Myself, I'm busy with building a fence for the hounds so they have an
outside run area during the day instead of hanging out in the house.
Got pics up at http://www.hildenbrands.com/gallery/dog-run/gallery/ if
anyone is bored.
Currently working on how to build and hang the gates. I've got one gate
done, kicking back and forth the best way to attach its sister to the
right which will be bolted to a brick wall.
Pretty well set on using those plastic punch anchors that expand when
you screw a bolt into them, set into the mortar of the brick to ensure a
strong grip on the bricks with very little chance of brick fracture.
So what about you all? Anything fun?
ooh. fancy. my dogs just have electric fence... no, not that
stupid invisible stuff, just electric fence set at 1', 2', &
4'. that pretty much discourages the chickens from going into
the dog's areas & keeps the dogs where they belong.
i used to let them run in the pasture, but i got a pair of
nanny goats & they beat the snot out of my Malamute (he's very
non-dominant), so he has his own yard now. sometimes my Great
Pyr/Border Collie cross goes out with him, but they don't
really like each other much (the GP/BC is older & the Mal is
too active for his taste). the goats don't bother the GP/BC
for some reason.
my current project is brushing out the llamas before it gets
too wintery. Juni was easy, only 2 hours, but she's all short
hairs. i spent 3 hours on Sally yesterday & she still has some
mats in her undercoat. i let her go after 3 hours though. i
didn't really want to try her (seemingly infinite) patience.
llamas don't like much handling.
today is Russian's turn. he's dumb as a rock & a horrible
mess. he's been rolling in pine, so he's probably all pitch &
i don't have it in roving. i can sort of make it into batts...
it's a bit long stapled for my carder! i have a large cement
mixing tub of a nice red off of Perl in the wood room. i can
probably get some usable white off of Cisco when i get to him
too. he's a dilute Appy though, so there will be some red
mixed in. this stuff felts great though!
ok. i tend to hand it out whenever i can. i really should
practice my spinning, but i get off on tangents (like deciding
i need to paint the whole interior of this place... know
anything that'll strip milk paint?)
the beans need to be at least run through a shredder before
use. straight beans in the garden will be beans for years... i
tried that. the shredded ones break down & make great
fertilizer. they're not "hot" so they don't need composting.
On 11/2/07 7:36 AM, in article Xns99DC4D624636Benigmaempirenet@184.108.40.206,
I know that problem
Ammonia is the only thing that removes old milk paint, sometimes found on
antiques. It is very effective, but the fumes are very strong; it should
never be used without a breathing mask or, preferably, a respirator. Ammonia
also darkens wood; fumed oak has been ammonia-treated. If you must use
ammonia, work outside, and keep children and pets away. Rub the ammonia on
and the finish off with medium-grade steel wool.
(from http://home.howstuffworks.com/how-to-strip-wooden-furniture3.htm )
I was told to soak them for several weeks in open buckets. Sort of did the
job. I've dug them in too or added them to the compost bins.
Cleaning up the gardens, planting garlic (finally!), and I've got
tulips to get into the ground. Other than that I've busied myself in
the house organizing things, they do tend to get out of control over
the gardening season
Nice dog run! I'll be busy getting a chicken coop up for next spring,
that's the big project for this fall.
Ann, gardening in Zone 6a
South of Boston, Massachusetts
Today I got almost all of my bulbs in, I've still got some alliums
left to plant. Had to come in and eat before Pilates. If I only had
one more hour.....
What do you all think about moving a rose at this time of year? I
thought it died, but there's life in it, and I want to move it away
from the road, I think that's what's killing it. Either I move it or
it's dead next spring - think I should go for it?
Ann, gardening in Zone 6a
South of Boston, Massachusetts
Ann: Sounds nice.. I've seen some patios done with a mish mash of
"found" materials, made up of bricks, pavers, slabs and etc.. Makes for
a unique look.
Cheryl: I'd looked at witch hazel before. Seems like a cool plant..
Though, it doesn't work in zone 6 from what I've seen, does it?
Hard work, but fun too. I have been replacing walkways in my garden,
have been there for about 20 years. Cheap pavers that "made do" Am
them with ones that are a little more attractive. One path is what I
:crazy quilt" style: a combo of several different pavers in different
with a number of very old brick that I have found here and there. It's
a jigsaw puzzle with different sized pieces and a few pieces missing.
it today. Looks good.
Also cutting some shrubs back so DH can run them thru the chipper/
for next spring's mulch.
I'm enjoing the roses; they are going nuts with this weather (days
nights 40 -50) They love it! Hot Cocoa and Daybreaker are over 6 feet
and covered with blooms. Knockout has so many flowers it is difficult
Bought a new shrub at the nursery 40% off sale: Elderberry 'Black
Planting pansies/violas for winter color, and a few winter vegies,
Oh, and put out a few cyclamen, too. Gorgeous colors....
Raking a few leaves; they are just beginning to fall.
We are taking a day off from work and going on a fall color drive to
Coast Range and small valleys to the west of us. It is like going back
about 250 years, to early California. Beautiful country. Will take a
maybe hike a bit.
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