Tuesday, July 16, 2019

DIY Cucumber Trellis from PVC Pipe


My poor garden. It's been a bit neglected since I've been spending so much time working at the community garden.

One day I looked and my cucumber plants had grown about 2 feet! And I still didn't have anything for them to climb! It was time to remedy that.

A neighbor moved recently and was giving things away out of their garage. I picked up a bunch of lumber for the community garden, but also snagged lots of 1/2" PVC pipes. They were about to be put to good use.


My cucumber plants are all in planters at the base of my deck. I knew I couldn't sink the pipes into the planter dirt because it was too shallow and wouldn't be able to support the weight of the plants. I opted to make a "tent" of sorts with a rectangular base for stability and the trellis posts coming up from that.

I had plenty of 1/2" PVC...much more than I needed. I chose 3 long pieces and cut them to the same length. Then I chose 2 more pieces for the upright supports and made sure they were cut to the same length (I used a hacksaw to make the cuts...it was quick and easy).

My upright pieces were about 4 feet long.
My three cross pieces were about 5 feet long.
I also cut 4 shorter lengths to 11". These would form the short sides of the rectangular base (2 on each side).

Of course, if you decide to make this, your dimensions will probably be different depending on the space you're making it for.


I picked up connector pieces and poly string at the hardware store. The 90° elbow connectors were only about 39 cents each. The Tee connectors were $1.50 each. For both of these, be sure to get the kind that is NOT threaded. And the poly string (twisted mason line #36) was just of $5. I probably used about half of this 230 ft roll. You can, of course, opt for a natural fiber twine. This was not an ideal choice for my climate.

My poor zucchini is wilting in the sun!
Once all the lengths of PVC are cut and the connectors purchased, it's just a matter of fitting everything together. I didn't glue them together because I wanted to be able to easily take it apart for storage. If you choose not to glue it, be sure you press the pieces together tightly to make sure they are securely attached. You don't want your trellis falling apart when you try to move it.


Adding the string:

I pulled out my stash of eye screws and cup hooks to try to determine the best way to add string to my trellis. I wound up using eye screws along both sides of the bottom support...10 on one side and 9 on the other, spaced evenly.


If you have trouble screwing the eye screws in, a handy tip is to use a screwdriver.


I also placed 2 cup hooks on either end of the top piece to secure my string. Thread the entire piece and tie it off before cutting it loose from the string roll. This way, you wind up with one long piece of string. I made sure to leave enough on the end to be able to tie it off on the two cup hooks.


And that's it! Now, I just needed to place around my cucumber planters.



I still have the shade cloth draped over everything to protect from the harsh sun and possible hail (It works well for smaller pea to dime sized hail but not anything larger).

Mr. LH wanted to grow corn this year so that's what we have on the deck in our Earthboxes.

Now my cucumbers can grow up the trellis instead of in tangled clumps near the ground. I may need to adjust the trellis if I find the weight of the plants requires more support but that would just require a few more connectors and a couple more pvc pipes to create another upright section in the middle.

I'm thinking I may need to make several similar contraptions to help cover & protect plants in the raised beds of the community garden...



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Friday, July 12, 2019

Vintage Recipe: Cherry Casserole Cake

I'm digging into old recipe boxes and rediscovering the family favorites hidden inside! You'll find carefully handwritten recipe cards, newspapers and magazines clippings and even some hastily scrawled directions on scraps of paper, all from years (and years) ago! They're all getting scanned and transcribed so you can enjoy them in your own home kitchen. 


This recipe for Cherry Casserole Cake has extra cherry goodness with cherry pie filling in the cake AND served on top! Try this recipe with other fruit pie fillings. It’d probably be tasty with any of them – peach, apple, blueberry…

The recipe was handwritten on both sides of a piece of 3x5″ scrap paper (sized perfectly to fit a small recipe box). It was found in an old large double sided recipe file box. The age of the recipe is unknown. See more recipes from this collection!


The original recipe has been scanned and is transcribed below. It can be printed for use in your own home kitchen. Enjoy!

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Cherry Casserole Cake

prep time: 10 minscook time: 55 minstotal time: 65 mins

ingredients:


  • 2 cups Flour
  • 1 Tbs. Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 2 Eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1/4 cup Oil
  • 2 tsp. Almond Extract, split
  • 1 can Cherry Pie Filling

instructions:


  1. Stir dry ingredients together.
  2. Blend together eggs, milk, oil, and 1 tsp of the almond extract. Add all at once to dry ingredients stirring only until moistened.
  3. Spread 1 cup of the pie filling over the bottom of a greased 2 quart Casserole Dish.
  4. Pour all of the batter over the pie filling.
  5. Bake at 350°F for 45 to 55 minutes or until done.
  6. Cool 10 minutes before inverting onto a serving plate.
  7. Combine remaining cherry pie filling with remaining 1 tsp. almond extract. Heat in a saucepan and serve over the cake.
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Monday, July 8, 2019

Community Garden - We Have Dirt!


It seems like it took FOR-E-VER but we finally have dirt at the community garden!

It's actually a sandy loam/compost mix that can be mixed with the existing clay soil and amended with other things.


