Monday, May 31, 2010
Today the snack for our chickens is an acorn squash cut up with the seeds removed (for planting). After placing the squash on the Liberty Platter, I added a cup of organic strawberry yogurt.
To watch the chickens attack the snack you wouldn't believe there is a full feed bin at their disposal with both cracked corn and layer pellets!
Isn't it truly amazing to see how much chickens love acorn squash and organic strawberry yogurt?
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
I came out to check on them and found their unofficial scout checking the durability of the perches. I can tell him that only the upper right one is worth anything!
Time for me to seriously raid the kindling pile and hang some real perches! I have keep my little feathered buddies happy!!!
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
I just put out another layer of bedding and refilled the food and water. Now all the chicks are ready for the night.
Happy munching my little feathered friends!
Friday, May 21, 2010
Then there is that inevitable moment when you look across the yard and see a friend pinned down and being plucked by a 'friend' while another 'friend' pecks at his feet? Ok, so not all of the worm-munching scenario is fun.
But worms sure are yummy!
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
As the weather runs out of control across the country, I can't help but wonder what impact there will be on food prices.
Will farmers have succeessful harvests?
What about all the families relying on home gardens?
Knowing the weather will get crazier every year, what should we be doing to prepare?
This homesteader is thinking it's time to revisit growing veggies indoors. That was only a semi-fruitful project last year, but greater experience and necessity may improve my success rate!
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
And it was a project we all helped with.
After all, how can the kids say it's theirs too if they haven't helped build it?
Family projects build such a great bond!!!
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Just goes to show what eliminating toxins can do!
Now if it will just warm up!
Friday, May 14, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
What do you think of our compost bin? We thought it would be nice to have our compost contained this year and I heard about using pallets from a yahoo group I'm on and thought we'd try it.
We placed the compost bin in a far corner of the garden. Close enough to toss clippings and table scraps into, but far enough away as to not offend guests.
It's constructed primarily of wood pallets we'd been accumulting and wired together with fencing wire.
As soon as I harvest the onions and dwarf blue kale on the other side of the compost bin, I will build a second bin for next years' compost. That way I have one being emptied while the other is being filled.
Tell me about your compost bin...
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Would you look at all this Garlic Mustard! We are truly blessed.
This plant was originally brought over from Europe as a salad green. With no natural 'predators' here it has become invasive and is choking the wildflowers out of many parks. Most parks encourage visitors to pull these plants out by the roots.
If you happen across some garlic mustard, the leaves are delicious as a salad green or cooked like spinach! When harvested in a park, it is virtually pesticide/ fertilizer- free!
Take a hike in your park today and munch a healthy free meal tonight!
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
I set the temperature at 145 degrees and the timer for 8 hours and go about my day.
Soon we will have an ample supply of greens in storage.
What's your favorite way to store your garden's bounty?
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
I don't mean to rant, but I took my time to choose exceptional plants to really accent our property. I took time to plant and water carefully.
I am so amazed that anyone would be so cold-hearted as to destroy flowers this way.
Monday, May 3, 2010
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Saturday, May 1, 2010
Would you Look at those peas! I barely planted them 2 weeks ago and look how they're growing. It's so gratifying to see all the work pay off. Soon my family will have plump, ripe peas to munch.
What's coming up in your garden?