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  3. 3. Tear down my garage and build a 12 seat theatre
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  15. 15. Teach people what feminism really means
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  18. 18. learn to fly and get my pilot's license
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  20. 20. hike the appalachian trail
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  21. 21. learn to speak Spanish
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  22. 22. Visit one-hundred museums
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  23. 23. Learn Self Defense
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  24. 24. shave my head
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  25. 25. See a total solar eclipse
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  26. 26. see the Daily Show live
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  28. 28. See a Broadway show
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  34. 34. get my motorcycle license
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Recent entries
blog about our garden (read all 9 entries…)
A good week blog-wise

We upgraded WordPress recently and I haven’t figured out how to link our posts back to 43things as easily as I’ve done in the past. I’m working on that.

Meanwhile, some recent highlights include:

Our 100 Year Old Lilac

Lilacs & Rain: Sweet Spring Scents

Rhubarb Containers

DIY Cloches: A snake in the grass

Rub-a-Dub Planting Tub

Planting Peas

Hey, that’s a lot of posts! With pictures and everything!



blog about our garden (read all 9 entries…)
Finding my groove

I’m trying to find the right pace for the garden blog, the ideal of posts-per-week to shoot for. Every day blogging is a bit too much. A post each week isn’t really enough. Jimbo and I are co-blogging (is that a word yet??) which makes it a bit easier and more fun. We need to work on encouraging each other, I guess.

Meanwhile, I wrote a post yesterday about our current bush, which can be read here.

I need to finish some of the other posts I’ve started. Our garden is just waking up so there’ll be lots to write about in the coming weeks.



blog about our garden (read all 9 entries…)
DIY Garden Cloches

Have you ever seen traditional garden cloches? They are beautiful, glass bell jars that you put over tender plants to protect them from the harsh elements and insects. You can use cloches to get a head-start on the growing season. They add a very classy, Victorian look to a garden. Imagine a row of them, covering all the early seedlings in a garden. How lovely!

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And imagine the expense! At $50 or $60 a pop, these beauties are not cheap.

Using cloches is an ingenious gardening technique, however, and we’ve managed to do so for the last few years with a bit of the DIY project. If you are itching to get your garden going again, this is an easy, earth-friendly recycling project with which you can pass a little time until the snow melts.

We save large-ish plastic juice bottles. With heavy sheers or a knife, carefully cut off the bottom of the plastic bottle. Once you’ve transfered your seedlings to your garden soil, top them off with a plastic cloche. The cloche keeps the air warmer, but vents itself through the spout, so it doesn’t get too hot inside. Cloches can cut down on insects on your plants. Using cloches has reduced the number of flea beetles that find and nibble on my baby eggplants.
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Ours are not particularly gorgeous, but they serve the purpose. We switch them around after a week or two, moving them to the newer or smaller seedlings over the course of the start of our garden.

Jim came up with a clever and whimsical way of storing our plastic cloches too. He strings them on a rope, creating a very cute clear “dragon” that we hang on a peg in the barn when the cloches are not in use.



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