Transplanting Chickweed

My youngest son has been struggling lately with sleeping all the time, and I believe part of his problem is that he is not getting enough of the proper nutrition he needs.

Since we prefer to get our nutrition from the food we eat, as opposed to popping pills, my husband referred us to the garden for some fresh greens.

Chickweed

dsc00300We all love this edible weed, commonly known as chickweed, and it’s pretty easy to identify. So, my husband started cultivating it to grow in our gardens.

This bout with excessive sleep, coupled with our need for homegrown greens in the winter, prompted my husband to start our family on a new project.

Moving Our Weeds Indoors

This week we all spent about 30 minutes together as a family moving some of our weeds indoors.

It was a fairly easy task. I’ll let my kids tell you about it…  Continue reading “Transplanting Chickweed”

Homesteading Tool Must Haves – Forstner Bit

Supreme Wood Driller
Supreme Wood Driller

When it comes to boring deep holes in wood, it is hard to beat a Forstner Bit.

Spade Bits
You probably have some spade bits to go with your drill.  These are fine for limited use.  They dull easily and are not easy to sharpen. The spade bit seams to overheat quickly. They jam up suddenly at that can be a knuckle buster. Holes sometimes get out of round when the bit travels too quickly while drilling.

Hole Saws
You may also be familiar with hole saws.  These are good for sheet goods like plywood and sheet rock, but are limited if you need to put a number of deep holes in wood.  The wood plugs get stuck in the saw, the pilot bits like to break off if the drill jumps.  These seem to get bogged down with sawdust creating more heat than you would like.  The hole saw is versatile and gets the job done.  But..

For clean, fast holes you need to upgrade to the Forstner bit.  It eats through wood knots and cuts angled holes like nobody’s business.  It cuts through various media, such as doors, without missing a beat. It doesn’t break easily.  It stays sharp and can be resharpened.  When used properly, it is a long lasting tool.  These cut fast and will save you time.  I have not had much issue with these binding up or bogging down a drill. These are smoother cutting due to them be self guiding. This advantage is due to the way the rim of the cutters is built. You will never go back once you try these babies out.  Continue reading “Homesteading Tool Must Haves – Forstner Bit”