Tag Archives: Agriculture

The Bravest Silkie in the World

I saw this video and couldn’t get over how cute and touching it was.  Loosing two of my silkie hens to a hawk made it hit close to home and I may have shed a tear!   I am amazed at the amount of time that it had to take to put this video together […]

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Making the Most of My Time in the Kitchen Garden

I’ve recently had a couple of people question the amount of time I spend in the garden. I thought about their questions and what I do do to work productively.  In the spring and early summer I do spend several hours each day with maintenance, staking, stringing and mostly weeding.  Which is something all gardeners […]

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Peas, Peas, Everywhere!

I am typing this surrounded by my beautiful peas.  I have some in the fridge, some on the counter and more on the vine waiting to be picked.  Let me tell you there is nothing sweeter and more flavorful than a home grown pea! Peas are every gardeners success story!  You get to plant them […]

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Why I Keep Bees!

Why do I keep bees? Our last home sat on 47 acres overlooking the Ohio River.   The home was built in the 30’s and the original owner had cattle, sheep, and chickens.  The chicken coop, which was huge, still stood on the property.  That was one of the reason I decided to start keeping […]

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The Mighty Roman Radish

The Radish is usually the first vegetable we harvest. Growing radishes was pioneered before the Roman empire; the name “radish” derived from “radix,” the Latin word for “root” We had a good rain here last Saturday and on Sunday I went out to the garden to find my Radishes showing off their sexy shoulders Radishes will push out of […]

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Blackberry Beds ‘Pole Set Up’ Part II

Once the beds were prepped, and planted I needed to provide support for the growing baby bushes that with any luck would one day be 6′ tall. Cue– Jim and Larry for the manual labor.  I watched, photographed and gave opinions where needed. 🙂 Because Blackberries have stiffly erect, semierect, or trailing stems, depending on the […]

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Chicks are one week old, ohh how they’ve grown!!

It was just last Wednesday that I picked up the little balls of fluff. Guess what?  They have grown like weeds! I put them back into the box the hatchery sent them home in to give you some perspective on their growth. last week today You know because they have grown so much, they are […]

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What a Beautiful Day Today!

Today was a busy day around here! Yesterday it started raining around 10:00 a.m and it didn’t stop until around 6:00. So nothing got done after we set up the bee hives. Today was sunny and beautiful outside with the temperature reaching 82 degrees.  So with all the rain and today’s heat, weeds decided to […]

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Bees Arrived!

Liz arrived this morning to place the bees in their new homes. The back of her SUV was filled with at least 15 wooden boxes, each filled with 3 pounds of bees and a Queen.  VERY COOL! The boxes are referred to as “packages” and in each you have the worker bees and a Queen […]

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Blackberry Bushes ‘Planting’ Part I

Around seven years ago I thought I would like to have Grapes in the backyard.  I put a  small arbor up, planted a variety of grape plants and watched them grow over the years.  That is all I did.  Not one grape was ever eaten, smashed or drunk.  BLAH! I decided to yank the plants […]

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