Saturday, May 12, 2012

Miscellaneous Stuff From The Sticks

Not sure if I've mentioned the difficulty in growing nasturtiums around here. It looks like the secret is doing the exact opposite of what I've heard on internet message boards. The opposite would be partial shade instead of full sun, great soil rather than average to poor...and moist.

Here are some Milkmaid type that are supposed to climb. Leaves are about 2 1/2 inches in diameter, bettering any I've had by 50%. Seeds were started April 5. I'll have to get around to fixing that bird feeder again as it was whacked by another large nighttime visitor.

Cat up a tree? Nope. Working on getting more sun to the moonflowers that are planted just below. Some overhanging branches needed pruning while watching the sun at the same time. It looks like  I'll have to go another ten feet to get an extra hour or so of full sun. The trees will be wrapped with loose laid chicken wire for a moonie playground.

Hmmm. This is strange... Another idea in the working stage.

It needs some modifications. It also got extremely repetitious and boring making close to 200 kerf cuts on the plywood, with two passes as the same time.

I never did mention anything about the creek pump. The whole irrigation idea also needs some improvements in that in can only run two sprinklers and a garden hose nozzle at the same time. The idea was presented to me by a guy at Ace. Problem is it has oodles of potential to pump a large amount of water through a two inch line. However, it goes from a two inch hose (blue) to a 3/4 inch diameter garden hose (red) that runs off several Y-connectors along the driveway.

By running all two inch pipe from creek and along the drive, it can probably run ten sprinklers at once. That's next years project as it satisfies me for now.

Creek view...



  1. What about getting a big tank and pumping water in it or storing rain water and then using it to irrigate?

  2. Nice! You have great vision. Your garden is fantastic. Can we see some more of your cabin sometime?

  3. Linda:

    I thought about that idea, but it would not provide enough pressure for the sprinklers. I tried the rainwater idea from the roof. Same problem.


    Wow. Nice cozy place you live in but I couldn't handle no hot running water! Great lake views, but it must get awfully cold in the winter! About the only thing I dislike about this place is the lack of light in the winter months. It gets too gloomy, but I'm glad to can flee to Florida.

    Pics inside? Yea, I may do that, but it's so tiny.