Hi I am a chef and home gardener. in the last few years ive started doing some woodcraft and diy tables etc , mainly for outdoors and my aim here is to share some stuff that i learnt over the years and learn a lot more about other stuff.
i'm retired because of Genes my mother (rest her sole ) gave me ostearthristis and my father (rest his sole ) gave me rheumatiod arthristis and i was born with out a disc in between L 1 T12 , also just to make sure I have bad plumbing ( quadruple bypass and cloged blood vessels in the legs.
As a result this 65 year old body restricts me to 20 minute bursts of work every hour some times when the moon is in the right place 2 hours.I will put up some pictures of what I have donein the last 5 years.
I am down but not OUT.
I have 4 grandchildren AND 2 greatgrandkids .
my wife past away in July 2017 of lung cancer ( miss her dearly ) She was the love of my life.
Welcome to the community.
Sorry to hear you are suffering from such an insidious medical condition as arthritis. It is such a terrible secretive thing where no one can see how much pain and discomfort a person might be in. I know it's important to keep your joints and body warm so I hope you have a heater in your work area and home??
All that aside, it sounds like you are getting on with life and doing what you can as you can and that is great to hear.
I'm sure you will get plenty of support from the community and I for one look forward to seeing pictures of your projects??
Hi my name is Sarah. I’m a single mum with three kids 13yrs; 8yrs and 6month old baby. I recently purchased my very first house. It’s a house from the 70’s that needs a little bit of love and revamp.
DYI projects that I have recently been trying is keeping house plants and succulents alive lol. I have made a few hanging Terrariums.
i have lots of ideas for my new house but the first two are Reno bathroom and kitchen/living area.
High Sarah, welcome to the community.
Your terrarium display is very pretty but I guess when the little one start crawling and eventually walking you will need to move the lower glass items.
The mother in laws tongue you have beside the TV is a great plant and a good choice for a beginner. You only need to water it every few months as you will more often than not kill most cacti and succulents with over watering as these plants in their natural environment may not see rain for several months and sometimes years.
I can't quite make out the plant on the bottom of your display but I think it is a Peace Lily and again these plants are fantastic for beginners as the leaves simply go limp when the plant needs a drink, although you don't need to wait till then but it is a great way to know when to water and you can give them a good douse under the tap to make sure all the soil get wet.
The succulents at the front door may need extra care if they are subjected to long hot afternoon sun but if they aren't then watering when the soil feels very dry is the right time but even then you don't need to drench the plants unless they are I said earlier facing the afternoon sun where those terracotta planters can dry out very quickly as they are quite porous once you plant them into the planters that is?
The palms in the square planters might need to be re-potted with fresh good quality potting mix annually and kept well watered in the summer as they would normally grow quite large if they were planted in the ground so their roots will be very restricted. You may even find they won't do well at all but time will tell as palms do grow pretty slowly so you do have some time to decide just what you might do in the future.
Look forward to seeing your reno projects unfold so best of luck.
I feel your pain, as we get older it gets worse, but Im real glad to hear that like me when able you get out there and do what you love. I dread the day I wont be able to tackle things and will have to sit back and watch. I have 5 grandchildren and they all love checking out the worm farm. picking the strawberries (in pots these days) before i get to harvest enough to make them some jam.
This is part of my new small yard & I intend to fill it - God willing
Im looking fwd to seeing some of your projects you have done
Thanks Barbara. I have just learnt about reviving my peace lily and now my kids think it’s pretty cool that it goes all limp and shrivelled when it’s thirsty and how quickly it picks itself up again after a drink. Thanks for the advise about my hanging ones out the front I have a feeling this is why they are starting to look a little sad.
Hi Maree, It's lovely to have you join the workshop.
I use brick edging to keep my lawn away from the very edge of my flower beds but then I have used limestone offcuts to hold my mulch in place but anything raised might not be particularly suitable for you?
We have built a limestone house so having offcuts wasn't difficult although I did buy extra blocks as my garden was too extensive.
I have slightly raised garden and flower beds as well.
Best of luck with whatever you chose works for you!!
Anyway I have attached a few pictures to show you whatI mean.