• Dig Dig for Victory,  Our Very Fine House

    Easy as Shortcake…

    One of our projects this past weekend was a pair of strawberry towers to flank either side of our flower box. I got to use the power drill, so my weekend was complete. I started out by drilling out the bottoms of the pots with a 5/8″ paddle drill. This is not for drainage, but for the garden stake “pin” that would hold the tower in place and keep them from shifting in the bed. I repeated this step for each pot; six pots and six pins. I pinned the biggest pot directly to the soil of the flower box by hammering a length of round garden stake through the…

  • Dig Dig for Victory,  Mirandomness,  Our Very Fine House

    Weekend in the Rear-view

    This was a very busy weekend for the denizens of the Modage. Saturday was dominated by an epic moment in my family. My baby brother, who is now 24 years old, proposed to his girlfriend. The Fella and I were among the family and friends there to witness the momentous occasion. Then there were tacos, which is never a bad capstone to an event. After watching my brother choose his travel partner on this epic adventure we call matrimony, it was weekend business as usual. Sunday morning, while nomsing a pair of honey butter chicken biscuits from Whataburger, we saw a slight hitch in our homesteading plans. Our yard has…

  • Dig Dig for Victory,  Our Very Fine House

    Foodscape Phase 1: Complete…Mostly

    The Fella and I were able to make solid progress on Phase 1 of our foodscaped front yard. We obtained our blackberries and raspberries, which look more like twigs sticking out of the ground, but I’m optimistic. We also completed the majority of our flower box. My local nursery, Buchanan’s, was out of Mexican marigold, which is a plant very similar to tarragon, except Houston heat won’t kill it. We also need to get some mulch to keep in the moisture, as this bed dries out very quickly. We bought some inexpensive Bloem flowerpots from Lowes which I sunk into the bed to act as a barrier for my invasive…