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Jana Franzen
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  • Burlingame, KS
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Chickens: to order birds or eggs?

I've sent off for a catalog, though I will most likely order online. Thing is, I can't decide if it's better to order chicks, eggs, or pullets. Well, no. Pullets cost too much to ship. So, chicks or…Continue

Started Apr 13

 

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10 hours ago
Shellie A. Gades commented on Jana Franzen's status
"Jana/Jennifer: We are not even able to get in the garden yet (West Central Minnesota). My thoughts are to try the three sisters method and then incorporate elsewhere the sunflowers for peas, beans, cucumbers, and whatever else might need a strong…"
11 hours ago
Jennifer commented on Jana Franzen's blog post 'Chickens & onions & kitties'
"Love these windows into your day. Thanks for sharing!"
16 hours ago
Jana Franzen posted a status
"Felt better today. Scattered sunflower seeds all over the place."
yesterday
Jana Franzen commented on Jana Franzen's status
"I'm not actually sure about these, since I bought them with the intent to be birdseed. Peas, definitely. I've heard of sunflowers used as supports for cucumbers and various vining squashes, that's why I figured I'd give it a…"
yesterday
Jennifer commented on Jana Franzen's status
"What a gorgeous idea! What kinds of things are the sunflowers strong enough to support?"
yesterday
Shellie A. Gades commented on Jana Franzen's status
"I am going to attempt living trellises this year. Definitely going to use lots of sunflowers."
Monday
Jana Franzen commented on Jana Franzen's status
":D Yep. I think I'm going to sprinkle a bunch of them where I planted the pumpkins and squash, too, so there are living trellises, should the veggies care to use them."
Monday
Shellie A. Gades commented on Jana Franzen's status
"A gift that keeps on giving! :)"
Sunday
Jana Franzen posted a status
"I bought those black oil sunflower seeds to fill my bird feeders. And to give to the chickens. I've got sunflowers coming up everywhere!"
Sunday
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Can I?

"Can I clean out the garage gutters, Mommy?"I let him. He took a box with him to fill one of the planters, filled it, and planted the Alaska peas. So now the pot on top of the chicken house is planted. We both agreed that the two behind the garage are too heavy for us to move, so I'll have to see if the recalcitrant one will put them somewhere more convenient.See More
Apr 17
Jana Franzen commented on Jana Franzen's blog post 'ow ow ow... stupid weather'
"Lol, yeah! Today is very breezy of the cold variety. I'm kinda thinking there are gonna be limbs and sticks to pick up by the time it's done. Possibly some minor repairs as well."
Apr 16
Jana Franzen posted a blog post

Live Below the Line 2014, garden progress

https://www.livebelowtheline.com/me/jmfI am doing it again this year! Not too sure how much of my garden produce is going to make it into the mix (though pretty sure radishes will be up enough!), but the eggs are a definite ingredient to my meals!Corn, 3 kinds of pumpkin, and zucchini have just been direct seeded into the new plot. Jasper helped plant the sweet corn.See More
Apr 15
Jana Franzen posted a status
"Oh, there's a bit of a really cool breeze today. Sun's all warm. Should maybe go plant some corns and stuff. *cuddles blankie* Operative wor"
Apr 15
Jana Franzen commented on Jana Franzen's blog post 'Boners are awesome!'
"It was pea-sized (we were very lucky) and of short duration. I've just been outside to snoop at them. They seem to be fine."
Apr 15
Jana Franzen commented on Jana Franzen's blog post 'More seeds!'
"Will do. May wait until Mum says they are preparing to shut it down. Teacher that runs it generally adds one or two plants anyway, when it gets to that time of the season, you can sometimes wind up with a free flat worth of plants."
Apr 15

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What kind of HOMEGROWN are you?
Fill in the Blank
Fill in the blank:
I can grow weeds! Food is harder.
A bit about me:
My gardens yearly produce a vast quantity of weeds (sometimes taller than I am), and occasionally some foodstuffs. Awesome gardener, I am not.

I am, however, a decent cook.

And I would have picked "I'm a robot" from the drop-down menu below, but my programming requires frequent chocolate updates.
Latest greatest meal cooked at home:
Well... we had a grill party. Deviled eggs, banana pudding (yes, the variety with the vanilla wafers), potato salad, coleslaw (the only bought, not made, item), baked beans (the only thing that came out wrong) and from the grill: pork chops, chicken breasts, hot dogs, hamburgers, peppers, corn, asparagus, and naturally, marshmallows. I may have missed something.
Currently reading:
Actually, I am currently writing, so all the reading is the stuff I'm revising.
Currently listening to:
The furnace not coming on even though I'm cold. (It's December.)
My latest DIY project:
Ohhhh, let's see. I am debating projects. I have a fridge to turn into a raised bed, a garden to completely tear apart due to having learned most of the beds were on top of the sewer line (one was completely on it, four others ran over it), a front porch to fix, a back porch to turn into a bedroom, a chicken run to improve, a sidewalk to clear, a patio to clear... and a nap to take.
How did you find HOMEGROWN.org?
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http://hyperlocavore.ning.com/

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I'm awake again why?

And then, I decided I would be this awesome doer of stuff type person...

http://youtu.be/X_jQ8F2kk30

and now I am paying for it. I did finish that section of the yard, however, and most of the second section. It's all short stuff, and I couldn't really tell where I had and hadn't been. Insufficient dandelions there. The last section will probably be done with the much lighter-weight version of that bad boy.

Posted on April 23, 2014 at 5:33pm

Chickens & onions & kitties

I am awake. I have been outside doing stuff. This is strange and abnormal due to years upon years of 2nd & 3rd shifts.

So, the chickens. Let them out to run around the yard a bit instead of the two pens they've been alternating in so far. No, the outside pen is not finished. I've still to find a door of the proper size. And screws, because the box of jars they said had screws only contained nails. Know where I can get both. Door will be free. Screws, sadly, must be got at…

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Posted on April 23, 2014 at 10:35am — 1 Comment

Can I?

"Can I clean out the garage gutters, Mommy?"

I let him. He took a box with him to fill one of the planters, filled it, and planted the Alaska peas. So now the pot on top of the chicken house is planted. We both agreed that the two behind the garage are too heavy for us to move, so I'll have to see if the recalcitrant one will put them somewhere more convenient.

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 5:48pm

Live Below the Line 2014, garden progress

https://www.livebelowtheline.com/me/jmf

I am doing it again this year! Not too sure how much of my garden produce is going to make it into the mix (though pretty sure radishes will be up enough!), but the eggs are a definite ingredient to my meals!

Corn, 3 kinds of pumpkin, and zucchini have just been direct seeded into the new plot. Jasper helped plant the sweet corn.

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 4:01pm

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