Egg Collection As those of you who have stayed know, we have a flock of hens that lay the most tasty, colorful, eggs. Part of afternoon chores is stopping by the henhouse and collecting the eggs. On Friday, however, I had a bit of a surprise when I opened up the nestboxes: Apparently this guy figured out how to meander into the henhouse and take a nice little nap. Probably after he helped himself to an egg or two for lunch. Some animals, like raccoons or foxes, are problematic - they tend to wreak havoc on the [...]
Wasp Nest! I noticed this little gem in the trees over by The Apartment in the fall. The winds yesterday finally knocked it down: I have a pretty laissez faire attitude when it comes to creatures of all kinds on the property: Leave me alone, and... ...I'll leave you alone There are really only a couple of exceptions. First, if you happen to be an invasive, then I will take great glee in tearing you out of the ground / sky / water and destroying you. And, if you happen to be the kind of insect that [...]
By davidb|2022-02-19T15:27:21+00:00February 19, 2022|Categories: Farm Life|Comments Off on Wasp Nest!
Unusual Arrival... I was feeding our chickens this morning, and one of the roosters was being a little more aggressive than usual (keep in mind, this is "aggressive" on the chicken scale, which means I was basically ignoring his attempts to protect his ladies from me). But as I looked around, idly looking at the flock, that we had not two roosters...but somehow three. This handsome gentleman, what appears to be a male barred-rock, was strutting around. As a farmer, I am accustomed to losing the occasional animal due to predation, illness, or bad luck. This is [...]
By davidb|2021-12-15T15:15:41+00:00December 15, 2021|Categories: Farm Life|Comments Off on Unusual Arrival
First Frost! After an unusually warm October, Mother Nature finally gifted us with a good, hard, frost. Fortunately, it doesn't seem to bother the chickens too much: They are continuing to produce a bounty (maybe not quite as bountiful) of fresh eggs for our breakfasts and baking. The hawk netting is making them feel a bit safer and more comfortable after a rough summer of predator pressure. Soon we will be moving them to their winter quarters, hanging out with Big Mama, Oreo, and Ginger over by the solar array towards the hop yard. Feel free to [...]
By davidb|2021-11-07T19:09:40+00:00November 7, 2021|Categories: Fall, Farm Life|Comments Off on First Frost!
End Of the Garden Season It's that time of year, where the last bits and pieces of the garden are giving up. I've just about finished tidying everything up - next week I'm going to plant garlic for next year. Garlic seems to grow really well in my garden, and I went off to the Bethlehem Garlic Festival and bought entirely too much seed garlic (probably two full beds worth): I also finished harvesting all of the squash and pumpkins. I tried out a new system of growing the vines directly over grass (from little, boxed-in seedlings) and that worked [...]
By davidb|2021-10-23T14:30:55+00:00October 23, 2021|Categories: Fall, Farm Life|Comments Off on Closing Up the Garden
Watch for Hawks! The chickens were making a terrible ruckus, so I strolled over to see what was amiss. Needless to say, they had good reason to be alarmed. We've had terrible hawk pressure this year, losing almost 30 birds. We tried a number of different things, and finally ended up putting a netting over the entire coop. Seems to have done the trick - this hawk was stuck hanging out on the roof, and was unable to fly down and get his lunch. We're going to make it more mobile by attaching the netting [...]
By davidb|2021-08-18T18:26:30+00:00August 23, 2021|Categories: Farm Life|Comments Off on Watch for Hawks!
Who Watches Whom...? I was taking care of the chickens this morning, and Dr. Fauci came out to join me. He sat down, and a few of the ladies came over to observe him as well: Clearly it was more interesting: I'm not sure who was on the inside of the cage and who was on the outside, actually!
By davidb|2021-08-18T18:21:51+00:00August 18, 2021|Categories: Farm Life, Scenery|Comments Off on Who Watches Whom…?
Cranberries! I've been slowly planting more and more brambles and berries on the farm - raspberries (which Anh uses to make delicious jam), blackberries, gooseberries, strawberries, and cranberries. They seem to do well on the property. I planted the first cranberry bush three years ago. Lo and behold, here's the first few! I don't expect to get many this year, but hopefully next year we'll get enough to have them for Thanksgiving dinner. Delicious!
By davidb|2021-08-06T19:42:19+00:00August 6, 2021|Categories: Farm Life|Comments Off on First Cranberries!
The Harvest is Starting! This is my favorite time of year, when all the hard work in the garden is really starting to pay off in spades. I just picked my garlic. It used to last through until February or March, but Anh cooks so much with it that it probably won't make it to January. This is fine, because I love garlic (you can't have too much garlic!) Also ready are the tomatoes, cucumbers, rau mung, carrots, and a bunch of other vegetables. Even the squash, pumpkins, and watermelons are looking great. I get to plant more seeds [...]
By davidb|2021-08-01T19:16:17+00:00August 1, 2021|Categories: Farm Life|Comments Off on The Harvest is Starting…
Fixing up our new greenhouse! Tragedy struck last year (well, in farm terms) when the brutally heavy and wet snowfall caused our greenhouse to collapse. It was especially frustrating because we had parked our truck and other equipment inside to keep it safe from the storm! After spending a couple of months tearing it down when we had the time, we have finally moved on to install a new greenhouse, combined with storage space for equipment and room for a shop. We purchased two high-cube containers, and placed them about 20 feet apart. We [...]
By davidb|2021-05-28T01:03:14+00:00May 28, 2021|Categories: Farm Life|Comments Off on Shop Assembly