I brought my wheelbarrow to deal with the pile but since I was having to shovel the dirt from the wheelbarrow and into planting beds, the wheelbarrow turned out to be really inefficient. I could go a lot faster with my new yard cart and three 5-gallon buckets. I could fill the buckets at the pile, roll to the planting bed and empty the buckets.


It is a massive pile and I did manage to get some help for this part of the project. Still...it's going to take a while...



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Friday, July 5, 2019

Vintage Recipe: Boston Baked Beans

I'm digging into old recipe boxes and rediscovering the family favorites hidden inside! You'll find carefully handwritten recipe cards, newspapers and magazines clippings and even some hastily scrawled directions on scraps of paper, all from years (and years) ago! They're all getting scanned and transcribed so you can enjoy them in your own home kitchen. 


This recipe for Boston Baked Beans uses a crock pot for all the cooking. Plan ahead because you will need to soak the beans all night and cook them all day.



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Sunday, June 30, 2019

Community Garden Update - June 2019


It still counts as a June update even if I get to it on the very last day of June, right?

I didn't spend much time at the community garden during the first 2 weeks of June, but a LOT has happened there since my last update.

All the planting beds have been completed. They have their repairs made, their coats of stain and their little house numbers added so they can be assigned to neighbors (and the numbers really seemed to give the planting beds a nice "finished" look).


The irises were planted in their new homes on Memorial Day weekend. I've been bringing jugs of water from home to water them and they seem to be doing well. They've even started sprouting some new leaves.


It's pretty late in the season already for them to bloom. The ones I have at home are finished for the year, but I hope these will have planting of time to settle in and be strong and ready to show off next year.

A neighbor volunteered to help rebuild the lock boxes which were damaged early last month. Although mostly rebuilt from scrap wood, the new lids are stronger, more sturdy and now have handles to make it easier to open and chain to keep them open while we retrieve whatever it is we need.


I'm still taking advantage of the free mulch from the city. Mr. LH and I got 3 loads on the most recent free mulch day and I've been spreading it to try to limit the weeds that have been popping up everywhere. We've only got 2 more free mulch days left this year (one in July and one in August) and I plan on taking advantage of both of them!


We had some pretty big downpours which made the sides of the planting beds filthy where the dirt in the pea gravel would splash back up onto the sides of the beds.

Yuck!
Where the mulch was placed, the planting bed stayed nice and clean.

Much better!
Moving wagons and wheelbarrows through mulch might be difficult, so I'm trying some path options.

Work in progress...
The excess rain hasn't helped with the weed situation. I've been pulling them constantly, only to find new ones when I come back the next day. Luckily, I have help in disposing of them...


I put out a call in the neighborhood and surrounding areas for lumber and landscaping donations last week. The response was fantastic and has been keeping my very busy going back and forth picking up items from neighbors and dropping them off at the garden!

One of many loads of donations!
The garden now looks like a small lumber yard, but it means I can finish the edging, make trellises and tomato cages and it looks like we'll have enough lumber now to rebuild the last planting bed AND make a picnic table!


We also received about 45 stepping stones and some really nice landscaping stone. I'm trying to fashion an area for a table with those using whatever rocks and gravel I can scrounge up.


It's been slow going. With temps in the 90's and the sun beating down, I've only been able to work on it for about an hour and a half at a time before I need to find some shade or air conditioning.

We finally got the locks on the water sources changed only to find out no one remembered where to turn on the water to the garden. We're still working on this.

The best news yet...after weeks and weeks of delays and waiting, the roofing company finished the neighborhood homes and vacated the garden parking lot. That means I can finally have the soil delivered! It's being dropped off tomorrow so I'll have a pretty busy week ahead trying to get those planting beds filled.



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Friday, June 28, 2019

Vintage Recipe: Double Lemon Cake

I'm digging into old recipe boxes and rediscovering the family favorites hidden inside! You'll find carefully handwritten recipe cards, newspapers and magazines clippings and even some hastily scrawled directions on scraps of paper, all from years (and years) ago! They're all getting scanned and transcribed so you can enjoy them in your own home kitchen. 


This Double Lemon Cake recipe calls for Duncan Hines Lemon Velvet Cake Mix. Perhaps the Duncan Hines Lemon Supreme Cake Mix would work instead.



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Friday, June 21, 2019

Vintage Recipe: Lemon Filling for Cakes & Cupcakes

I'm digging into old recipe boxes and rediscovering the family favorites hidden inside! You'll find carefully handwritten recipe cards, newspapers and magazines clippings and even some hastily scrawled directions on scraps of paper, all from years (and years) ago! They're all getting scanned and transcribed so you can enjoy them in your own home kitchen. 

Nothing says "summer" to me more than citrus flavors - lemon, lime, orange and grapefruit. This Lemon Filling fit's the bill perfectly! It works well spread between cake layers or piped into cupcake or doughnut centers. It can even be used as a filling for thumbprint cookies and toaster pastries or as a dip for shortbread cookies.

This recipe makes enough lemon filling to spread between 2 round cake layers. It was handwritten on an index card. It is part of a modest collection of old recipes cards. The age of this recipe card is unknown.






