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Don’t Be Afraid to Fail

I’ve tried a lot of things. Some went well and others didn’t. Occasionally I learn enough from the first experience to know not to try again. Other times the first failed attempt motivates me to make improvements and try again. Quite often my second attempt is much more successful than the first. The failure taught […]

A Late Frost Hits Us Pretty Hard

We were having an early spring with a lot of unusually warm weather. Peach trees were blooming like crazy. Our kiwi vines were leafing out nicely. I was starting some vegetable seedlings. I kept checking the weather forecast and it always showed warm weather for the following 2 weeks. Things were looking good for a […]

Property Update – February 20 2017

The weather yesterday was beautiful – almost 70 degrees. It was a great day to work outside. I took some pictures and thought it would be a good time to do a property update.

Swales and Wood Chips We’ve spread a lot of wood chips over the last few months. The huge pile is almost […]

Stranger Than Fiction Adventures in Diesel Oil Changes

Today I have to share a story because, well, some things happen that you just can’t make up.

I love my Jeep Liberty CRD. It’s a wolf hiding in sheep’s clothing. It can tow 5000 lbs, has 4-wheel drive, and I can run my homemade biodiesel in it if I want to. But I […]

Are Credit Cards Inherently Bad?

Not necessarily.

Some view credit cards as debt. I agree that debt is bad. But credit cards are only debt if you don’t pay the balance every month. If you ever are unable to pay you balance, or if you intentionally run up your balance thinking you’ll pay it off some day, read no […]

Taking Care of an Injured Hen

Previously I talked about how I nursed an injured hen back to health when I was a kid. You can read about it in this post: Which came first – the chicken or the egg.

About a week ago, I discovered one of our young hens hanging from a roost. She had gotten her […]

The Eagle Has Landed – Again

Three years ago we took the plunge and got our first chickens. You can read about our first baby chicks in this post. Five months later we got our first eggs. That began a two year period of fresh eggs for breakfast every day.

Then last summer we contemplated getting more chicks, but decided […]

Peach Trees Thriving in the Swale

I’ve described before how our fruit trees are thriving in the swale environment. Today I took a couple pictures that demonstrate that fact again.

In the first picture is a peach tree that was transplanted from a pot about 2 and a half years ago in March 2014. It was purchased from Lowes in […]

Building Trellises for the New Garden Beds

Last winter, we decided to try a new location for some garden beds in our back yard. The location had the advantages of zone 1 proximity to our house, fenced protection from some pests, more morning sun and less afternoon sun. Here is my previous post about the new beds.

The plan was to construct […]

The Story of Our Swale As Told by Four Fig Trees

The weather here has been incredibly hot and dry all summer. We’ve had almost no rain for weeks, and the average highs are 95 degrees. In many areas of our property, plants and trees are looking stressed. Grass is dying and the ground is starting to crack.

In the midst of these brutal conditions, something […]