May 2007

Storm Window Estimate

by Josh on May 30, 2007 · 5 comments

in Windows

My fellow Minneapolis houseblogger, StuccoHouse, has me inspired! She just replaced a pair of aluminum combination storm windows with solid wood storms and they look fabulous. Shamelessly following her lead, I just completed the online price quote request for three wooden combination storm/screen windows from Adams Architectural Wood Products. These new windows would be for […]


Green Gardening

by Josh on May 30, 2007 · 0 comments

in Gardens

Our thumbs were expecially green when we planted the veggie garden over the Memorial Day weekend. We try to recycle as much as we can here and we’re always on the lookout for a new idea to try. The green gardening started with saving some volunteer cilantro that had sprouted up in the garden plot […]


Code Fixes

by Josh on May 28, 2007 · 0 comments

in Asides

Cleaned up XHTML errors on the main page.  It should speed things up a bit.


Flowers and Showers

by Josh on May 24, 2007 · 3 comments

in Gardens

If only my nursery renovation was making progress like my gardening! Due to today’s rain, the veggie garden is only half-tilled, waiting for the rain to stop so I can finish turning and enriching the soil in preparation for the tomatoes, eggplants, beans, and other goodies waiting patiently in their flats. By contrast, the landscape […]


Surprise: A Hole

by Josh on May 21, 2007 · 0 comments

in Gardens

Who says weeding is boring? The other day while I was weeding the side garden, I lifted up the sedum ground cover to get at the root of some stray grass. But instead of dirt, there was (surprise!) the big hole pictured here.


It’s Raining Eggs

by Josh on May 12, 2007 · 0 comments

in Uncategorized

The end is near! It’s raining pigeon eggs! What a cruel harbinger of apocolyptic events soon to unfold! Or maybe the pigeons are trying unsuccessfully to build nests on my roof in the places I installed bird spikes last year. I suppose that’s a credible explanation, too.


Weed Hound

by Josh on May 11, 2007 · 2 comments

in Gardens

Our boulevard is thick with dandelions this spring and I have been looking for a good non-chemical tool to clear them out. I already have a hand-held weeding tool, but for an area this large, I really wanted something I could use standing up. On a walk through the neighborhood the other day, I saw […]


Living Green Expo

by Josh on May 6, 2007 · 2 comments

in Ideas

My friend and fellow blogger, Aaron, and I spent a few hours today hanging out at the Living Green Expo at the state fairgrounds in St. Paul. The Expo features ideas for better environmental stewardship for nearly an aspect of life, but I was particularly interested in the resources for homeowners. Even with a grandstand […]


Plantings One Year Later

by Josh on May 4, 2007 · 0 comments

in Gardens

About this time last year I planted three crabapple trees and three spirea bushes in the back garden. A reader named Lisa who is considering some crabapples for her yard asked me to provide an update and some pictures of my plantings one year later.