Planting potatoes and vertical structures

Welcome back.  Well this wee I am at Craig’s place planting my potatoes from Eagle Creek Seed Potatoes. I am planting Amarosa, Russet Burbank, Pacific Russet, Linzer Delekatass, Norland, Shepody, and Russian Blue.  At home I have a bag of Cara going and they are growing well, I have just topped the bag up.

I also give you a look at the trellis system Craig has devised for three of the raised beds. Basically 2 x 4 and 4 x 4 timber with 4′ x 6′ sections of wire used in concrete to provide a good solid system to support the vertical gardening.  He has three beds with the system mounted to the removal cap systems on these beds.  On  the fourth bed he has his raccoon enclosure (to keep them out not in) so he can grow corn.

I give you a quick look at the greenhouse setup, which he will be improving as the season progresses.

Until next time, take care and see you in the Garden!

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Posted by on May 17, 2015 in Gardening Chit Chat


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Carving on a bowl – Part 3, adding the final touches

Well finally I have finished the mahogany bowl. I added a walnut inlay to the top and then sand it up and with several coats of Doctor’s Workshop – Walnut Oil and wax.  This was a humbling experience to try and figure out carving and then how to incorporate it on a bowl. What I have learned is I have a long way to go to becoming a carver and also one who can add carvings to turnings. Life is about new experiences and the learning will never stop.

In my travels on researching carving on turnings, I found a great turner who also does carving. His name is Cyrus Fillmore. If you are interested in adding carving to your bowls, give Cyrus a watch. You will learn lots and come away with ideas of your own.

See you in the Workshop!


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Posted by on May 9, 2015 in Woodturning and Carving


Late April garden update

Well it is the end of April 2015.  Hard to believe that almost four months of 2015 have passed. This is just a brief update on the things I am doing in the garden at home. I show an update on the crops growing now, my new raised beds (metal shelving) the types of containers I am going to use this year and also do some planting.

For a list of my plants go to my BLOG.,

Until next time, See you in the Garden!



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Posted by on April 29, 2015 in Gardening Chit Chat


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Carving on a bowl, Part 2 Carving and texturing

In this episode of carving on a bowl, I take the bowl from where we had left it and do some addition carving and texturing to the bottom and top sections of the spaceship like bowl.

I discuss some good resources for anyone interested in taking up carving or that are interested in just see what it is all about. Also, I show the use of a “Lathe Chuck/Face-Plate Adapter” that allows you to mount your woodturning onto a carving vise or, as in my case, directly to the banjo of the lathe. This device allows you to carve your turning without taking the turning off the chuck. I got mine from Lee Valley.

In the final episode, I will be making the top for bowl, finishing any additional carving or texturing, and applying the finish to the project.  Stay tuned!

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Posted by on April 8, 2015 in Woodturning and Carving


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Late March garden update

Welcome guys and gals to the end of March Garden update. We are into spring season, but Mother Nature has not got the memo yet J here is a recap on things as they sprout and are planted in anticipation of getting back out into the garden to prepare and starting the planting and growing process.

My tomatoes (Indigo Rose, Yellow Pear, Jaune Flamme and La Roma) are growing in the house like weeds. Some plants are 18” tall smallest around a foot tall. I hope these grow okay and are ready for planting and produce and early crop.

The peppers ( Early Sunsation, Carmen, New Ace and Purple Star are also coming along sitting I their plastic cup containers. I will repot these as they grow and maybe transfer some to the greenhouse.

We planted again like mad children last night and here is what we did.

· Victory Celery

· Black cherry Tomato

· Esterina Hybrid cherry type Tomato

· Old German ( approx. 2lb, we will see) Tomato

· Night and day Nasturium

· Fiesta gitana Calendula

· Pacific beauty mix Calendula

· Cutting leaf Celery

· Sugar and spice Sweet Pea

· Summer Love mix Sweet Pea

· Barlows Doubles mix Columbine

· Extra curly Parsley

· Coriandrum sativum Cilantro

· Thyme

· Cinnamon Basil

· Bushy spicy globe Basil

· Summer Savory

· Sage

Another venture this year is into low tech hydroponics. I am looking at the Kratky method (as shown on Kevin Bradley’s YouTube channel), Floating hydroponics and a variation of Hand Watered Hydroponics. Stay tuned to future videos on these as they are setup

As stated I have found some amendments to add to my soil this year. One is Spanish River Carbonatite from Boreal Agrominerals Inc. and Worm castings. We will be doing some trials just to see how these work with the crops and containers.

See my BLOG at for the complete list of seeds we have for this year.

Other links that you may find helpful ( By the way, I am not affiliated nor receive any compensation from any of these links, I just state my opinion for your reference)

MHP Gardener

Boreal Agrominerals Inc.

Homegrown Hydroponics

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Posted by on March 30, 2015 in Gardening Chit Chat


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