Willys Overland
September 28, 2010, 8:38 pm
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Willys Overland Station Wagon.

Saturday Projects: Raised Garden Beds
September 27, 2010, 7:07 pm
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This past weekend I finally got the chance to build some new garden beds for vegetable at our new home. I didn’t get a chance the past spring and wanted to get something started so we could at least have a fall garden. As the first installment of what will become a reoccurring category of post here at Wildwood, I wanted to share with you the simple steps for creating a basics raised garden bed.

First build yourself some boxes, any size any wood, preferably a hardwood like cedar which will naturally fend off rot, and never use pressure treated wood either. Also you want t make sure they are fairly level with the ground. We had to account for a change in grade here cause the yard slopes off.

Then you want to either remove the top layer of sod with a shovel, or if you are feeling lazy like us either put down cardboard or several layers of new paper to keep the weeds from growing through.

Then if you are using the lazy method of spreading you previous weeks NY Times on the grass you want to soak it with water just to help it begin to break down a bit.

Now you are ready for your dirt. If you are starting a garden from scratch like this you want to mostly use organic matter, so fill em up with straight up compost. If you want to be a little cheap like us through in some peat moss to keep things airy. Also some perlite will help with drainage. After that water the soil real good and wait a day before planting seeds or transplants. We have a bunch of lettuces and greens planted along with onion and garlics which will be ready in the spring.

Autumnal Equinox
September 22, 2010, 7:49 pm
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Happy Autumnal Equinox. Here’s to looking forward to cooler days.

John Fahey
September 21, 2010, 8:17 pm
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A pioneer of steel-string acoustic guitar and the creative force behind American Primitivism, John Fahey is one hell of a guitar player. Its hard to make a singular post about a musician so important to me and its hard to say much about him cause his music really speaks for itself so just have a listen.  I hope you enjoy him as much as I do.

Hemingway – The Fishing Times of a Great Author

Ernest Hemingway was a great author, but the man also was a great angler. He loved to fish whenever he could, whether it was fly fishing for trout in Montana or catching large marlin off the coast near Key West. He often headed out with three old fishing pals, each distinguished in their own right, John Dos Passos, Waldo Pierce, and Taylor Williams.

I recently found this old issue of The Fisherman from January of 1958 which retells some great fishing adventures that Hemingway had. The author begins the article by saying, “Ernest Hemingway, Nobel Prize winner and towering figure both in the world’s literature and imagination, has devoted his mind, his heart, and his life writing about one thing that probably lies as close to the truth of fishing as anything could.”

There are some great action shots of Hemingway in this article fishing for different types of fish and at various times in his life. Along with some other great photos, the article reprints a piece of writing by Hemingway about fishing for trout in Europe which he originally wrote for the Toronto Star in 1923.

An excerpt from his article describing fishing for trout in the Black Forest of Germany; “With rucksacks and fly rods, we hiked across country, sticking to the high ridges and rolling crests of the hills, sometimes through deep pine timber, sometimes coming out into a clearing and farmyards and again going for miles withough seeing a soul¬† except occasional wild looking berry pickers.”

If you want to see more of the images from the article, go here.

Heritage Harvest
September 13, 2010, 7:45 pm
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This past weekend we hit up the Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello. The annual event is held in the spirit of seed saving and seed exchanging events that farmers would organize at the end of a season in order to exchange the seeds of heirloom varieties of vegetables and plants.The festival

The event featured alot of handmade goods as well as speakers and workshops. Good barbecue as well.All while getting to spend some time on Thomas Jefferson’s exceptional abode.

Seeds for the Fall garden.

Pleasure Packing
September 9, 2010, 7:31 pm
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I found this book, Pleasure Packing by Robert S. Wood, the other day on the way home from work. Just outside my office is a book store who frequently leaves free books out front for the taking. Most of the books aren’t so great, however yesterday I found this one in the pile.

The illustrations and helpful hints in this book are pretty great, more to see here.

Which Side Are You On?
September 6, 2010, 7:17 pm
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Come all of you good workers,
Good news to you I’ll tell
Of how the good old union
Has come in here to dwell.

Which side are you on?

Happy Labor Day.

William S Rice
September 2, 2010, 7:34 pm
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I just recently learned of William Seltzer Rice the woodblock printmaker associated with the California Arts and Crafts movement. I have been trying to find more of his work online but there seems to be a deficiency. There is however a new beautiful book out of his work, California Block Prints. More about the man here.


Also for those, like myself, who don’t own a summer house to spend Labor Day in, here is a good reminder from Timothy Egan about a summer home we all own as Americans.