Raised Box Gardening

   Posted by: Jon   in Garden, Herbs

Today, I finally got all 4 of my raised bed gardens boxes filled to the top with a rich top layer of soil for the top 6 inches. I bought Magic Forest and Harvest Supreme compost from the local AP Nursery. One of the boxes will be dedicated to growing herbs and I already bought a Stevia plant for the first herb. The other three will grow veggies of various colors, shapes, sizes, and tastes. I built these back in 2011 and just never had the money to fill them up to the top. Built at full size they stand at 4 feet. The bottoms are buried a bit into the ground as can be seen from the earlier photos from 2011 below.

I started by digging out a 12’x12′ area in my backyard. I could have dug four individual 4’x4′ boxes, but only having 2 feet of space between them, I decided to just dig the whole area up as seen above.

After digging about 1′ 6″, I dug post holes and started to measure the sides with red wood. I decided to bury the bottom boards underground. This would be my first box.

Here is an inside look of the first box build completed. From the top board to the bottom all the soil will be somewhat loose.

While digging I found a few remains of the old sprinkler system in the backyard. I also had to widen the hole a bit so I can screw in the bottom two boards.

After working most the day, I finally completed the first garden box, minus the top board, which I had to cut at angles so they would all join and fit together.

Eventually, I got all four boxes built and placed into the ground. From there I started filling back in the space in between them with dirt. Here all the boxes have tops for leaning on and setting stuff on while working in the raised gardens. For winter, I plan to get some thin bendable PVC pipes and cross two in each box, then draping a clear plastic tarp over them to make 4 mini-greenhouses, using the small gap from the top board of the boxes and the tops ledges as a way to water the plants and allow airflow.

Even though they’re not as level as they should be, I placed 1 sq ft stone tiles to make this patterned walkway between the boxes.

After a few years of slowly adding various composts and to these boxes, I decided to add a layer of hard Arizona clay soil to them to make up for dirt I could not afford as compost. Then as shown at the top image, I topped each of the boxes off with rich nutrient compost for the last 6 inches of soil.


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digiLARP – It Begins!

   Posted by: Jon   in Dungeons & Dragons, Gaming


This may not seem like much now, but bookmark this site. Watch and wait for something amazing to happen in the coming months/years.

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I’ve tried this now a few times in the past, with not so much movement. But this time, I’m setting this as my primary project for 2012. Like my “Drawing a Day” was my main project of 2011, this one will take over where that one left off. I’ll be using the name Fantasy Adventures as a working title for now, until I can come up with a better one. I plan to hire voice talents for this along with the possibility to bring in other artist and writers for the stories once I’ve got an establish set of characters. The animation style I’ve chosen to follow will be somewhere between modern day cutout puppets as seen on the Cartoon Network, the only 1 tone colored “Scooby-Doo Where Are You?”, “Dragon’s Lair”, and “Dungeons & Dragons: The Animated Series”. Already, before 2011 was over, I’ve begun research on animation styles, what it takes to put together a cartoon show bible, how to write screenplays for animation, and nailing down the 4 main characters of my stories.

The show will follow the misadventures of four unlikely heroes who each try to pull the party apart by going their own ways, only to end up needing one another to survive. The character classes will be made up of the classic four: fighter, wizard, cleric, and rogue. The plan as of now is to create 12 22-minute cartoon episodes and produce it to a quality that it could be broadcast over TV or sold direct-to-DVD.

Update: After some initial tries, this project will have to await awhile long. I’ve since moved an even bigger project to the front of my focus: digiLARP. This is what I will be spending most of my time working on this year with the addition of writing a full-length feature film screenplay in April as part of my New Year’s resolutions.

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Gateway to a New Era. The Wizard stands guard to the gateway of the dawn of a new era of as the Three Moons of Destiny align in the heavens above.
YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! With this drawing I have competed what I set out a year ago to do, drawing something every single day of 2011 and with this drawing I accomplished that feat without fail!!! It’s been a long and rough road to get here, especially with life that tends to get in the way and being sick from time to time, but no matter the obstacle, I overcame all those challenges to get a drawing done and uploaded to hold me accountable. Although I still have a ways to go to achieve the status of a professional Fantasy artist, I now have this tomb of work to show I can meet a challenge. I also feel I have improved greatly from where I started and my speed at drawing is amazing! Throughout 2012, I will still be drawing, but at a slower pace and working on one piece for much longer than 30 minutes – 3 hours as was done with every drawing in this project, with the exception of a painting or two.

Regarding how it felt to do this crazy project, the first two months I was excited and couldn’t wait to draw something everyday. The possibilities were endless as nothing came before. However, as the days stretched into months, the volume of my work increased and I found little themes to keep me going through the dry time. The last three months were mostly hell, with me wishing most the time I never had started this project. Just imagine, you can not sleep no matter how tired you are, until you have completed a drawing and uploaded. The drawing became easier as I went and trying to decide what I would draw took the longest. Sometimes I would pass out after getting home from work and set my alarm to wake up and draw something before midnight, which happened a few times. All in all, I’m glad to be done with this project and look forward to starting up a new original animated cartoon series in 2012 with 12 (22 minute) episodes for season 1.

Happy New Year 2012 everyone!!!!!

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Drawing A Day – Day 364

   Posted by: Jon   in Artist, Digital Art & Graphics

Watcher of Time. When your time is up, the Watcher of Time appears.

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Drawing A Day – Day 363

   Posted by: Jon   in Artist, Digital Art & Graphics

Dancing Flame Elemental. He is called forth from the campfire from which a circle of drummers play. He dances to the beat the of the drum and carries the wishes of the players to the gods above.

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Drawing A Day – Day 362

   Posted by: Jon   in Artist, Digital Art & Graphics

Drow Rogue. Abandoned as a child out at sea, she has made her way back to the Dark Forest in search of her tribe, to repay a debt to the family who abandoned her.

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Drawing A Day – Day 361

   Posted by: Jon   in Artist, Digital Art & Graphics

Barbarian Warrior. Among the tribes of the Northlands, there is legend of a brave pack of female warriors brave as any man and just as fiercest in combat.

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Drawing A Day – Day 360

   Posted by: Jon   in Artist, Digital Art & Graphics

Man-At-Arms. Was a heavily armed and mounted soldier in medieval times.

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Santa & Coal. Santa with his Bag of Holding and Everlasting Torch to light the way. Perched upon his shoulder is is trusted pet dragon Coal. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

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