Monday, April 14, 2008

Closer to Backyard Happiness

My darling husband was so sweet over the weekend and took care of some little "me" projects that have been on the list. He surprised me with some improvements and additions to my backyard kitchen. We have a barbecue grill of course, but I prefer this -

The grill/rotisserie has legs that can be raised or lowered, and we're going to rig up a chain for the stew pot so that it can be raised or lowered as well. All I need now is a ring to set SuperWok in and I'll be set!

In the garden, the once-small tomatoes are growing by leaps and bounds! We've had a mixed bag of results so far, but for a first effort, I really can't complain. Especially since I have a history of being a Known Plant Killer. Anyone out there trying to grow something for the first time? Something that's new for you? Please tell me about it in the comments.

For now, I'll leave you with this - spooning dogs!


  1. I love the giant cauldron pit. Boy would I love one of those.

    Our grow your own challenge is chickens. Yes, we have chickens already, but we are going to try to raise some to eat. So far so good, but we are only 4 days into it. They are cute and fluffy.

  2. You too can have a cauldron pit! The fire pit is just a bunch of free bricks that we scored and stacked up - they're not mortared together or anything. Just be sure to turn some of them with the holes outward, for ventilation. The pot came from a flea market and Jerry built the tripod out of tree branches. The grill/rotisserie came from Cabela's, but you could probably cobble something together out of found parts.

  3. I'm going to try and grow a Meyer Lemon tree from seeds in the Meyer Lemon I have to cook with tonight. I've read that it could take YEARS to get fruit from seeds but I thought I'd give it a shot.

    Also, this doesn't really count but I pruned my pomegranate tree last fall in hopes that it'll bear fruit this year. The blooms are in abundance at the moment, so soon we'll see about the fruit.

    I dig your cauldron pit too. ;)

  4. That's really cool! I want to put in a Meyer lemon tree at the farm, but I was going to just put in a tree, not a seed. I'm anxious to hear how that goes!

  5. Alas, I am not really allowed to have such cool pits in my yard. Living on the edge of a national forest in the mist of massive drought will do that. Oh well, I can just look longingly at yours.