the Trash vitae

Trash is the editor-in-chief of an independent Colorado micro-publisher/ design studio. I dabble in digital photography, the lost art of film image making, and guerilla digital video. DrMAC Studios specializes in books and videos on self-reliance, gardening, dumpster diving, urban foraging and living off the excesses of others.
This blog documents my daily experiences with the rest of the world

Monday, May 31, 2010

pics as promised

Finally getting a minute or 2 to post the pics

Sunday, May 30, 2010

work is so much fun

Especially when you see the seeds growing and the potential for homegrown food. During coffee this morning I photo'd some of the garden and will post them later on . We got some real good rain last night as well as some hail. Not big enuf to do any damage but good stuff. Filled up a few more cisterns for later useage. I swear there is God fertilizer in rain because the plants grown better in rain water than mans treated tap water.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Saying good-bye to Babylon...

for 4 days at least.
Relax, swim, drink smoke and eat while putting the touches on the stead garden.. and prepping the stead for summer..
Hello Swamp cooler.....

fun stuff.

Posting will be prob more than normal or about the same. I am hoping to get some more pics up also.. We shall see.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Finally getting some rain

A nice downpour this evening.. The garden will love it.. I hate using the hose when I can use gods water to nourish the plants.. I am also refilling the cisterns for use afterwards again.. I was down to about 10 gallons of rain water.. So this is good.. Let it rain.
I have lots of gardening projects to get a move on this weekend.

Rain Rain dont go away.

Almost the weekend...

Went home last night and the spinach is wilting.. Too much sun and heat. MOved the flat into a different micr-climate in the stead and we shall see. This morning it looked a tad better.

The beans, lima and green are taking off as are the cukes. I cant wait for some good harvesting later on for next winter..
Still working on plans for the potential greenhouse/shed in the side yard that needs to get built. HOwever I need more free time and alot of free materials to accomplish this project.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Back to Babylon

Got alot done yesterday. Planted beans, more lettuce, radishes etc.. Hopefully will finish planting over the weekend. TOmatos and peppers are going strong.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Saturday in the garden

Twas rather hot yesterday (between 80-90) and tha garden was hot. cukes, suchs and the like are popping thru the soil. The beans are alsom kmaking a presence. Greens abound.
Put a new seat on the dumpie bike and prepped a few more containers for growth potential.
Did some minor maintenance around the stead and drank a lot of water and lemonade as the heat took hold.
It is supposed to cool down today a tad (only in the 70s.. I really hope so.

Friday, May 21, 2010

the 1st lunch salad of the year from my garden

It is always a treat to have that first salad lunch contrived solely from the veggies in the garden. 3 different types of greens, some onion stalks and some chive.. yumyum

As for the rest of the lunch it consisted of leftover frito pie from last night and a bottle of water.

Anyhow Friday is almost over and I can get back to the yard and the important work on the weekend.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

drying out from all the rain

With all of the rain in the last several days the garden is doing wonderfully. Lots of little plantlings poking out of the soil. Such a wonderful site.
But now its getting warmer and not much moisture in site. mulch mulch mulch to keep the soil cool and the plants vibrant.. More pics his weekend..

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Saturday in the garden

After taking the dumpie bike on its maiden voyage after the incident a few weeks ago I was quite surprised how well she handled it.. @ bags of groceries, 50 pounds of compost and top soil and a box of strawberries. And not a whimper.. I needless to say was extremely careful and avoided the new little roadblock that caused my injury. A few more little glitches and she will be back to normal.

Came back and spread out the radishes a bit, moving some into the raised bed. I also put in some more peas and green beans and some chard. I also picked up some lima beans to try .. If this all works I will have tons of beans this year..

Thursday, May 13, 2010

the storm is over... for now

The seedlings seem to have made it thru the worst. They were all covered up. The lilacs only bent a bit under the weight of the snow.. But they look better.
I do not think i will put the maters back out until tomorrow when it warms until the 60ss and 70s for the weekend.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

its Mothers Day

so Mrs T gets the special treatment today. She wanted a new bible sowe got it for her. BAgels for bfast and whatever she wants for the dinner for the day. Hopefully BBQ. But we will see.
Worked on the dumpie bike this morning, after her little incident a few weeks back and watered the yard. We def need some rain.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Homemade pizza and mexican beer

After a long day in Babylon I came on home and the kids wanted to make pizza for supper. Pizza dough, Mozzarella, Pepperoni, Peppers, onions and the like. SO needless to say we didnt eat until it was staged and ready about 8-830, Heartburn for the night..
But tasty along with a corona or 2.
Anyhow I moved the maters outside today for another round of hardening off.. Its working. Hopefully the cold front days will end soon SO they can stay out all the time

Wednesday, May 5, 2010


The sky is blue. the wind has died down. I was out in the garden last night giving a drink to the little seedlings as we are expecting some rain. Tomorrow.
Anyhow the berries are beginning to adjust to their new home and the tomatos like the sunshine in little spurts.

HAve a good Hump Day

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

the census boy came a calling

Well, Trash had his run in with the census boy yesterday. As I was leaving the stead for a stroll over to Wallie, census boy caught up to me. Asked if I lived at the house I came out of. Yup. And as per the constitution there are 2 of us there. He said he might have to report us as refusals (refuseniks). I reminded him that I was not refusing, and that I was only giving him what was COnstitutionally required.. It aint noones dam biz who is there, their identifiers, or what I do. I am sure it is already on records somewhere in their vast databases of info..
Anyhow got up early this morning to tend to the gardening chores.. I sure hope we get some rain. I hate using cistern water (rain and snow melt) this early. I placed a few of the homemade ollas in the soil this last weekend and they appear to be working. They all needed a top off. I think this would also be a great way to add nutrient food (compost tea) as needed.
Anyhow gotta head to Babylon.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Sunday remembrance

bagels and cream cheese, honey buns and coffee
lunch- apple and peanut butter sandie, water
dinner- homemade burritos, salad and sweet tea

I spent the day in the garden and at the Wallie. I started the first homestead berry patch as well as tended to the lettuces and radishes (I went on a mulching project.

All in all a nice end to the weekend

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Saturday meandering

I spent most of the day yesterday in the yard getting things done. I repaired the bike trailer and snacked on a few sprigs of collard and chives from the garden. In my walk over to Safie I picked up a 2 pound tub of trail mix from the dumpie as well as a few pieces of fruit. I shared the trail mix with the kids ans the fruit went to the birds Good stuff.
I have two window boxes with lettuces coming up as well as the radishes poking thru and standing tall/ Unfortunately the freeze on Friday night looks like it took a toll on the tater plants. We will see if they recover.
Anyhow I was reading on the blogs about animal smells in the house and the census workers invading our privacy. First off animals smell. Dogs cats parrots iguanas all have a smell. You accept that when you adopt them. Benadryl works forthe allergies as do extremem exposure.
For years growing up I was allergic to cats. Having Benadryl helped but it wasn't until I built up immunity to it that the cat allergy went away. Thank goodness as we have several, mostly strays and adopted at the stead.
As for the census worker who paid a visit while I was napping he didnt come back.. No loss as I was going to have fun with him//