Category Archives: Back Yard Farm

Volunteer Salad Garden

I have had a lot on my plate lately and it shows in my neglected garden.  With spring breaking out, I thought I would go out and start preparing for planting.  I was in for a happy surprise.  I let last … Continue reading

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Last Chance for Planting Bare Root Trees

Ok, so I have more jars of canned fruit than I can eat in a year.  Does that mean I have enough fruit trees in my yard?  Apparently not.  There I was riding my tricycle home from my plumbing repair … Continue reading

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(8) High Desert Vegetable Gardens – Apricot Brandy

Caroline M Hudson commented on your post in High Desert Vegetable Gardens. Caroline M Hudson 6:38pm Jul 8 Go right ahead Comment History Mary Dellavalle 6:17pm Jul 8 Thanks! May I blog your suggestion and then try it? I will be … Continue reading

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In a Pot of Pure Trouble | Chicken Shamed

So who was in the vegetable garden beating me to my own harvest? That darned Leaf! Continue reading

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How Some Animals Can Help Compost

Good scavengers for the backyard composting include pigeons, rabbits and chickens. Continue reading

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Burrowing Barrier Effective: Chicken 1 Mouse 0

Shortly after applying the last batch of cement, observations of mice droppings went from common to briefly incidental. My best hunter, Apricot, suddenly put on weight. Her egg production went from intermittent to slightly over one egg per day. Continue reading

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Studying the National Electric Code with Frick and Frack

My new pullets needed to learn to not be afraid of humans.  I really needed to spend time with them for socialization training.  I also have a backlog of homework and studying from a series of medical issues in my … Continue reading

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Hen House with Adobe?  How I intend to make life better for my chickens.The Art of Superabode

Superadobe or earth bag building was developed by Nader Khalili, an Iranian American architect, writer, and humanitarian. He developed the superadobe system in 1984, in response to a NASA call for … Source: The Art of Superabode   Cal-Earth has … Continue reading

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Make Shift Chicken Bed

I needed a quick and affordable way to house my chickens at night.  I got wire cages from a pet store, put them up on tables under the eaves of my home, wrapped them with bubble wrap insulation, and clamped … Continue reading

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Chicken Home

By request, I am posting images of my chicken’s home.  It is still a work in progress.  The aviary, made with materials that happened to be on hand, provides protection to my chickens, but it isn’t exactly pretty.  I took … Continue reading

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Meet Frick and Frack

Their assigned duties will include (with time) egg laying, nutrient processing, compost processing, pest control, chicken therapy and general entertainment. Continue reading

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Article Published on Need to Expand Use of Pulses.

“Pulses:
• provide plant-based proteins and amino acids,
ensuring food security.
• fight obesity due to their high fiber content.
• prevent and help manage chronic diseases such
as diabetes, coronary conditions, and cancer.
• are an important source of plant-based protein
for livestock.
• fix nitrogen, increasing soil fertility.
• are sustainable, using less water than many
other protein crops.” Continue reading

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Peace, Love and Soil – Composting improves soil, gardens, moods, and relationships.

Peace, Love and Soil – Composting improves soil, gardens, moods, and relationships. Continue reading

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