experiments

First Attempt at Hydroponics

I decided I wanted to try to grow some hydroponic vegetables. My family loves leafy greens year round. Lettuce does not grow well in the summer here, or in the winter. Spring is the best time for lettuce, but the season is short. Hydroponics seemed like a natural solution. I…

Backyard Adobe Kiln part II – The Results

As previously mentioned, I built a kiln out of adobe bricks that I made in my backyard. See my other post to see how. After that, I wanted to make some test pots. I found a couple sources of clay. The first was a narrow band of yellow clay that…

Finishing My Backyard Primitive Pottery

After several attempts at making a simple cup, (see my previous post on making primitive pottery) I finally got one that was good enough to fire. Above you see my pieces ready to go. I am fully aware that my cup looks like a small pot. The other piece is…

Creating Primitive Pottery in my Backyard

When I moved into my house I did not have any grass. A light rain storm moved through the area moistening the surface of the dirt. As I walked across the surface, I collected large amounts of mud and clay on my shoes. It was ridiculous. Ever since then, I…

An Experiment in the Garden

I am in the process of hardening off some cauliflower, some celery, one cucumber, and one tomato that I grew in my basement. It is the right time to move the cauliflower outside and possibly the celery. My Cauliflower My Celery The Rest Tomatoes and cucumbers love the heat so…