Recent Reads From Across the Web: Why It Is Our “Happy Place”, DIY Projects, and Other Links

For those who are in an area still under snow, in the messy transition I call The Mud Month, or who need something to help them get to their Happy Place, I though I would share a few recent things I have read from across the web.  These are items that I thought were interesting, taught me something, or are things I would like to try.

Speaking of Happy Place:

Bonni L. Grant talks about – Antidepressant Microbes In Soil: How Dirt Makes You Happy – After reading the article I summed it up for my husband, then suggested I just roll the boys in dirt every day to help with their moods.  He laughed but then said, “Um, no.”  Jack overheard and thought it was a GREAT idea.  As I am more okay with them being dirty, with actual dirt, I foresee the summer being one where they are ‘tan’ from dirt during the day and sparkling white at night.  Would we be able to eliminate sunscreen if we did this?

 free-standing-vertical-pallet-herb-garden

Roeshel, at DIY Show Off, has a tutorial for a Free Standing Pallet Herb Garden.  With extra pallets around the yard right now and a deck that gets either full or partial shade, I know a project that will be happening soon.  Even if I did not already have the pallets around, I have heard of a source of free pallets in Big Town that I could stop by and obtain some from.  If the shad garden ever gets finished started, I will also already have landscaping fabric to use.  Perfect timing.

It also seems like something Jack could help with.  I am looking for a few things I can get Jack and George interested in making and potentially selling.  This seems like something they could handle, with help.

Jessica, at 104 Homestead, has some Low Cost & No Cost Trellis Ideas.  I love trellises, though am never sure where to put them.  As I think around my hard I realize there are a few places that these could be use – a corner where our phone line comes in underground, in front of our air conditioner, in front of some ugly basement windows, etc.

DIY Adirondack chairs

This (sorta) Old Life has a DIY Adirondack Chair Tutorial, giving 8 steps to show you how to make the chair.  I know it may jinx me to say this, but this project seems like you could make a set of chairs, or a few more, in one day.  Not sure if you were going to paint and stain, that would take longer, but I think they would at least be constructed.

Tomatoes in quart containers

IFAS researchers produce three new tomato breeds.  It only took about $25 Million and 25-years.  These are not even the finished varieties that we will see, once they come out.  I appreciate all the work that went into this, but wonder what prompted the need.  For that kind of money, I would think it was more than getting a better tasting tomato.

The United States is not the only place where new hybrids are being introduced.  Kenyan farmers will benefit from “New tomato breeds released for outdoors and greenhouses.”  The price and time frame for these hybrids being created and reproduced was not noted.  What was shared were the advantages of each.  For farmers who may already be struggling, these new characteristics will be very helpful.”{The Tyika} gives an extra 2 to 3 months of harvest compared to Anna F1. It is also more resistant to yellow leaf curl and mosaic viruses, grey leaf spot, root rot and nematodes.” and “In addition, “it’s sweeter and less acidic,” adds Soren Vester of Sygenta East Africa the company that released the breeds, and Tylka F1’s fruit size can weigh 130 grams compared to the weight of an Anna F1 fruit that reaches 120 grams.”