Friday, August 22, 2014

Cat Calls

Cat Calls

photo by Sgarton from www.morguefile.comLast night we heard chirping. Loud chirping we’ve never heard before in all our time living in the mountains. Loud enough to hear over the TV and over the fans as they worked toward cooling down the house. My husband muted the TV and turned off the fan. Sure enough, something was chirping out there. But what?

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Fire Moons and Evacuation Preparation

Fire Moons and Evacuation Preparation

The sunset with smokeTonight we had a fire moon.
I call it that because in the summer when the forest fires start up, the moon glows orange in the sky. I wish it were unusual in Montana, but it’s just not. Fires and smoke every year is the norm until a “season ending event.” Which is usually the first snowfall.

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Wethering Heights: Neutering Male Goats

Rollo when he was bornMy current goat kid tally was a bit dismal: five bucklings and one doeling. While I don’t have anything against male kids per se, everyone wants females and bucklings are considered undesirable since they don’t produce milk.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Sales and Seed Banks

Some discounted startsI’ll tell you a secret if you promise not to tell. My sister thinks I’m a great gardener when in fact, I’m pretty lousy at it. It doesn’t mean that I don’t get things to grow. I just never get the garden I’ve always wanted. But, I have learned some tricks that I’ll pass onto you.

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Container Planting On 10 Acres

You’d think that if you have some 10 acres you’d have a wonderful fields full of fresh vegetables and fruits. You’d think you’d have a simple way to create an awesome garden. And if you live where I live, you’d be wrong.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

A Difficult Goat Kidding

If you have dairy goats and plan on getting milk, inevitably you have to deal with difficult kiddings. Most of the time, you walk in the barn and there’s mom and her kids staring at you, all dripping from birth slime. To be honest, that’s how I like it. All I have to do is dry the kids, tie off the umbilical cord, and dip it in iodine.

Not yesterday.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Some Help When It Comes to Planting

In Montana, you have to seriously wait until Memorial Day to start planting. We still get frosts and even snow. One June a few years back we got several inches of snow. Anyway, the author of the post on how to harden off seedlings has this lovely guide for how to harden off seedlings and when to plant your seedlings.  So, check it out.