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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

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Started May 12, 2013

 

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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 much water (2:1 ratio…See More
Feb 2
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"Sun oven Worked! More about it in Show and tell. Kale is in a 15gallon horse supplement tub."
Feb 2
Jennifer commented on Rick Nichols's blog post 'Cold in January'
"Gotcha. Many thanks! I'll try to find a sunny spot inside next fall and see how things go. What size container did you plant the kale in?"
Jan 17
Rick Nichols commented on Rick Nichols's blog post 'Cold in January'
"Not really. We started the kale from seed in a container in August. When it started to frost, we moved the container inside the basement, where it has great eastern exposure and some southern throughout the day, we water everyother day , the…"
Jan 16
Jennifer commented on Rick Nichols's blog post 'Cold in January'
"Rick: Glad to hear you're getting a bit of a break from the roughest weather. A question for you: Any special tricks or tips for keeping the kale going inside all winter?"
Jan 13
Rick Nichols commented on John F. Houpt II, PhD's blog post 'To cold to run the smoker today...'
"Since I don't have a smoker yet, we are going to try out the wife's new solar oven cooker this afternoon. We are expecting a bright clear day, so a small roast should take about 4.5 hours. I will believe it when I see it, but I hope it…"
Jan 11
Rick Nichols posted a blog post

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 snow…See More
Jan 11
Rick Nichols commented on Jana Franzen's blog post 'Potatos!'
"Gonna try it, and see how we do. Thanks!"
Dec 7, 2013
Rick Nichols replied to Jana Franzen's discussion 'Winter Chickens' in the group Backyard Chickens
"The fountains are the chicken water cans you see at Tractor Supply Center, hold between 2 and 6 gallons of water and are made of galvanized steel, so an electric heater under it is not a problem. If you have to buy a heater with an exposed…"
Dec 7, 2013
Rick Nichols replied to Jana Franzen's discussion 'Winter Chickens' in the group Backyard Chickens
Dec 7, 2013
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"Actually the white (and I don't know why the picture loaded inverted)is really a one year old bottle of my wife's Honey Meade! It was thick, sweet, tart, tangy, tasty, and way to good!"
Dec 7, 2013
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"Gorgeous! And looks from one of your other photos as though you made a white, too?"
Dec 6, 2013
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" Our Home Grown(And Home Made) grape wine. The two glasses left over after bottling were three month old "New Wine" and were delicious!"
Dec 5, 2013
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Dec 5, 2013
Rick Nichols commented on Jana Franzen's blog post 'Bathroom Barnyard'
"See my reply to your original, my hoop house is working work in progress, and the heater keeps the large water fountain perfectly thawed. BTW, the hoop house itself, (and I have seen a lot of variations) is useful for more than just…"
Dec 5, 2013
Rick Nichols commented on Jana Franzen's blog post 'Potatos!'
"More about the tire stack! I have heard of it in the past, but never actually got to it. Did you prep it with just dirt inside of tires, or hay and dirt, or just hay? I have heard of all three, but just planted seed taters in open soil year after…"
Dec 5, 2013

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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.
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Year Round Vegetable Gerdener by Niki Jabbour
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Restore an 1895 Mauser
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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…

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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…

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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…

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

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…

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Posted on August 6, 2013 at 6:43pm

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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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