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Apr 222015

                                              Handy Andy And The Chicken Coop Door

Works like a champ!!!

Works like a champ!!!

HI ya’ll…Kenny here to tell you the story of  “Handy Andy And The Chicken Coop Door”. I have been trying to figure out how to put a door in my chicken coop without having to go to the other side of the fence to open and shut it. So…this Easter Andy and the crew came over for Easter supper. While the women folk were cooking up the big meal (Per Regina..Slaving away in the kitchen with the girls), I told Andy what I wanted to do to the chicken coop. Of course that set his brain a smok’en and he started cooking up something that just might would work.

Well, I looked out the back door and there in front of the coop was a pile of wood from various sheds on the property where we store anything not in use at the time. First thought…what the hell…second thought…why not. Soooo….I went out to the coop to see what he had in mind. “Cut a hole and put a door on it”.. He said; “What kind of door and how do I close it?”.. I asked. We looked at the wood and we looked at the side of the coop. Yep! Cut a hole in it!

Now we have a whole…we looked at how to build the door. Andy came up with the design and we started cutten the wood and putting it together. We placed it on the hole and everything started to look pretty good.

Next question….How to open and shut it? Not to brag, but this was my idea.. Put a lever on this side of the fence and make it easy to open and close. After a few times of putting the lever on the door…we got it right.

Now we can let the chickens out to free range in the morning and lock them back up at night to keep them from being terrorized by local wildlife such as foxes and bears, oh my! Me and Andy are two pretty sharp cookies if I do say so myself……..Oh! If anyone would like the instructions on how these two smart dudes built this amazing door….Contact Andy!!!!

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Jun 252013

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Miracle-Gro for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

The Miracle Gro Project

Hey..Mister Green Thumb, I have an exciting project for you! Miracle-Gro has come up with The Gro Project that is fun, exciting, enjoyable, and easy to do. It is also a fun project to do with the kids, who are out of school for the summer and what kid doesn’t like to play in the dirt? Me and husband both got excited when we read  about these projects, then we went right to work and came up with this idea. The open terrarium (also known as “Men Chopping Wood”), was the project we came up with and we’ll show you how we did it in just a little bit.

First, I want to share with you The Gro Project. Miracle-Gro has come up with some fun garden projects that I know you will really enjoy. I love the Toyarium for the kids and the Ukulele Garden would be awesome on the patio. They also have an Origami Garden, G.T.O.B. and the Thrown Down. It doesn’t matter if your new at this or if you’re a professional, Miracle-Gro gives you step-by-step instructions and videos to make sure it’s done right. You can check out their site at Miracle-Gro.com or Follow them on Facebook. Better yet, join them on Pinterest and find out what other gardeners are up too! Belive me, they have all the answers and tools you need to do any garden project.

Join the project and have some fun!

Join the project and have some fun!

Now, onto the “Men Chopping Wood”. We wanted do something that would go good with our country decor and be able to grow something that we could keep growing for a later use. Thus, came the pine trees. This was so much fun to do. We got up early, before the heat came in, and went in our woods in search of baby pines, twigs, rocks and wood. After getting all the stuff we needed from the woods and the little men, tractor and bear(behind log watching) already on hand, we started putting it together.

Well, what do you think? Who knows, maybe one of the pines will be a Christmas tree some years down the road.

I have to confess, this was our first project like this that Husband and I have done together. Sooo..we used what we had on hand for the potting soil and plant feed. However, next trip to the store, we will be purchasing these items for our future miniature gardens. And you can bet their will be more.

1. For indoor/container – Shake n’ Feed Shake’n Feed All Purpose Plant Food All Purpose Plant Food and Moisture Control Potting Mix
2. For in-ground – LiquaFeed All Purpose Plant Food Advance Starter Kit Starter Kit

Oh..how about a little Gnome scene. No..No..maybe one with a miniature stone BBQ pit and a little picnic table, they’d be fun to construct! My brain is going a hundred miles a minute here as we just hate to grow up and just love to have fun!

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