I don't like to sit still. I always have a project in the back of my mind. This week I was able to cross a few projects off of my list. I made a bat house, bird house, square foot templates, a butterfly feeder, and spray painted my plant supports. Pinterest has helped me reach my goals. These are projects I have wanted to do for years. With Pinterest I can find the project that best suits my needs.
I have always wanted to build a bat house. We have plenty of leftover lumber. I found the plans at: https://sweetteajunkie.com/how-to-make-a-bat-house/ Of course, I adjusted them a bit. I will stain it next weekend and put it up for my resident bat. I have one little bat that lives in our shed.
I also used scraps to make a chickadee house. It was my favorite project. The plan was simple. I used one board to make the whole birdhouse. There really aren't any plans for it. The was a picture with measurements and it didn't go to any specific link. I 'winged' it. The square foot planters is a questionable project. I like the square foot method of planting, but am not very patient or precise. When I saw these square foot templates I had to try it. I cut the boards into perfect square feet, measured according to the templates, and then drilled screws into each board. Then screwed on the many used corks that have been laying around. I painted it and added handles. I got the idea from a pin that is blocked. The templates for spacing are at: http://www.plantandplate.com/how-to-plant-a-square-foot-garden/
I also set up a makeshift spray painting booth to paint my tomato cages and rebar supports. Then I spray painted a little jar lid and poked a hole in the lid to make this butterfly feeder. After the paint dried, I stuffed a sponge in the hole and put sugar water in the jar. I made a harness for it and hung it from a branch. So far, I haven't seen a butterfly near it. I was skeptical when I made it, but had to try. I will let you know if it works.
The birds are nesting everywhere. They are in the paperbox and on the porch. You have to be careful, because you never know where they are. We had a pleasant surprise yesterday when our resident turkey hen wandered through with her seven poults. It was so much fun watching the little ones speed around after bugs and seeds.
He is so cute.