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October 2008 Blog Posts (22)

New LIfe

I am 27 years old and it took me 26 and a half years to realize the commercialism is the biggest lie out there. We have a half acre and me and my wife are finally going to put it to good use. My wife has bugged me for some time to garden but I kept ignoring her, but I finally saw the light . I have fallen in love with gardening,or farming in general it is were I have always belonged. . Conserving and cutting back on waste and trying to make a difference in this world has been very fulfilling.… Continue

Added by Kenny on October 28, 2008 at 5:08pm — No Comments

Muscovy ducklings

I didn't make it TWO WEEKS with the ducks inside under a heat lamp. They are now outside, having outgrown the bin I had for them. They officially eat and drink too much to be kept inside, since the inside food/water holders are not big enough to last while I am at work.



I have placed them in my bird fortress with a heat lamp and I am totally concerned for them every moment. Never mind that I had 2 rabbits in there for a year and nothing ate THEM, these little ducks are so cute and… Continue

Added by Philodice on October 28, 2008 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Prickly Pear Lemonade

The kids and I had a great time, thank you all. Thank you Anne and Jacob for teaching us.



I took my Tuna's home and got started right away, I knew the frozen ones I couldn't touch till tomorrow. So I thew some in the freezer and called my mother in law to see how she prepares them in Mexico. They rub the fruit on wadded up newspaper and the stickers are supposed to attach to the paper, then they cut and peel them.



Then I checked online and there was three suggestions;… Continue

Added by Erika on October 26, 2008 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Today we got 2 baby banana plants from a friend

We brought them home and put them in a bucket of water in the house. My friend said to do that so they don't go into shock. Then later we will put them outside in the shade. Finally a plant that like s wet soil all the time! This is good.

Added by Melissa Rennells on October 25, 2008 at 3:24pm — 4 Comments

Straw Bale Culture

From http://www.nicholsgardennursery.com/strawbales.htm



"The advantages of straw bales are many. If you have poor soil or excessive weeds, you can take an end run around some of the soil prep by planting on bales. When the bales are exhausted after one or two years remove the twine and let the straw cover the ground and start over with fresh bales or consider planting directly into the mound and moving to a no-till technique."



Instructions at the URL above or do a Google… Continue

Added by Lisette Volkmar on October 24, 2008 at 4:44pm — 1 Comment

The ducks loved the irrigation

boy did they enjoy it when we got irrigation yesterday!!! I don't think they have ever seen that much water. Looked like they really had a good time being ducks.

Added by David Mericle, Karl Barton on October 23, 2008 at 6:34pm — No Comments

We got ducks!!!

About a week ago we got ourselves 4 muscovy duck 2 male 2 female. They are so great...they don't quack, don't fly, and we get the eggs!! everyone wins.

Added by David Mericle, Karl Barton on October 22, 2008 at 7:09pm — 9 Comments

Yard Sharing

This came in on Rec.gardens.edible - What a good idea!



Dear Gardening Community,

My name is Joshua Patterson I am posting this message to let you know

about a program I am trying to get started in Portland, Oregon.

Its called Yard Sharing. We all have that strip of grass between the

street and the sidewalk or that patch of grass we always neglect on

the side or in the back of our yard. Maybe your neglected space is in

your front yard.

Here in… Continue

Added by Lisette Volkmar on October 20, 2008 at 10:26am — 2 Comments

Just got back from C+C hatchery with muscovy ducklings

They are peeping and cute and awesome. They peep and dabble and stuff. They are one week old and should be kept at 80-85 degrees, which I figure means my old reptile heating pad should do it.

They are fuzzy and soft and fun!

Can't wait to see how they grow up.



They are currently in a pink plastic storage bin I got at walmart for $5.00 on a tiny reptile heating pad I had from a while ago, using a waterer and feeder I already had. I placed a small string of LED christmas… Continue

Added by Philodice on October 19, 2008 at 5:30pm — 3 Comments

Report: Illicit urban chicken movement growing in US

The Worldwatch Institute reports that a growing number of US city-dwellers are raising their own chickens, often in defiance of local ordinances.



Citing unsanctioned henhouses in Denver, Boston, and other cities, Worldwatch’s Ben Block notes that an “underground ‘urban chicken’ movement has swept across the United States in recent years,” flouting authorities’ concerns about noise, odors, and public health.



But in some cities, such as Ann Arbor, Mich., Ft. Collins, Colo.,… Continue

Added by Katherine Coles on October 17, 2008 at 2:48pm — 1 Comment

Soup's on!

It's Wednesday. I have $23 in my account. Actually, I have $95 in my account, but SOMEONE has been holding onto a $72 check for two weeks now. Grr!



