Friday, August 28, 2015

Japanese Festival.............


Peggy and I will be at the festival. Just look for the booth with all the Japanese maples, Dwarf and Miniature Conifers, Bonsai, and our signature papercrete containers.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Replenishing..............


August is typically set aside to stay at the farm and replenish inventory. Spring/Summer sales were heavier than expected so this month we have worked overtime to fill the mat with new inventory.  Mother Nature has been generous with rainy days as of late so drying time has been extended. Today I sanded off the rough edges on a wagon load and got them ready for the finished pile. There is another wagon load drying and several pieces still in the molds...........


An earlier selection of rain rinsed papercrete shells ready for market. I do not expect them to stay in inventory long.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Simple Succulent Garden......


Our show schedule has kept us on the road all Spring and into Summer. While we like to be out there amongst gardeners offering our goodies it is nice to have an extended period of time at the farm to catch up on garden making. Pictured above is a small garden with a manufactured rock pile filled with hens and chicks. 

 

We simply gather small stones when out and about and glue them together with clear E6000 adhesive. Most hobby shops and the big box stores carry this product. Once dry the adhesive is weatherproof and suitable for this application. Just sit your manufactured rock pile on top of a container filled with potting mix and fill the cracks and nooks with succulents. The possibilities are endless. The addition of small accessories is just a bonus!! Try it!!



Saturday, May 2, 2015

Simple Succulent Garden in Papercrete Shell....



I always have fun with easily constructed gardens. Succulents are the perfect match for these papercrete shell bowls and the addition of the little dragons is only icing on the cake!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

About as Big as it Gets...........


This is about as large as the finished pile gets. After Easter weekend our Spring sales events start and there will not be as much time to replenish from weekend to weekend. We are ready for warmer temps and the flurry of gardeners flocking to our booth!

Customers at our early season shows carried off plenty of containers and we did have sales during our classes. It was easy enough to keep track of what we sold and without many other tasks here at the farm we had time to replace the items that were sold. As warmer weather arrives we will have lots of plant material to maintain and use to create our signature miniature landscapes. Those warmer temps also spurs gardeners into a frenzy of shopping for new goodies for their gardens and projects they have dreamed up over the Winter! We are excited too!

Friday, February 20, 2015

The Reality of Winter.......



The reality of Winter hangs on here in Southwest Missouri. On top of our normal cold temps Mother Nature dumped a load of snow in our neighborhood while she was on her way to Boston. This season of cold slows our production a little but we keep plugging away. Today I sanded what was dry in the cold frame and stacked it on a pallet. I could have carried it to the pile outside but I dislike walking in the snow or having my feet slide out from under me on the ice. Notice the snow pile just outside the cold frame.......

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Why We Build Pots.......






Our first papercrete pots were built because we wanted a specific sized and color of pot to display dwarf and miniature plants. Oh how things morph over time as we experiment with a variety of plantings plus accessories. I begin to wonder am I building pots to match the plantings or do I find the accessories and build a pot to match my finds. It is the old which came first the chicken or the egg question rehashed. Either way the journey is exciting!

The fairy houses pictured are the result of a chance meeting at a craft show. When a ceramic artist meets a plant geek who likes building small gardens the magic happens. Spring is just around the corner and it is going to be fun to put all the elements together.