Thor and Baxter are absolutely incredible dogs.  They're great with the goats, with the children, and with our visitors!  Love those two!
Thor and Baxter are absolutely incredible dogs. They’re great with the goats, with the children, and with our visitors! Love those two!

Thor and Baxter are absolutely incredible dogs. They’re great with the goats, with the children, and with our visitors! Love those two!

Sometimes The Solution is Simple… and FUN!

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.

Sometimes The Solution is Simple... and FUN! old garden

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.

Sometimes The Solution is Simple... and FUN! hay field

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.

Sometimes The Solution is Simple... and FUN!

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.

Sometimes The Solution is Simple... and FUN!_2

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.

Sometimes The Solution is Simple... and FUN!_1

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!

now that is a tool! Jims flame thrower

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.

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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.

How do we tell our goats apart?  Find out!

We worked with Hot Dog Collars for the initial customizing of these collars, so now you can find them at http://gmsoap.co/1MxxVbD for your goats! Also, because you found the link here, Hot Dog Collars is offering you a 15% off coupon! Code GoatMilkJim will apply 15% off any order placed with the following limitations – coupons cannot be stacked, 1 time use per customer.

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Emery and Jade took advantage of some nice weather last week to start preparing the garden for Spring seeds.  They will plant carrots in the spot they’re working on.

Thor and Baxter

Thor and Baxter, our livestock guardian dogs, spend their time with the goats, but they love spending time with the humans too! But out of all of us, their favorites are Mom and Fletcher.

They could spend all day playing with Fletcher and letting Mom pet them.

When Mom walks from the soaproom the dogs come running, eager for some attention from their favorite.

Fletcher is in charge of feeding them and taking care of them,  and he loves getting on the ground with them and playing.

They love all of us, but Mom and Fletcher are definitely the favorites.

And they love the dogs just as much as the dogs love them!

 

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Greyden was too lazy to find his bike, so he borrowed Jade's!_1
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