I'll be doing more book giveaways on GardenFork, as publishers are sending more books! Here is The Practical Pyromaniac by Bill Gurstelle, who was on GF Radio here.
We made a potato bazooka based on his previous book:
To be entered into the book giveaway, leave a comment below telling us about a DIY project you are doing or are planning this fall. Thx!
Right now we are cleaning up leaves in our yard for the 100th time in the last couple weeks. The biggest DIY project we have coming up is a complete remodel of our lower level. We are taking a 20 year old basement down to the studs and fixing all the old issues with the house and then giving the whole thing a face lift. Goal is to have it done by our Christmas party. Nothing like having a deadline with people coming to your home to be a motivator to get a home remodel done. Hope all is well
Love Garden Fork! Keep the helpful videos coming! Just rewatched your hoop house videos. Making one tomorrow to beat our first frost.Plan to use all scrap materials. "Use what you've got."
I live in Louisiana, so right now we're kinda soaked. I'm still planting seeds. Living in the south affords us that luxury but it's so muggy, without any sun at all for days now and we have more rain coming, so yukky! In the middle of the rain and sneaking out side to plant some things between the rain pour without my 5 dogs wanting to follow me each time and get muddy from nose to toes. I've been trying to keep my 14 chickens and 1 young rooster dry and comfortable so they'll reward my efforts with some eggs, because they've been on strike since all of this rain started a couple of weeks ago, they blame me for some reason and scream at me when I go outside. But I love my chickens, they're so funny.
And I've been trying also to fence and prepare an area for the goats that I'm getting in the early spring. So you see I have a lot to do in my sunless, mucky and mushy yard. It's so bad that I had to put pallets down as my walkway to the gate because we have clay and I hate clay in my yard. I slipped right on my a** and at 54 let me tell you I was scared that I broke something. If you or any of you readers have some suggestions for this clay ground so I can grow some grass and walk safely, please please post.
LOVE YOUR LABS, I DOWNLOADED THE BOOK. IT'S GREAT.
I plan on making a roof over my gas grill to keep the debri from the fall from falling onto the grill. The plan is to utilize the 4x4 pressure-treated uprights from the stockade fence s the anchor point.
How does one enter to win a copy of this book: The Practical Pyromaniac ?
@mary : "To be entered into the book giveaway, leave a comment below telling us about a DIY project you are doing or are planning this fall. Thx!" thx, eric.
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Trying to get the flower beds presentable. Weeds had a bonanza this summer. 🙂
We are doing one more day of yard cleanup and then running our little HUD-SON sawmill thru some maple logs. Then we will make another production run of our heritage clothespins! Made right here in Morris, Ct!
I have about three feet of rotted sill plate and the end of two joists to replace. Then I plan on extending all the sill plates enough to cover the holes in the cinder block wall. Then insulate between the joists. Hopefully this will help mitigate the cold drafts from the top of the foundation.
I can't believe we've never thought of making a potato gun on our potato farm. We have millions of rounds of ammunition. DIY project - building shelving to convert an odd little room to a pantry. I've got distracted learning Sketchup to make the plans for it but I think it will pay back the time when I get into it.
Been finishing up some projects this Fall so the only thing I have left that I would like to get done is a fold-away table that hangs off the garage wall. Lift the table up and the hidden leg falls down by gravity.
I love Garden Fork! I am building a hydroponic garden indoors to have fresh greens, tomatoes and peppers over the winter. My wife still isn't sure about it . . .
Hi, Here in Manitoba we're having a little break from winter. No snow yet! Good thing. Just a few things left to do (as there always is.) Tomorrow is supposed to be warm. 11C - about 54 F. I need to cut back 3 clematis, check eaves for leaves for the last time, put the storm window in the front door, dump a couple of flower pots, put the mower and hose away and put a chicken in the pot to simmer for me when I get in.Mmmm.
Our biggest DIY project has been learning how to live with a blind mini-schnauzer named Cassie. At nine years old, she's still got an amazing amount of spunk, but had been living in a retirement facility with a dear friend of ours, who is rapidly declining with congestive heart failure and dementia. Before she came to live with us two month ago, Cassie had suffered from the stress of being closed in doors, trapped in an elevator, empty water bowls, forgotten "outs" and missed feedings. When our friend was transferred to nursing care, Cassie needed a home, and we gladly swept her up. We've worked her up to 2-mile hikes and introduced her to the pleasures of eating rotten tomatoes out of the fall garden. She even likes brown asparagus fronds. Instead of organizing the workshop and scraping and painting the front porch, we've been teaching her commands to get up and down stairs and curbs, and teaching her to trust we'll guide her around obstacles while she runs in fields. What I've lost in productivity, I've gained in a friend. And it's been fun learning how to teach a blind creature how to trust again.
Our biggest project is building Hugelkultur garden beds on our hobby farm. We are putting in 3 of them. We have dug the pits, put in stumps, logs, branches, etc. and now we are taking all of the garden refuse and putting that on top. By this coming weekend we will start to cover them with dirt. Our hope is to get at least one of them completed so it is ready to plant in the spring. Two of them are about 20 feet apart so we can plant half a dozen fruit trees in between them. We just bought the trees this past Thursday morning from a nursery. While there, we were given a dozen blueberry bushes by the owner. I hope winter holds off at least a few more days so I can get everything in the ground! I found your site today and am really enjoying it. Thank you for all the hard work you put into it. Sincerely, Jeff and Renee
I still trying to get all the fall harvests in! After that, I will be working to set up several different "fire pit" areas around my homestead this fall -- an open firepit, a raised fireplace, a woodstove, and a place for an outdoor camping stove. This will make different parts of my homestead have an inviting destination for doing different kinds of outdoor activities. I enjoy your channel!