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The Frisbie House was built in 1920, firmly planted into the bedrock of the hillside.  It’s clear that some blasting was done to lay the foundation and the remaining rubble buried throughout the grounds.  Put a spade in any spot in our yard and you will quickly come to a scraping stop.  This can be a challenge. 

When re-flooring the greenhouse this year, we built 2 raised beds that needed to be filled with soil.  Any old person can go out and buy soil, but hey, we’re The Frisbie’s, surely there is some way we could mechanize this process and use what we already have… right?  

“Honey… bring me the power tools!”  

DIY Sifting Screen

In his usual problem-solving manner, Silverback built a screen to sift soil and separate rocksand then juiced it up.    

 

 

Power tools are your friends

It was fun watching him tinker with it, and it came together pretty quickly.  He truly amazes me when he builds things.  He thinks of everything – it sits on top of the wheel barrow and is compact enough to store easily.  The reciprocating saw unhooks and goes back into the toolbox.  When he perfected it, he began clearing the area under our deck, which is the most rock-laden part of the yard and definitely needs a re-do.  Within a short time, he screened enough soil to fill the need in the greenhouse.  Soft, fluffy, beautifully screened soil!  Next, I want him to screen some compost to enrich those beds.  The machine makes it easy, fast, and fun.

Soil goes in the wheel barrow; rocks fly like the dickens

The by-product is some gravel and stones we can use in landscaping.  I’m a little freaky about stone.  I love it.  I earned a 4.0 in Geology.  When I see a pile of rocks I want to build a wall, line a path, or just stare lovingly at it.  After all, I grew up in the country where farmed fields were deliniated by acres of rock wall.  Beautiful.  Primitive.  Interesting.

One day, I will update you with a before/after photo of our deck project.  Until then, here’s a peek at the new greenhouse beds where some lucky plants will snuggle in for the season.     

 

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Gift that made my day!

I’m not Irish and I don’t look good in green, but I LOVE this holiday for another reason.  You know why, right?  Peas!!!  And other things, too.  The weather was so fine the other day, Mom came up for a visit and we ended up outside with Pookah and Tootsie.  There is just something about digging up the rich, dark soil for the first time, the cool air, the sun beaming down, the smell of the garden, the promise of things to come… oh yeah, it’s a glorious day.  We put 2 kinds of peas in the garden along the fence.  We uncovered some garlic sprouting beneath the dry leaves.  We found some onions hiding under there, too.  We made 2 container gardens for lettuce and spinach in the greenhouse. (more…)

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May 7th Ripening Berries

WE LOVE BERRIES!  I’ve mentioned before that I have way too many strawberry plants taking over the garden, and we still never seem to have enough berries.  We eat them too quickly to make preserves and each year that I try to slice and freeze them for the future, someone (ahem… Silverback) eats them right out of the freezer!  No, we just cannot keep nature’s candy in Mrs. Frisbie’s House for long.   (more…)

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