Meet The Girls – Baby Chickens!

| April 30, 2015
Photo Credit: Keith Knoxsville
A Hen and a Drake Green Teal on the truck bed. Not a limit on anything, but a fun morning out.

After a few years of being chicken and other poultry free, and wanting to have a small flock of chickens, we decided to get four chicks. The girls will more than likely show up in Gardenisto posts from time to time, like when I post up the chicken coop build, so we took a few photos and decided to introduce the girls. Here are the chicks, the weather finally permitting, on their first day outside.

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Meet HoopleHead a Buff Orpington, Joanie an Ameraucana, Red a Rhode Island Red, and Eightball a Black Australorp.

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Nightstand Plant Stand From Pallets

| April 27, 2015
Photo Credit: Keith Knoxsville
A Hen and a Drake Green Teal on the truck bed. Not a limit on anything, but a fun morning out.

I recently set up another 5 gal hydroponic bucket for growing herbs and greens. I wanted to grow them in the dining room under a sunny window, and needed to dress up the 5 gallon bucket so that it wouldn’t be an eyesore. So I decided to build a dual purpose nightstand and plant stand in one.

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I didn’t want to spend money on lumber to build the plant stand, so I did what everyone else on the interwebs does, and built it from pallets. However, unlike many people who simply stack pallets or use pallets as is, I carefully removed the nails, and thoroughly inspected every piece of lumber before ripping every piece. I was very careful not rip too far under the weathered and expose wood, and was able to maintain the rustic colors, nail rust, oxidation, and character of old wood, whilst getting straight, and clean edged lumber in reasonable dimensions to work with. The end result is a rustic looking, and functional, dual-purpose night stand(when no hydroponic bucket is present), and hydroponics plant stand in one.

Check out the photos, enlarge them by clicking on them, and you’ll see the build process, the plants, and the completed stand. Hope it motivates some of you to try hydroponics, and know you don’t have to stair at ugly buckets.

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