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Homestead Update

4 Sep

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I was feeling well enough to get out and do some light chores this past week. I started discing an area in the back where I plant the deer browse and turnip green patch. The ground was so hard and dry, the disc was just rolling along on the ground without doing much cutting. I took some scrap wood, made a tray on top of the disc, then placed 4, 80 pound sacks of Quikcrete on top for some additional weight. Now it will sink down and cut much better on each pass.

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I made another wire barrel to burn our garbage. The old one lasted for a year so that is much more economical than buying the DR model costing $450.00!

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Since I have been keeping bees, I take specific notice of any blooming plants. I bought this plant (Texas Jasmine) from the Master Gardeners sale last May, but I still have not planted it, it still is in the pot. The Master Gardeners have a sale each spring, and this year the sale was from 8:00 until 2:00. I learned from past experience, if you wait until 1:00 to get there, they are practically giving things away so they don’t have to take them home. They had some red wagons to place your purchases in then you could roll them to your vehicle. After 1:00, you could fill a wagon with everything you could get in one, and the total price would be $10.00! I bought 20 pots of different plants, but since I was confined inside due to my illness, they are all still in the pots. I did manage to plant 2 apple trees last week that I bought at Lowe’s.

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I took this picture of our fruit trees while I was mowing late one evening. The trees are doing pretty well considering the lack of care I have given them. They are 2 years old now, so I think the root system should be well established. I am going to prune them back and shape them into the proper configuration to produce a maximum yield. And oh yeah, I still think Colin Kaepernick is a disgrace! Keep prepping everyone!

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If Colin saw this, a bolt of shame should strike him right between his eyes, like a bolt of lightning from the sky, causing him to drop to his knees and weep in shame. Do you think that would happen? No, he is too much of an egotistical, narcissistic dog turd to feel any empathy for anyone other than himself.

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Swarm Traps, Homestead Update & Roadside Treasure

18 Apr

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I finally took some time to make some swarm traps today. As you can see, I have a large, medium and small size to see which works best. The small size is made from the 10 frame medium super I found on the roadside last Spring. It has propolis and wax on the inside so it should have that good bee smell already. The middle size is made from a new 8 frame deep hive body and the large size is made from a pine 1X12. When I found the 10 frame super I also found 2 frames still intact with old black wax and I will put one in each of the new boxes. Some of the people I’ve read recommended that, but some said not to do that because it would attract wax moths. Well we shall see, after all, this is a new learning experience for me. The weatherman says we will get some storms and rain tonight and tomorrow. If so, I will put a couple of coats of paint on them tomorrow. The lid on the small trap has a single coat of paint I put on it already today. I used a partial can of  paint I bought 17 years ago that has sat in my storage area where it probably froze and thawed repeatedly over the years, but I think it is still useable. Does it have some lumps and clumps? Yes it does, but I am just painting hives with it so I can just flick off the lump when I see it. The bees won’t care if it is a perfect paint job or not.

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When I brought the two boxes of bee supplies over to my shop, I set them in the man cave while I went to unlock the back door. By the time I had walked around, Kensey and Oreo had already spotted the boxes. “Hey what’s this? This stuff is new, we need to check it out!” Thanks for the help guys.

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I had to make a new burn barrel because the previous one finally fell apart. It lasted 2 years but between being weakened by the heat of the fires and the @#$%!! raccoons crawling in and out of it the wire finally broke down. I’m using rabbit cage wire so I have about $10 invested in it as well as 1 hour of my time. That’s much cheaper than the $459 model from DR Manufacturing I reported on last year!

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I also bought this little jewel. I have a large, professional model Troy-Bilt weed eater with the chainsaw attachment. It is a fine heavy-duty machine, but it is difficult to start for the first time of the day, especially if it hasn’t been run for a while. But you can plug this electric starter into the end and push the button and it will fire right up. It cost $29 but it prevents a lot of cussin’ and fussin’ on my part!

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I also found this roadside treasure this week. It is a brand new double roll of plastic warning tape, similar to police crime scene tape only it says “Warning, Buried Electric Lines.” Who knows I might need to mark off an area as off-limits some day and this will do just fine. I made Sweet Thing jump out of the vehicle and pick it up, by the way. She wasn’t too pleased about that! I guess that is enough for now, keep prepping everyone!

Burn Barrel

21 Jul

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This is a picture of my burn barrel I made from rabbit hutch wire. I think I have about $6 worth of wire in this project. The barrel seems to burn that garbage just fine doesn’t it? It will get about half full of unburned items such as glass and cans in about 3 months, then I will pick it up with my front end loader and dump that stuff in the back gully on the homestead.

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Well, if you don’t like my home-made model you can buy this spiffy-looking super-duper factory model from DR Manufacturing. It looks like it should work just fine. It should because this one is on sale for ONLY $459.99 plus shipping. No way baby, no way! I think I will keep my home-made version and if it burns out I can build another one for $6 and I will still be $447.99 ahead. Keep prepping everyone!

Burn Barrel

15 Jun

Another good thing about country living is the ability to burn small amounts of garbage in the back yard. There is rural garbage service in the area but it costs $90 per quarter per barrel. That works out to $7.50 per week for one trash can, so I am forgoing that for the time being. I have 24 acres and a tractor with a backhoe so I think I can dispose of my own trash. I have a plan for a compost bin in my mind for household paper and other compostables, but for now I am just burning it. I have a barrel for burning but you know the problem with burning in a barrel, you can’t get any airflow. I took some rabbit cage wire from Tractor Supply and made a burn barrel.

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It burns really well and the only thing left over is glass and tin cans. I had a lot of short pieces of electrical wire leftover from construction and I used that to make rings to tie the cage wire together. The only thing that concerns me is the heat from the fire may melt the welds on the wire, it is really thin and light weight. If it does I will just make another one out of heavier wire. Be prepared!

False Advertising

12 Mar

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I started cleaning up around the front part of the homestead today. I have a burn barrel that the contractor left after he finished our house. I had some small pieces of wood trim piled up near the barrel and since it is almost Spring I didn’t think I would need to burn any more wood in the fireplace so I decided to burn it in the barrel. I bought these Diamond brand green tip strike anywhere matches off of Amazon. All I can say about these matches is HOGWASH! They should be called strike nowhere matches. Every time I tried to light one the tip just shot off without lighting. It was a good thing I was not out in the wilderness, soaking wet with a cold rain pouring down, I would be frozen to death right now. I am going to call this false advertising. Luckily, I did manage to get the fire started after I used a dozen matches; the ones that did light didn’t even burn very well either. My advice is don’t buy these matches, try something else. Get yourself a storm proof Zippo and you will always be prepared to start a fire when you really need one.