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Wintery Wonderland and Dangerous Caulk Gun Dave

 A photo of Nebraska DaveHi again from the balmy state of Nebraska.  A lot has happened since we last chatted.  So kick back relax and enjoy the update. 

One of my fellow bloggers coined the phrase "the weather has really been bipolar this spring" and I totally agree with her assessment.  In the last post I talked about the week of nice weather and then right after posting that blog post I awoke to the following scene.  It definitely was a Courier and Ive's kind of a scene.

Nebraska Daves snowy Street 

 

I always enjoy these late spring wet sloppy snows because first I know they aren't going to last long and second it's nature's way of giving that high nitrogen shot to get things growing in the spring.  March truly is a volatile month in Nebraska.  Here's another picture of the street at the bottom of my street.  The pictures really don't do justice to how gorgeous it was.  It lasted most of the day but by the next morning is was starting to melt and soak into the ground.  That's another reason I like these last spring snows.  The moisture soaks into the unfrozen ground instead of running down the street into the storm drains.

Daves neighborhood street 

 

A few days later the snow was gone and this little Crocus celebrated spring by blooming her heart out.  I have a whole row of these out by the street along the curb.  Jerry Baker a well know author and gardener says that Crocus can be planted in the lawn and by the first cutting they are finished blooming and it won't hurt to mow them down.  This is the second year for these Crocuses to come up and bloom so I guess he was right on this one.  More about Jerry later.

Crocus by the street again 

 

This next part may be a little shocking but I suppose you are used to that from me. I journeyed to a fantasy land called Las Vegas to visit with family and friends.  As you know I can't really go anywhere without getting caught up in a project or two.  This time was no different.  My sister decided to completely gut and remodel her second bathroom.  Everything came out and a new giant shower only was installed along with new cabinets and toilet.  Steve, my Sister's brother-in-law, was the ramrod and straw boss of the motley rag tag crew that consisted of his son Chis, me, and himself.  We worked several days on the project and by the time I came back home it was well on the way to being completed.

You think the picture is shocking wait until to read the first poem ever written by me.  Now in high school I detested poetry but a fellow blogger right here on Grit encouraged me to read poetry by a Nebraska poet and I found it was nothing like the stuff I had encountered in high school.  So let me know what you think.

Dangerous Caulk Gun Dave 

 If you really need to caulk
And don't want a talk
Who you gona call?
Dangerous caulk gun Dave!

Skill Saw Steve 

 

If you really need to saw
And don't want to jaw
Who you gona call?
Lightning skill saw Steve!

Now ya all know
Who ya gona call,
And ya really should know
That I ain't a poet

There's a moral to the story,
And it ain't about glory,
It's more about helpin'
And less about gettin'.

OK, lets move on to the next thing. I promised to tell you more about Jerry Baker the well known author and gardener.  Maybe some of you have seen him on Public Network TV.  Lets just say that his lawn and garden care methods are .... well a little unorthodox.  I thought I would put the methods to the test and see if they are all that Jerry says they can be.  I am going to use his lawn care methods on the front yard for this year and just see if my lawn is the envy of the neighborhood.  Eeeeh well it might take a couple years to bring it up to the envy of the neighborhood.  Anyway here we go on the supplies to get 'er done.

JerrysLawnCareProducts 

Just in case you can't see the all the items here's a list.  Starting in the back row from left to right there' bone meal, liquid fertilizer, Epsom Salts, Instant tea, baby shampoo, dish soap, mouth wash, ammonia, and a six pack of beer.  Yeah I know what your thinking about the beer but it really is for the lawn.  By the end of the season I'll have an alcoholic front lawn.  I'll probably have to send it to rehab next year.  The yeast in the beer is supposed to be good for the bacteria in the ground. .... Yeeeaaah OK.  OK, in the front row starting on the left is chewing tobacco, slow release lawn fertilizer, lawn line, and gypsum.  The first of the concoctions which Jerry calls tonics have been spread on the lawn.  Jerry has a book called Green Grass Magic that contains all his home formula tonics for the grass.  One is a mix of bone meal, Epsom salts, lawn lime, and gypsum and was applied with a lawn fertilizer spreader.  This was followed up by mixing up a liquid mixture in a hose end sprayer with baby shampoo, instant tea, regular cola, and ammonia.  Within a week a half dose of regular fertilizer/Epsom salts mixture will need to be spread on the lawn followed by a hose end spray of beer and dish soap.  A week later the other half of the fertilizer/Epsom salt mixture will be spread on the lawn.  It all sounds really complicated and it took me the better part of a day to figure out all the different tonics and when to apply them.

