Category Archives: General

Repairing wind damage to metal roof on barn

We had a bad mess of wind that blew through and did a little damage to the roof on our old barn.   It didn’t rip the roofing off entirely but did pull most of the nails out of it.  A ladder, impact driver and metal roofing screws had those two pieces re-secured.  Many others had nails nearly pulled free.   

And here is the roof after a half pound of roofing screws had been driven into place.  The screws should hold up to the wind better than the roofing nails.  

Time to plan the 2017 garden!

I had an order of seeds from Mountain Valley seeds arrive recently.  This weekend we will be sitting down and planning our garden for this year.  Once we have decided what we will plant I’ll begin setting up the grow lights and getting everything ready to start seedlings.  

We are going to plant less of everything this year.  We had too much and couldn’t keep up with everything which made the garden suffer as a whole.  Much of what we plant will be a 1/3 to 1/2 of what we had last year.  

Tree frog in our cauliflower 

I was in the garden last night pulling weeds, squishing bugs and pruning leaves touching the ground when I came this little guy.  They camouflage so well and have the coolest song.  No idea how many insects it will eat, but any help is more than welcome.  I’ve found a few toads as well since the garden starred to really grow.

green tree frog in cauliflower
green tree frog in cauliflower

Growing tomatoes vertically in a Mittleider garden 

These tomatoes are being grown vertically as part of the Mittlieder Gardening Method in Kidder, MO.   They’re pruned and wound around heavy bailing twine to maximize the sunlight and air to the plants while making it easy to harvest.  No wire cages to fight here!   The 2×4 is just over 7 feet from the ground.  Some of those tomato plants are 10 feet tall.

This week I’ve been attending a Mittleider gardening course and have had the opportunity see the system implemented and learn so much.   I will have many more Mittleider posts in the future as I convert my traditional garden to a Mittlieder