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Solar Power Project/s

Turn your Porch into a Garden

This is what i plan on doing this winter as project, converting my porch into solarium for all seasons and growing year round.



See Also …


71 Breezy Porches and Patios Here

How to Make a Greenhouse on a Screen Porch ~ By Michelle Powell-Smith, eHow Contributor

Turn your screened porch into a greenhouse for the winter. You can opt for a year-round permanent greenhouse or a temporary one to use in the winter, depending upon how you normally use your screen porch. Your greenhouse can let you start seeds while there is still snow on the ground, winter over delicate plants and continue your gardening through the winter months.

How to Build a Patio Greenhouse ~ By Cheryl Munson, eHow Contributor

Many homes have gardens — but not every home has a greenhouse. A gardener makes a clear and obvious statement about just how seriously they take gardening and caring for their plantings when they install a greenhouse. It doesn’t take a major investment to have a greenhouse. You can build a “mini” greenhouse to protect your plants through all sorts of weather, and protect your wallet from having to repurchase plants after a frost, drought or rainstorm.

93,622 enclosed porch Home Design Photos

Make Your Patio a Perfect Retreat

How to Make a Four Season Room from a Porch

What to grow in a greenhouse in winter

With the right growing techniques, an unheated greenhouse can be a productive, pollution-free garden asset all through the year.



 Well folks, I LOVE NUTS…All kinds

Just bought some 20 Virginia Peanuts seeds the other night on e-bay again..Can’t help my self, but change my whole back yard crops this year.

Something new is always welcome, and like the old saying, VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF LIFE …Yup .

Originally I intend to plant them as a bit of a novelty/experiment. I have been told that they thrive with the spuds and sweet potatoes best, so I will just keep replanting the odd nut when I harvested a handful as i go by seasons, and B.T.W., there is no season/s with nuts in my back yard …ha ha ha .

As with the spuds and sweet potato, I just root around for the biggest ones as needed, then replant the runners and the odd seed.

I’m sure that’s not how the pros grow it but it will do the trick and works for me!…Well, so I have been told.

Pretty cool plant! Not a nut at all, it’s a legume and the shells and dried stems/stalk add lots of goodies to the soil.

Well see ?? there you have it….Nuts and more nuts as I go …LOL

Another cool and very versatile plant for the collection!

Till next time I buy something new, HAPPY GARDENING FOLKS. 




This is the rarest and very much sought after FROST-hardy variety 

(tolerates brief frost down to -8C even with snow of already very rare

Native Patagonian Patagua (Andean Highlands). 


Compact Highly Ornamental 


Lilac-Velvet –  Mini tree.

Amazing fuzzy blooms in hues from 


Chrystal White to sometimes even Royal Blue!


Abundant Bright golden fruits

boast Unparalleled MOST EXOTIC TROPICAL  flavours all blended in luminescent golden pulp.

The Uniquely Wonderful taste is yet very little known to the Western world. 


In South America the wonderful mixture of 

MaracuyaStarfruitGuanabanaPineapple and Mangosteen in it’s flavour 

made it a highly valued – and Expensive!-Delicacy.


The fruits the size of a grape tomato are slightly smaller and brighter than the strictly tropical or hybrid strains.  


This Super-Survivor will thrive virtually everywhere in Australia – from True Tropics to Tasmania, and is very vigorous even in pots, and even tolerates rocky, limey and sandy soils! 

Just make sure it has plenty of water, good drainage, full sun or part shade and Exotic Delicious Harvest, 2-3 times a year in (sub) tropics is guaranteed! 



  • Bushy Shrub, averaging 1.5 mtrs and up to 2.3 mtrs tall.
  • Perennial, average life span 5-7 yrs.
  • Germination for Arctic Patagua can be expected between 20 and 40 days, sometimes up to 6 months, depending on germination conditions. Best germination temperatures: 15-25C.
  • Growth is rapid. Under favourable conditions, flowers and fruit set occurs about 6 months from planting out.
  • Spacing in the field would need to be 1.8m each way.


  • Frost tolerant, due to it’s native range of high reaches of Patagonean Andes – up to 2000 mtrs over sea level.Established plants can tolerate brief frost/snow down to -8C. Does well during shortened Light days. (e.g. Subarctic winters in greenhouse) Deciduous – looses leaves during winter. Should be covered with plastic/cloth/hay if periods of heavy frost are expected.
  • Fruiting temperatures: +8 to +32C, prefers humid constant temperatures between 10 to 25°C throughout the year.
  • Does well in pots.
  • Soil: any with good drainage. Sandy, stony, limey OK, but not clay.Likes organic matter (e.g. compost) and can handle aged manure fertilizing.
  • Sun: (sub)Tropics: filtered direct or semi-shade. Cooler zones: direct.
  • Needs stalking? – No.
  • Water: medium to large demands. Keep moist at all times but do not over-water.

  • Typical concerns: Root nematodes. Solution: Mexican Vitality Grass or at least True French Marigolds are a must nearby; Root rot due to overwatering in cool months. Solution: ensure good drainage. Reduce watering in winter. If soil heavy/clay/poorly drained, plant in Raised Garden Bed minimum 30 cm high over surface.


