Strawbale building

It’s starting out again as a gray, cold and overcast day(and so was yesterday). Our long awaited winter weather that we should have had in January and February is delaying warm spring weather for now.   For now, our warm sweaters, coats and long sleeves are still out and being used. This is definitely typical of the La Nina weather pattern – warmer than normal winters and cooler than normal spring, summer. Tomatoes, peppers, squashes and what have you don’t take too kindly to this type of weather. We’ll have to be on the guard for any signs of mildew or wilt.

Yesterday we spent most of the day outside hoping to get caught up on all the work and projects – and we did! We started assembling the lodge pole trellis in the new area of the yard. The trellis will cover the broken concrete pathway and use to grow pole limas and a place to hang strawberries self-watering baskets. The trellis will run adjacent to a greywater system that we still need to work on, but meanwhile that area of the yard is slowly taking shape.

We weren’t the only one’s busy on the urban homestead, Sierra, our rabbit is building a strawbale house! The animals love it when we put a bale of straw in their enclosure – all of them like to climb on top (they are probably thinking to themselves “I’m queen of the world!”) and some fancy going underneath.

I started knitting a kiddie sweater for the goat – a fun and fast project.Pattern


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  1. Wildside says:

    Your bunny & straw house sure is cute!

    Perhaps I ought to click on Olso and read something positive about sewage…

  2. Wildside says:

    Anais, I added a link to here crediting you and another link to the Olso article in a post on my blog just now. I hope that’s ok by you… In this moment, I need something positive to think about!

  3. Jeff says:

    Anais, what is a “self-watering basket”?

  4. Anais says:

    Hi Wildside

    Of course, the more people who read about alternatives the better. I hope things are progressing with your sewer issue, we are all rooting for you to pull through.


  5. Anais says:

    Hi Jeff

    Thank you for your question. These baskets have a resevoir at the bottom and after you initially water them, the plants will pull moisture from the bottom of the container thereby self-watering.

    Here’s an excerpt (and better explaination) from a article in USA Weekend about self-watering containers:

    “Self-watering containers. Some have water reservoirs at the bottom and wicking fabric that draws moisture up to the roots; others have built-in reservoirs with an external hole into which you can add water as needed. A few even have gauges that let you know when to water. These containers run from 12 inches in diameter to as large as a wooden whiskey barrel, and most are made of concrete, terra cotta or polypropylene. Designs also vary widely and include Italian-style terrace planters, window boxes, hanging baskets, troughs and conventional planters.”

  6. gerry medland says:

    Hi Anais!
    The UK top weather scientist has predicted a rise in temp of 3 degrees within 50 years,this will lead to mass hunger and drought according to news report!How long will our ‘leaders’ ignore the ‘signs’ so plainly written on the wall?

  7. Wildside says:

    Thank you!

  8. Jeff says:

    Thank you for the explanation, Anais. I am always learning from the Dervaes family. 🙂

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