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Fighting tomato blight with pennies
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How many batteries do I need for my solar panels?
Smallest wood stoves
Automatic chicken door
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Why and how to estimate a goat's weight
Box-elder syrup comparison
Best battery disconnect switch
Keeping bugs out of a sap bucket
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Onions are probably our
biggest vegetable-gardening Achilles heel --- we ran out in January
again this year. Wanting to be able to start these seedlings inside in February was a big part of the impetus for my spare-no-cost improved seed-starting campaign in fact.
didn't use all new supplies, though. I found this wooden stick in
Mark's workshop (hopefully it wasn't intended for anything important)
and cut it to just the right length to make indented rows in my found stump dirt.
Then I meticulously sprinkled in the seeds, half an inch apart.
Finally, I added another thin coating of stump dirt atop each row and
pressed down gently with my palms to compact the earth.
Mark growled when I took the heating pad out of Lucy's den and put it under my first set of flats. (Hey! That's why we bought the pad in the first place!) So I went ahead and splurged a little further, this time buying a heat mat that's waterproof and is just the right size and shape to fit beneath a seedling tray. My new humidity domes
hadn't arrived in the mail yet, so I popped a larger dome we use for
rooting perennial cuttings on top and called that flat complete.
boom pole worked okay,
but it turned out to be a little too heavy.
I took advantage of the warm weather to gather some stump dirt
for onion seed starting this week. The goats "helped"...which means
they poked their noses into the bucket repeatedly, completely confused
about why I would waste energy gathering something that wasn't
The tractored hens
also assisted with early garden preparations. Day by day, I pulled the
small flock across the downhill side of a high raised bed in the swampy
back garden so they could eat up chickweed and scratch up dead oat
stalks. This area will go under a quick hoop shortly to preheat the soil
for the earliest lettuce and peas.
We helped our neighbor run some lines for a new television series today.
The first cultivated bloom of the year for us is always the hazel bushes. From a bee standpoint, it's nearly time to look for pollen when you see the catkins begin to loosen and yellow, meaning that stamens will soon emerge.
"Oh, Abigail, why do you
have to be so bad!" I exclaimed when I entered the goat shed Monday
morning. I'm used to Artemesia jumping over into the kidding stall and
then onto the tarp-covered pile of stored hay therein. But Abigail used
to stay put in the main room where both goats belong.
We're taking full advantage of this dose of midwinter sun and warmth. Monday, we managed to get the creek pump
going despite icy ground, filling the wash-water tank before it drained
completely dry. Tuesday, I caught up on a bit of laundry while the sun
was shining, then pulled out the paint can and brush to coat some of our kitchen remodeling projects.
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