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  • Manhattan, KS
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Morels 101

Jennifer wanted me to post some 101 's on finding Morel Mushrooms, and all I can say is I am not an expert, so 101 (basic) is about right. Morels are found in the spring, in eastern Kansas the…Continue

Tags: treats, spring, Mushrooms, Morels

Started May 12, 2013


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What kind of HOMEGROWN are you?
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getting back to it
A bit about me:
Retired from the army but still working hard everyday. My wife and I have been horse ranching for about 17 years, and have always had a veggie garden of some kind. We have raised Chickens and Ducks , but stopped for several years when we moved. Now we are starting more chickens, raising grapes, tomatoes, peppers and other goodies on the hilside terraces we have built over the last 3 years. This year we added a wlk in Greenhouse for seedlings. We composte everything posible, use a lot of old horse manure as base. My wife is interested in Aquaponics, and working to setup her first tank now. I do repair work and teach computer stuff.
Latest greatest meal cooked at home:
Farmers cheese omlet with local grown pork bacon on the side, omlet is stuffed with Morrel Mushrooms, Sauted Green Onions, Red and Yellow Sweet Peppers, seasoned with minced garlic and fresh lemon basil.
Currently reading:
Year Round Vegetable Gerdener by Niki Jabbour
Currently listening to:
Talk Radio.
My latest DIY project:
Restore an 1895 Mauser
How did you find HOMEGROWN.org?
Google Search for Mason Jar types.
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A year without posting

You would think that I would have more to say on here after being lazy and not posting for a year. Ok three recaps and I will let it go: Chickens; the hoop house still is the Best Idea I Ever Stole (BIIES?) Cold winds Coyotes, and even two rosters in a small flock could not destroy it. The girls stopped laying around December, but picked up in February and now are laying one egg per day (Arcana chickens, so the eggs are just right for Easter!).  I will move them to the open pen in April, so…


Posted on March 29, 2015 at 10:09am — 1 Comment

Sun Oven Cooking

Sun Oven:

ok the sun oven did not work the day we planned it for. But it was not the ovens fault, I did not plan on the wind getting to high to keep the oven from blowing over. So the next bright day, my wife set it up with a pair of chicken breasts (Still Frozen!) and a couple of cups of Rice. approximately 3 hours later, we determined it was done, and it was brought inside for supper. Best we could tell, it should have been brought in at about 2 hours, we used slightly to…


Posted on February 2, 2014 at 5:14pm — 1 Comment

Cold in January

We in Kansas were surprised not to be the coldest and deepest snow, or even the highest wind speed anytime so far this winter. I am used to missing several days of work due to several feet of snow on the roads, and I have lost buildings, roofs of buildings, doors and windows from the occasional 60+ MPH winds in the winter. My sympathies are with the folks catching it now in the Northern Plains, New England, and the Rocky's. It is only been below zero about 4 nights so far, and most of our…


Posted on January 11, 2014 at 10:09am — 3 Comments

Catching up

Wow! Did not realize it had been so long since my last post! We have been having copious amounts of rain, it has removed my lane from existence three times now. My two remaining Hens (areaconas) are laying very regularly, my cantaloupe and watermelon are almost ready, the eggplants my wife wants to pick , but I want to let stay until they are about 2 more inches around, they are larger than a softball, but I believe they can still get some more growth. Peas are ready to pick a couple…


Posted on August 6, 2013 at 6:43pm — 1 Comment

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At 9:53am on June 7, 2013, Rick Nichols said…

Re-reading your old posts is not a good Idea. I found several misspellings, fat fingered typing, and some thoughts are not clearly communicated. Oh well, if anyone but me reads them, they should be aware that I am not as good as I hope to be, and forgive my little errors.

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