Well, I'm a little sad. It's just been getting warm enough to pop open the bee hive to check on how they're doing... So, I popped it open for a looksee and, as I feared, the hive was empty. I'm mostly upset because less than a week ago we were seeing plenty of activity. I … Continue reading Homestead Update: Some Sad News, and Some Happy News
We have a whole lot of nothing going on today. By that I mean lots of little mundane things, but nothing truly noteworthy. Our temps are set to warm up pretty quickly so I'll be getting out to prune the apple and nut trees today. Last weekend we made some biochar which I will be … Continue reading Homestead Update
Fruit Tree Cuttings Experiment
I had some suckers growing on my peach and cherry trees. Naturally, I thought, "hmm... I wonder..."So I cut off the suckers and decided to see if I could root the cuttings.I frequently do a lot of things intuitively in the garden; whenever I see something that just doesn't look right or seems...off... And although … Continue reading Fruit Tree Cuttings Experiment
Busy Busy Busy!
It's been absolutely buzzing around the homestead lately, unfortunately, literally... We finally decided to get our own yellow jacket pesticides as they're beginning to take over the south side of our property, and that's just not okay. We put it off initially because of our honey bees- we were concerned they'd be innocent victims of … Continue reading Busy Busy Busy!
Coop, Sowing, and Trees
We started work on the chicken coop . Actually, we re-started it. For some reason, our corners weren't coming out square so we unscrewed the entire base frame and checked that the cuts were straight. The 2nd try was better. The lesson in this is that a tiny mistake can cause big problems that compound … Continue reading Coop, Sowing, and Trees
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