Got this used Mantis tiller at a yard sale for $15 recently. All it needed was a carburetor, which my husband stole off the gas blower. I took it to the compost bin, reducing it down to a
manageable level. I can never get the compost to turn over with just a pitchfork, it is too heavy. I will admit, it was a mess, the tiller kept getting full and I had to keep the tines clean. But I am glad it did the job. BTW, this little baby is powerful in the veggie garden, too! I think it will outperform the medium & large tillers we have.
apparently so......I learned this today the hard way. Got laminate floors installed in July, and THEN decided I wanted new interior doors. I love my doors, which were installed today,
BUT, since the floors were installed first, I now have a gap or two where the new frame doesn't cover the flooring. I am posting this for someone questioning which order to do this in. The funny thing is, my coworker and I just had this discussion this summer because she was doing both at the same time.
I now have to call back the flooring installer and hope he can do something for me that doesn't involve pulling up the floor and recutting. (which will not happen as far as I am concerned.) I did go purchase a new threshold and something called Pergo Sealant, which I may have to resort to to fill the gaps.
Has anyone ever tried planting potatoes in straw or bags of potting soil? I have never tried planting them, and I don't really have room in the veg garden unless I try something space saving. I am more of a tomato, green bean, onion planter, but this year I want to try some new stuff.
This is a "warning" post. I had planted a row of these about 4 years ago, with the intention of blocking out the neighbor behind us. Our 6 foot privacy fence, on a slope, was only about 5 feet in reality. True to their information, they do grow extremely fast and provide excellent privacy. Within 3 years they were about 15 feet tall.
Unfortunately, we spent last summer trying to exterminate them. The roots are VERY invasive. I found a
root up against our above ground pool, and my pool means much more to me than privacy. I didn't need roots poking up through the vinyl liner.
The way we got rid of them was to cut them down, and then spend the entire summer applying TORDON stump killer to the shoots. There were shoots everywhere, even 15 feet up into the yard, in every direction. The drought we had last year was a blessing in disguise for us, because it helped in preventing more roots, since they like water. Tordon works fantastically in immediately killing the shoot.
So, if you like these and want to plant, I would suggest you do it out on the back 40 where it won't bother anything.
This is my first picture post! I just got done laying over 1000 lbs of flagstone in my "secret garden". This is my favorite spot in my yard, because my yard slopes, and this is the only area where I can't be seen (i.e. from the neighbors).
Would you believe this Geranium is 5 years old? With a total outlay of approximately $10, the total cost per year is $2. When it is time for frost, bring your geraniums into the garage/shed for the winter. I hang mine from the ceiling with hooks. Let it go dormant and when March rolls around and the weather gets nicer, start putting it out in the sun during the day and start watering it. (I don't water all winter long.) It will get ratty looking, but in the Spring, remove all the
yucky stuff, it'll grow back. I had about given up on this one this Spring, and look at it now!
My mom just had her bathtub replaced with a shower stall. She was having a hard time getting over the tub wall due to her age. Always get more than one bid, the first plumber wanted double what she paid to do this with the second plumber.
this is my version of #itching4spring .....all the critters that come into the yard, good and bad. I loved having those baby
bunnies a few summers ago. Last summer I tried teaching the cat (who is an indoor cat, but gets to go out with me to sun) how to observe and not chase. As you can see by the picture, it seems to be working. Unfortunately, last year my bunny ate all my green beans, so I have to put up a garden fence this year.
The baby bird was a "brancher". I found him out in the heat one day and I nursed him with soggy cat food until he was able to fly away. It took about a week and I sure enjoyed it. I am sure my neighbors thought I was nuts, bending down talking to the bird. I think we bonded because he would be happy to see me, that is, until he decided to leave. It was quite an experience.
The squirrel took a liking to the cat. We would sit on the bench and he would peek his head over the fence and chirp at us. The cat did not like him back, however.