Pay day is Friday. What's a girl to do?



Make soup!







This was made with the chicken stock I made, plus the leftover Big Fat Greek Chicken I made Sunday night, a few leftover green beans that I had along side my burger on Tuesday, and half a can of corn.



I separated the chicken from the… Continue

Added by grrlscout on October 15, 2008 at 3:03pm — No Comments

Chicken Tractor construction

When I went looking around the web for coop/tractor designs, didn't really find any that met my needs;

movable, relatively cheap, no carpentry experience needed to make, materials would fit in an older sedan.



Backyardchickens.com has photos of more complicated looking coops, big enough to walk into, but they required lots of materials and skills. I got most of my ideas from http://www.forshamcottagearks.com/ This is a site from England, more what I wanted and good looking as… Continue

Added by Lisette Volkmar on October 14, 2008 at 2:49pm — 2 Comments

Feeling prolific today

Or is it mania?



Regardless of cause, I have something else to blog about. It started with 88 cents a pound chicken. This was the deal at Albertson's a few weeks ago, so I scooped up five and tossed them in the freezer.



Since then, we've been feasting on chicken every other day -- chicken under a brick, my big fat Greek chicken, chicken provençal. We've managed to pick 4 of the chickens clean. I filled two gallon ziplocs with their carcasses, plus some of the internal… Continue

Added by grrlscout on October 14, 2008 at 10:10am — No Comments

In the beginning...

I don't know what's wrong with me. Lately, I've been obsessing over projects. It started with jewelry making, moved on to home distillation, and now I'm on gardening. I think it has something to do with getting a little older. You just want to create.



I made an attempt earlier this year with a handful of containers:







Sadly, the only survivors of that batch are the pink flowers in the pedestal planter, one of the cacti, the thai basil in the second… Continue

Added by grrlscout on October 14, 2008 at 8:11am — 1 Comment

How pigeons are green!

This is part of the the "pigeons in permaculture' article I've been writing. Now if only I had an aviary that awesome...



Pigeons and doves have many uses and skills to admire, and an aviary full of lovely birds lifts the spirit. These birds can be used as lures, in order to encourage wild avian species to a yard or park. They can provide food for humans in the form of delicous squab. Many Depression Era families kept pigeons, let them free fly in the day to feed themselves, and ate… Continue

Added by Philodice on October 11, 2008 at 7:50am — 3 Comments

Muesli Recepie

Muesli Recepie



The Moment you've all been waiting for...

MY Muesli Recipe

(Muesli: Swedish Oatmeal w/nuts, seeds, dried fruit, and whole grains)




Rolled Oats (just a big container of Quaker oats, about 17 servings)

Wheat germ (wheat germ is the nourishment for the oat seed contains antioxidants, vitamin E, and B vitamins!!)

if I can, I also grab some rye flakes, millet flakes, or just a container of mixed grain

Each of the following packages… Continue

Added by Shaun on October 8, 2008 at 7:54pm — No Comments

Domestic vs. Wild non-human animal (Poetic)

So here I am walking to the USF shuttle stop and I start thinking about this cat that I like to see on the path I take and how I would like a cat when I move out of my apartment.



I hardley ever see the cat anymore but the few times that I had we played and acted like we always new eachother-thats a lot of fun for me (and the cat too cause I'm fun to play with). So I start wishing that I had a cat at home so I could see a little buddy like that more often-something more predictable… Continue

Added by Shaun on October 8, 2008 at 7:30pm — No Comments

I am in LImbo

I have rented my little house and moved in with my mom. I now have 4 roomates ranging in ages from my 73-year-old mother to my 11 and 10-year old sons and last but not least, my soon-to-be 3-year old baby boy. Luckily for me she has a small yard so I brought over my container garden and have managed to save what my baby has tried to "harvest". My poor old dog is in a run and escapes only for his daily walk around the "hood" with me and the baby. I will be taking the chicken class soon and… Continue

Added by Denise Quick on October 7, 2008 at 7:53am — 2 Comments

Bottiglie- Tomatoes and wine

Homemade bottled tomatoes!

Added by Maria on October 5, 2008 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

The Inevitable Overwhelm

So, it has come down to this: I have been living in my fabulous new paradise property for two months (cringe) now and my amazing edible paradise is still far from completion. How could this be, you ask? As so often happens with projects of magnitude, I have reached the phase of paralyzation.



We all lead busy lives. And, for most of us in permaculture, our lives are in transition. We are working toward a more sustainable future by choosing to live by example. People don't change until… Continue

Added by Heather Welch on October 3, 2008 at 10:16pm — 2 Comments

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