Daves Front Yard 

Here's the beginning of the process.  I just gave it a good raking to get the winter lawn debris off the yard before I started.  After the initial two applications, it's been too windy to put down the next two applications but I still have a couple days before the week is up.  I'm trying to do it as close to what the book says as I can.

Ok, that's it for this time.  I'll give you an update on the winter food storage area next time.  It's coming along slowly.  I guess if I staid home more it would get finished faster wouldn't it?  I hope you enjoyed the ramblings from Old Nebraska Dave's Urban homestead.

Have a terrific spring preparation and planting time.  See ya next time and leave a comment about what's happening with your projects.

muck boot diva
7/27/2011 1:29:20 PM

N. Dave, Send me info on your 400 Gal Rain Water Tank -- I am VERY VERY interested for our garden. The animals we will make shift a solar pump to use in the ponds (we have 2 -- very far away from the garden). My email is muckbootdiva@gmail.com Just put in subject like Nebraska Dave -- I get loads of emails. Thanks. MBD


cindy murphy
4/8/2011 8:11:00 PM

You are right, Dave - work at the nursery has left me feeling pretty pooped lately. I haven't done a single thing in my own yard yet, (except mourn the loss of my crocus). Sunday, though, is supposed to be nice, and I have the day off. I plan to get my greens planted - this year it's spinach, lettuce, and arugula. Maybe mustard greens too, though last year they got leaf miners late in the season, so I might give them a rest this year. Never too busy to not stop in and leave a comment, though. It's like catching up with an old friend. Enjoy your weekend.


nebraska dave
4/7/2011 11:39:27 PM

Cindy, you are such a hoot. I know your schedule is quite full at this seasonal point but still you seem to have time to leave me a note. Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a bit of poet wit that made me chuckle. I did get my main water tank cleaned out for the gravity feed watering system today before the rain started. It was a nice gentle rain that lasted for about six to eight hours. A good spring soaker. I also got the first four foundation blocks laid for the backyard patio firepit project yesterday. Now I only have about 20 more to set and then build the wall and lay the bricks for the patio. Yikes I better keep after it. I'm just a wee bit sore from the block laying. Ok a lot sore. An Aleve and a soak in the tub and life is good again. Have a great nursery day.


cindy murphy
4/6/2011 9:58:35 PM

Here comes Nebraska Dave, Mr. Fix-it, gardener, and now a poet. Need help? He’ll bestow it. Got a garden? He’ll hoe it. Got a lawn? He’ll mow it. Or give it beer. Never fear, Nebraska Dave is here! Ok, so I’m not a poet; I never claimed to be. I wonder if there's such thing as the Bad Poet's Society? My youngest daughter and I planted crocus in the front yard last fall, Dave; I’d forgotten about them until they just recently started poking up out of the lawn. You know those annoying, pesky squirrels that we were just talking about? ARGH! They dug up a lot of the crocus bulbs the other day. Those they left in the ground? They chewed all the tops off, and had the audacity to just leave them laying there for me to find!


nebraska dave
4/5/2011 11:45:30 PM

Drew, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Yeah, I kind a think your right about those southern lawns. It was a glorious day here today. I actually got to spend time out in the yard today. I gave the old yard a beer with a little soap and followed it up with a good watering. I guess I better drag old cantanerous Chomper the lawn mower out and get him ready to mow the drunken grass. Have a great day my friend.


anotherkindofdrew
4/5/2011 10:48:52 AM

I am pretty sure the lawn methods you are testing work. If you have ever driven in the deep South you may have seen some of the most lush grasses and pastures in the states. And why do you think that is? What southern lawn doesn't have a bit of old 'tabakky' and beer on it as well as some bone dust, and dish soap (from washing the pickup)???? Glad to see you keeping busy as always Dave. What a blessing you are to folks when they see you rolling up in the driveway!