Work-Alongs

Garden ShapeUp Along: Musings and More Afters

by Daisy Fencepost

Now the rains have called it quits for the time being and things have had a chance to dry out, I’m back in the garden evaluating and wrapping up the first phase of my ShapeUp. All but two of the items on my list have been ticked off.  Hopefully I can get to them today. […]

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ShapeUp-Along: Monsoon Edition

by Daisy Fencepost

I’ve called a temporary halt to my garden shape-up due to inclement weather. We’ve had over 10 inches of rain over the last few days and it’s raining right now. I’m eyeing one of the garden eyesores with new respect: I’m joking, sort of, but there have been some water rescues not far from here. […]

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Garden ShapeUp Along: Before and After II

by Daisy Fencepost

I’m back with some more progress to report. Above pic is the asparagus bed; taken over by renegade blackberry vines, deadnettle, hairy bittercress, creeping charlie, peppermint, bermuda grass, overly enthusiastic bee balm, dead leaves, and general mayhem. It was so thick I put it off forever and barely knew where to start. In the end […]

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Garden ShapeUp Along: Before and After

by Daisy Fencepost

It seems like all I’ve been doing lately is gardening. I’ve really enjoyed it, although on the inside-the-house front the kitchen surfaces are sticky enough to perform double duty as flypaper. (While I was typing that last sentence someone dropped an egg on the floor). I have some before and after photos to show for […]

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Garden ShapeUp-Along: Observations

by Daisy Fencepost

One thing I’m learning as I do this ShapeUp is the importance of my master list. When I was writing that list, I deliberately focused on things that would make a big impact from an outsider’s viewpoint. There’s a big temptation, however, to get sidetracked away from the things on the list by other garden […]

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Garden ShapeUp-Along Step 3: Carrot and Stick

by Daisy Fencepost

Getting our gardens in shape is its own reward, but it never hurts to have a little extra incentive; a dangling carrot and/or a motivating stick. Now we’ve got a master list and a plan to carry it out, the next step is to pick out both a carrot (a reward for all this hard […]

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Garden ShapeUp Along: Step 2

by Daisy Fencepost

We’re getting our gardens ready for spring, step by step. We declared our intention. Then we got out our paper and pencils and even cameras and made a master list and took Before pics of our most pressing garden problem spots. Taking photos is optional, but I’m digging it because as I work on a […]

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Garden ShapeUp-Along: Step 1

by Daisy Fencepost

In case you missed the first post on this Garden CleanUp-Along, here’s the link to review. To re-cap, I’m going to post periodic garden tasks (sometimes weekly, sometimes more often) to help get our gardens ready for spring. If you’re like me, you’ve spent the winter pretending the garden elves were going to take care […]

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Spring Garden ShapeUp-Along

by Daisy Fencepost

Does your garden look like something snaked out of the J-trap under your kitchen sink? Do you refer to it as “the wasteland”? Did a location scout for a post-apocalyptic movie just ask to film a scene in your backyard? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’re in the right place. No, […]

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Prep-Along: Step #3 Water & Giveaway

by Daisy Fencepost

In a departure from the marathon paper chase of the first two weeks of the Prep-Along, this week’s assignment is pretty simple: Step 1: Count the number of people in your household: ____ Step 2: Multiply that number by three (3): ____ Step 3: Store that number of gallons of water. This Prep-Along is designed […]

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LHITS Prep-Along: Step #2 Make a Plan

by Ivory Soap Fencepost

According to FEMA, at their emergency preparedness website, the very first step is to Make a Plan.  For a nice short catch-all checklist for this step, go to my county’s site here. For this step in our Prep-Along, you will need your binder as we explore: Planning for your special considerations Making a Family Communications […]

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LHITS Prep-Along: Step #1 Be Informed

by Ivory Soap Fencepost

According to FEMA, at their emergency preparedness website, the very first step is to Be Informed. For this step in our Prep-Along, you will need a binder, tabs, and patience with tedious websites as we explore the following three questions: What hazards are most likely? How will I get alerts and warnings? Does my municipality […]

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Prep-Along Prep

by Daisy Fencepost

We’ve been very excited by the response to the call for participants in our Prep-Along. So far we’ve had about 110 to join, which we think is very cool. For those of you who are still thinking about it, feel free to join in at any time in the process.  Here’s the original post where […]

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LHITS Prep-Along!

by Ivory Soap Fencepost

The past week of water contamination emergencies and burst pipes in my area due to winter storms has inspired a weird idea. How about . . . A Prep-Along! Not that this is anyone’s view of a good time, but it’s something we should all do, at least on a basic level.  So, for this […]

