Here at the homestead we’re always wondering how to cut down on waste. We have a compost pile, and our egg-laying chickens eat a lot of leftovers. But lately my mind has been on plastic waste. Especially with news articles coming out about plastic in the human digestive system, beads of plastic in the oceanContinue reading “Using Retro Wax Paper over Plastic Bags Makes a Home More Eco-Friendly”
We had a homestead emergency recently when a Great Horned Owl got into the chicken run. The three older chickens like to roost outside, right under the roof of deer netting, and the owl looks like it made a hole in one corner. It killed one of them, poor Sasha. I think her death wasContinue reading “Encounter with a Great Horned Owl”
On the internet or in various guides you’ll find plans on how to make a PVC pipe hoop house, a type of greenhouse you can supposedly build on the cheap using the kind of plastic pipe you can buy in bulk at any home store. Having built this plan, I can state unequivocally: You getContinue reading “Article Preview: How to Build a PVC Hoop House that Actually Works”
A little lore, coupled with science, has added to our homestead and our appreciation for nature.
Last Sunday in New Albany the mercury stayed in the low 20s, so the faucets were set to drip all day and will be dripping all through the night to keep the water pipes in the crawlspace from freezing. We don’t want to have to get down there and unfreeze them again. As Sarah remarked, civilizationContinue reading “How I built a DIY wood shed made from recycled pallets”
This evening begins Hanukkah, candle 1, and guess what? Our newly raised chickens laid their first egg. How appropriate, a blue Hanukkah egg from the “Easter Egger” chicken breed. A multicultural egg for sure! It was delicious! We have 6 chickens – 2 “Easter Eggers”, 2 Speckled Sussex, and 2 Bard Rocks that we raisedContinue reading “Happy Hanukkah and Our First Egg”