Tater Tower

I love to grow potatoes but I don’t like the space they take up in the garden.  Instead I grow them in a tower, or a cage. All you need to make one is some wire fencing, compost, straw and potatoes!  I first saw this on Pinterest (of course) from Growing Lots Urban Farm and I thought it looked pretty easy, my kind of project.  I was able to fill 2 towers in about 2 1/2 hours.  You can probably make yours much faster if you don’t have to keep stopping for a drink or a snack or a run to the ladies room. Take a piece of wire fencing, 14 gauge works well for this, and cut out a section about 3 feet in diameter and 4 feet in height, to create a cylinder.  Fasten the ends together with zip ties or twisty ties. Create your layers using straw…

Dandelion Jelly

When I was growing up dandelions were very popular.  Every house had them.  Our house was no exception. I remember picking them by the handfuls for my mother and she would keep them in a jelly jar on the kitchen window.  I would tell my younger sister to smell how sweet they were only to pop the top off as she came close.  I would make chains out of the stems or put them into cold water and watch as they curled up onto themselves. I would wear them around my neck or in a crown on my head. How many wishes had I made by blowing away the seeds?  By the end of summer all my clothes had the tell-tale signs of my love for dandelions, the little round circle that never come out  in the wash.  I wore it proudly. Over the years my beloved dandelions became the…

Fabric Covered Clay Pots

I was up the other night checking out Pinterest.  That is a dangerous thing for me because everything I see I have to make. It was around 11pm when I came across fabric covered clay pots here and …..   I fell in love.  I had fabric, I had clay pots, I had to try it.  I’m not going to tell you it is really easy.  As a matter of fact it is really kind of stressful.  And messy.  Well sticky is more like it.  It is very sticky. The supplies you need are minimal.  Clay pot, fabric and Mod Podge.  They have a Mod Podge made specifically for fabric but I think any kind would work well. First lay your clay pot on your fabric of choice and cut it to size leaving enough room on the top and bottom to cover it, about a good 2 inches.  Next, working…

Felted Soap

One day last fall the hubs and I took a ride to go visit an alpaca farm.  We were playing with the idea of getting a few alpacas to add to our little farm but decided to get goats instead.  While we were visiting, the women gave me some wool roving to bring home so I could try making felted soap.  I had never seen or heard of felted soap before until she showed me some.  I was intrigued. Felted Soap! The process is so easy and so much fun.  All you need is some soap,  some roving, an old stocking or plastic sandwich size bag (optional) and water.  I believe you can buy roving at a yarn and fiber shop or order it on line.  They also have fiber fairs that you can attend and I’m sure you would get some really good roving there and probably even get…