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The last full wall to be
filled in on the StarPlate
chicken coop didn't have
much space for board attachment, which is why I decided to install
these boards on the inside.
weeks ago, I harvested our Italian Softneck garlic, and this week the Music
and Silverwhite Silverskin were finally ready to join their
precocious siblings on the curing racks. It's shaping up to
be a mediocre year for alliums, probably because of a cold winter,
lack of sun during the critical bulking up period this spring, and
burn. Although I'm a bit disappointed that my
garlic heads are only 75% to 100% as large as storebought rather
than 100% to 200% as large, we plant extra to hedge our bets, so
we'll still enjoy a garlicky season.
we're making the transition to raspberries, and loving every
minute of it. At the peak of strawberry season, I can't
imagine wanting any other berries, but now that the quality is
declining in the strawberry beds, the raspberries become my
favorites. A delicious quart full!
Our chicken waterer keeps hens healthy so they can lay more eggs.
Found a can of good blue
exterior paint that we got from the Lowes reject bin years ago.
done all that much, but they seem to have settled into their box
of partially-drawn comb, and perhaps have drawn a bit more.
By listening at the side of each box, I gather that the top box is
completely empty still, so the colony has plenty of room to spread
out. These guys are going through a quart of heavy
every two to three days, but seem to be finding lots of wild food
as well. Since the workers are bringing home plenty of
pollen, I'm assuming the queen is laying and the hive will be
Since I added
two empty boxes to the bottom of our oldest warre hive, taking a photo up
through the bottom only tells me so much. But I'm guessing
by the mass of bees I can see between the bottom box's bars (and
by listening at the side of each box) that the bees have drawn
comb in the next box up and are hard at work there. They're
also buzzing busily in the third box from the bottom, but the
fourth box up has gone much quieter, suggesting it's full of
Neither hive needs
another box yet, but I'm going to keep a close eye on them since
nearly ready to open. This has been a stellar year for
nectar, and I suspect that with the help of the basswood, I'll be
getting an appreciable harvest from the older warre hive despite
Our chicken waterer keeps hens happy with clean water.
Adding a proper
hitch coupler to the ATV
bucket hauler turned out
to be easy.
a Life Together,
by Diana Leafe Christian, is a step-by-step guide for building
intentional communities. Rather than summing up the key
points the way I usually do in my book reviews, though, I want to
take this opportunity to go off on a tangent and explore one of
the exercises the book recommends as part of a community visioning
process. The idea is to write about times when you've felt
like part of a community or a shared group activity, then to use
these recollections to consider what makes community-building work
for you specifically.
Our chicken waterer keeps intentional communities of chickens happy with dry coops and clean water.
Even though the technical name for
strawberries that crop all at once is "June-bearing," our
June-bearers are usually May-bearers. This year's cool
spring pushed the fruits forward in time, but even so, we're
nearing the end of our harvest
Monday, I put the last load in the dehydrator (bringing us to over
two gallons of strawberry leather preserved for winter), and ever
since we've been gorging on a mere 3 quarts a day.
Our chicken waterer helps you become self-sufficient with eggs and meat by making care of your backyard flock easy and clean.
Got 2 more walls on the StarPlate
chicken coop done today.
Even though I didn't
mention it on my
post about fungal-disease prevention, another big facet of my campaign is summer
This is something I do anyway to allow light to hit fruits and to
prevent trees from putting too much energy into watersprouts, but
the process has a side effect of letting fruits dry off faster so
they're less prone to blights.
This is an experiment
(so replicate it at your own risk) since I've never read about
anyone thinning their raspberries in the summer. But it felt
right --- the photos above both show the patch after thinning out over half
of the fall shoots, and you can tell the canes are still quite
dense. As an added benefit, I was able to layer the cut-off
stems (and any weeds I found in the patch) along the sides of the
row to top off the mulch.
Of course, I'm also
thinning the trees I usually visit at this time of year (primarily
the peaches, although heavy fruit set has resulted in fewer
watersprouts this year than usual). When I stopped by our
largest fig, I wasn't sure whether it needed any pruning, but I
did decide to rip up any small shoots around the trunk. It
turns out three had already rooted! If I didn't kill them by
leaving them in a bucket of water during a blazing afternoon,
these baby figs will go into pots with my other
and then into the ground this fall.
The last item on my
summer-pruning agenda is the black
raspberries and blackberries, who get their tops pinched instead of being
thinned. Looks like we'll be adding another variety to our
daily berry harvest soon!
Our chicken waterer keeps hens happy and chicks healthy.
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