Upcycled Eight O’Clock Coffee Bag into Planter!

What to do with a empty coffee bag? Make a hanging planter!

Today’s post is from a little project I put together back in 2012. It was very simple to do and fast forward 5 years and it’s still going strong. The plants have changed and the outside is a little faded, but the coffee bag planter is still together. All it takes is a little twine for the hanger, some drainage holes in the bottom and a small hole cut in the side for planting. Get creative and see what you can come up with!

Tomato Heaven – Spring is Coming!

So far this month I’ve only decided on one vegetable to plant. Tomato! I also may need to rethink the garden layout since I’ll be planting about 15 different varieties of tomato! Yes, I got a little crazy with my seeds this year and I’ve also ordered more! This summer the pressure canner will be working overtime. Instead of picking up seeds at the local store or co-op I decided to go a different route and find some tomato varieties that I’ve not grown before. Browsing the internet also provides me with some ideas on which seeds to seek out. Over at InternetArchive.org I stumbled upon a collection of old seed catalogs. Its interesting to see what people were planting over 100 years ago in the southern United States and what vegetables were popular.


The tomato varieties that I plan on growing this year are: Ponderosa Pink, Orange Banana, Striped Stuffer, Black from Tula, ILDI, 1884, Charlie Chaplin, Opalka, St. Ivy, and if you live in a hot humid location like me you probably have these tomatoes on had to plant too!
I can’t wait for my new order of tomato seeds to arrive. I even found a variety of the Stone tomato that is in the 1904 catalog. Ok, it may not be the exact variety, but I do love my tomatoes!
By chance if you are a tomato lover too, then check out Tomato Fest by visiting the link below. They have a large variety of tomato seeds and a ton of helpful information and videos.

 

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Chicken Tractor Build Complete!

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Chicken Tractor Build is done!  We started this adventure on Labor Day and worked on it pretty much on weekends and occasionally during the weeks.
Next, chickens!  No roosters though.  Stay tuned!

If you want to see more from the build I have an album of photos here: Chicken Tractor Build 2015
Are you are interested in how I came up with the design? It’s based on the Kerr Center Chicken Tractor design, but I did make several modifications along the way. http://kerrcenter.com/publication/kerr-center-chicken-tractor-1-0-description-parts-list/

Garden Magic – Cilantro to Coriander!

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Dried Cilantro

Each spring the cilantro seeds that dropped from the year before sprout around my patio.  It’s been about 10 years since I actually bought and planted the original cilantro, however each year I get another crop from the seeds that dropped the previous year.  This year I decided to gather the cilantro seeds and use them in the kitchen.  Here’s how to save the magic and at the end you’ll have your own homegrown and harvested coriander herb!

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Coriander Seed

Let the cilantro go to seed.  After the plants have dried, collect the stems by cutting them right above the ground.  Place the stems carefully into a paper bag so that you can shake off all the seeds (coriander).  If some of the seeds seem to still be a little green they can be dried.  Place the coriander on a shallow baking sheet, preheat the oven to it’s lowest temperature, place the baking sheet into the oven and cut off the oven.

Once completely dry after a few hours place the coriander into an air tight jar and enjoy!  They can also be vacuum sealed in bags if you plan to save them for a later date.  Enjoy!20150731_070645_zpslxpwgwoo