Daily Archives: June 3, 2013

More Cake Magic

Once again, Kaelyn is working some magic with “cakes”…this time for a project for English class at school.

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She and her friend worked together to decorate cupcakes, and an African Gray parrot, made out of Rice Krispies and frosting.

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The process was fun, but took a lot of time and effort.

At school, they will present the bird with the cupcakes all around the bottom.

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I’m happy to report that they did get an “A” on the project.  Everyone thought the bird was amazing!!

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Garden Update 2013

Its time to plant! The garden has been sitting and looking pretty and I love the way it looks! But tomorrow I’m going to a new nursery to get some plants. There will be green in the garden soon, and something else new.

Today, I hauled 6 bales of straw into the garden for a new endeavor this year called “straw bale gardening”. I have read 2 books on the subject, one last year and one this year and I’m ready to give it a try.

The concept is simple, use decomposed straw for your garden base and create a warm base without weeds for your garden to grow in.

Since straw itself offers no nutrient value, you have to prep and “condition” the bales. It takes 12 days to condition the bales so tomorrow will be day #1. Today I just watered the heck out of the straw bales after I dragged them over from the barn.

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We’re still discussing watering systems. I’d like drip hose everywhere, but because I plan to make my boxes in the “square foot garden” style, I feel like I need 4 hoses in each box. So figuring out how to get this all on one hose system with a timer is what we’re up against right now.