July 2015

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Why I don't trellis my tomatoes

I see many tips and designs for tomato trellises out there. Some quite fancy, some nothing but string. I am not using any of them. My tomatoes are doing just fine growing wild and free. WHY I don’t trellis can be credited back to Joseph Lofthouse on permies.com. He is a pioneer in landrace gardening.

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Cider Orchard Establishment

I am happy to announce that our cider orchard is almost done. Ok, let’s just say it’s officially started. We took a portion of the backyard and fenced it off. We tilled and planted clover and wildflowers as mentioned in this post. The clover and such are filling in nicely, so are the weeds. We

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I really like this picture. The tires that form the back wall of the tire sandbox are bursting with greens (tomatoes and weeds mostly), everything is shiny and bright and the kids are happy as clams. What’s not to love. Things are growing exceptionally well in those tires. I put a tomato in each. Daughter

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  Come take a look around with us. Turkeys approve this message, so long as it comes with snacks. Yellow sweet clover? We’ve got 30 acres of that! It’s also freakishly tall.   I finally found rubber boots for the kids. They want to wear them everywhere now. Prince is losing his train and Ella

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I found this Instructable last winter and knew I had to make it myself. It seemed easy and fairly inexpensive. It took some time for me to get around to it but here it is, my beehive.   I started by cutting a plastic water barrel in half. I then washed it as well as

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We have been saving wine bottles for awhile. We have the benefit of other people’s bottles as well. Husband and I discussed various ways to make a hot box from wine bottles and the results are pretty nice if I do say so myself. We scavenged another wooden trough type structure from the local Kubota.