Garden, How to, Recipe, Vegatables

How To Make Corn Nuts

We made our own corn nuts. We used a very simple recipe and tried to use our glass gem corn kernels. We love eating corn nuts as a snack. Next time we are going to try different kernels and bake them.

Here are few other recipes:
http://brooklynfarmgirl.com/2013/08/07/roasted-corn-kernel-nuts/
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/06/what-are-corn-nuts_n_6810636.html

DIY, Gardening, How to

Bird House Design: Bottle Gourd

We decided to turn our bottle gourds into Bird Houses. This took about a year to make from seed to the final bird house build. They are easy to grow and convert into a single room bird casa with a little bit of work. Zoe painted them and I help with the parental stuff and the bird house design.

This was a great project for all of us. Any bird nest around your house will provide a safe habitat for the neighborhood birds.

For this project you will need a 2″ hole saw, a small drill bit, a drill, weather proof paint, plastic string and patience.

You can also drill a few holes in the bottom for drainage to keep help reduce flooding inside the gourd.

 

Gardening, How to, Seeds, Soil

Growing Plants From Seeds

I wanted to document how we grow our plants from seeds. We use mostly organic heirloom seeds from Baker Creek Seed Company. http://www.rareseeds.com

The seed trays usually have to be cleaned each year to get rid of the small spiders from within. After a few days the seeds germinate and then the grow lights are working to keep the seedlings from getting spindly or leggy.

The potting soil mix used is from Fox Farm comes with a Ocean Forest additives.
http://foxfarmfertilizer.com/

Growing from seed is economically cheaper than buying pre-potted plants. After about a month we harden them off and move them into the garden. We use old mini blinds for identification tags in our seed trays.

DIY, Gardening, How to, Technology

As Seen On Pinterest – PVC Self Watering Drip Irrigation System

The Self Watering Drip Irrigation System made completely from PVC is the subject of this video. We found a pin on Pinterest that went viral and decided if it was easy and cheap like the article claimed. We made the whole drip system for the low price of $50.00.

We used a very small amount of drip irrigation supplies. I chose this method over soaker hoses due the longevity of PVC materials. With the add on of the Melnor Water timer ,model 3012, this irrigation system is completely automated.

The water system is a furrow style to water between the rows of your garden. We used a 7/64 drill bit to make the self drip size just right.I would go smaller next time. If your ever in the south during the heat of the summer, this will help water your garden and save your hard work on your plants.

You can find where I got my idea from  this website:
http://thewrinkleddollar.com