Archive for February, 2012

So I’ve decided that I want to grow squash in my garden this year. Problem is that I do not have enough room to grow the squash. Since my garden is only 10′ x 10′ squash would wind up taking over the garden. I’ve decided to see if I can get it to grow on a trellis situation to save space.

Problem:

  • Not enough room in the garden
  • Has to be low maintenance
  • Cannot take up anymore space than what I’ve been allotted
  • Need to be able to quickly and easily mow the grass

Solution

  • I am going to trellis my squash.

I plan on getting a couple of posts and some wire fencing where the holes in the fence measure 1 x 2 inches. I want to situate the posts and fencing at a 45 degree angle about 4 – 6 inches away from the inner wall on the garden so that it’s still planted in the garden, but not growing along the ground. If I get my angle right on the fence, I should be able to allow the squash to grow up the fence and not have to tie on the plants nor their fruit when the plants start producing.

Check back for the Project List once I’ve gotten it complied.

Questions to the Vet

Posted: February 6, 2012 in Site Updates
Frontline

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So I asked my vet today what the difference between Pet Armor and FrontLine was. He told me that the difference is not the active ingredient (which is what kills the fleas and ticks), but in the carrier agent.

With Pet Armor, the carrier ingredient only spreads to cover about six inches out from the point of contact.  Which means that while your pet absolutely will not have any fleas in the area around their shoulder blades, everywhere else is fair game for the fleas to live in and munch on.

With FrontLine, even though you apply it between the shoulder blades, it will spread to cover the entire dog from nose to tail and top to bottom.

I used some ‘off brands’ before Frontline, and we got invaded with fleas.  They were so bad that you could feel them jumping around in bed with you at night.  I finally told my fiance enough is enough.  I can’t even sleep anymore.   I went out purchased Frontline put it on the dog, and with in 2 days no more fleas at all.  None in the bed, on the dog, or me!

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Four Webcomic “Shorts” You Really Must See

I don’t read as many webcomics as some people do (I just don’t have the time), but I love the ones I do read, and I follow them religiously.  My favorites are in the Links list on the right side, for those who are curious.

I didn’t occur to me at first that along with the usual sort of webcomics, which are formatted as either strips or pages and which update on a regular basis, you could also have webcomic “shorts.”  A sort of short one-short story in comic form.  Then one friend introduced me to “Our Blood-Stained Roof” by Ryan A., and I was cured of my ignorance.  Now, I love webcomic shorts, especially those that are unique in style, and tell intriguing and strange stories.  It takes a lot of talent to both plan/write the story and to do the drawing/painting…

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Comparison of several forms of disk storage sh...

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Problem:

Why the alternate spellings of the word ‘disk’ and what’s the difference?  Does it really matter how it’s spelled?

Solution:

Technically speaking, according to my research, it’s an alternate spelling to:

  • designate the differences in the media types.  There are several different computer medias out there I found a list here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disc with further descriptions (technical) for each media type that is used or has been used.

According to one dictionary I checked, it is defined as:

  • “An alternate spelling for disk with a “k.” Some computer manufacturers use this spelling for magnetic disks, but “disc” usually refers to optical media, such as CDs and DVDs.”

  Inserted from http://computer.yourdictionary.com/disc

  • the pronunciation is the same no matter which spelling you are referring to.

This is a quick tidbit on the differences in the media term disc and disk.  There really isn’t much more to say on the actual definition, but overall I feel you could use the spellings interchangeably in everyday writing.  If you plan on using the word in technical writing, better double-check the list   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disc to see which media type gets which spelling.

Compost This….

Posted: February 4, 2012 in Uncategorized

Two Barn Farm

I would like to thank Formecology’s owner John Gishnock for providing me with this valuable information on Composting and I’d like to give them a plug!

Formecology is born from the idea of combining art and nature – bringing natural elements together with cultural art forms to create landscapes that are appropriate both to the built and natural environment. Formecology is a full service design, build and care firm focusing on environmentally beneficial & regionally inspired landscapes for residential & commercial settings located in Evansville, WI. Please visit their site at: www.formecology.com

What is Compost?
Composting is the biological decomposition of organic material into a humus-like substance called compost. The process occurs naturally, but can be accelerated and improved by controlling environmental factors.

Why Compost?
•Compost is good for plant health
•Preserving nutrients from plant or grass clippings, food scraps and leaves onsite is much better than land filling or…

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Here is a very small dragon statute I made for a friend of mine.  It is about the size of your average soda can.  It took me about 6 hours to paint the dragon not counting the dry time.  I used mostly layers of acrylic paint and some fingernail polish to paint it.  Let me know what you think.

  • Item is not for sale.  Already gone to a good home.

  • Although I do take custom orders if you are looking for something unique.  Leave a comment if you are interested.

  • All images posted here are copyright of Full Gamut Workshop.  Please do not reuse my pictures without permission (its rude and unlawful).  Thanks.

    Dragon Statue

    (c) DeltaHellm 2007

    Dragon Statue 2

    (c) DeltaHellm 2007

  1. Find a location for your compost pile.
  2. Put all your compostables in an old coffee can and stick in the freezer until full.
  3. Empty coffee compost can into compost area.  Top with 3 coffee cans of shredded paper.
  4. Add about 1 to 1-1/2 coffee cans of water to freshly dumped paper. (need to make sure compost pile is damp but not wet. – like a wrung out sponge)
  5. Stir and chop compost once a day topping with loose soil.

Ok here’s what I did last year and it worked beautifully.

I kept all my compost materials in a coffee can with a lid in the freezer (so I wouldn’t have the smell).  When I was ready to dump the compost I would take it out of the freezer at least 30 minutes before, to allow it to defrost a bit.  If you don’t, you might find it kind of hard to dump out the solid mass of kitchen waste.

I obtained a heavy-duty cross-cut shredder with a pull out basket and all of my junk mail got shredded (I didn’t have to bother opening most of it).  When the shredder got full I would dump it into a large trash can (35-55 gallon) with a lid.  I didn’t want to store all the shredded stuff in the house so I tucked it in the back yard close to the garden.

Every time I dump the table scraps from the house I also make sure I dump 3 coffee cans of shredded paper on top.  As long as you keep the ratio roughly 1:3 you will be fine.  I also mix and chop up all the goodies in the compost area and mix the new stuff in really good.  Don’t forget to mix in some soil too.  The point is to churn everything up really good because the bacteria and microbes that decompose the kitchen waste need oxygen just as much as we do!

When I’m done getting air to everything, I then moisten the whole pile with 1 to 2 coffee cans of water and stir it up (microbes like a warm, moist environment, but be cautious with your water because the microbes can drown too.  You keep them happy they work harder.)

I go out every other day and stir things up just to make sure there is enough air.  If the pile seems a bit dry, I add a little more water to it to keep it moist.  Make sure you keep the whole pile mounded a bit, so excess rainwater will drain off, you don’t want a soggy mess.