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Homestead

Homestead. A home, outbuildings, gardens, barn, hen house, gardens, orchard and other means of providing a person’s needs.

In 2016 our homestead consists of:

  • Five chickens, all bantams. We have two Buff Silkie roosters and two hens, and one White Silkie hen.
  • 19 Ducks. We raise Fawn & White runners and Khaki Campbells. They’re housed together so there are crosses.
  • One-half acre of garden
  • 40+ apple trees. All but three are wild. Three are excellent producers. Some are too young to produce and others are overgrown and being pruned back into production.
  • Three plum trees. We have American, Kaga and Toka.
  • Two pear trees. I don’t remember the variety.
  • Hazelnuts. Two domestic and one wild.
  • One American chestnut. We had two but the voles girdled one and killed it. I’ll replace it this year.
Garden Thoughts on a Frigid January Day

Garden Thoughts on a Frigid January Day

Garden Thoughts It’s January 7 and today’s high was 2°F. There isn’t a lot to do outside because of the loss of the high tunnel plants. It’s easy to sit down with lovely garden thoughts, a cup of coffee, paper, order form, and grand ideas of what the vegetable garden will be like this year. It is going to be different. We didn’t grow anything outside of the tunnel this year other than the perennials already planted. I’d planned to…

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January 5 2018 – Eggs, Blizzard

January 5 2018 – Eggs, Blizzard

January 5 2018 Let’s do the awwwww first. All together now – awwwwwwww! If  you’re new to my blog or are a little behind, this is a motherless whitetail fawn, a beautiful little doe. She’s been without a mother since November. Eggs! We’ve had chickens for 2o years but I still get excited about the first eggs. First pullet egg, first duck egg, first egg after molt – first eggs make me smile. I wasn’t expecting the pullets to start…

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January 1 2018 – Sappy New Year!

January 1 2018 – Sappy New Year!

Sappy New Year! So…It’s not really a secret that I can be a big sap but I don’t show that very often. It’s usually about kids or animals that my sap starts showing. I’m going to be a bit sappy for a minute. January 1 2018 – a fresh start. I’ve thought a lot in the past six months about the people, things, opportunities and such that I’m grateful to have in my life. You’re all included in the list….

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December 29, 2017 – A Life In The Wild

December 29, 2017 – A Life In The Wild

December 29 2017 I’m ready for 2017 to end. It’s been a rough, dull, productive, fun, rewarding year. We’ve crossed some long-time to-do list projects off the list and not added more. I’m thinking about resolutions for 2018. I haven’t made them in years. And my word for year, haven’t thought about that until just now. It’s only December 29…I have time. 😉 Yesterday’s high was -1°F but it’s warmed up to a balmy 7°F today. The door to the…

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Life and Death in the Woods

Life and Death in the Woods

Life and Death in the Woods – Boo Boo Deer (Upsetting but please read until the end.) The best thing about having the food plot is watching and learning about the wildlife, especially the deer. The worst thing about having the food plot is watching and learning about the wildlife, especially the dying deer. Life and death in the woods can be sad to watch. We don’t – can’t – interfere. Putting food out for a deer that’s clearly starving…

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And Now It’s Winter

And Now It’s Winter

It came late this year, the first snow. A flurry here and there, nothing that added up, but no snow that dusted the ground until December. No snow to track deer during hunting season (no deer for us). It started snowing at 2:55 pm on Saturday, noted by stopping my work outside to look at the time. And now it’s winter. We got five inches of snow overnight and it’s snowing again now. In a while the temperature will rise…

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And the Rain Came – Drought’s Probably Over

And the Rain Came – Drought’s Probably Over

And the rain came The beavers have been unemployed in the “Flood Robin & Steve’s Woodlot” project since early summer. We breached their series of small dams until the rain stopped. A few natural springs kept a two foot wide low spot in front of the lodge damp but the rest of the water was gone. Over the summer the soil started to recover. Plants grew and eventually filled in all but the worst spots. Deer and bear visited to…

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Big Rain Coming – Preparing Poultry for the Storm

Big Rain Coming – Preparing Poultry for the Storm

Big Rain Coming There’s a bit of relief from drought coming. There’s a big rain coming and it’s forecast to bring upwards of four inches between this evening and Thursday night. I hope it’s a long, slow, steady rain rather than on and off deluges but that isn’t likely. I’m not sure how much rain we need to bring us out of the moderate drought. The meat chickens and pullets are still in the chicken tractor. I booted them out…

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Frosty Mornings – Take a Walk on the Homestead

Frosty Mornings – Take a Walk on the Homestead

Frosty Mornings Brrrr  We’ve had frosty mornings for a few weeks but after a break from the cold morning temps, this morning seems a little colder. Last I looked it was 28°. I’m wasn’t looking forward to stepping into the high tunnel to take a look at the rosemary. I’m sure it doesn’t appreciate this cold but it looks just fine. It’s going to warm up for a few more days so the tunnel will be warm enough to keep…

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