May 2008

Raising The Garden, Part III

by Josh on May 28, 2008 · 5 comments

in garden,Projects

Finished. That’s a word I don’t get to say or write often enough around here. At least not without conditions like “finished for today” or “finished part ‘x’ of much larger project ‘y’.” But today, I can say that the raised garden bed project is really completely finished. In Part II of this story, the […]


Raising The Garden, Part II

by Josh on May 23, 2008 · 12 comments

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Work on the raised garden bed continues, but isn’t finished yet. Since my last post, I have finished framing the fence rails and applied two coats of forest green solid color stain to all the new lumber. I have also begun to work on the soil improvement, though I haven’t done anything more than dump […]


Raising The Garden

by Josh on May 20, 2008 · 6 comments

in garden,Projects

The calendar reads May, but I have already “raised” all my summer garden vegetables. That’s because I spent my Saturday project time building up the garden plot. I took on this project for two reasons: the corner posts were no longer strong enough to properly support the chicken wire pest fencing, and the soil level […]


Shoots and Blooms

by Josh on May 16, 2008 · 6 comments

in garden,Journal

After taking out the trash on a recent morning, I snapped these photos of the first leaves and flowers to reappear in the garden this spring.  Enjoy!


In my last post, I mentioned that I had planted my bungalow windowbox for the summer. For some reason the windowbox plants never grow as well as I expect them to, but by using a completely new selection of plants this year I hope my luck will change. In the past Ms. Bungalow and I […]


Friends School Plant Sale

by Josh on May 14, 2008 · 2 comments

in garden,Journal

Friday’s foray to the Friends School Plant Sale in St. Paul went smashingly. I didn’t get there until around 1 p.m. and missed the worst of the crowds, though it was still plenty busy. Shortly after I arrived, I connected with my garden master friends who were nearly ready to check out after three hours […]


After pouring over the sale catalog, considering our garden needs, and preparing my shopping list, I am finally ready for the Friends School Plant Sale tomorrow. This will be my first year going to the sale on Friday, its opening day, so I’m expecting that the crowds and craziness I have experienced in past years […]


Weekend Discoveries

by Josh on May 6, 2008 · 8 comments

in antiques,Journal

Every old house owner gets surprised now and then. Sometimes the surprises are bad, like when you discover a broken drain pipe. And sometimes the surprises are good, like when you find buried treasure in your yard. If you’re lucky, the good surprises outnumber the bad. I can’t claim to be keeping strict accounting of […]


Some fellow Minneapolitans may have found the answer to my pigeon problems. Best of all, this pigeon control solution is completely green, VOC-free, locally-sourced and all-natural. It’s a predator! This video was shot by netclift about a mile from my place: And Lost Forest After Dark shows what happens when a pigeon meets a hawk. […]


Neighborhood Paint Ideas

by Josh on May 2, 2008 · 6 comments

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It was such a beautiful day yesterday that I persuaded my oldest son to walk the mile from our house to his preschool while I pushed the toddler in the stroller. Along the way, I snapped some pictures of other bungalows in the neighborhood.