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How I Deal with Poison Ivy on Our Property

Let’s face it. Poison Ivy is just plain nasty. We don’t want it on our property, and when it shows up we want to get rid of it. If you are highly allergic to it, poison ivy might be one of the few cases where you could justify the use of a product like Roundup. […]

How I Solved Two Problems at Once with Chickens

This summer was so hot that our garden suffered. I suffered too. It got so hot that I often didn’t feel like doing chores like weeding. As a result, the weeds took control of the garden to the point where I stopped trying to pull them. I decided I would wait until cooler weather when […]

Prepare for Bad Economic Times

While the media often tries to paint a rosy picture of the economy, the reality might not be as good as they want us to think. I personally believe it is much worse than we are being told by the mainstream media. There have been plenty of stories about problems in our larger cities, such […]

A Feature-Rich Chicken Coop Design

In my last post about chickens, I talked about the chicken tractor I overbuilt and the lessons I learned from it. You can read that post here: How (Not) to Build a Chicken Tractor. The biggest lesson I learned was to do more planning. So when it came time to build the chickens a permanent […]

How (Not) to Build a Chicken Tractor

When I left off in the last post about chickens, the young chicks had moved to the larger brooder in the garage that would be their home until about 8 weeks of age. They were going to need a permanent home when they outgrew the brooder. Bugs and plants are their natural diet. Free ranging […]

Eat Healthy and Save Money with Homemade Yogurt

Yogurt is one of my favorite snacks. It tastes good and is good for our health. Yogurt is a food that has been fermented with lactic acid bacteria. It is loaded with probiotics that improve our digestion and absorption of nutrients. Good quality yogurt is expensive at the grocery store. I don’t mean the garbage […]

Energy Efficiency – Pick the Low Hanging Fruit First

It was a very hot summer in Georgia, dominated by high temperatures in the 90’s. Running an air conditioner all the time can lead to some pretty high electric bills. As much as I dream of things like a passive solar home, it is difficult to get by without AC in Georgia. We are fortunate […]

The Oak Tree

I’ve always loved trees. I climbed them as a kid. I built a tree house. I ran into one once, but it wasn’t the tree’s fault. It was standing there minding its own business while I chased a Frisbee. I grew up in a suburban home with mature hardwood trees on the lot. That’s probably […]

The Chicks Move to a Bigger Brooder

Our 15 baby chicks spent their first 2 weeks in the small brooder I built from a 12 gallon plastic storage container. They grow so fast that it wasn’t long before that brooder started to get a little crowded. The brooder in the garage would be their home for the next 6 weeks. It was […]

Why I Don’t Trust Politicians

What follows is one man’s opinion about what is wrong with our current political system. I will explain why I don’t trust politicians anymore. With easier access to information on the Internet, it seems that more and more people are losing faith in politicians. Often it is because we feel the politicians keep screwing us […]