Art in the Park: En Plein Air Watercolor

Baltimore City always has something fun going on and this year I learned that Mt. Vernon Place Conservancy holds several free events throughout the summer in the Mt. Vernon Place parks.  One of the series that piqued my interest was the “Art in the Park” series.  Art in the Park is a series of classes throughout the summer.  They teach watercolor, photography, cyanoprinting, etc.  Their classes fill up quickly so it is important to sign up early and/or get put on a waitlist.  You can view their events for the rest of the year here:  http://mvpconservancy.org/events/

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Art in the Park

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Mobile Garden Espalier

I’ve had this panel I got at a second hand store for a decade now.  I really love it and have been thinking of ways to turn it into “something”.  One thought I had was a canning jar herb garden but I don’t have enough sun exposure in my house for an herb garden.

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I really love this wood panel

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Homemade Column Fire Pit – Test Run

I wanted 2 column gas fire pits for my back patio but who knew that column gas fire pits were so expensive?!  I didn’t know that I would be looking at fire pits in the $300-400 range for the size that I wanted.

My uncle got me a subscription to Family Handyman for Christmas and their May 2019 Magazine had plans for a nice block fire pit that you could make “in 1 day!” This fire pit was more square than I wanted and used a 20# propane tank, which was much bigger than I wanted.  I want a fire pit that is easily moveable since my patio is so small I would like to tuck these fire pits out of the way when I’m not using them.

I thought if Family Handyman can make this fire pit then HOW HARD CAN IT BE?!  I’M GOING TO MAKE MY OWN!

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Thanks for the subscription, Uncle, It’s not like I didn’t have enough projects already!

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Baby Bird Updates, May 6 & 7

They are growing up so fast! It seems like they are doubling in size every 8 hours. The parents are also switching out much more often. They were switching out every 8 hours or so, now they are switching out about every 4 hours!

They have gotten their feathers in & finding their wings!

They look like little pinecones!!!

Check out my baby bird compilations for May 6 & 7!

One Impatient Chick

It was raining all day yesterday. Just none stop rain. One of those days where you wake up & it’s raining & you go to bed & it’s raining. Sometimes rainy days are pretty awesome. Like when your an adult & just need a break… But when your a kid those long rainy days cause feel like a bore. Like this young Mourning dove chick. He was not having it. He had some severe cabin fever at one point. It was also the first time he really showed off his wings!

What’s in the Box? Ep. 3: My Urban Vertical Dripper Irrigation System

I have a vertical garden in my back patio & during the growing season it does pretty well.  Unless I’m out of town.  It always suffers greatly when I’m gone even 3-4 days . The hot sun dries them out.  This year I decided I would add a drip irrigation system.  Not only would it help with keeping the plants happy while gone but drip irrigation systems also help conserve water.

My video below describes my plan

What I bought to create my drip irrigation system:

2 xxAGSIVO Drip Irrigation Kits: https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B07NXZNCVX/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_peHZCb253H0XD

2 x Rainbird 25psi pressure regulators: https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B0049C5FZA/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_yfHZCbCTHFJJK

1 x Eley 3 way faucet splitter: https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B06X9X5MCY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_AgHZCbTR370BC

1 x hose shut off valve: https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B0786HP6J9/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_fhHZCb296XRE9

I hope this helps you plan your own Urban Vertical drip irrigation system!

My City Garden and Square Foot Gardening Adventure

About 4 years ago I finally came up enough in the wait list to be called for a plot in the Baltimore City Farms Program (https://bcrp.baltimorecity.gov/special-programs/farms).  The wait list averages 2 years long and I put my name in for 2 gardens:  Heath St and Light St.  I got called for a plot for Heath St City Garden.

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The plants I put in my 2016 garden. They did really well!

The first year I got the plot I was called at the beginning of June so I didn’t have much time to grow much of anything.  I quickly put in a couple of tomatoes, peppers, and basil plants and called it a season.  The plants did pretty well and I was happy with the location of my plot.

The 2nd year, I went all in.  I decided to execute the Square Foot Gardening Method and I planned it out in the finest detail and followed all the rules. If a square called for 16 plants, I put in 16 plants! I had tomatoes, beans, peas, turnips, peppers, cantaloupe, and zucchini.  I also added compost to my plot.  I ordered A LOT of yards of Bulk Organic Compost from Veteran Compost because my plot needed soil badly.

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Things quickly got out of hand! 😂

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