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Heliotropicmoth's Garden 2014
« on: March 18, 2014, 02:47:36 PM »
I will post some plant pic soon. In the meantime, check out the new additions to the homestead!



Here is the chicken condo I set up.



I am in the process of building their new digs outside. Here is the beginning of my chicken tank.







I will do a full write up of the chicken tractor when I am done. Can't wait for this season!

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Re: Heliotropicmoth's Garden 2014
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2014, 04:17:00 PM »
Looking good. And they are cute. You can't help but think they are cute.

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Re: Heliotropicmoth's Garden 2014
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2014, 07:59:02 AM »
Yeah, I can't stop watching them. So many things to do... so many cute chickens to watch... decisions.

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Re: Heliotropicmoth's Garden 2014
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2014, 03:08:18 PM »
I am really ramp-ing up the amount of comfrey planted around the property this year. Everyone of these will be a comfrey plant.



Here is the set-up this year. Mostly peppers, tomatoes, comfrey and brassicas. A few fig starts too.




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Re: Heliotropicmoth's Garden 2014
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Re: Heliotropicmoth's Garden 2014
« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2014, 11:44:27 AM »
Hey Helio.  Have you started hardening off any of your seedlings yet?  Right when the weather looks like its going to get nice, is back to lows in the 30s.

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Re: Heliotropicmoth's Garden 2014
« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2014, 12:06:16 PM »
No not yet, I typically start hardening them off two weeks before I plan on putting them out. So in zone 6a, I will probably start the process on 25th of April or so. This weather has been crazy, can't wait for the spring storms!

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Re: Heliotropicmoth's Garden 2014
« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2014, 01:36:07 PM »
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Re: Heliotropicmoth's Garden 2014
« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2014, 09:51:52 AM »

Here is a chicken tractor / tank teaser. A full write up will be coming soon.


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Re: Heliotropicmoth's Garden 2014
« Reply #9 on: April 18, 2014, 02:40:11 PM »
These chicks are ready to leave the house. They are even bigger now, this pic was taken over a week ago. Gotta finish the chicken tractor this weekend!


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Re: Heliotropicmoth's Garden 2014
« Reply #10 on: April 21, 2014, 10:45:45 AM »
Garlic is doing great!





Can't wait to harvest this summer.

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Re: Heliotropicmoth's Garden 2014
« Reply #11 on: April 29, 2014, 12:27:28 PM »
Does anyone have a suggestion for young hens that do not want to go back up their ramp into the coop? My chickens will come down, but do not go back up? I think I need to redesign my ramp, but I am just wondering if there are any other tips that would help.

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Re: Heliotropicmoth's Garden 2014
« Reply #12 on: May 13, 2014, 08:41:04 AM »


Okay, so this lady showed up on the homestead and has taken up residence. Anyone have experience with Peafowl?

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Re: Heliotropicmoth's Garden 2014
« Reply #13 on: May 13, 2014, 11:14:48 AM »
Okay, so this lady showed up on the homestead and has taken up residence. Anyone have experience with Peafowl?

 :rofl:

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Re: Heliotropicmoth's Garden 2014
« Reply #14 on: May 13, 2014, 04:00:15 PM »
They run loose up here sometimes too -- must be good a roosting out of the reach of coyotes. Never had one in my yard, but have seen them on the road. They must forage well for themselves. I wouldnt worry about her too much

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Re: Heliotropicmoth's Garden 2014
« Reply #15 on: May 14, 2014, 01:06:01 PM »
:rofl:

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 :-\ Should I be worried? She seems nice enough so far. People keep telling me they scream like a banshee, but I haven't heard a peep out of her yet.

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Re: Heliotropicmoth's Garden 2014
« Reply #16 on: May 14, 2014, 01:08:07 PM »
They run loose up here sometimes too -- must be good a roosting out of the reach of coyotes. Never had one in my yard, but have seen them on the road. They must forage well for themselves. I wouldnt worry about her too much

Yeah she is roosting up in our 80 ft oak trees. Its kinda funny watching her get up there. She starts by getting on the deck rail, then she gets on the roof, then to a low branch, then every minute or so she goes higher and higher until she gets close to the top of the oak.

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Re: Heliotropicmoth's Garden 2014
« Reply #17 on: June 03, 2014, 08:25:27 AM »
Look at our daily strawberry harvest. I just got 75 more plants in the mail, can't wait to plant them everywhere. Going to be bartering strawberries for eggs from a local farmer.


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Re: Heliotropicmoth's Garden 2014
« Reply #18 on: June 03, 2014, 08:30:57 AM »
If she is not screaming "Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelllllllllllllllllllllllppppppppppppppppppp" at the top of her little avian lungs, you got a keeper. I was laughing as when we moved to the country when I was 4, the neighbors 2 miles away had peacocks... and my parents were worried at first about a woman screaming for help in the country. And they do roost on roofs, trees, ect.

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Re: Heliotropicmoth's Garden 2014
« Reply #19 on: June 03, 2014, 11:12:14 AM »
Everyone I talk to says they are obnoxiously loud. I haven't heard what people are talking about. I am okay with that!  ;)

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Re: Heliotropicmoth's Garden 2014
« Reply #20 on: June 12, 2014, 12:52:51 PM »
Check out all these blueberries!


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Re: Heliotropicmoth's Garden 2014
« Reply #21 on: June 12, 2014, 01:47:50 PM »
Check out all these blueberries!


Nice, I have some on my plants too.  Not many, but I just put them in this year.   Can't wait until they turn blue!   :)   Do you think you will get many?

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Re: Heliotropicmoth's Garden 2014
« Reply #22 on: June 12, 2014, 03:20:10 PM »
Well if the birds have anything to say about it, probably not. I should probably get some nets to put on before they are ripe. I got a good amount last year, but a cardinal was on the bushes every time I looked. Cardinal blueberry pie?  8)

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Re: Heliotropicmoth's Garden 2014
« Reply #23 on: December 02, 2014, 10:26:23 AM »
Check out the size of this horseradish!



Here it is cleaned up.


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Re: Heliotropicmoth's Garden 2014
« Reply #24 on: December 02, 2014, 10:52:38 AM »
Nice score.. now when you grate all of that, do it outside. My dad and my SIL are/were 'pepperheads' and also wasabi and horseradish freaks.... and the drove the rest of the family out of the house, while they were crying and gasping for air in the kitchen as they happily grated the horseradish up.

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Re: Heliotropicmoth's Garden 2014
« Reply #25 on: December 02, 2014, 10:59:42 AM »
I have most of it stored in the garage in peat moss. When I do process it I will use the blender with vinegar and sugar. I have tried to grate it before, its almost impossible. How can a root have the tensile strength of steel? ;)