Our Inexpensive Chicken Coop

Our Inexpensive Chicken Coop

One of the most frequent questions that I get about our backyard chickens is about our inexpensive chicken coop. Now neither Mike or I are extremely talented or handy when it comes to carpentry skills so when we decided to get our chickens we knew we would need to buy a coop. After some time spent searching the world wide web I came across this Boomer & George Deluxe Chicken Coop at hayneedle.com.  I felt pretty lucky to be shopping on a day that they were offering free shipping and ended up paying less than $270 for the whole thing. Boomer & George Deluxe Chicken Coop Now that might seem like a lot to a carpenter, but there is no way I could even attempt to build this for that price (I would have to buy tools, lumber, and probably some wine too).  … Read Full Post
Growing Bamboo in Florida

Growing Bamboo in Florida

Asian Lemon Bamboo For years I have heard folks tell me how bad bamboo is for the home gardener: too invasive, too fast growing, and just to big for most people.  The truth is that some bamboos can be great plants for your yard or landscape and provide a great screening and focal point for the yard. Bamboozled! You will want this plant. Growing bamboo in Florida is great and easy to do; spend some time learning the right plants and you will definitely be able to find the right place for your newest favorite plant. An important distinction to make is the difference between running bamboos and clumping bamboos. Clumping bamboos grow and spread slowly, similar to an ornamental grass that gets slightly larger each year.… Read Full Post
Colonial Williamsburg Wreaths

Colonial Williamsburg Wreaths

Over the Thanksgiving Holiday I had the pleasure of meeting my good friend Grace for lunch in Colonial Williamsburg.  We had lunch, we drank some wine, and we spent  time walking through the main street of Colonial Williamsburg and enjoying the beautiful Colonial Williamsburg wreaths. With previous discussions about how these are made and the materials that are used, we were very excited to see these beautiful wreaths made with live or dried materials. These wreaths and swags are absolutely beautiful.  I was expecting to see the citrus, apples, and pineapples but I was intrigued with the pomegranates, dried okra, oyster shells, feathers and unique preserved materials.  I hope you find these images as inspiring as I do! Last but not least, I think this is a great “gardeners” wreath.  … Read Full Post
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