Rainy Day Activities on the Urban Ranch

| 6/3/2010 2:13:47 PM

A photo of Nebraska DaveHi again. The weather this week was rain with rain and more rain. There was not much to do except inside work.

I decided maybe it was time to clean out that kitchen cabinet that housed the left over containers. Just how many left over containers does a family of three really need?

Left over containers

In fact I’ve discovered that the best left over container is a mason canning jar. If the left overs are put in the jar hot and the lid screwed down it will seal. Now I’m not saying this will be good for long term storage but it does extend the left over time from 2 to 3 days to at least a couple weeks time. I store the sealed jars in the refrigerator as an additional precaution. Anyway one 33 gallon trash bag full into the trash made the closet much more tidy.

Clean closet shelf photo

Many of the GRIT bloggers have been posting about their chickens and their techniques on caring for them. Well, since I had time on my hands because of the rain this week I decided it was time to assemble my flock of chickens. I even found a barn coop for them to stay in if needed. I’ve been collecting my girls for some time by frequenting the local Good Will store. The Iris were cut from my sea of Iris on the West side of the house. These stems had fallen into the yard from the Iris bed. Instead of just throwing them in the compost I decided to bring them in the house to decorate the table. It’s the first time real flowers have been in the house since .... well since ever. Another first for Old Nebraska Dave.

Nebraska Dave
6/19/2010 11:39:32 PM

@Will, Thanks for the tip. I like it. I’ve been contemplating about how to fix the rusted seam and you have given me the fix. I have been working on the lower distribution end of the watering system. I’ve certainly learned a lot about low pressure gravity feed watering systems, mostly by trial and error. I’ve found that water volume is necessary when pressure is not available. There will be one secondary tank for every two raised beds. This tank will be 25 gallons and feed the final distribution manifold. Each bed will have one distribution manifold. I have one secondary tank functioning and am working on the first distribution manifold. It should be working shortly. I’m almost down to connecting the final distribution end of the system together with 5/8 inch garden hose. I’ll have more posts and pictures about all this process but if you can’t wait go to OldDavesGarden.blogspot.com and the latest post is about the building of the distribution manifold. It’s always good to hear from you, Will. Thanks for leaving encouraging and this time helpful comments. See ya next time.

Hank Will_2
6/17/2010 8:39:43 AM

Hey Dave -- I love your projects and even more so your posts. On the old stock tank, if you can reinforce the rusted area of the seam and can find some old truck or tractor inner tubes, you can cut patches and "seal" them into position on the inside with gobs of silicon. The weight of the water will just make the seal tighter. I've gotten many additional years out of tanks that were "shot" using that cobble job. The rubber and silicon didn't seem to hurt the cattle either. :)

Nebraska Dave
6/7/2010 11:28:31 AM

Cindy, never apologize for give out good advice. I always value your input. I believe that the day lilies from my friend are as you have stated, ditch lilies. She said they were orange and in just a couple years had grown from one small clump to a large clump. That’s why she was so willing to give me some. So there are different sizes of daylilies. I’ll have to check out my favorite nursery here and see if I can find a clump to start in the Tulips. Orderly garden is indeed my downfall. I’ve been trying to move into the more natural way and not in straight rows of gardening but I just haven’t got there yet. For me that would be a whole new wave of creativity and a huge break through in gardening. I’m going to leave it for a couple years but when I have to dig up and replant the bulbs I will be ready to try more grouping instead of order. I remember that post back in July now that I have gone back to read it again. Those Happy Returns Day lilies are just what I was looking for. I'll have to find some of those and put the friend's ditch lilies in a backyard bed some where. For future reference here is one of my disposable email addresses dbentz24@q.com . You can use that which would be a little easier for you and not run out of comment space. Thanks for all the advice. It really helped with design idesa for the front flower bed.

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