EASY No-Sew Squash Hammock upcycle/recycle project

Lakota Squash settling into the good life. It’s all about the squash hammock.

I’m experimenting with trellising some of my squash plants. This Lakota Squash plant is climbing the trellis beautifully, but the squash was starting to get big and heavy and really needed support. I know some people use old panty hose to make slings, but I haven’t worn panty hose in (?) maybe decades so don’t have any old ones laying around.

What to do? What to do? “What would my Grams do?” I asked myself.

The answer was easy. She’d use what she had. And one thing I have is old knit shirts I’ll never wear again. They typically age in a storage container for a while then eventually find their way to the wrag bin.

Problem solved. I pulled out a lovely blue knit shirt, cut some long strips about 5 inches wide and secured it to the trellis. I was mindful to cut the strips wide enough to accommodate growth and still keep the squash secure. I brought the rest of the strips out to the garden and have them hanging/waiting on an empty spot in the trellis. I’ll be ready for the next hanging Lakota that starts to plump up and needs a bit of support. In the meantime this squash is definitely living its best life–carefree and healthy–just hanging out in the hammock. Happy, healthy squash means more deliciousness for our dinner table.

SewThankful Kittens!

Every barn needs kitties. And these kitties needed a home. So we gave them one.

On Thursday morning I picked up some baby kitties that needed a new home. You see, we have a barn and almost everybody knows that every barn needs kitties (rodents are always an issue at farms and I don’t believe in putting poisons out).

Clockwise from the top left we have: Smoky Joe (the gray), Rengar (aka Snowball, the white with one blue eye and one green eye), Pepper (aka Peppa, the tabby), and Stormy (the other tabby to the left…what you can’t see is that his back half is frosted white!). SO CUTE. All of them are semi long-haired. Peppa and Stormy are the runts. Stormy loves to be chill and nap. Peppa climbs like a monkey and comes running every time he sees me coming to the barn!

I am thrilled to have these babies to love and care for. And the kitties are very happy to be here! These babies are so sweet (and maybe I spoil them just a little..wink, wink). Here is a pic of Peppa hitching a ride in my apron pocket the other day:

Peppa hitches a ride in my apron pocket. He’s a Pocket Kitty!

Animals and plants inspire me. How about you? What do you think of these babies? I always encourage and welcome constructive comments!

She Do–> Hedou Tiny Bok Choy (Inspiration in the Garden)

Hedou Tiny Bok Choy – started from seed in March – harvested May 1st

I decided last year after we moved that this year I was going to put in a big garden. So in January I ordered my seeds after being totally smitten by a ton of seed catalogs. I tell you, ordering seeds is as addictive as ordering sewing patterns (for me!).

I love bok choy. I truly adore these tiny Hedous!! To give you an even better look at just how tiny here I am holding one:

As you probably know, bok choy is delicious in stir fry, salads and soups. These tiny Hedous are supremely delicious eaten whole (or maybe 2 bites) as a snack.

Not only are they delicious, the color and texture is exquisite too. It inspires me. How about you? Have you ever had Hedou Tiny Bok Choy?

RE-GROW Store Purchased Organic Celery

It’s so easy to re-grow store purchased, organic celery. In fact, the re-grow aspect really helps offset the upfront expense of buying organic celery. IMPORTANT NOTE: If you want to try this process, I very strongly recommend using only organic celery. Non-organic vegetable products can have certain issues, pesticides and re-growth inhibitors sprayed on them that would make them unable to re-grow.

There are already lots of in-depth articles and you-tube videos demonstrating the step by step process so I’m not going to turn this into a super long how-to post. Just do a quick internet search and you’ll have a ton of videos and detailed info at your fingertips. My post is meant simply to give a quick view and idea to those who’ve never done it and encourage all to give it a try.

Quick & dirty–how did I do it? I cut my celery so that you have about 3 inches or so of the bottom/root end of the celery heart in tact. Go ahead and use your cut/top pieces for whatever recipe or plan you had. We have recently been enjoying peanut butter celery sticks as a treat. Good gosh! We have had not enjoyed them in YEARS and they were so delicious! Next, use a knife and cut a very thin slice off the root end (like maybe 1/16th of an inch–and compost that sliver if you can). Now, put about 1.5 to 2 inches of tepid to luke warm water in a small dish big enough to hold your celery base. Place the celery base in the water with the root end down. Place the dish on a sunny window sill. In just a few days you should see little ruffles sprouting up from the center. Add water when needed and occasionally change your water to prevent slime from developing on the dish.

It’s so much fun to sew and grow! What do you have to lose (especially if you were going to throw out the bottom part anyway?!!) I hope you will give it a try.