He put together and screwed all these pieces with minimal help.
Saturday, June 29, 2013
Ok... So this one was a leap of faith. My husband was pretty dead set on not getting chickens right now and I really wanted them. I would never go against my husband so I told him I would get the coop and put it up being it was part of my back yard plans for this spring. He told me that was fine but I wasn't going to have chickens anytime really soon. I was bummed but it wasn't the first time I had put the horse before the cart (hee hee). Thank goodness a gun purchase came into play because we did eventually get chickens that SHOULD start laying here this fall before it gets cold. Before I get ahead of myself here is the first part of our coop build. It was incredibly fun to do this project with my son. He has some behavioral issues that can make things difficult, but not this day, he was on task and incredibly good at doing what he needed to!! You can see the pride in his face as he built this.
I realized this year that I wanted more space. I wanted to turn our drab backyard into our urban farm. So I set off to start that this spring. Even though it was a big task I really had a good time adding more planters to our yard. The kiddos had a blast helping and together we really have made a big difference in how much planting space we have. Once again, we used the free pallets we could obtain as planting space but this time I used them on the ground. Once turned into a nicely divided growing area that each child took a section of as their very own.
So being I have only my backyard and not acres of farm land I figured a little creativity would be the key. Once again I set off onto the Internet to find fun creative ways to get our little "urban farm" growing!! My kiddos are some of my best helpers and make each project double in length of time it took to complete but the time spent together was definitely worth the trade off.
I gave my daughter her own area to do an "Angel garden", she looked at the "fairies" and decided they looked like angels more. I'm happier with her name vs. the "fairy garden" thing. :)
I figure that being on a farm isn't the only way to get a big garden, right? I mean I have a backyard that has enough space to grow food that can be used in my daily meals. SO I decided to start giving it a try. I am from the Midwest and have been transplanted to the Southwest due to my Husband's job. This has been a huge adjustment. There are different growing times and planting schedules and not everything I was used to can even survive down here. My garden has been an experiment of what I can and sometimes can't make grow. BUT over 5 years I am starting to get this a bit under control. Each year to have added... But it started out with just one row of planting space down a dividing wall between houses.
As I mentioned before, my start came from liking my sister-in-law's aromatherapy nebulizer. I figured I would give that a try. I researched different Essential Oils and found a good starter pack that would suit what I wanted. I loved Eucalyptus and the Lavender had smelled great at her house. I wasnt a big Tea Tree fan, but the properties were great and she had it mixed with the others so you didn't really smell it. From there my decision of starter scents was much easier.
You can find a lot of these essential oils and the nebulizer in my Amazon Store, I do receive a small compensation for buying from this store. This cost doesn't effect your price and only goes to help me as I continue to share tips, resources and ideas in the future. THANK YOU!!