February 2018
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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 […]

How I Saved Our Trash Can

One of my philosophies for saving money is to always try to repair things before throwing them away and buying new. Sometimes things are beyond repair, but I always try to repair them first. I’ve save a lot over the years with this approach.

We’ve been in our house for almost 10 years now. When […]

Photos and Videos of a White Hawk with a Freshly Captured Prey

We have a white hawk living in our woods. I turned into the driveway and it was at the end of one of our swales eating something it had just captured. I was able to get several pictures and videos of it.

When I first saw it, I thought one of my white leghorn […]

Property Update – May 23 2016

It has been 3 weeks since my last property update. It has been unusually dry for most of April and May. I filled the swale a couple of times from the pool, which has the level in the pool down. We finally got a couple of good rains over the past week, which helps the […]

Comfrey 1 – Hornets 0

Today I received a stinging reminder that nature can be cruel at times. I was working in the swales, spreading some wood chips around the fruit trees. All of a sudden I felt a sharp pain on both of my legs. I swatted away whatever it was and went running.

I could tell from […]

Easy Inexpensive Plant Marker Stakes

As I added more and more diverse plants to our swales and food forest project, I started losing track of what was planted where. Part of my strategy to reduce damage from rabbits and deer is to plant a wide variety of things. Scattered throughout the swales are also many cover crops like oats, peas, […]