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Monthly Archives: April 2011

Garden Boxes and Seedling Progression

well, we direct seeded some of our plants the other day..lettuce and spinach mostly cause they like cold weather..

freshly mixed with some peat to bring make the soil more acidic..the dark ones that is

the seedlings are doing great too..many of the tomatoes we planted were heirloom so its great to see them doing so well..hopefully some purple tomatoes by the fall.

mmm...fancy greencurtain' it

As per usual space is always an issue..its only for a couple of weeks..We also line our windowsills.

 
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Posted by on April 30, 2011 in Gardening

 

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New Chickens

..are in the works. Our hen has been broody so rather than fight it we have chosen to embrace it.

When we first decided to let her sit we had no idea what would be entailed..but chickens have been hatching for decades without our help..ok more than decades.  When chickens are sitting on their eggs they do not eat or drink much..they spend all of thier time keeping the eggs warm and adjusting the eggs..but they do need thier own area to grow up in saftey away from other hens and roosters. Other hens will sometimes kill other chicks so we needed a small coop at ground level. With us we wanted it to be:

  • small
  • easy to set up
  • easy to move
  • easy to dance to
  • secure
  • done quickly

..that was all of the criteria we were looking for..since last year we have had a doghouse that someone was giving away..basically 4×4..I had turned it into a Chicken Hospital last year but that plan is to turn it into a ‘hen-den’ over a couple of nights…I have 1 night completed now and 1 more to go.

I actually need to hurry up..I noticed that the other non-broody hen is still laying eggs in the box with the broody hen so its going to mess up the heat and we will probably end up with many unfinished eggs when she is done sitting..usually a day or 2 after the last chick hatches. I figure it will be done tonight and I will post something up then with how it all shook down.

Its actually funny..I read many blogs about small-time farming, off-grid and other related topics and 4-10 I read daily are doing versions of the same thing now themselves..some bought and some are going au natural…great to have so many references to go by!

 
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Posted by on April 29, 2011 in Animals, Construction, Fowl

 

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Yet another sign of Spring..

didn't have a picture of a peeper..so obey this toad/frog instead! All Hail the Glorious Hypnotoad...

..this is one of my favorites..in the evening and into the night are the sounds of Spring..with Spring Peepers! You can hear them just begin to croak just as the sun sets and it becomes a chorus of chirping, croaking and ribbits. We have many small sources of water in and around the property but going into May many of them dry up..A* and I try to do our part to help out by taking the egg sacs from waters that will dry up and putting them into the deeper pools that stay all summer..I would spend many afternoons in the swamp as a child..leaving school in clean clothes to return home hours later with sopping shoes and brown mud stained clothing. This is really one of the last ‘signs of spring’ as far as nature is concerned…

Summer is when we see the net results..toads and frogs everywhere..they start as small fingernail sized toads and frogs and in the fall they are full sized..need to be careful where you step as the whole place is crawling ( and hopping ) with them!

 
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Posted by on April 27, 2011 in Animals, Wildlife

 

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Bird house x 2

..but I would settle for some birds in one of them. A* is hardening up the tomatoes in prep of planting and I slapped up the houses..not sure about the height for mourning doves or chick-a-dees so I will adjust as I do some more research. Or never..whichever happens first. I am also testing a bulk picture upload feature. Now that I look at the order of the pictures it appears that the order is reversed from what it should be..hopefully it does not take 1.1 gigawatts to fix.

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Posted by on April 24, 2011 in Construction

 

starting veggies and prep work in the garden..

..we decided to plant indoors afterall..after discussing it and saying we were not going to do it we decided to do it anyway. A* started a bunch of tomatoes, basil, some ornimental grasses and such..basically 1/2 of the garden boxes have their square foot spoken for.

sweet..basil.

During the planting I noted to A* that there was a squirrel outside so she took a break to take a shot. Just to make it more challenging for her I constantly adjust the scope on the pellet gun so that it does not shoot the same..one day you need to aim 1 tick higher..another day it needs to be 3 ticks lower..This comment should also help to show how ofter A* checks this blog.

aim high..or low..I think.

Anyway..with all the work going on inside I needed to go outside to do some work. I ripped down that piece of shit greenhouse type structure I built last month..it worked great but without constantly monitoring it the veggies that did start to grow got burnt out..too dry and too hot. We also said that this year we were going to spend more time making sure the pH levels were all OK since it is not something we have been really aware of. We tested the levels of all the boxes and determined the average to be 7.25..or in other words too akaline. It needed some more acid to grow the veggies we want so I added some Peat Moss and tilled it in..I also added some compost from last year that had broken down..All the boxes are now DONE and ready for planting..last day for frost is mid-May..so by then the soil should have properly stablized..and the veggie season can really begin!

'..I missed him again!'

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2011 in Gardening, Pets, produce

 

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Another Spring First

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…hard to tell with just a photo..but the stove is not on tonight for the first time since November 1st..roughtly 5.5 months…summer is on the way and the temp when we got home was 16.2C..sweet. We will have some spot starts now and again but from here on out it should be smooth sailing…plus the muddy driveway has firmed up and the car has been in all the way to the house.

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2011 in heat

 

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How users got to EagerGridlessBeaver Blog

..hehe. While I was adding a draft of a post this morning I was looking at the site stats. One of the sections is ‘top searches’..in other words, what words did people search on that brought you to the site. Here is mine for this week:

‘the tools they use for maple syrup, making maple syrup, how to get burned maple syrup off pots?, filter syrup through paper towel, just tap it in’

The last one ‘just tap it in’ made me laugh when I saw it. Looks like my idiotic sense of humor has scored me at least 1 view this week!

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2011 in fun

 

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