Saturday, June 6, 2009

Harnesting Wind Power At Any Business


Turbines are showing up all over. This one is located at Pecks Boats in Marstons Mill MA on Cape Cod.
Most of my friends haven't even noticed this home made energy system. It blends in with the sky doesn't it.
I'm on a quest to find some kind of wind or solar power for my home.
Cape Cod could become a leader in wind technology, but as in most cases people protest anything. Cape Wind has been trying to build a wind farm for years of Cape Cod. The only people who are complaining are those who have houses on the water. These people obviously don't need to worry about there electric bills.
We are behind Cape Wind building a wind farm so long as middle class people get some kind of benefit

Monday, June 1, 2009

Starting seeds in The Aero Garden Hydroponics System





Did you get a Aero Garden as a gift last Christmas. If you didnt you need to buy one. I bought one for my brother and parents. These mini hydroponics system produced all winter.


My Parents grew lettuce and herbs and my brother grew tomatoes. As they harvested and used the seeds I dropped a hint that I could use this thing to start seeds. It worked I will be starting plants with the Areo Garden. I'm gong to start hot peppers. They won't need to be in the ground until July.


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Friday, May 29, 2009

Raccoons Invade Kitchen Through Skylight


We had a visitor this past winter. A baby raccoon showed up in the kitchen at 3 AM.
What happened was I heard a crash. So I jump up out of bed and this what I found.
The raccoons where coming in through my skylight. I couldn't believe this. I was in my undies and didnt want to be attacked so I grabbed a big poll I had for my slider drapes and pushed this guy out the door.
This isnt the first time this has happened. Years ago we had one in the fire box of our fireplace. Raccoons will break in to houses in winter to raise the young. In the fireplace incident the mother raccoon carried each baby one by one up the corner boards on the house and down the chimney.When I heard hissing I though the house was haunted. LOL

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Buying Vegetables and Tomato Plants for the Garden

This season I didn't over do it with plants for the garden. Almost every season I buy to many plants and they sit in a flat until they even die or bloom. Ive had tomatoes go on plants left in a flat all summer. Not usually eatable though.

This season I bought a six pack of Peppers, 100 Cherry Tomato plant, Early Girl and some other plants in there too.

I didnt buy any Fat Boys or plants that take all season to fruit. In New England we a vine rote that attacks tomato's in Fall. I don't feel like dealing with that this year. One hint to prevent this is to use chicken manure. More about that in a later post.

Notice the heirloom tomato I purchase. BLOODY BUTCHER. I can only assume this name means the fruit is very juice. Not sure if I will like the Bloody Butcher. I like a firm tomato like Roman. They generally have less seeds and juice.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Wind Power Comes To Local Nursery in Hyannis MA

Windmills are popping up everywhere. I went to get some plants this weekend and this is what I saw. A huge wind turbine.

I actually passed by two new wind mills on this day.

Memorial Day weekend may not be the best time to go to a nursery because of crowds, but the best selection of available plants can be had.

I love going to the nursery. If I had the space I would buy a flat of every vegetable. Places like this are were we ask questions. Every time I go to garden store I look for employees to milk for information.

People in the gardening industry appear to be taking the lead in the Eco economy. Wind Turbines like the one at this nursery are a huge investment, but the pay off is huge for all of us. I'm looking for a small wind turbine for the garden for watering. We'll see.

The more you grow the more self sestained we become.



Sunday, May 24, 2009

Setting Up Garden Rows For Maximum Output | Free Food



This is a example of a garden layout from a previous season. This seasons layout will be similar.
Notice how the rows are marked as they are planted. This is very important. Know matter how good you think your memory is most people will forget whats were.
when laying out rows be sure to use a 1x1 inch piece of wood or a string to keep them strait. Keeping rows strait help in optimizing space.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Getting Carrots, Raddishes and Root Vegetables to Grow

Getting root vegetables to grow to there potential can be difficult. Have you tried to grow carrots but they only grow to a stub or a inch or two? I have!
After years of frustration when growing carrots I finally tried amending each garden row. After the garden has been tilled and ready to plant do it again for each row. As I get my garden layout ready I throw a couple shovel fulls of peat moss over each row and work it in. Then I grade the row mixing the peat in. Then make a strait furrow and plant the root vegetable seed.
When growing root vegetables it is a good idea to over seed. Then thin the plants to 2 inches apart. As I said in previous post gardeners can use multiple crops in a single row. If you do you can let the plants grow a little longer to see how fast each is growing. That way you may get some lettuce or onions as babies. Baby lettuce is good eating. They don't usually make it into the house before being eaten.