Tuesday, August 26, 2014

~ Keeping Ducks Interview ~

I was super excited to be interviewed by Farmer Liz from Eight Acres: The Blog about keeping ducks. I am far from being an expert on the subject but we have been successful with them for meat, eggs, and pets.



Here's a little bit of the interview:

What’s the best thing about keeping ducks?


They provide hours of entertainment as they waddled to and fro, they love a good rain storm and are really good in the garden. Last year the ducklings were in the potato patch and took care of all of the potato beetles but didn't harm a single plant.

For the full interview, pop on over to Liz’s blog post titled "Getting Started With Ducks".

I hope you enjoy it.  If you have any comments or question, please pop back here and post them.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

~ Milk Room Progress ~

Baby steps but its getting done. The main motivation behind the clean up was a child forgetting to shut the door all the way and the cow getting into the bag of barley. Thankfully she didn't eat a lot and was okay. We worked on this project in June.

 Wall insulated and plywood up.

 After two coats of a durable, scrubable paint.

 The "pile". I know it doesn't look bad but you had to use the broom handle to turn on the light switch.

 Burgundy trim and shelves up (matches the trim on the outside of the barn). Used plastic bins to organize everything so that it is easy to find.

All feed and supplement containers labeled, floor swept and washed. A window will replace the plywood.

In the next few weeks we will insulate the remaining three walls, painting, putting up the rest of the trim and finishing the ceiling and lights. 

~ Picture Post ~


 Latest batch of mama hatched chicks.

 Anise Hyssop

 Our first cherries.

 Taken in June, one of our most colorful ram lambs.

 Cabbage and Broccoli
 Clara, one of the best lambs from this year.

 Caroline mowing the yard.

 Purple Podded Pole Beans

 The bees are thriving this year.

 Morning Glory

 Boston Pickling Cucumber
 Heirloom Pink Banana Squash
Pearl Poppy

Sunday, June 15, 2014

~ Two Years and Twenty Minutes of Work ~

Why is it that the projects that take the least amount of time and effort take the longest to get done? It took us two years to get around to the twenty minute job of tearing down the old chicken coop. Now, granted we have been working on lots of other farm projects, but, twenty minutes ?? All of the kids helped so it may have taken Jake and I more than twenty minutes to get it all torn down two years ago when the kids weren't as big, who knows.


I don't have a before picture but it was a 8 x 12 building. Before it was moved to this location the roof and siding had been taken off of it. We covered the roof with a tarp and the sides with random pieces of press board and plywood to keep the items in it semi-dry. We cleaned out all the stuff, took down the tatter tarp and plywood last fall but never got the rest of the building down.

We kept all the solid wood and made a pile of the rotten/junk wood (the pile in the back of the picture). Feels good to have one more project done.

What is that one project that you keep putting off?

Saturday, June 14, 2014

~ Apple Tree Success ~

Our apple trees are are doing so well, above and beyond our expectations. All of the new tree we planted this spring flowered out and have fruit on them, lots of fruit. We will go around and pick off all the apples except the king fruit in each cluster. This well ensure that the trees are not overburden with a heavy fruit load and that we get really nice apples in the fall.