Planting Potatoes on Top of the Ground

Planting Potatoes on Top of the Ground

Well…finally!  A beautiful spring-like day and I was chomping at the bit to get outside and get started doing something…anything in my little garden on the front lawn!crazygoodcreations.comIt really was the perfect day for planting my Yukon Gold and Red Pontiac potatoes – weather-wise AND Mr. Almanac-wise.   Yep, Mr. Almanac said it was a good day to plant root crops!  It also seemed like the perfect time to try a ‘crazy good creation’…a DIY potato tower.  There are lots of ways/opinions on how to do it – yep, read quite a few and then decided what made sense to me, rolled up my sleeves and…

IMG_3430You gotta know that I am going to use a till-less method…don’t own a tiller and am just not that fond of digging so I LOVE planting on top of the ground!

I used some wire we had stashed to build a couple of rectangular cages – no exact measurements here, I just built them in the corners on the side of my garden.  I used the Mister’s tie wraps (have I told you lately that he LOVES those things???) to secure my newly formed cage to the garden’s rabbit fence.  Sounds simple enough, right? Sure was – well, everything except ME cutting and bending that stinking wire…geeeezzzeee~  Anyhow….

Once I got my cage/tower (whatever you choose to call it) formed, I put down a thick layer of newspaper or cardboard and SOAKED it thoroughly!!!

Next, I added hay and pushed it to the sides of the cage to keep the peat moss from falling out of the sides.

IMG_3431I added a layer of peat moss next…I am guessing about three inches and wet it.  Next I added my potatoes.  As you can see, mine are fairly close together.  If you have been following my posts you know that I garden on my front lawn in a very small space so I ‘overpopulate’ what I plant to get greater yields.  Hey, it works for me~

IMG_3432 - Version 2Finally, I covered the potatoes with peat moss, watered them and moved on to build my second cage/tower.  So exciting!

I will keep you updated on their progress so you can see, along with me, whether this method works or not!  Based on my research ( and ya gotta know I researched the heck out of it) it does, in fact, work for most folks.  I certainly hope it works for me ’cause this Southern girl LOVES her taters…especially when she has grown them herself!

Well y’all, the sun is shining and times a’wastin’…I have got to get outside and ‘play’ some more today.  I hope you all are able to do the same!  Happy Saturday and happy planting!!!

Store-Bought Honey Imposter?

Store-Bought Honey Imposter?

Why should you buy honey from a local beekeeper?  There are MANY reasons but one of the most important is if you are buying honey from a store you may not be getting a crazy good creation  at all!

Tests Show Most Store Honey Isn’t Honey

BY ANDREW SCHNEIDER

Here is their list of the store-bought honey that contains NO POLLEN!

honey-without-pollen-food-safety-news1 “The food safety divisions of the  World Health Organization, the European Commission and dozens of others also have ruled that without pollen there is no way to determine whether the honey came from legitimate and safe sources.”

Once again…it is in YOUR BEST INTEREST to shop locally and to educate yourself about the foods you are eating and feeding to your family!

I found this article and many other interesting ones at Food Safety News, a most informative website regarding breaking news about the foods that are available for our consumption.

Again, I say, EDUCATE YOURSELF!!!

Recycle Candles & Save $$$

Recycle Candles & Save $$$

Why haven’t I been doing this all along???  Such a CRAZY GOOD CREATION!!!  Make new candles from the leftover portions of old ones…super simple, fun and your house will smell amazing while you are doing it!!!  Wanna know how?  Read on~

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  • You will need to purchase new wicks before you start this project.  I purchased mine from Hobby Lobby for about $2.00 (5 wicks).
  • You will also need one clean jar to put your ‘new’ candle in.  I used one from a previous candle.  A damp cloth with some baking soda on it will clean all of the black soot/junk from the jar in a jiffy.
  • Once you have your wicks and a clean jar, put water in a pot (I put my steamer in the pot so my jar would not sit on the very bottom and chance bursting) and bring to a boil.  Turn heat down to low.
  • Gather all of the candles you want to melt down while you are waiting for your water to boil…
  • Put the first ‘spent’ candle into the hot water bath.  It will take about 5 minutes to melt all of the left over wax completely. So…
  • While you are waiting for the wax to melt prepare your new jar by putting the new wick in it.  In the photo I have already added a layer from an old melted candle but notice how I wrapped the top of the wick around something flat so that it would remain in the center of the jar and in place as you add your new layers.IMG_3059
  • Once the wax has melted in the jar that is in the water bath take out the old metal part from the previous wick and any other large particles (burned wick, etc) .
  • Carefully lift the jar from the hot water bath and pour slowly into the new jar (see photo above).  Let harden completely before adding the next layer.
  • Now you add another ‘old’ candle to the hot water bath and just keep repeating the process.  I go about my business while this process is underway so it isn’t like I am sitting there waiting for the wax to melt and, did I mention, I LOVE the way my house smells as I am making these ‘new’ candles.

IMG_3063 - Version 3I especially like the fact that I have a $28.00 candle for about .40, I have recycled glass and wax and can enjoy different scents from one jar.  This is the one I am making today~IMG_3064 - Version 2  Ok, OK….I cannot tell a lie…I did, in fact, layer my candle with Christmas/holiday scents on top, then spring and finally summer scents on the bottom…yep, I am weird like that!  And those of you who live near by who have no interest in doing this but have jars of old candles lying around – uh, bring them to me so I can recycle them!!!  If you do decide to try this send me some pictures.  I would love to see your new ‘old’ candles.

And that is all I have to say about that~