Sorry, I've not (successfully) grown them - tried the "shallots from
seed" foolishness (look, in the mirror - a fool) a few years back and
had disappointing "results" - need to pick the brains of the local farm
that manages to grow respectable ones - not, I think, from seed.
If the tops have died back, you might just as well pick/dig them, since
they won't be doing much growing and if they do, it will aimed at next
Cats, coffee, chocolate...vices to live by
Please don't feed the trolls. Killfile and ignore them so they will go away.
Makes sense. Their tops are now half dead. The hold over
from last year is completely dead, so I think I will dig
him up first.
Not to ask too stupid a question, but dig them up with a
trowel or a shovel?
i broke one of those here the first 5 minutes
i was trying to dig potatoes out of the clay.
we don't bother growing them any more (Ma hates
the bugs and we don't eat that many of them
luckily most of the gardens i grow veggies in
have improved a great deal since those early years. :)
how's the addition going?
We have a spading fork made of top steel that we bought probably 30
years ago. Of course we used it in good soil so no danger of breaking.
We use it infrequently here and that's only in the heavily amended beds
along the back fence.
We've been cooking in there for about a week now , I sure do like this new
stove . The Missus likes the dishwasher ... but then she's the one that was
doing them by hand in that teeny tiny camper sink .
I'll be running the water/drain lines for the W/M and vent for the dryer
tomorrow . Shoulda run the power today but I decided to bake instead . Two
loaves of bread and a dozen cinnamon rolls this afternoon . This morning I
made new legs for a short table we're using as a temporary island and did a
beer run on the new trike we got for the wife . Sure is different from two
glad it has come together. :) is the interior finished
already? you've been busy! :)
are the two wheels in front or back? i recall the
front single tire is tricky at times. i am watching
Elio Motors and hoping they will have something in
production for a while and be around when i need a
new small car. my current one is probably good for
another 20yrs though... :)
I have unfinished drywall up behind the countertop/stove/refrigerator area
, the rest is just bare insulation - and will be that way until I get her a
bedroom built . I expect construction on that to begin sometime in late July
Two in back , this trike is based on a 2009 Sportster Low . It does have a
lower C/G than a lot of bike-based units ... but I'm nowhere near finding
it's limits , mine at this time are much lower .
it is getting to be very hot out there now here for
big/heavy projects. i get a few hours in during the
morning cool and then take it easy the rest of the
day puttering around.
is the new bedroom all new from the foundation up
or just finishing up what has already been framed in?
g.l.! and be careful out there! Ma had some
lady on a motorcycle pull out in front of her
the other day (the lady didn't even look). if Ma
had been going a little faster it would have been
a mess. i told Ma to assume that everyone doesn't
see her and to drive more carefully. lucky and
good for her she didn't hit the gal.
Hell, Snag, we raised two kids to teenage in a 1450 square foot house.
Somehow, after the kids grew up and moved on, we seemed to need larger
houses. We've been from 1900 to 2200 square feet, current house is 1960
and seems small. Or is that all the stuff my artist wife stashes around
here. Not to mention my tool and lumber collection.<G>
I grew up in a 1200 square foot house that seemed more than adequate for
two parents and a growing boy. Plus we built it ourselves from two old
WWII Navy barracks. I was nine when we started and twelve when we
finally finished. Dad works swing shift so he had to sleep sometime. Big
adventure for a small boy. Plus the only thing we had to buy was
aluminum roofing. My first job on that one was straightening the used
nails on a piece of railroad rail, then sharpen the pointy end with a
file. Built it between 1949 and 1953 if I remember correctly. Most of
our extended family built their own homes with family help.
Gives you a real feel of satisfaction to build the place where you live.
Congratulations on another achievement.
does that include the garage space?
we're at about 1100sq ft here, not counting
the garage. it works for us as we are both
compatible enough. i'm sure some others would
feel it isn't enough space. could use more
storage space or better access to the crawl
space (where we could have a pantry and/or
root cellar). the main part is hexagon shape
so some spots are odd angled. the main bath
isn't even used and we should convert that
space into storage + a shower. eventually i
hope i can do some heat harvesting from the
sun and use that to give us hot water and a
boost for the winter days when we have some
One of my mother's brother's had property in Colorado. Had a hot spring
and a cold spring up hill. Uncle Jess, back in the twenties, piped each
to his kitchen and bathroom. Free hot and cold running water. He also
piped the hot spring through copper tubing in all the rooms of the house
and put a fan on them. Heat during the winter plus the multiple
fireplaces. We visited that house when I was about fourteen, I was
fascinated by all the neat stuff he had done on his own. He dropped out
of school at fourteen and went off to the Colorado gold mines, later on
he was a carpenter for one of the movie studio's in California, plus he
gold mined in Colorado during the Great Depression and he and his family
lived in the mine. I learned a lot from him, particularly, not to drive
in an arroyo when you see rain on the mountain. He showed me that when
we got out of one and watched the flood go through. Great adventures
with Uncle Jess.
I've never had to build my own home, have built barns, rabbitries,
chicken houses, pig pens, you name it. Some were pretty good, a few just
fell over. <G>
Picked a nice mess of crowder peas this morning, shucked and in the
fridge. Container is almost full and then all will be frozen and vacuum
bagged for later. Had bison hamburgers last night with french fries, and
crowder peas, pretty good eats. Bought the bison at the local Kroger
store for kicks.
how deep did you plant them? i don't think they
would develop well if planted too deeply.
i usually have to dig up any stray garlic plants
using a shovel in this clay or i'd be hurting my
wrist/hands to do it with a trowel. in the more
formal gardens i can use a hand trowel and pull it
out at the same time.
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