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August 2010 Blog Posts (13)

Building and Managing a Compost Pile

Before building a compost pile you need to understand how the microbes work. Microbes are very similar to humans as far as their physical needs. They need food, air, and water to live. The microbes break down the compost pile down until it is the right texture to use it on the

garden and your plants.…


Added by Suzie O'Connor on August 31, 2010 at 5:00pm — No Comments

fig cuttings

Hey everyone!

I was curious if anyone had a fig tree to make cuttings? I want to try my hand at propagating figs with cuttings. Anyone willing to share their fig tree with me?



Added by David Hamilton on August 27, 2010 at 2:57pm — 5 Comments

All Heck Broke Loose Around Here Last Night!

All heck broke loose out here on my 5 acre mini ranch. The wind was fierce and felt almost like a tornado. It ripped off the roofing on my house and on two outbuildings. I was busy putting buckets under major leaks. Then I checked my battery storage room (I only have solar energy for electric), and my battery room was blown to one side, batteries strewn all over the floor with some upside down and my inverters in a mess too. I tried to dislodge some of the tangles but major sparks flew… Continue

Added by Amisa Yellowbird on August 25, 2010 at 10:02am — 1 Comment

Yeah I love the Rain

So It was storming and blowing and wrecking havoc in the neighborhood. So I was out in it and spied two huge aremenian cukes on the vine I am getting about three a week now. went out and inspected the watermelons. I am growing moon and stars. I picked a thirty pounder last week it was huge. Not quite as sweet as I expected I was impatient as usual and probably picked it too soon. I have counted 9 more in various stages of growth so I have made a pact with my self that when I decide they are… Continue

Added by Treasa on August 24, 2010 at 7:26pm — 2 Comments

wild birds eating chicken feed

hi, any experience in this would be appreciated.
I have a hen house and fenced area. Over the top of the fenced area is a netting- which keeps out the large predator birds. the problem is that lots of smaller wild birds are coming in and eating tons of the organic chicken feed, at a rate beyond what I can afford.

How do I keep them out....??

Added by Karen Krauss on August 23, 2010 at 12:04pm — 3 Comments

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Added by Kelli on August 17, 2010 at 12:27pm — No Comments

Loud Hen

We have three hens about 17 weeks old, raised from chicks and one seems to be getting pretty noisy, honking like a goose. She's a barred plymoth rock, and she is noisier than the other two.( buff orpinton and hew hampshire red). Is this normal for this breed or could I have a rooster??

Thank you for any feedback.

Added by Dawn Sylvester on August 13, 2010 at 7:40am — 6 Comments

Cockroaches in the compost!

Hey everyone, I need your advice! There are cockroaches breeding in my compost, and alot of them! I realize they are great for the compost, but have heard they are unhealthy, esp. for children (I have 3). I have already seen a baby one in our house, so they are starting to come in. I plan to put another line of DE around the border of my house, but is there anything else I can do?? Thanks in advance for your advice!


Added by Teri Ouimet on August 9, 2010 at 7:42am — 4 Comments

A Homemade Incubator for the Cochin Eggs

So my eggs arrived in the mail today. I received 15 total eggs. I got about seven eggs under the hen when I began to wonder what I was going to with the rest. I thought of buying an incubator but even a used one on craigslist is not in our limited discretionary spending budget. So I decided to make one. I used an old lamp and made a quick run to Walmart. I bought a styrofoam cooler for $1.88, a small fan for $1.50, a thermometer for $2.00, and a glass picture frame for a window for $1.50. I… Continue

Added by lauraelaine on August 6, 2010 at 8:52pm — No Comments

stringy white mold

I have a stringy white mold under my compost mulch around trees. I mulch about 3inches deep and water once a week for at least 6 hours with 1 & 2 gal emitters. Most of my trees are only a year and half old and are all sub tropical fruit trees. Everything seems to be doing fine. Is this mold something I should address? It is centered closest to the emitters. Maybe my mulch is too thick and not allowing enough evaporation ? I can't imagine I am over watering trees this young in this… Continue

Added by jeff lauffer on August 6, 2010 at 9:30am — 6 Comments

Winning Bantam Hatching Eggs at Auction

On Tuesday, I won 13+ Cochin Bantam Hatching Eggs at an Ebay auction for 18.75 (including shipping). My cochin bantam, Lemon Butter, has been sitting on her nest faithfully all summer and, since I have no roosters, I keep stealing her eggs. Because we lost two bantams to heat and one to drowning, I decided I would give her a try and see if she could actually hatch some eggs to replenish the flock. The eggs shipped yesterday (Wednesday) and should arrive on Friday.

Added by lauraelaine on August 5, 2010 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Pigeons have ruined things

Anybody else had any experiences with pigeons destroying things? I love all birds, animals, etc., so I didn't want to harm the birds. I thought they were kind of cute flying overhead and cooing. However, they soon took up permanent residence in my shop (where I didn't notice them for quite some time...too late). Then they got on top of my travel trailer I have parked under a shade not too far from my house. Before I knew it, they had taken over everything. And you know what pigeons…


Added by Amisa Yellowbird on August 5, 2010 at 12:53pm — 7 Comments

chickens and coyotes = :-(

We just lost all three of our chickens to coyotes. They were free ranging in the yard which they had been doing on a regular basis for at least 8 months and then... carnage. Two bodies and one missing. We were so sad. I was looking for tips from anyone. We were thinking about getting new chicks thinking that they might do well with the warmth outside, but weren't sure. Also wondered if anyone had tips for keeping coyotes out of their yard or free ranging chickens safe. Thanks!!

Added by heather rutter on August 5, 2010 at 8:51am — 3 Comments

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