Well it’s been quite a week for the pod people and cast of characters here on our little patch. In and amongst everything else we have going on here we’re renovating our lovely little circa 1955 bungalow (with help from a very strong supporting cast headed by my dad) and the latest project is a lovely big laundry room/mud room/dog room for moi (and obviously the dogs..). Given the house’s age and the fact that until not too long ago it was in the country so folks just added on rooms as and when required we’re always being greeted with “Surprise!” and it’s been a week of “Surprise!”
I’ve responded by hiding out in the greenhouse for the past few days and as far as “ignoring the problem” goes I’d say it’s a good strategy – I’ve now got ground cherries, eggplant, tomato and tomatillo seedlings poking their little heads out of their soil beds (I’m expecting to see peppers next week). And today, after an early morning trip to the dump to bury the unsalvageable surprises, I decided to go to the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo.
Here’s the thing though, all week I’ve been trying to write a post specifically about permaculture that would start tying all my posts together. For some reason though the post just won’t write itself, I guess I need to leave it simmering in the subconscious for a bit longer. So with a strong case of writers block re: permaculture I found myself thinking about Valentine ’s Day (which is funny because I’m not a chocolate and roses girl – or at least not a full price one – buy them for me at half price on the 15th and I’ll be just as happy) and that led to thinking about gifts for gardeners and that’s when lightning struck.
Now, I love Etsy! There is so much creativity displayed, so much inspiration, I’ve gotten some really lovely things from Etsy and I love that I’m supporting small businesses/artists. But if I bought everything on Etsy that captured my imagine “broke” wouldn’t even begin to describe the state of the piggy bank here at the Three Pea Homestead; and for some reason the animals get really grumpy at the idea of not being fed. So for those of you looking for something special for that special gardener in your life (and that includes you) I offer some buy it or make it ideas.
Click on to either the “buy it” or “make it” labels to link to either the item or instructions to make it.
(Disclaimer: please note, that these are just samples and there may be other places to buy the item or other ways of making it. Also I have no affiliation with any of these people – these are simply ideas for things that might make your favorite gardener smile.)
Mason Bee House: Mason Bees are fantastic garden helpers, although they do not produce honey they also don’t sting and they are prolific pollinators.
Toad House: Other great garden helpers your favorite gardener will be over joyed to see are frogs and toads. This article highlights their benefits, and how to attract them and house them in your garden.
Plant tags: Do I really need to say that a gardener never has enough plant tags?
The absolute easiest way I’ve learned to “make it” is to find some old vinyl blinds at a thrift store and cut them into 4 inch pieces, wrap a bundle of them up in a nice ribbon, throw in a colored grease pencil and you have a winner. Here are some other ideas:
All I can say is “who knew chain-link fence could be so beautiful?”
This is just a very small sampling of “buy it or make it”, some other things to consider are: worm composters, compost tea brewers, humming bird feeders, compost bins, gourd bird houses, etc.
I hope this inspired you, wish me inspiration on that permaculture post. Until then, happy growing!
P.S. Speaking of supporting small businesses, I have another blatant plug for one of my dear friends, It’s a Buzz Boutique. It’s a Buzz Boutique specializes in personalized products for toddlers and children. You can email them mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org