  • Plants exhibit colour variations from one individual to another.Particularly blooms can open Chrystal white to royal blue, on the same plant in different seasons.However Arctic Patagua can always be easily recognized by the characteristic bright purple colour of new growth, veins, undersides of adult leaves and buds.

  • Fruits are velvety-fuzzy when unripe.Upon full ripeness, the fuzz is easily wiped off.gently wash fruit with a cloth under running water. Ripe fruit is bright orange in colour.

  • Fruit is sensational in jams, jellies, chutneys, sorbets, and fruit salsas. Other parts of the plant should not be eaten.



SEED PROPAGATION TIPS..( Any type of seeds that is ) 

Especially for BEGINNER GARDENERS, I strongly recommend the following :

1. Pre-Soaking in weak black teaAll seeds germinate better when soaked for 24 hours in a saucer with weak black tea (to kill off possible fungus or micro pest larvae). The tea should be changed in 12 hours for a fresh one. 

If you can, use rain water and just add a few drops of your tea into it. Tap water is often too hard for seeds.

2. Keep them WARM (not hot!) in MINI-GREENHOUSE boxMost seeds require warm temperatures to germinate. 

You can use a 10 ltr , or better yet, 60 ltr (less chance of fungus) TRANSPARENT plastic box as a mini-greenhouse.

A great place for your germination box is on top of your fridge’s “warm spot” – touch the upper surface of the fridge, usually by the door – it is warmed up a few times a day bu running engine.

Any other spot that is constantly reliably warm, is a great choice, too.

3. Avoid tranplantation shock by never disturbing the roots.  Seed  in empty egg cases (make a hole at the bottom of each cell for drainage), 

fill with a few teaspoons of a good organic potting mix and on top a spoonful of seed raising mix.

 Link to Picture of how to make egg case punnet is in “Need advice?” section or can be viewed/downloaded here: (click on the link)

( Click Here )Making an Egg-Case Propagation Punnet

Wet the soil so that it’s moist but not soaking, close the box and

 normally you do not need to water again until germination. 

Still check every few days and if the soil does not stick to your finger when you tap it – add a few drops of water. If yor carton punnet seems to get fungus, it is a good indicatior you are overwatering. Take the lid of in a warm environment for a few hours, and try to put the drops of water in the centre of punnet, where the seed is, not on the carton sides. Does not hurt to lightly spray with eco-fungicide (if no gemination yet – young sdeedlings too tender for the spray yet).

Once germination occurred (at least for majority of punnets) – put the germination box into a light spot, but not direct sunlight. 

Young seedlings are very delicate, so transparent walls of your 60 L box will 

protect them from winds and sudden changes of temperatures. 

Keep the lid loosely on for a few days and then take it off. 

Most plants at the 4 true leaf stage are ready to be transplanted

 (right with the carton punnetwhen slightly wetted a few minutes before planting they are easily detachable) 

4. Most seeds DO NOT need light to germinate. 

(Exception: strawberries, passion fruit)

A no-direct-sun corner of your patio is a perfect spot for your germination box. 

NEVER put germination punnets or young seedlings into direct sun – they will just cook.

 If you want to harden seedlings before planting into garden bed,

 do it about a week before transplant and read more on the web of how to do it correctly.


Happy Gardening Folks 😀

Butterbur ~ Petasites hybridus





Growing Onions Vertically On The Windowsill

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How nice would it be to just be able to pluck fresh green onions from the soil whenever you need them? Nothing beats fresh onions for your salads, dips or soup. But how can you ensure a supply of fresh onions at hand all the time?

Sure, onions are available all year round from the supermarket, but they are hardly fresh and there’s almost always no way to know for sure where they came from.

Gardeners of course will simply grow them but some simply have problems with available space.

I came across an image of spring onions grown vertically on the windowsill, using a common 5 Liter PBS bottle, which I thought was a practical, space-saving and green way to grow onions. I posted the image on our Facebook Page and a few people asked how it was done…


…and since I was curious myself, I did a bit of research and this is what I found:

FIRST, you need a planting vessel:

plastic bottles

NEXT, you need to remove the neck of the bottle then cut holes around it. You can use a scissor or a heated metal tool to make the holes. Make sure the holes are just the right for the onion bulbs.


NEXT, fill the bottle with layers of onion sprouts and soil.



Keep adding layers until you reach the top of the container.

NEXT, water it…


AND FINALLY, set it on your windowsill…

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And watch daily as your onions grow…


In no time, you’ll have something like this:


So the next time you want to add some garnish to your food, sweet spice to your soup, to whip up a savory dish or to make a nice, crunchy salad, all you’ll need to do is pluck some from your vertical onion garden.

And you don’t even have to worry about storing them.

Wouldn’t this make a great project?

Snails Enjoying Sunshine on the Patio


Photo of the Day: May 6, 2013. An Editors’ Pick from our 2012 Photo Contest.

Photo and caption by José De Rocco (Buenos Aires, Argentina); Photographed January 2012, Buenos Aires, Argentina


In my “SELF SUFFICIENT” own world.

