Monday, May 5, 2008

Chore list

Monday, Monday, time to get organized after my 3 12-hour shifts @ work. Quick check of the long range weather claims highs around mid 60's & more importantly lows around 40's. Chance of rain <>
So here's my list of outside homesteading chores to complete in the next 4 days.
  • Paint 2, 55 gallon food grade plastic barrels black so DH can make me more rain barrels. We both have a feeling that this will be a drought Summer.
  • Rework the patio - rearrange the pavers & put up a privacy trellis that will double as vertical growing space for green beans. Involves relocating pea gravel & using found materials.
  • Install a new raised bed - HD is having a sale on landscape timbers @ $1.89 each. Our need for more growing space outweighs our usual lax time schedule of curb shopping for found materials to use in construction of raised beds such as cinder blocks & huge rocks. This will also free up old cinders to recreate a better hearth for my canning stove or make a new stove.
  • Visit a local city park that has a fresh water filled quarry (licensed fishing only) to collect pond scum for composting. Forage for plants.
  • Snag countless trash cans full of free wood chips for mulch (city dump) for the back 40'.
  • Plant all those darn seeds we keep buying, collecting, trading, received as gifts.
  • Make a rabbit tractor so buns can be free ranged to save on feed & give them some space.
  • Survey my oldest DD's backyard to finalize plans for a satellite garden . She's rented a house in the same neighborhood so maintaining it will be convenient (yea, famous last words). Oh duh, add @ least two more rain barrels for that garden. Figure out a fencing system to deter her neighbor & their pets.

~~ pelenaka ~~


  1. you might like to look at the rain barrel kits offered by - they also offer downspout filters, downspout diverters and first flush units.

  2. Very nice website but we don't have any diffaculty obtaining the parts for rainbarrels. A local cheese factory sells them for $5 each & with scavanged parts like garden hoses & some bought parts from the hardware store it's a done deal.
    Your paint the rain barrel section gives me an idea for ours ...

  3. Hi,

    I would love to see photos of your rabbit tractor. I bet they will love it. I really learn a lot from your gardening on the cheap posts. Very good idea to have a garden at your daughters.


Thanks, good to know there are other's with this interest