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Good Bugs!!

Bugs!!!  Who needs them??  Well, it depends on the bug!!  My cauliflower was being eaten by some kind of bug, I am guessing a cabbage worm, but I am not sure.  We don’t use any pesticide in our garden, so I am left with handpicking them off and feeding them to our chickens or coming up with another solution.  I…

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Tending tomatoes

Last year I got started very late with planting seeds. I vowed this year I’d begin much sooner and get my plants in the ground as soon as the weather would allow.  I started my seeds in peat pots, and put crushed egg shells in the pots also. I began with a small amount of soil in the bottom of…

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Compost!!

It seems you can pick up any gardening book and read about compost, how to make one or what to add, ect…  There are many ways to have a compost garden, bin, or pile ( whatever you want to call it),  and I have had several, so what works best??  Our first compost pile was a 4 x 4 area…

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Better Bee Ready!

For the last few years Bob has been talking about getting honey bees.  We’ve had a problem with pollination in our  garden, so that is one reason we’d like to have them.  Of course the honey would be an added bonus.  We purchased some books last year, but never ordered the bees. We do not have any bee equipment either…

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Some excitement and the best farm dog ever!!

As promised by weather forecasters it is snowing. I posted yesterday about preparing for snow and colder temps, and mentioned how I’d be relaxing with a good read today.   But the morning seemed to have it’s own excitement .  This morning I was in our sunroom looking at the beautiful scenery of the snow covered woods out back and…

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Colder temps, and a bit of snow!

During fall cleanup we bagged lots of leaves and stored them in our greenhouse. Our intent was to use them as bedding for our chickens instead of straw. Why buy when we can use what we have. That day has come. Snow is expected tomorrow, not much just an inch or two.  Our temp. this morning was about 40, but…

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New Year, New plans!

Happy New Year everyone! I trust all had a wonderful Christmas and will have a blessed New Year. One thing I love about Jan 1 is that it’s a new day, new month, new year, and a great time to make new plans.. I love sitting down and reflecting on what I have that I do not need and what…

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What’s cooking in your kitchen?

I  bought too many apples over the last few weeks. The kids weren’t eating them fast enough, and for some reason I just kept buying them.  I ended up with 12 lbs. of apples, and had to do something with them before they went bad. When we had our horses on out back, it was easy to use extra’s up. Now I…

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The temps have dropped!!

It’s beginning to feel a lot like winter!!  A few days ago our days were 70 degrees, and sunny. I took advantage of the nice days and finished cleaning out all the raised beds, and bagged as many leaves as I could. More on that later.  16 beds done out back. There is room for 4 more on one row,…

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I Don’t hate autumn….I’m just sad to see summer go!!!

I have been known to say I hate this time of year….I don’t really hate it, but I do hate to see summer come to an end.  I was thinking about how many times I fine myself dreading the end of summer and wondered why. Autumn is a beautiful time of yr.  I found myself silently listing the things I…

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