Friday, October 23, 2009
Wohoo, if we could have more days like this, I might actually be a pleasant person! (Just kidding, even when it's nasty, I'm still quite nice).
Have a great day everyone!
Friday, October 16, 2009
On the other hand, our rabbits are now all in the little hutches we (mostly my husband) made and are happy. The weather is cooler now, they have a roof over their heads to keep out the rain, and as they're not on the ground, they aren't having to deal with any mud. At least someone is happy.
Enough grumping though. It's a beautiful, sunny fall day and we're all happy and healthy. That's good enough for me!
Thursday, July 9, 2009
BTW, in the movie, the chickens finally escape and the barn containing the new chicken pot pie making machine gets blown up.
Wish us luck here - I don't look good covered in gravy!
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Just for the record, here's a site where you can check to see what hardiness zone you're in:
I'm seriously thinking of making some shades for the raised beds. We have a lot of rebar around here, and I may put one in the ground near the corner of each bed and toss an old sheet over the beds during the afternoon. Am I being silly? Maybe. But I really don't want to lose plants beacuse they got too much sun! (Ok, I don't want to lose them for any other reason either, but that's the one that's got me most worried at the moment).
Water, shade, fertilizer, pruning. Sheesh. These plants need almost as much care as the kids!
Enough rambling for now, it's time for my afternoon mocha. See you later.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
From here: http://agebb.missouri.edu/agforest/archives/v10n2/gh14.htm
Well-drained soil is that which allows water to percolate through it reasonably quickly and not pool. Standing water or saturated soil deprives roots of oxygen. Some tree species can tolerate wet site conditions longer than others, so we make the distinction in our planting recommendations.I actually haven't tested my soil (as it is July and I've just figured out what all the experts mean when they tell me to have 'well drained soil'). I have at least tried to prepare the soil somewhat. For next planting though, I'm going to make sure to do it right. Here is a good article on how to make the illustrious soil if you don't have it.
Deep, loamy soil and sloping sites tend to be well drained. Soil high in clay content, depressions, or sites with high water tables, underlying rock or ‘hard pans’ (a layer of soil impervious to water) tend to not be well drained. A test that is often recommended is to dig a hole 12 by 12 inches square and about 12 to 18 inches deep. Fill it with water and let it drain. Then do it again, but this time clock how long it takes to drain. In well-drained soil the water level will go down at a rate of about 1 inch an hour. A faster rate, such as in sandy soil, may signal potentially dry site conditions; a slower rate is a caution that you either need to provide drainage or look for a species tolerant of wet conditions. Most trees grow best in a deep, moist, well-drained soil. Each species has a different level of tolerance to soils on either the wet or dry side of the ideal. Of course, other site factors such as pH and shade tolerance are also important in considering what trees to plant.
So there you have it folks - happy planting!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Here is a picture of our first of many chicken houses.
Ok, technically that's not our first. My husband built one (a different type) last year our first white leghorns. This is just our first new one for this year's chicks. We have decided it was pretty easy to build and are planning on sticking with this design for our future creations.
Fun, fun, fun!
Here is a picture of the plums still on the tree.
And here is a picture of the plums we picked last night. They are just waiting to be eaten.
Care to join me for a snack?
Thursday, June 11, 2009
We had a major storm last night and the wind blew over the corn. It seems to be springing back up a little, so maybe it will be ok. The rest of the garden weathered it well. We have small cucumbers, squash and watermelon. The onions and radishes are ready and we go pull them up as we want to eat them. The beans and okra look good. A few other things are growing out there too. Seems we got a bit of a late start, but it's looking good!
Speaking of looking good, the blackberries and blueberries are growing like weeds too. We planted new strawberries and rasberries and they're both coming right along. The figs have figs, and one of the pear trees has pears. I guess that's better than it having peaches or apples, no? We even have a few plums getting ripe out there. Mmmmm, it's going to be good eating around here before long!
Well, that was a quick update of life here on the farm. I'm going to try to post more here, including pics of the place. Wish me luck!
The water's boiling, so I'm off to make my cup of hot. Goodnight all.
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Ok, so if you're keeping count, that adds fifteen more chickens to our tally. Three big dogs, six adult chickens, five rabbits, twenty two 'big' chicks (a month or two old), and fifteen two day old babies! What am I going to do with all these chickens?! Eggs anyone?
Thursday, April 23, 2009
We watched another video online about candelling eggs and tried again a couple of nights ago. This time, we saw some movement in one that we're sure was a baby chick! We were so happy, that we quit then and there and didn't look at any more. Ha, ha, I know, silly us - but since we don't know exactly what we're looking at anyway, we aren't likely to throw any of this batch away until we know for sure they're not going to hatch. I just hope one doesn't explode in the incubator between now and next Thursday. That's when they're due to hatch. Only one more week!
Quincy (3 year old daughter) has quit wanting to eat eggs because she thinks she'll be eating one of our chicks! I keep explaining to her that there are no chickens in these eggs, but she doesn't seem to believe me. What to do, what to do...
Friday, April 17, 2009
We tried candelling the eggs in the incubator yesterday. We didn't have a box like suggested. I hope that makes a difference, because we didn't see anything but eggs. No little blobs like the pictures on the internet shows. I really do hope I'm not giving up my bath tub for three weeks just for a batch of rotten eggs.
The kids and I went to Sam's today to try to get a few things. We made it there before the storms hit, but the lightning was pretty close. Since they were nervous about the possibility of the power going off inside the store, I wore my flashlight. It's on a lanyard, and dangled around my neck during our trip. Some folks thought that was a little strange, but I bet they see a lot worse these days. BTW, did you know Friday is sample day at Sam's? Don't worry about eating lunch, just go and have at it. The kids think it's a blast.
It's been a busy day and I'm tired. As I've already had my cup of hot, I'm going to sign off and go to bed. Good Night all!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Today is tax day. I'm not going to a tea party, mainly because I want to sit home and plant the garden. We're from a small town, and the closest one that I know about is a pretty good drive. Just for the record, in case you were just itching to know a little bit about my political philosophy, I think most politicians could care less about the people they govern, are just after power, and love to spend other people's money. I think global warming is a scam (I would call it a joke if it wasn't being used as an excuse to raise my electric bill so high that I going to be very cold next winter). I also think that a government shouldn't be able to spend money it doesn't have. No debt. That's my philosophy. I'm working on it on a personal level, and they should work on it on the state and federal level.
Enough of that. The dinosaur movie is almost over and I have to go teach the girly her letters (she's three after all, and should know them by now)!
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
So, you might ask, why the name 'A Cup of Hot'? Well, Grumpy Old Lady was already taken! And besides, I do enjoy a nice cup of hot to help me relax. With 4 kids and all this poultry in the house, I need to relax.
I am a stay at home mom, who would love a work-from-home job. I had one of those until a few months back and found that I really liked the paycheck. Know of anyone who wants a stay at home software designer? I know all about chickens. How about some custom chicken raising software?! If so, I'm the right lady for the job.
I am also a homeschool mom. That's right, 4 kids that stay at home with me all day. We have a great time learning together. We go on a ton of field trips, attend classes and playgroups and get more 'social' time than anybody I know. That makes for a busy enough time, but then we actually do a little schoolwork every now and then too - just to keep from getting bored.
Oh well. Enough for one night. It's time to go feed the chicks and have a cup of tea.