The baby chicks get a new home

Chickens, Our Homestead
This will have to do for a bit. We're not making really great progress on the chicken coop. Red is still in the chicken run and I don't trust the dogs to leave him be. The babies are so small, they can escape through the chicken wire. I'm going to have to use smaller wire around the bottom so if we have baby chicks later, they will be safe and sound inside the run. Still in my small living room. Last time, in the spring, we only had five, this time, there are eleven. This is going to get old really fast. LOL! [caption id="attachment_2880" align="alignright" width="300"] box of chicks[/caption] The heat makes the smell stronger, faster. At least they are safe from the dogs and cat. Strider (the cat)…
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Fall Is The Time To Prepare For Winter With Mulching

Fall Is The Time To Prepare For Winter With Mulching

Soil & Compost
Here it is fall and the garden is ready to snooze. That's cool. I am ready for a break! Hold it, there is more work to be done? Errrr, okay, only some mulching and a bit of pruning. Those fallen leaves and dying annuals are not for the trash can, that organic material is black gold for the garden. Yes, more work ... Fall is the time to prepare for winter with mulching and pruning! A step that is commonly neglected in laying the garden to bed for the winter, is the addition of organic matter. We really should use "trash" organic matter in our gardens rather than throwing yard waste into the dumpster. If it has to be raked or mowed, why not utilize it for Mother Nature's blanket…
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Time for new chicks!

Chickens, Our Homestead
Guess what my mother informed me she found while perusing my favorite ag store today? BABY CHICKENS! in the fall no less... I was really torn. Starting baby chicks in the fall... getting them grown up enough to face a cold surly winter. Should I? Mr. Red is so lonely... he needs some more of his own kind. What is a rooster, without hens? So, I go home, I research the city statutes that I had left the girls to do last time we bought chicks in the spring. Sure enough, they were right. We are allowed twelve birds. Only one can be a rooster... well, that is accomplished well enough, so I bought eleven chicks. Once again, hoping for the best. If you'll recall, that's what we thought we…
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Fall Vegetable Gardening

Growing Food
Even experienced gardeners will often ignore the fact that their gardening efforts can extend well into the fall season, while in certain sections of the world; gardening is virtually a year round endeavor. Extending the gardening season is becoming more critical to all of us because of the changing dynamics in the world's food supply. This is a situation that we will have to live with for an extended period of time, so it is a good idea to do our bit. The victory gardens of World War II provided 40% of the country's food supply, proving that we can make a difference. It is hard to think about planting more vegetables at a time when fresh produce is so abundant in our garden, but late July and early September…
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Bringing The Comfort Of The Indoors Outside

Outdoor Living
Garden furniture is becoming more popular than ever. Outdoor living has become an extension of indoor living, and today's garden furniture is a reflection of that. At one time, garden furniture consisted primarily of iron, wood or concrete benches, and wrought iron café table and chair sets. Later, folding aluminum lawn chairs and lounges were the most common outdoor furniture. The aluminum frames were covered with strips of nylon strapping that was woven together in a basket weave to make seats and backs, and then bolted to the frames. During the seventies, having a wood sun deck was in vogue, and a wider variety of outdoor furniture was in fashion. A common style was redwood furniture featuring removable cushions with water resistant coverings. Redwood deck furniture often came in sets,…
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