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Compost-Along: Week 8

by Daisy Fencepost

When I first started my compost for this compost-along, things got real smelly real fast.  I put so many activators in there my husband remarked it smelled like the circus was in town, IN our yard.  He was right.  It was rank.  I’ve never had a stinky compost pile before, but I’ve also never had […]

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Adventures in Hatching Eggs: Pt. 5

by Daisy Fencepost

It was Day 21. THE day. It seemed like forever since I placed my order for hatching eggs, waited, got the package, waited another long day for them to “settle,” placed the eggs under a grumbling and growling Idee, and marked off 21 days on my calendar. Each day I made a big “X” to […]

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Compost-Along: Week 7

by Daisy Fencepost

This week, turn your compost. This is WORK! Why are we doing this again?? To revisit why we are going to all this trouble, I thought we’d take a look at some of the benefits of composting to keep our spirits up. Composting: Conditions and improves soil structure.  This means it turns imperfect soils (sandy, […]

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Adventures in Hatching Eggs: Pt. 4

by Daisy Fencepost

chart from Enchanted Learning All along, as we waited to see if we were going to have chicks, I had been checking chick growth charts to see what was (supposedly) going on inside those eggs.  It was day 20, and I really had no idea if any of the eggs even had chickens in there. […]

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Compost-Along: Week 6

by Daisy Fencepost

As you may have suspected by now, your task this week is again to TURN your compost. Add water as needed to the dry spots.  Remember: “wrung-out sponge.” It’s very hot here now, so I will only turn very early in the morning or after the sun has gone down, and with plenty of water […]

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Adventures in Hatching Eggs: Part 3

by Daisy Fencepost

  When last we left Idee, on day 16, she was running around the coop, off her eggs. The other hens were trying to get her goose, but she was holding her own. I was in a state, searching the chicken forums for what to do.  Should I put her in the dog crate with […]

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Adventures in Hatching Eggs: Pt. 3

by Daisy Fencepost

Brownie When last we left Idee, on day 16, she was running around the coop, off her eggs. The other hens were trying to get her goose, but she was holding her own. I was in a state, searching the chicken forums for what to do.  Should I put her in the dog crate with […]

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Compost-Along: Week 4

by Daisy Fencepost

To catch everyone up, so far we’ve made decisions about our bins and compostable materials, assembled the bins and materials, and layered our materials in our bins.  We’ve made sure every layer was well-moistened and tried our best to achieve a good balance between browns and greens. We may or may not have peed on […]

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Adventures in Hatching Eggs: Part Deux

by Daisy Fencepost

–continued from here— We continued to wait. Idee continued to set. She’d already been broody a good couple of weeks before the hatching eggs arrived.  Now that she was on “real” eggs, she seemed more determined than ever to see this through, whatever it was.  As the weeks passed, I worried about her.  She seemed […]

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Compost-Along: Week 3

by Daisy Fencepost

All right. By now, we’ve decided on our bins and materials (Week 1), and hopefully gotten our bins and materials ready (Week 2). This week it’s time to put everything together. As this is a hot compost which will be turned weekly, it doesn’t really matter how we start our layering.  It’s probably marginally best […]

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Compost-Along Week 2

by Daisy Fencepost

Welcome to Week 2 of the Compost-Along. Before we get started, a little business to take care of.  Everyone who joined the -Along by commenting on either the intro post or the first assignment post, or via email, or on Facebook was tossed into a pool to win a copy of The Complete Compost Gardening […]

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Compost-Along News

by Daisy Fencepost

Hi composters.  (All 56 of you, so far!) I’m going to be Tweeting and Facebooking my favorite composting links throughout the -Along, so if you want to catch them I’m on Twitter at @daisysiskin and our FB is Little House in the Suburbs.  We’ve got links to both in the sidebar on the right.   […]

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Compost-Along: Week 1

by Daisy Fencepost

I’m way too excited about this CAL. I was afraid nobody would show up, but a bunch of you did and I can’t tell you how tickled it makes me. I’m also excited to have a big pile of delicious compost a few weeks from now. This first week is important, but not very physically […]

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Compost-Along

by Daisy Fencepost

I’ve had the dorkiest idea. You’ve probably heard about Knit-Alongs, where people get together online and knit the same project together in small steps over a set period of time? Well, not everybody knits.  Even if you do knit, maybe you’ve set down your needles for the summer. I thought of another usually solitary activity […]

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