Elderberry Cuttings

My elderberry cuttings arrived today in the mail, only four days after ordering them from Norm's Farms!  They were cheap, only $2.98 a piece for stems that already have little shoots coming out of the top.  I ordered two of the Adams variety and two of the Magnolia variety which is a wild native from … Continue reading Elderberry Cuttings

Fava Beans In N. C. and an Ark of Ancient Seeds

Ancient Fava Beans.  Thousands of years old and still going strong. They were cultivated in the Middle East, carried over through Europe, and have been found in some of the earliest excavated settlements.  Wikipedia says "In Egypt, the beans were considered commoner food and were shunned by the upper classes"   Today, You can find gourmet … Continue reading Fava Beans In N. C. and an Ark of Ancient Seeds

The Joy of Chickens

Watching the birds is now a daily activity.  A habit like someone watching the soaps on tv.  There are relationships , squabbles, fights over who sleeps where, and Roody the rooster trying to sneak up on unaware hens.  Then there are peaceful moments like this shot where they seemed to be enjoying the sunshine, preening … Continue reading The Joy of Chickens

Building a chicken coop with reclaimed materials

First of all, thank God for his abundant blessings , and somehow a chicken coop fits into the category of miracles.  The building materials for this "dream" project were derived from construction debris, free Craigslist postings, cedar poles from the woods, an old above ground swimming pool, and the labor from friends.  In one day … Continue reading Building a chicken coop with reclaimed materials

Instant garden success!

Yay for instant gardens!  No tilling, no gas to buy, all materials are free or cheap,  and weeding is down 90%!!! I got this idea from Geoff Lawton, he posted this quick video on how to create an instant garden on YouTube here .  What's really cool is he uses what looks like garbage to lay over … Continue reading Instant garden success!

New raised beds-new chicken

It has been almost six months since I've posted any blogs and a lot has happened! I will be covering in upcoming blogs previous events such as the chicken coop built from free reclaimed wood fence sections and an above ground pool,  acquiring the flock of five hens and figuring out the living accommodations, the … Continue reading New raised beds-new chicken

Today I Dried Basil

Today I dried basil in my dehydrator. My  basil plants in the raised bed have gotten tall as I have been pinching back the tops to use in sauces and salads throughout the summer.  Now there are buds coming out on the plant and it looks like it might soon make seeds.   Every time … Continue reading Today I Dried Basil