Starting a Garden Part 1

Many have not enjoyed the benefits of eating vegetables right out of the garden. Not mass produced and weak, but the real stuff, full of flavor and nature! If you are like me, there is no other way. The next several entries will be all about making your home garden the best and most productive for your family!

Instructions for starting a garden part 1

  1. Step 1

    Lettuce Garden

    Lettuce Garden

Grow only those vegetables you enjoy eating. Give priority to those prized for incredible flavor when eaten fresh from the garden: sweet corn, beans and peas, tomatoes and young spinach, among others.

  1. Step 2

Prepare a plot of flat ground that gets full sun nearly all day. Break up and turn the soil and add compost or other organic material (See How to Buy Soil Amendments). A full day of blazing sunshine is especially important if you grow vegetables in the cool weather of early spring, early fall or winter.

  1. Step 3

Figure out how much growing space you have and plant accordingly. Lettuce, for example, can be grown in a solid mat, but tomatoes need to be spaced about 2 feet (60 cm) apart.

Sweet Corn

Sweet Corn

Give pumpkins at least 4 feet (120 cm) of growing room. Growing requirements are provided on seed packets, in catalogs, and on nursery tags, as well as in books on growing vegetables.

Check back later for more steps!

Read more: How to Start a Vegetable Garden | eHow.com

Thanks eHow!

I Have Bees: What Now?

There is a lot of stuff to be afraid of out there; spiders, snakes centipedes, etc. However, one of the most feared of the backyard critters are bees. We have been taught to stay perfectly still and we won’t get stung, and then we get stung anyway. Sometimes we can get stung just doing normal things like mowing the lawn or picking apples.

The first step is to identify what kind of bees that you have. The worst ones aren’t even bees, they can be wasps or hornets. There are also some types of bees that are very dangerous and should not be messed with. For the safety of you and you family, contact a professional if ever in doubt. Sometimes nature can help us out:

I don’t want something like that in my back yard!

One way to take out a hornets nest is to call a professional or you can use a shotgun…

Although this is an awesome method, I do not recommend it for everyone. Also, not everyone can shoot guns in their front yard.

Tips for getting rid of problem:

  1. Sell house and move. Although this may seem like a viable option, it really just delays the problem to the next owner.
  2. Explosives. No, not a good solution.
  3. Wait till evening and then use ‘off the shelf’ insect spray. Maybe. But make sure that you are using the right stuff, and you have a method of escape. Some will damage siding and other housing features, so read the labels.
  4. Call a professional. This is probably the most effective method. At least get a quote…

There are many other methods so please do research, look up what the problem is and act accordingly.

Two Words for Extreme Backyard Fun: Zip Line!

I was recently helping a friend install a new roof on his garage. After we were done for the day, he asked me to check out his upgrades on his zip-line. Now, this is not your run-of-the-mill zip line that we all have installed between trees in our back yards… What, you don’t have a zip line in your back yard? Well, neither do I so read on… Wait, you don’t know what a zip line is? Well, let me show you! This video was taken last year at our church camp out. These great people, Kevin and Gail, host a church campout in their back yard for a church that regularly has over 1400 people in attendence on a Sunday morning. Of course there are many others that help, but they offer a lot of their time, and home, for this wonderful event.

 

Now that you know what a zip line is, let’s look more at Kevin’s upgrade, the new tower.

Zip Line tower

Is this going to stay in the back yard?View from the top; this WILL stay in the back yard!

He built the tower out of treated pine and it stands 12 feet high with an additional 4 feet of railing above that. There is a ladder built into the side of the tower and a smaller platform to help hook the harness to the carrier. The cable itself is 500 feet long and normally about 20 feet off the ground. But, as you see in the video the contour of their yard takes the line about 50 feet off the ground. Kevin has taken the time to fully research this hobby and ensures us that the utmost caution has been taken to keep every rider safe.

As I was watching my 10 year old son hurl down the side of the hill on this thin steel line, I timed the journey at around 14 seconds. That translates to almost 25 miles per hour! Not bad, not bad at all… The following site has some good information about zip lines. http://www.ziplinerider.com/ However, I must say, please research this topic fully before attempting something this large. Also, it is my rule that the person responsible for building the thing, whether it be a zip line or a hammock swing, should be the first on the test it!

Enjoy and have a lot of back-yard fun!