesterday, I got started on making covers for our big fish tank, to keep the cats out. Today, I assembled the first one. Of course, things did not go to plan. Does anything ever? 😀 One of the things I needed to figure out was how to secure the hardware cloth to the frame pieces, … Continue reading Converting the fish tank to a cat proof greenhouse, part 2: changed plans

Converting the fish tank to a cat proof greenhouse, part 1: starting a cover

I have spent some time thinking about how we can convert our big fish tank into a greenhouse to start seeds in, while also making sure the cats couldn't jump in. The original covers the tank came with would have been ideal, but the hinges on those broke long ago. Since a piece of the … Continue reading Converting the fish tank to a cat proof greenhouse, part 1: starting a cover