The Art of Capture

The art of capture of spent grain.  Am I a little late?  Is it spent yet? 

Not yet!  I am going to add some, thanks to Midnight Sun Brewery, who actually helped me land a husband, I will be using their excess as a layer in the lasagne garden. 

Growing food is always a challenge in Alaska where 3 inches of snow is predicted in lower elevations with 6 inches in upper MID MAY!

planting seeds and potatoes and a little patience

Spent 6 hours after a meaningless 2 meetings at work, planning/planting in the garden.  These first days of growing season I am hit with a wide range of emotions.  Mostly happy, but confused and feel as if I have undertaken some major ADD with a whopper of H on the side.  What should I do  first, I ask my other self, the thoughtful one, probably water and get the next proposed garden bed ready.  Wait!  Those seeds should really be put in the ground now.  Nice neighbor said I could steal his leaves for my compost.  That really should be watered so that it I don’t just have a pile of leaves sitting there doing nothing, right?  “Mama, will you swing me?  Mama! Mama, pleaaaaaaaase will you swing me!!!?!!!”  Yes, I say, of course, this is most important.  “Get me down!”  Oy, all of that other stuff must wait.  What was I doing again?

Build your own Cold Frame – the super-easy way

AWESOMENESS! Thank you so much!

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Want to start your growing season early? Maybe extend in into the winter months? Then build a cold frame or sometimes called a mini greenhouse. A cold frame is 4 walls that secure heat and protect plants from the elements and a top that allows light through.

straw bale cold frame

Step 1) Find a good location that gets lots of sunlight and faces south.
Step 2) Build the walls. I used straw bales. They’re great at holding in heat and no tools are needed.

cold frame 1

Step 3) Use some old windows to put on top. I used some storm windows I found in the trash at a local church.

cold frame2

Step 4) Fill with plant trays full of seeds.
Step 5) Keep an eye on temperature, moisture and airflow. Open up the lid a few inches to circulate fresh air in.
Step 6) Acclimate your seedlings by taking the lid off when they get bigger.

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