Chicken Chatter: Deep Litter

Every Winter I use the deep litter method in the coop. Instead of regular cleaning and replacement of straw, I lay down a thick layer of straw and leave it. I will add some straw on top periodically throughout the season. The litter begins to decompose creating a great compost to add to the garden…

Easy Breezy Mornings

I awoke about 4:30 am and succumbed to the fact that I will not be returning to sleep. Since I prefer to get up around 5:30, it was pointless anyway. That one extra hour would have been nice but I’ll not cling to it. I had about two hours to myself before sunrise then I…

Tiny Home Yule Tree

Sometimes I’m feeling it and other times I’m not. This is one of those times where I’m not. We prefer a simpler celebration which is more of a recognition of the Yuletide, Winter Solstice, and the rebirth of the sun. Sure we engage in gift exchanges and time with family but it’s conservative and low-key….

The Great Mulch Project

I have big plans for the garden. First, I’m going to lightly till as soon as the grass is dormant. Then I’m going to mulch and let it over-winter before sowing a cover crop in the Spring. I’m also integrating hugelkultur. But, back to the mulch. I have an abundance of leaves out here. I’m…

Goldenrod: Friend or Foe?

Many have contributed their Fall sniffles to Goldenrod. However, it may actually be Ragweed that is causing the itchy, watery eyes and runny noses. Goldenrod may be the treatment you need. As nature includes poisonous, irritating plants, she also provides the remedy and it’s usually nearby. Goldenrod Also called Blue Mountain Tea Scientific name: Solidago…

Too Much of a Good Thing

The rain did not stay gone for long. Normally, this would be very welcome rain water for our garden, grapevines, peach trees, and our fields of green. However, we all know that too much of a good thing can be a bad thing and that is where we are at today. Oklahoma has received record…

Chickens, Hail, and Gardens

Last week I was able to work outside. I had considered fencing in our sitting area to keep chickens out of my beds. But that is a big endeavor So I decided to try something else. I fenced in my beds instead. I used about a foot high of chicken wire and went around the…

The Vineyard

Project #1 Down! Here is a photo log of it. It was so windy today. No fun to work in, but we got it done. On top of that, the whole house is dealing with Spring head colds. Yuck. But that didn’t stop us. It must get done! The TillingThe Vines soaking in water overnightRows…

Thoughts on Gardening

It is about time to start some seeds indoors. This is a challenge for me as I have no space to do so. Until we have a greenhouse, I have to direct plant my seeds. This can prove to be frustrating and unfruitful at times so I have to learn to work with it. I…

Cold Days, Endings, and New Beginnings

Here we are! A new year! What a concept time is. Winter has made its presence known the last couple of weeks. We were coated in an icy glaze for days; though the days seemed like weeks. We finally thawed out Christmas day. It was crazy hearing the ice fall from trees and the creaking…

Is It Winter Already?

Apparently, Winter has arrived a little ahead schedule. A storm moved in Thursday night leaving us with a couple of inches of snow and a whole lot of cold! It was still snowing Friday morning when I let the hens out. I had already cleared a path for them to walk on, laid down straw…

Wintering Hens

As winter creeps in, this first time hen keeper wants to be prepared. Several internet searches, many articles and blogs later, I have concluded that it may be fairly easy. Oklahoma, typically, has mild winters. Summer time appears to be more treacherous for our feathered friends. While this Summer was fairly tame compared to previous…