Saturday, June 30, 2012

Coyote Hills

You can just about anywhere find a park, stream, trail or hike with the name Coyote in it. This Coyote Hills regional park is in Fremont, near the bay: 2 hills stick out surrounded by marsh lands. It was the perfect place to go visit with the Cub Scouts Pack 32 for a hike. Who knew such a nice scenery is only 30 minutes away by car.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Spring project 2012: planter box

We're planning a couple of home improvement projects around the house this summer. The deck is every couple of years on the list, but not this year. This spring I decided to build a nice planter box. The soil around our house it hard clay. In summer you need a pick to get through it. The year we tried to plant radishes, we got some small deformed radishes trying to bulk up.

For about $250 on new materials (copper pressured treated wood ok for an organic garden, soaker hoses, large screws for outdoor), some material I still had laying around and quiet a bit of new soil, I built a 9ft x 5ft planter box using some tips from Sunset magazine.

We planted tomatoes, various peppers, squash, onions, beans, celery, basil, corn, lettuce and chard. Some must be surviving I hope. To be continued in a few months when we can start enjoying the fruits of our labor.