urban farming/homesteading

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19 Laying Hens

19 Laying Hens

Yesterday, while my best friend and I painted the Nursery upstairs, Tool Lady worked on fixing up the coop.  There was chicken wire and bird netting to be replaced, shade cloth to put up and a new structure to hold up the shade cloth and bird netting so we can actually walk in the coop without ducking.Once all that was…
1/8 Acre

1/8 Acre

While stumbling through the Internet a few weeks ago, I happened upon this graphic of The Little Yellow House's property and became completely inspired!  I commented, Alissa commented back and before I knew it I was downloading a trial version of Visio, playing with the Paint program and trying my hand at graphic design (or something like it).While it may…
Empty Hive

Empty Hive

Dead bees and excess honey.  That's what we found yesterday when we got into our hive.  Sadness and confusion abound. The cold nights and blustery days of spring led us to postpone getting into the bees.  We've wondered about them and checked them from afar. We watched orientation flights a couple of weeks ago.  We looked for an signs of…
Amending and Fertilizing

Amending and Fertilizing

We've set the intention this year to build our soil up.  You know, all the tons of soil we've brought/hauled/shoveled in?  Yeah, that soil ;-) We figure that, since we plant heavily and harvest amazingly from our humble soil, we should give back a little.  So, compost, compost tea, soil builder, a little bit of new top soil and a…
Hide-Away Projects

Hide-Away Projects

A couple of years ago we purchased four little stools with lids for storage and extra seating.  They immediately became the place to store my current yarn projects, toys for any little friends that visit and any other necessary miscellaneous and fit perfectly beneath the bottom shelf of a wall of built in book shelves in our Living Room.Best of…
Chickens…

Chickens…

...like to eat.  A lot.This was a little treat...a mixture of warm goat's milk whey (leftover after making cheese) and some oats and it made them very happy on a very cold day.Hope you're staying warm wherever you are!xoxo,M
A Half of a Cow

A Half of a Cow

Well, we've gone and done it.  We've invested in a half of a cow. Holy moly. After last January's purchase of a quarter of a cow, we decided to move forward and move up in the ordering department.  So, about 2 months ago, we placed our order with D&R Ranch again and waited patiently to be called to set our cut…