Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Spring, Flowers and trees

Sorry that it took so long to get back with this post! I have a new Internet provider and they do not seem to be able to get it right

But it looks like Spring has! Flowers and Trees are in bloom and and planting of the same is a work in progress!

This is a River Burch. I planted two of them near the ditch in the front yard. I choose this type of tree because they grow in groups from the same root ball and I like that the bark peels back from the trunk.

And we planted 4 flowering Pear trees along the ditch in Terri's yard. We still have two Dogwoods to plant in the back of her house. I learned a good bit of information about planting trees..."Plant them high and they won't die, Plant them low and they won't grow"! The roots need to breath, so plant the root ball a little higher then the surrounding ground!

"Daffodils are in bloom and the Deer do not like them!

Can't say the same for the "Tulips! This is a double "Peach" one they missed!

This pot of Tulips was a lot closer to the house and they left them a lone.

"Daffodil's" and "Pansies" near the house.

The new parking area and paved walkway at Terri's. We have been working on this project for weeks now! It seems to rain every few days and that puts a stop to the work until it dries out again!

The Chickens are still living in the Projects. But the inside work in the new Hen House is done and as you can see the Door and ramp for them is in. All I have to do now is find the time to get the temp fence up.

And now it's time for you to meet ISSY!

 She is a 1 1/2 year old "Pit Bull" mix and had a litter of 5 puppy's that were 6 - 7 weeks old and had been separated from her at the shelter. All of the pups looked just like the DAD, A Beagle !
Isn't she something? I was impressed that she hadn't messed in her kennel and waited till the Lady at the shelter let her out into the exercise area to do her thing! She will not mess where she lives. But she did get after the Chickens the first morning home and killed one of the RI R's!

She did not know that they were not food and she had been on her own for some time eating what ever she could find. She is a sweet hart! Just look at the strips! You can not see it in any of the pictures, But she has a double "Halo" on top of her head!

And not to leave the GIRLS out! The 11 are doing well and looking forward to the "BIG MOVE"! Egg total as of today.....875! That's in 3 1/2 months!
 Well that's some of the things that have gone on around here the past few months. I am so glad that winter is over and the days are warming up. I can now start working outside and I even got the tractor running, so cutting grass is in my near future.

So I will close for now. Happy Spring Everyone!!


  1. Issy is lovely! Looks like you have full-on spring. We are still waiting....and waiting... What ever happened to Annie? I seem to remember you had rescued a hound of some kind named Annie? Your chickens will be thrilled in their new digs. I am not going to let my chickens see it - they will want one of their own! Hope you are feeling better!

    1. Susan,
      Issy is a sweet hart! More and more Tulips are blooming and the Deer seem to be leaving them a lone. Today's high is suppose to be 81!
      Annie just disapeared one night during Deer season and I think a Deer hunter picked her up. Yep, I had her for 5 months and lost her.
      That's one of the reasons I decided to get Issy. Today marks the 2 week mark and she has become part of the family. Her and Daisy get a long great, even eat out of the same bowl!
      I hope to get the Hen House finished on my next day's off next week and get the girls moved in. Just need to get the fence panels done and installed!

  2. Hi just ran across your blog I would love to try raising worms just enough to help my gardens. Is it difficult to raise them and is it expensive to start one? Do you have a blog post done on this already that I could read?

  3. Kim,
    Worms are a great animal to raise and once the bed is up and running, they multiply so very fast! And they will consume all your food scraps too! I have some posts up in the archives about them and how I got started. Not really all that much to get started. Start with 1 pound (about 1,000 worms) and raise them in a 30 gal tote, You can order them on line and they come in the mail! Start the tote a couple of weeks before you order the worms and keep it wet (like a rung out sponge). Place bedding material in and place food stuff and then cover that with more bedding (this will keep the smell down until the worms arrive). Then all you have to do is dump in the worms!
    If you have any other questions, e-mail me and I will help where I can! matoofas@yahoo.com.

  4. Thanks I will appreciate the help :)

  5. Just checking in on ya, hope you're doing ok. Beautiful new addition to your family....hopefully she's done "snacking" on the other members of your homestead :)

    1. Carolyn,
      Yep, still here! The past two weeks have been 12 hour shifts at work for training and when I am off, all I can do is take care of the animals ans sleep.
      It's over now and maybe I can get some things done around here!

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