Saturday, July 6, 2013

Recycle Or.....

Bust?!

We have had a stretch of hot, humid, sunny weather so guess what I have been doing?  Yes!  Drying clay enough to wedge.  I first I just spread it on boards.  Then I decided if I was going to get serious about it I needed to dig out my drying screens.  These are old silk screen frames I replaced with screening.  I lay a piece of old sheeting and then put the clay on it.  The whole thing is raised on bricks for air circulation.  When the clay is ready I roll it up like a jelly roll and wrap it in plastic.  I get even drying with this method and I can do about twenty pounds at a time.




The day lilies are finally blooming.  I bought these last year for Proge to plant by the pond.  They've grown by leaps and bounds.  Others are in bud.

 This is one of the few lilliums that survived the red beetle infestation last summer.  The bugs hate day lilies, or at least they don't demolish them.  I've bought new bulbs and am planting in a different area.  We'll see, grasshopper.......we'll see.....

Mr. Frog is chilling at the edge of the pond.  The water is clear enough to make the fish look as though they are suspended in air.  Proge has won the fight with algae etc.



I've been replanting a bunch of stuff that just didn't make it through our June rains.  We do have a great crop of sassafras.  As far as I am concerned the only good sassafras is in the wood pile.  We took all this stuff down with the brush cutter in the middle of May.  We just have to keep cutting.


I've been baking a fruit (peach and plum) crisp to take to a get together with a group of friends from my first round of college days.  We try to get together at least once a summer.  Our ranks are thinning a little but we still go on with old friends and new.

This post will also be over on Mud Colony.  Hop over and take a look at what is going on elsewhere in the world of clay.

Enjoy the week end and, as always, thanks for stopping by............*s*

20 comments:

  1. I like those drying screens, great idea.

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    1. Hi Michele......A clay friend showed me this one. I've seen it done using a window screen on sawhorses for large amounts, then put directly into a pug mill.

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  2. Well done for recycling clay! All our lillies are gone due to lilly beetles. I gave up. A lovely pond and sweet residents! : )

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    1. Hi Midori.....Thanks. I've been looking for ways to fight garden pests. Neem oil is supposed to work on lily beetles. I haven't found anything about its efficiency but I wonder if insecticidal soap wouldn't work on the larval stage.

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  3. Dearest Suzi,
    Oh, we have lived through weeks of high humidity with our rainy afternoons with thunder. Today was an exception!
    Lovely flowers you got and extremely clear water in the pond.
    Oh, I do love sassafras; don't even know if our only sassafras is still alive or not... It is too soggy to walk the wood garden right now! But if they show up like a 'crop' in your case that is no fun.
    Hope your get together with old college friends went well.
    Hugs to you and happy Sunday!
    Mariette

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    1. Hi Mariette.....For some reason my reply did not post. Our humidity has dropped a bit, thunder showers expected for the next week.
      Sassafras up it is a short lived weed tree. I understand it is used for timber in the south. I once saw a skiff built of it which was very pretty indeed.
      We had a great get together saturday.
      Enjoy the week ahead.

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  4. I don't think I've ever seen a white day lily, that's a nice one. that pond is so clear wonderful to see

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    1. Hi Linda...I didn't make my post very clear. The white lily is an oriental no a day lily. If you ever find a white I would love to have one.
      Travel on!

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  5. LOVE the screen idea !!! I recycled heaps of clay last summer diligently , now Winter here in Australia !
    Thanks for being a part of Mud Colony :)

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    1. Hi Adrianna....Drying clay on screens is one of those ideas that is so logical it should be more widespread. Of course the thinner you spread the clay the faster it dries. Are you like me? If you are you should have plenty to recycle by next summer.
      Thanks for stopping by.

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  6. Marvelous lilies blooming, I like that mahogany colored one, we have some too. xox

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    1. Hi Corinne...It's a unique color, isn't it. Others are blooming too.

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  7. I love your pretty day lillies.
    Enjoy your get together with your friends and the peach and plum crisp sounds good.

    Happy new week
    hugs
    Carolyn

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    1. Hi Carolyn....Thanks.....I hope you aren't too cold in your winter.
      Enjoy the week.

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  8. This weather has been challenging for us potters. Use and enjoy the sunshine when you can get it.

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  9. Hi Lori....Challenging is putting kindly! However, it's in the 80's with humidity in the 60's. A great clay drying day and fir being outside!

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  10. oh my, peach and plum crisp? and such pretty flowers!

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    1. Hi Gary....The combinations was born of desperation. Not enough of either one to make a dessert. What I figured was if they taste good together raw, they'll taste good in a pie or crisp. Flowers have been slow this year, but pretty now.

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  11. how creative about drying the clay and EVEN drying? wow! i just posted about a frog too. interesting similarities between our posts lately.... the fruit crisp sounds yummy!

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    1. Hi Amy....I was thrilled when I learned how to do this. We do seem to be echoing each other lately, don't we?

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