Category: In My Garden

Nesting? Yes, Nesting.

Ready? Set? GO! March is quite a month for us. We are nesting – in multiple ways – as we start on a first chapter and a final chapter in two different aspects of our life. Our ducklings arrived yesterday and we practically flew to the post office to get them (awesome to have them come in on my husband’s…

95 Homesteading Skills – the 2017 edition

Last year I posted this Homesteading Skills list as a way to audit our capabilities as urban homesteaders as well asĀ  and we’ve accomplished a bunch more of them. From getting through our first year as new beekeepers, to making our first batch of farmer cheese, to learning to cut up a pig and cure the meat for bacon, etc.,…

Building a Duck Coop & Run – Whew!

We’re just about ready for the ducks to arrive next week! WHEW! Here’s a pictorial of how the project went for anyone who might be curious about how it went. The whole project cost around $150, with 2/3 of that being for the cost of a massive roll of hardware cloth. The ducklings are set to arrive in a few…

Week in Pictures

Well we are getting closer to Duckville! As you can see, it looks a bit Dr. Seuss-like with it’s crookedness and hey, it’s the first time we’ve built a door so things match up as best as they can, heh, but it is keeping fairly dry all things considered. Still have some detail work, but otherwise, our big goal now…

Make Way For Ducklings!

Clockwise from top left: Welsh Harlequin, Black Swedish, Khaki Campbell, Cayuga I am excited to report that we will officially be duck folk in early March! While we really wanted to buy them locally, the nursery near our house won’t be getting their ducklings in until mid-April, and with our vacation coming up later in May, we wanted to make…

Week in Pictures

A nice sunny November day meant a chance to wander around the backyard garden and pay attention to the last bits of color. Clockwise from top left: our beautyberry bush is in full beauty mode; our new orange cigar plant (bat faced cuphea) planted this year is still in bloom; the honeybees were taking a few runs in the sunshine…

Week in Pictures

Still making progress on the kitchen remodel. Built the base cabinet frame, set the sink, cut and installed the plywood base for the counter, installed the sustainably sourced doug fir planks for the countertop and applied wood putty to the screw holes and seams so that we can sand and smooth them out tomorrow before putting a final layer of…