Category Archives: Farming

The First Goose Egg of Spring

Joel ran to find me yesterday morning because the first goose egg of the year had appeared. The first eggs this year came from a pair of American Lavender Ice geese. Continue reading

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Boron: A Soil Supplement

This afternoon’s project was spreading Boron on our pastures. Continue reading

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Why top bar beehives?

Here is my post about why I’ve decided to use foundationless and top bar hives for my treatment-free style of beehive management. http://www.pleasedbees.com/wp/2011/02/04/why-top-bar-hives/

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Spreading Lime to Make the Grass Grow

The best part about spreading lime this way was I was recruiting my farm helpers (ages 6 & 9) to come along with me on the project! Continue reading

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Bum Hay

It was coarse and looked more like straw than hay. I accepted delivery, and paid for it. That was a mistake. The animals won’t eat it because it has no food value for them. I was worried about being out of feed, and fear is a poor reason for making decisions!
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Soil Test Results

We are low on Calcium, Sulphur, & Boron. The soil is also acidic.
The phosphorus came out excellent–which was a huge surprise, and a big change from our previous soil sample from 2006. It was virtually zero back then. All the poultry manure & compost spreading has paid off.
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Keep it simple Worm Composting — Vermiculture

The compost was still composting at about the same rate, but my system had changed for the better. I now have a host of worms working through my compost.

I no longer create large heaps of hot compost, and I no longer have to turn the piles.
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Permaculture tour at the Bullock Homestead

The Bullock homestead & nursery has been there for 30 years, and it is an excellent example of a “mature” permaculture system. The main area of the homestead is densely packed as a perennial “food forest”. The 3 hour tour started at 1 PM, and I could tell that we were just getting a taste of the thought, detail and purpose that was behind everything there. Continue reading

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Cougar Event & 2 Goats Lost

Some weeks are more eventful than others.

Here is my description of how a cougar killed two of our goats.
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Chickens & Cows on the Pasture

A cow pie is money, and I like to get it back in the soil “bank” as soon as possible. Of course, I’d rather not spend my time following around the cow with a rake to spread the manure out as soon as it hits the ground. I’ve got chickens lined up to do that job for me. Continue reading

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