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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.
Peppers Love Coffee Grounds – Gardening Tip

Peppers Love Coffee Grounds – Gardening Tip

Peppers Love Coffee Grounds We are a no-food-in-the-trash household. Not even coffee grounds. I save coffee grounds year round to use in the garden. They’re a great soil amendment. Coffee grounds add organic matter to the soil and provide food for earthworms and the rest of the micro herd. Did you know that peppers love coffee grounds? For more tips on growing peppers, follow the link. Peppers like nitrogen and coffee grounds are full of it. You can mix the…

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Baby Weasels – Slinky’s Back

Baby Weasels – Slinky’s Back

Baby Weasels About a month ago a short-tailed weasel bounded past my feet and into the barn. “Slinky?” I thought so. It doesn’t seem like a weasel that didn’t know me would come so close. I sat a long time on the back porch observing Slinky last winter. She trusted me enough to come within inches of my leg. She tipped her head when I spoke, and she studied me as much as I studied her. Sometimes I’d look down…

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Whole Grain Wheat Bread – Fresh Ground Flour

Whole Grain Wheat Bread – Fresh Ground Flour

Whole Grain Wheat Bread I’ve been kneading to make bread. I’ll stop for a moment while you groan at how punny I was. Okay. I’ll stop now. I did need to make bread. I threw away what was left of a store bought loaf yesterday. You know those days when all you want is a piece of toast with a little butter or jam…or both? That’s what I want. It’s chilly and drizzly today. Having the oven on for a…

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Hello Moose! – Ms. Moose Comes to Call

Hello Moose! – Ms. Moose Comes to Call

Hello Moose! Well hello moose! This cow moose strolled through the orchard and dropped in for a photo bomb. She’s wandered all over the homestead. Like the deer, it’s good to see them after a long winter and know they survived the snow as ticks. I have pictures of a porcupine that wouldn’t stand still and pose, and an uncute baby coming up soon. Uncute…that’s a nice way to put it.

Good Morning Mrs. Moose

Good Morning Mrs. Moose

Good Morning, Ms. Moose Good morning, Ms. Moose. Thanks for strolling through. It’s good to see you looking ever so pregnant and healthy. Ava started woofing her “there’s something here” woof early this morning. We haven’t seen signs of a bear yet but that’s what I was hoping for. I followed Ave though the backyard, to the high tunnel, to the woods, to the food plot where I pulled the camera cards, and back to the edge of the woods….

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Bison – Yearlings, Sparring & Hey, Don’t Get Too Close

Bison – Yearlings, Sparring & Hey, Don’t Get Too Close

Bison Steve and I went out last night for our second Woodcock Singing Ground Survey of theĀ  year. We ran the Danforth survey and when in Danforth, I want to see the red stag and bison. Seeing the bison is a rare thing, it’s happened only twice. We’ve been out past the farm that raises these animals dozens of times and until last night, the bison were near the road only once. “The smaller red stag are over here,” I…

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Oh Spring – Spring 2017 Has Arrived!

Oh Spring – Spring 2017 Has Arrived!

Oh Spring Oh spring! It’s about time! We’ve been waiting! And now we’re making the best of it. It snowed a bit overnight, enough to cover the ground, and it was cold enough for the open water on the pond to freeze, but the sun is out and the new snow is gone. The old granular snow is almost gone. Springs are bubbling out back, the last of the spring birds have arrived, and Johnny Jump Ups are blooming. They…

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Hey There

Hey There

Hey There Hey there! I’m still here, and I’m grateful that you are as well. Thanks for sticking around while I write this book. This is good timing for me to be quiet here. There’s not much going on at this little homestead in the woods. It’s still snowing. There’s still a foot of snow in the woods. It’s still winter here though I can finally feel spring coming. The deer are leaving the woods to browse on patches of…

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Raised Beds in the High Tunnel

Raised Beds in the High Tunnel

Raised Beds I’ve missed fresh greens from theĀ  high tunnel a lot this winter. Watching the melting snow this week, I realized we’ll probably get to re-cover the tunnel earlier than expected. All we need (ha ha…we need everything) is the poly and to make a few repairs, and for the snow to melt around the frame and more to not fall, and the wind to not blow while we get a tremendous potential kite on the frame and secured….

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Big Wild Radio – February 3, 2017

Big Wild Radio – February 3, 2017

The February 3, 2017 edition of Big Wild Radio and my segment, On The Fire. This week Gundy chats with Trevor Lo, Jeremy Little from Unique Pontoons, we visit Marengo Cave, and we make my recipe for homemade Italian Sausage. Trevor Lo Fishing Unique Pontoons – Jeremy Little. What a great story! Italian Sausage – On The Fire Marengo Cave powered by podcast garden Save Save Save