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How To Repair Split Trees

Two great trees on my property were at risk of being lost completely! This was not something that I was ready to let happen. Nope, not if I could do something about it. The story here tells how I (hopefully) saved my trees (only time will tell). Continue reading How To Repair Split Trees

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Giving Strawberries Shade: Recycled Materials

Giving Strawberries Shade: Recycled Materials

Summer heat is coming fast! This Strawberry bed was the ideal location in my garden because it gets the most afternoon/evening sun of all my garden beds! Well… when I planted it I didn’t know any better. Someday I’ll move my Strawberries somewhere else but for now they are right where they are. Continue reading Giving Strawberries Shade: Recycled Materials

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My First Permaculture Hügelkultur Garden Bed: What Am I Doing Here?

Listen…… Did you hear that? That was me taking a deep breath. I’m very humbled by this year. Several projects didn’t work out to be all roses for me. I need to slow down, relax and reflect.

My First Permaculture Hügelkultur Garden Bed is one of those things that hasn’t worked out like I thought it would. At first it Continue reading My First Permaculture Hügelkultur Garden Bed: What Am I Doing Here?

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Farm Repairs: Nothing Glamorous

This farm life touches my soul. No, seriously… I mean it. I LOVE living out here and I LOVE working at the farm chores. It makes me feel good. 

Many times I get to do a project that has great reward in the sense that there is something great to show for it. Something I can show off… I can take pictures or make video and people WANT to see it (or at least I like to believe people want to see it).
Then there are times when you just have to get out there an maintain things. Do the routine. Fix that broken thingy that’s been sitting there too long. When you are done with a day like that you feel good, but there’s no cool structure to point at… no glamour. 
This weekend was like that for me. It was rewarding to me, but not glamorous.
Here are a couple of projects I did get done. 
On the main coop we have these wooden chicken doors that are hinged so they can be raised and lowered as needed. The wood has gotten soft over time so broke and sat unattended for too many months. Finally these are repaired.

The doors on the smaller coops have degraded over time. The original chicken wire has rusted and pulled loose. Many times we find that the kids or goats or somebody has pushed a hole in the wire. The chickens come out when we don’t want them too and we are concerned that raccoon, skunks or some other predator will find their way in. 
I took the time, finally, to replace the old wire with something a bit more study. This is another one of those times when I wish I would have spent a little more time and money in the beginning so this would have to be done again so soon.
With those projects done and out of the way I can move on to the Grand and Glamorous projects! ahh who am I kidding. None of this is really Glamorous… just good fun.

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Raising Australian Spotted Ducks

I can remember our first experience buying chickens. We were at the local Tractor Suppy store during “Chick days”. All of us gathered around the large metal stock tanks just full of all kinds of chickens. peep peep peep peep!!! it was so cute and so fun.

My daughter was 6 or 7 at the time. She gravitated over to the tanks with baby ducks. I said “No ducks, We came here for chickens.” I meant it… yes I did. We left with 4 ducks.

That was the beginning of Continue reading Raising Australian Spotted Ducks

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