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Friday, June 7, 2019

Vintage Recipe: Summer Squash Casserole

I'm digging into old recipe boxes and rediscovering the family favorites hidden inside! You'll find carefully handwritten recipe cards, newspapers and magazines clippings and even some hastily scrawled directions on scraps of paper, all from years (and years) ago! They're all getting scanned and transcribed so you can enjoy them in your own home kitchen. 


This recipe for Summer Squash Casserole would no doubt come in handy when the squash plants are producing like crazy. The recipe as it is written is missing some details such as the sizes for the Cream of Chicken soup, the carton of sour cream and the bag of Pepperidge Farm stuffing.



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Friday, May 31, 2019

Vintage Recipe: Icebox Veggie Salad

I'm digging into old recipe boxes and rediscovering the family favorites hidden inside! You'll find carefully handwritten recipe cards, newspapers and magazines clippings and even some hastily scrawled directions on scraps of paper, all from years (and years) ago! They're all getting scanned and transcribed so you can enjoy them in your own home kitchen. 


This recipe for Icebox Veggie Salad was handwritten on both sides of an index card. It was found in an old large recipe file box. The age of the recipe card is unknown (the recipe card has ©1992 Vanderbilt so this was probably written down in the 1990s).



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Friday, May 24, 2019

Community Garden - Numbering The Planting Beds


We needed to number the planting beds so folks could easily find the planting bed they were assigned. I thought about numbering bricks or pavers, painting tiles and even making hanging signs.

I finally decided to keep it simple. I would use house numbers. They were large and easy to read, were fairly inexpensive, and they attached to the planting beds so I wouldn't have to worry as much about them disappearing.

As luck would have it, I came across a bunch of house numbers in the clearance section of my local big box hardware store...but they were all polished brass.


Polished brass wouldn't look good against the stain I was using on the planting beds. I would need to paint them. I decided to go with a matte black. I had some leftover Rust-oleum spray paint I could use.


There weren't enough of the polished brass numbers for what I needed in the clearance section but the same brand was also available in black and silver (not on clearance). I got the rest of the numbers I needed in black and one silver (the silver one was also painted).


The screw heads needed to be painted so they would match the house numbers. I pushed them into a piece of cardboard to hold them upright white I sprayed them with the black paint.


A couple of coats of the flat black spray paint was all they needed.



I didn't need to use them right away, but the original retail packaging made great storage containers. The molded plastic protected the newly painted finish from scratches.


A couple weeks later, I was able to attach them. I'm very pleased to see how nice they look on the planting beds.





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Vintage Recipe: Potato Salad

I'm digging into old recipe boxes and rediscovering the family favorites hidden inside! You'll find carefully handwritten recipe cards, newspapers and magazines clippings and even some hastily scrawled directions on scraps of paper, all from years (and years) ago! They're all getting scanned and transcribed so you can enjoy them in your own home kitchen. 


This recipe for Potato Salad was typed on an index card. It was found in an old large recipe file box. The age of the recipe card is unknown.



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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Spring Snow

Usually by late May one starts looking forward to "Spring". I know I am!

We'd just enjoyed a week of 80+ degree weather.

I had a couple of friends helping me in the community garden so we got a lot of painting and repair work done.

The irises I planted along the front walk are finally blooming.


And the final week of school had arrived...along with cold and snow.

It was only supposed to dip below 40 "a bit". It got much colder than that and all the rain we expected turned into snow.

Massive snowflakes fell all afternoon. Lighter snow continued through the night. Our trees were sagging under the weight of all that heavy, wet snow.

By morning, we had about 4 inches and it was STILL snowing!


A freeze was in the forecast so I panicked and brought in most of my winter-sown plants. Some had frost damage from the night before despite being under three blankets. I didn't want to chance losing them so close to the planting date.


They were lined up and stacked under the dining room table on a tarp. Thankfully, the temperature swing between the outside and inside temps didn't harm them.

And because you can really do much about the weather, I decided to try a new blueberry muffin recipe. This one is from Sweet Little Bluebird.


It calls for sour cream, but I didn't have any so I used plain yogurt instead. I also used the suggested addition of 1 tsp. cinnamon and about a tsp of lime juice (not sure the juice made a difference).

It made way more than the recipe (36 instead of 24) said but they are so good I'm not complaining! Mr. LH and The Girl both kept telling me this recipe was definitely a "keeper".


How appropriate that my only cupcake liners have snowflakes on them! Perfect for our snowy spring day!



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Friday, May 17, 2019

Vintage Recipe: Shrimp Salad

I'm digging into old recipe boxes and rediscovering the family favorites hidden inside! You'll find carefully handwritten recipe cards, newspapers and magazines clippings and even some hastily scrawled directions on scraps of paper, all from years (and years) ago! They're all getting scanned and transcribed so you can enjoy them in your own home kitchen. 


Although this recipe card clearly reads “Shrimp Salad Dressing”, it should probably just be named “Shrimp Salad”. It is a little similar to a plain chicken salad. The dish can be prepared fairly quickly with few ingredients and would make a fast, easy lunch.



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