Greenhouse

This greenhouse has been a dream in the making for a very long time.  I’ve collected and gotten rid of multiple sets of windows finally settling on these given me by a remodeler friend in Butler… and some by a dear friend at church…  that ‘providentially’ matched.   This project, almost without exception went together like it was meant to be.    The two doors were found at two different times and locations and cost a grand total of $5.   The ladder is the other half of the one in my new workshop- an old extension ladder given to me by one of Jordan’s friends.  The sink base was free.   I didn’t get it done in time to start baby plants this year, but it has turned out to be the perfect location- situated on the south wall of our pole barn.  No shade in the winter, but it has morning and evening shade during the summer- making it a serene place to spend time in the mornings reading and drinking coffee.   (I keep my Bible in the top drawer)  One day I looked out the door & discovered a family of bluebirds nesting in a box I put up.

Workshop

This is my saw room.  It’s a 15’x30′ section of my workshop barn.  I have been using this space and collecting bits & pieces of reclaimed wood for about 15 years…  so many projects have come out of here!  We always talked about improving it, getting some flooring & lighting- then this year, Jordan came down a couple of days per week, and we got it done in about a month!   As it is with so many perceived ‘overwhelming’ to-dos… I wish I’d done it long before now!

Bird Watching

Every year my bird population gets more interesting or maybe I just haven’t noticed before.    Providing nesting boxes, feeders and water is helpful, although alot of them just find their own places…  in fact, I have to keep my barn doors closed during house-shopping season because they love to come inside and build.   Always a thrill to rescue a bird that has found its way into an outbuilding.  Hummers are my favorite.   I don’t put out feeders, but they buzz my flowers.

Building Birdhouses

It is a time-honored tradition to use up every scrap on the farm ~ to repurpose and create beauty.  Attracting birds to your yard is very beneficial for insect control and pollination. Once you establish habitat, they will migrate back every year and raise their young.

Nesting birds prefer their houses at different heights:

  • Bluebirds should be 5 to 8 feet above the ground.
  • Wrens up close to a structure.

Aesthetic placement tips:

  • Place as a distant focal point in the back of the garden
  • In the center of a flower bed
  • On either side of an entrance gate
  • In place of a fence post
  • Intersection of two paths

All of our nesting boxes are made of reclaimed wood, tin and junk. The older, the better. Some of the wood is native (petrified) timber that has been collected through years of remodeling our century old farm. These are heavily glued, nailed and sanded. Finishes vary, but all will age gracefully. The bluebird boxes are sized for most songbirds as well as bluebirds.  We’ve had several of these on our property and they are occupied every year.