Sunday, March 31, 2013 10:14:22 PM

HOWDY ALL, and,… Welcome to my world. p

That is what I call Enjoyment, Fun, Freedom & Self Sufficiency and being Independent. Come on, FOLLOW ME in my little back yard please, get your gloves and boots on. I do Hope you will like it. Oh, I took the photos with my cell phone, since I am about to buy my self a new camera specially made to fit my new telescope in about 3 weeks from now… Sowy folks.

And YES, all the pics are fresh as hot bred, all taken today, except the last one of Jack the Russel dog.

That’s just my gnome poor bugger, couldn’t hold no more yuck LOL

That’s my new porch addition to the old cottage. I built it some 5 years ago?idea Take a look at my few other garden patches ( garden lots ), you will see more later bellow… Oh the blue drum on the stand next to the shed you ask ?…That’s my new practical, simple & cheap design of my smoke house, for winter when I smoke my pork & garlic sausages, ribs, bacon and the rest ..JEWISH ARCHITECT HERE for all projects at this address……ha ha ha

As you all can see here, that’s just a part of my veggies patches. up Now I remember that I RUMBLE sometime ego, in fact few times by my old memory, about my SOLAR PROJECT which I built a year and a half ego now…. Here are some bits of it, Let’s take a good look…..Oh, it works beauty and wonders, and save me an average of at least $150 to $200 a quarter on my bill. lol

What you think ?? Good ?? sing Let’s take a look at my batteries bank box, fuses box, power points,and my other power outlets for the outside lights, rain water tanks pumps, or any thing to do with FREE POWER FROM THE SUN for tools or radio, insects zapper etc, etc.That box is also my workbench he he he star

Now folks, some of you which knows me, knows that I AM NOT DESPERATE FOR A COMPANIONSHIP, yet, still looking…L.M.B.O. …Mean time, JUST TO LET You ALL KNOW, I am not alone …. Here comes my lady in white, AND ME DA KING…Wowwww. king

Okay now, let’s take another look of some other veggies patches, my other 2 rain water tanks, my young Cherry, Eureka Lemon, Garrya Elliptica ( Catkin Shrub ), few native Aussie “CALLISTEMONS” ( WHITE AND PURPLE ) Flowering trees & shrubs ( Bees & birds attracting ), Pomegranate, Tahitian Lime, Tangelo Seminole and Guava tree (Veggies lots), from a different angle. p

Followed by more pots and many more pots all with herbs …LOL lol

Okay now ENOUGH pots and herbs, let’s go have a closer look at the flowers and fruits bearing on my garden eh ?? yes ?? Follow me close then….Wowwwww, lots of them he he he.

Here I like to show you how my cherry tomatoes plants just love to climb up the tree and down on it …He he he

View of my young Cherry tree from my hide away spot….LOL

Now back to take a look at some fruits of Eggplants, Water Melons, Rock melons, Zoukiny’s, Garlic & lots of young baby Shallots, etc.

That’s my second rain water tank pump ( All pipes are 3 quarter inch, all under ground , my climbing corner of cherry tomatoes and some timed taps.The second pic, shows you my fave PURPLE BASIL HERB, and my resting garden bench…LOL…no

SO YOU SEE FOLKS ?? YOU WILL BE AMASSED OF WHAT YOU CAN DO ON A SMALL SUBURB BLOC. wink And just to show you that an Old Fart never stop being active, I have more projects in mind, ready to start…Ops, NOT TODAY, PERHAPS NEXT WEEK….…THAT WILL BE AN ADDITION OF EXTRA 800 Watts ( 8 MORE SOLAR PANELS ) meaning, FREE POWER from the sun, and less on my power bill, but most exciting part of it being, I WILL BE MORE CLOSER TO BECOME FREE OF THESE BIG CORPORATION SERPENTS BREEDING IN SEWERS and INBREED BASTARDS RIPPING ME OFF.

With that being said, I will walk you now to the back of my backyard, behind the sheds on my custom made alley, and show you again my autumn crocuses and DAMN little gnome I SEE THAT STILL HAVE HIS PANTS DOWN, WANTING TO POOP…. L.M.B.O. jester lol lol

That is it from me folks, time to do lots of other things, many places to go and see, till next time remember, GOD IS IN THE GARDEN…. PS:…. Please don’t tell me I SHOULD HAVE MOW THE LAWN jester Yes I know I SHOULD HAVE DONE IT, but hey WHY DO IT ALL TODAY, WHEN THERE IS SO MUCH TIME TO INFINITY ??? lol lol lol NEXT TIME, I WILL WAIT TILL I MOW MY FRONT YARD, TAKE some PICTURES WITH MY NEW CAMERA, AND SHOW YOU HOW TO LOOK THE BEST HOUSE ON THE STREET. wink SHALOM from ME, and PEACE from HIM. In memory of 1 year since he is gone ( My beloved boy Jack, the one I LOVED SO MUCH, now GONE after 17 years together. Rest in peace MATE )… May your soul be with angels……….. Jack’s pic bellow.