Saturday, March 28, 2015

Pathway

Adding in a pathway to the back gate...






Black mulch

Friday, March 27, 2015

DIY Bird Suet



What you will need:
Bird seed mix
Pan or Mold
Suet ( grease) or Vegetable Shortening such as Crisco
Kettle/Pan
Wood Spoon
Wax paper or Sandwich Bags

Optional:
Fresh or Dried Berries and/or Fruit
Bread Crumbs
Oatmeal (not instant)

STEP 1:
I picked a wild bird seed for my areas native birds..
added it to my glass baking pan, I also used some dried berries and a couple scoops of oatmeal with raisins
Mix it around in the pan 



STEP 2:
Heat the Grease or Shortening in the pan on low heat until full melted ( I forgot to take a picture of it)
Pour melted grease in the seed mixture, make sure to stir it around to make sure all the seed is coated. I like to use a wood spoon because it absorbs some of the oil and keeps the wood from drying out.
STEP 3:
Once the mix is all coated, refrigerate for 24 hours.
You'll notice as the shortening cools, it turns back to white

Step 4:
Totally cooled suet in the pan
 Once it's fully cooled and has turned solid again, you can cut the mixture into blocks and scoop into sandwich bags (like I did) or add it sheets of wax paper
 Once int the plastic bag I form it with my hands to make a square to fit my feeder..
 I got seven bags out the pan
 And your finished!
Here it is in the Suet feeder in my tree!
I'm just waiting for the birds to see if they like it now!

Patio is extended!

I added more to the patio!
The Polished black rock is in and the extended patio is finished!






Wednesday, March 18, 2015

this is where it's at as of today!

The Steel Chiminea is here!

Clematis planted on both trellis

overview

need to focus on this part of the yard now

walkway with grass and solar lights in

the sexy Chiminea again

the dirt to the right is where the tomato garden goes each summer

table is here, now waiting for the benches

lounge area

another overview

Monday, March 16, 2015

backyard....

added two new steps and pavers leading to the "below" garden...
this is the "below" garden after I cleaned it up
We cant plant much here, due to our septic and and drain field being in this location. I have some ideas though!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

building the BBQ, layer by layer

the BBQ is built to height

planted the blue fescue and layered with black rock

view from the back door