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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Updates on the Acre

Hello again!  Been a few days since I posted.  Been busy.

Duck and chickens are doing well.  I save all my vegetable scraps for them when I'm prepping dinner at night and toss it in their pen in the morning before.  They are getting big.
I filled up Remmi's pool the other day so Louie could go for a real swim.  Check it out!

Louie's first swim

Saturday I went down to my brother in laws to cut wood.  I cut for about 5 hours straight and ended up with a huge pile of wood.  Half is mine and half is his.  I have several trips to make to retrieve it all.

Sunday I decided to make my own wood shavings for the chicken pen.   Why buy what you can make?
This technique is called noodling because of the long noodle like shavings the chainsaw creates.  In order to do this you have to run the saw with the grain of the wood as you will see in the video.  If you cut any other way it just creates sawdust or tiny chips.  You also need a very sharp chain!

I use these to put inside the coop house to help with the droppings and also to give them a comfy nest area.

The chicken tractor has been working great so far.  I move it about 4 foot a day and then just tale the garden hose and wash all the droppings into the lawn.  I'm probably going to end up with a super green trail through my yard about 4 foot wide.  LOL

Sunday I also did some painting on my garden signs.  I still need to hang them in the garden.

I was going to build an arbor over the upper deck and re-build all the railings over the 4th of July week that I'm off but now am tossing the idea around of painting the back of the house instead.  I don't know.  My budget is tighter than an Ethiopian buffet so I can only afford to do one.  I can't even decide on a color.  My gawd it took me over a year to pick colors for the living room, kitchen and dining room.  Wonder how long this will take.  I just keep looking and waiting for that feeling I get when something is right.  I know it when I feel it.  A big silent "CLICK".

Other than that I've been tending the garden.  Corn is knee high and the tomatoes are taller than that.  I will be eating summer squash probably by the weekend.

Mosquitoes are awful thanks to all the rain we've had.  The last storm that came through dumped somewhere in the neighborhood of 5-6 inches in a couple hours.  Everything was flooded out big time.
This is my wheelbarrow and it is one of the bigger ones.  Over half full and it was sitting out in the open!

That's all for now!


  1. Just so we're clear... I'm awesome at chopping wood.... And Zombies.

    I'm still bitter about not having ducks.... I'm sorry.



  2. Wow, you have been busy! Five hours of cutting wood was a LOT of work! You ought to be nice and toasty this winter! My tomatoes are about six inches tall. :( That's what happens when you get a late start. I am not worried, though. One year we were still harvesting tomatoes at Thanksgiving!

    July 4th is coming right up. Hope you figure out what you want to do pretty quick!

  3. Gosh you HAVE been buzy. I'm so jealous of your skills! I would probably hack my leg off or something. Glad to hear everything your way is growing, living, and doing well. Keep up the great work!!

  4. Nahhh...you don't sound so busy!


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