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Homestead Update 3/19/17

19 Mar

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Tomorrow is the first day of Spring, but this is what we had last week, maybe 2 inches of snow.

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I ordered these large bags of wild flower seeds but I need to wait another month before I plant them. I wanted to have some flowers for my bees to feed on. Speeking of bees, I split one of my hives today. I opened it up and every frame was crawling with bees and there was a LOT of brood, much of it capped and ready to hatch. I did a walk-away split on this hive last year and it worked perfectly, I hope it turns out that well again.

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I made 10 telescoping covers for my hives recently and I wanted to put metal on the covers like the ones I buy from Mann Lake. I bought this metal brake from Harbor Freight two years ago so I decided it was time to give it a try.

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I have to admit my first attempt was an abject failure! The cover on the bottom is my second attempt and it looks just fine. The cover on top is the one I had to re-bend and try a second attempt, that is why it is so wrinkled and ugly. After covering six of the tops, I realize I really didn’t need the metal brake because the aluminum flashing is so thin. The flashing might be twice as thick as a store-bought pie plate, but describing it like that is being generous. I could have made a metal brake using a couple of 2X4s and it would have worked just fine for this task, but I might need to bend something heavier in the future so I will hold on to it.

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I had a meeting with one of my clients at his office and I checked out his train set. This is not a child’s set, this is a big-boy set!

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I doubt if I will ever see a more elaborate set than this one!

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I was looking through my pictures for this post and I realized I haven’t posted a picture of Brandy lately. She weighs 9 pounds now and that should be her final, adult size. It is a real ball of laughs watching her play with her toys!

 

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I was in the restroom of Subway recently, and I saw this sign written in braille stating employees must wash hand before returning to work. Then I wondered to myself “how many blind people do they have making sandwiches at this Subway?” Just more unnecessary government regulations intruding on our lives. Keep prepping everyone!

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Homestead Update

30 May

It has been rainy and muddy again this week, with more rain today. Hopefully the forecast for a sunny dry week coming up will prove true, we could sure use a break, although we are certainly better off than the folks down in Texas. They are really getting pounded!

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I have let the open area in the back grow wild this Spring for my bees to have forage on the blooming weeds and wildflowers. Much of what you see in the picture is volunteer plants from my prior planting of deer browse. A lot of it is matured out and going to seed and the birds are really loving it. I see goldfinches, blue buntings and cardinals feeding in there everyday. I need to disc it up and replant the flowers for my bees.

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I found these blooming in the area, maybe that is where my bees are finding all that orange pollen.

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I bought these two bags of seeds to plant, one bag of aromatic wildflowers and one bag of honey bee mix. I can’t wait to see what comes up.

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While I was in the store I noticed this selection of high-priced “organic seed survival kits”. The label said the seeds were organic and non-GMO. Don’t fall for that folks. If you are worried about GMO crops just be aware all of the vegetable seeds you can buy at places like Lowes and Wal-Mart are non-GMO. There is no reason to pay a high premium price for these kits. Just go to the seed display and buy individual packages of things you would like to grow and eat. If you want larger quantities, go to your local feed and seed store and they will sell you seeds by the pound.

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The biggest thing that happened on the homestead this week was rain. Thursday we got 2.25 inches in just 20 minutes! The water ran so hard and fast it really messed up my culverts on my woods trail. This smaller one washed completely out and the culvert ended up hung in a tree.

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The water ran across the berm over my big culvert and washed away 4 feet of dirt on the downstream side. When it dries up I will add more dirt and put more rip-rap rocks to help hold it down. As it is it is just barely wide enough to drive my tractor across. More to come tomorrow.

Wild Flowers

3 Jun

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One of my farmers called and said his sprayer caught fire and burned. He wasn’t kidding! That is what I call burned, anything not made from metal is gone! Well, that is what insurance is for I guess.

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Last week I found some blue native Irises, this week I found some red ones. Pretty aren’t they?

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The wild roses on the homestead are blooming.

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This is a Canadian Thistle. It’s pretty but you don’t want it in your yard or it will take over, it’s very invasive.

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I think even the unopened buds are interesting.

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Often you see them in big patches like this.

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This patch is growing on both sides of the road for over a mile! On the left side of the road you can also see some Hairy Vetch.

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This is a close-up of the Vetch. The beauty of nature is all around you if you just take the time to stop and look. More to come.

Wildflowers

13 Jun

I saw these wildflowers today and thought I would share them with you.

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This is a long ditch bank full of yellow coreopsis. Some people buy them, I wonder why?

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These are some nice, white morningglories growing along the road.

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This is a passion flower vine. We called them May Pops when I was a child.

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The vine has these seed pods which we would stomp on and POP! Keep your eyes open, there are lots of wild flowers out there, even in the cities.

More Wildflowers

2 Sep

These are pictures of two more ditchbank weeds with pretty flowers I passed today. they are all around if you just open your eyes and look around!