They get healthy food, and in return we get lots of good fertilizer for the garden!
Colter has been working hard on cleaning up the woods.
Indigo giving the cats some much desired attention!
I was walking past the barn the other day, and I noticed Greyden standing in very wet clumpy mud, digging with his hands.
Me: “Greyden what are you doing?”
Greyden: “I’m looking for worms for the chickens!”
Apparently right after it rains, all of the worms are close to the surface of the ground, which made it easy for him to find them.
He had a huge handful of them.
When his hand got full, he would dump them in a bucket.
And when his bucket was full, he brought it over to the chicken pen and dumped it in. Then he decided that he’d had enough fun playing in the mud, and he should get back to work. The baby goats were getting hungry, and they were calling him!
Since we don’t use any chemicals, the front yard is always full of dandelions!
We have been working in the woods a lot lately. Indigo found an old turtle shell that she’s very excited about.
The tomatoes and peppers are in the garden!
The lilac bushes are blooming! Aren’t they pretty?
Thor and Baxter are absolutely incredible dogs. They’re great with the goats, with the children, and with our visitors! Love those two!
I have a confession to make. I am not a big fan of mowing a lawn. Oh sure, it was one of my first businesses when I was a kid, and I did plenty of it for my own family as well. I just don’t feel it’s a great use of my time, and I try to be very economical in my use of time. Come to think of it, I try to make the most out of everything I have, including both time, and land. A lawn, while sometimes looking great is rarely a great use of land. It comes as no surprise then, that PJ & I have always tried to use most of whatever property we’ve had for growing food instead of a lawn.
We’ve had gardens, and I mean big gardens, everywhere we’ve ever lived together. As we got more property the food we grew wasn’t always for us. Sometimes it has also been food for horses, or a cow, or bees, or chickens, or sheep , and of course for goats.
Since we make use of most of our property for growing things, it should also be no surprise that we never use chemical pesticides. Round Up and the like have no place at our place. The weeds, however, are not as easy to keep out. In the gardens we pull them. In the hayfield we let them grow. In the woods, we let the goats eat them. But we also get dandelions and other tough weeds in the driveway, and in the sidewalk cracks. These are hard to pull because they have their taproots locked in concrete or hard-packed gravel. That’s a problem.
I’ve always looked for innovative solutions to our recurring problems and this is no exception. This solution also happens to be a real blast. Literally.
Yes, that is a backpack mounted LP flamethrower known commercially as the Weed Dragon*.
It is an effective, safe, chemical-free way to get rid of those pesky weeds. Oh, yeah. It is fun to use. Just open the valves, squeeze the hand lever, spark it up, and blast away!
The instructions say that you only need to heat the weeds and the cells will break down and wilt. Once this happens they no longer produce food for the roots and the weed will die. As a former science teacher I understand that, and I’m sure it would work. Practically though, I can’t seem to help myself. I just torch ’em.
It’s just way more fun!
Oh, and as an added bonus, you can torch your sidewalks in the winter instead of using salt or other ice removal chemicals which can be not only bad for your concrete, but also for your soil. It sure beats scraping, beating, and chipping away with a shovel to get the ice off!
Please note, if you live in a populated area, you may want to check with local ordinances before you get your Weed Dragon*, because when you’re handling weeds and ice looking this hard-core, someone is bound to freak out and they may have made this kind of fun illegal in your location.
Will you look at the muscles on that girl! Quite impressive for a seven year old. We’re working on cleaning up our woods and removing all the dead and downed trees.
Don’t all dogs take naps on stumps with their butts hanging off?
Spring is here, time to prepare the garden!
Beautiful sunset on the farm!
Emery with one of the chicks that was hatched by his favorite chicken – Ella. He’s very proud of them.