Garden ideas

Now I have an idea of what to do with the area behind the machine shed.
Do not waste time dreaming about creating this food forest someday. Get to work and plant your foundation trees right away. You can add the chickens and other plants later. Trees take many years to become established and provide the maximum benefit. Worry about the chicken coop and the fence and everything else later. Get those trees planted as soon as you possibly can. This is an important investment in the future.

Good Morning

Do you know what day it is?

Johnny Appleseed (John Chapman; September 26, 1774 – March 18, 1845) was an American pioneer nurseryman, who introduced apple trees to large parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and present-day Ontario, as well as the northern counties of present-day West Virginia. He became an American legend while still alive, due to his kind, generous ways, his leadership in conservation, and the symbolic importance he attributed to apples. He was also a missionary for The New Church (Swedenborgian) and the inspiration for many museums and historical sites such as the Johnny Appleseed Museum in Urbana, Ohio.

Breaking Curfew

Since I’m off work tomorrow I don’t have to get up at 3AM. Therefore I can stay up late. This means it’s my turn to tuck the flock into bed for the night.

Last night I had three curfew breakers. Tonight I have five. Sigh. I read that they would probably do this, rather like guineas. Can I do anything about it?

Don’t think so. If I clip their wings there’s still no guarantee they will go in the coop. Then they’d be sitting ducks on the ground. I think as the weather gets colder they will return to the coop at night.

There will be fewer of them anyway. Some are going to freezer camp. I can’t afford to feed this many ducks all winter. Muscovys are gluttons.


“The plain truth is that the earth has been far warmer on average than in recent recorded history, and if you notice the warming periods that have been named, you’ll notice that those periods are typically associated with periods of growth, both in population and in technology. They are not associated with any kind of mass die-offs.”