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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…

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Added by Rick Nichols 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…

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Added by Rick Nichols 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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Added by Rick Nichols 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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Added by Rick Nichols 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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Added by Rick Nichols on August 6, 2013 at 6:43pm — No Comments

Container gardening and a little landscapeing

A four day weekend does give you time enough to get some chores accomplished. Our first round of peas, eggplants, onions and tomatoes are out in the ground. By starting them inside in repurposed 3 gallon tubs, we were able to avoid losing anything to the late snows this year. Nothing looked very perky when I hauled everything outside, and we did lose some pea plants, but it is looking good now. I added four additional wires on to our grape trellis, I should have done that earlier also, but…

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Added by Rick Nichols on May 27, 2013 at 4:36pm — 2 Comments

May evenings in the garden

Several years ago, my wife and I decided to add a set of terraces going down the slope towards our pond. The terraces are not very large, each of them is a barrier of large rocks from when we built the house, curved to follow the hillside, and then smaller rocks used to fill the cracks. One ended in a large open end that was too regular shaped, so my wife used landscaping brick to close it in. One terrace started well, but it finally decided it was to level to fill with compost, and it…

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Added by Rick Nichols on May 22, 2013 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

A May Spring Day

Although we have had days in the 80○'s, the stop and go of the weather has drastically changed several of our Spring habits. Usually I go looking for Morel Mushrooms as a early April treat, sautéed Morels are one of the rewards for putting up with sudden rains, unexpected turkey hunters, muddy driveways, and the ever-present ticks. This year, by the end of April, I had found exactly 4 Mushrooms, 2 ok sized, 2 kind of small. Fried them up with some fresh eggs, and decided ok that's it for the…

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Added by Rick Nichols on May 4, 2013 at 9:47am — 3 Comments

Mono Sodium Glutamate, High-Fructose Corn Syrup, and the Modern Diet

About 4 years ago, one of the Doctors I was seeing for Migraine headaches began asking me about my diet. Not making any mystery about it, he wanted to know if what I ate affected how I was feeling. He informed me that several of the "Healthy Addictions" I enjoyed every day were actually contributing to my overall malaise. A banana, high in potassium, nature’s perfect food replenishes electrolytic, gives you energy, and is a perfectly natural food. Now add in some nuts. Still good.…

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Added by Rick Nichols on April 23, 2013 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

Spring!?!?!?!

It is starting to remind me of Christmas: "Oh the weather outside is frightful," . I have a basement full of Peas and egplant that were supposed to be in the green house, but it has been to whacky of weather to risk moving them yet. Last year at this time they were in the garden and growing fiercely, this year I am hoping to save half of them.  I went out into the woods and found a total of 4 Morrel Mushrooms (Yum!) last Monday, but with floods and now SNOW, I doubt that I shall find more.…

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Added by Rick Nichols on April 19, 2013 at 10:13am — 4 Comments

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