Gardening in the Blind

Planning has started
September 29, 2010, 2:46 pm
Filed under: animals, Green, Reuse

My garlic chives going to flower!

As the nights are crisper and the leaves start falling, that could mean only one thing.  Thoughts for next year and thoughts for the winter project.  Now this has been mainly home renovation, but this year I am adding something new to the list.  One thing that can green us up a bit.  So, inspired by an art installation in Cambridge, MA I have decided to learn about and build a methane digester.  Why you ask?

Hopefully through research and luck, I want to build a methane digester to power a light in the chicken coop.  This entails not only adding something new to the coop but also adding a use for the dog poop I get mulitple times every day.  It is always said that every animal needs to have a purpose.  This will get the dogs in on the game. 

It is funny how things end up going in a full circle when you are trying to learn to be more self-sufficient.  I want to take this time to learn as much as I can on doing things for myself and not relying on others.  I am making the most of our little “homestead” in the burbs.  So when the day comes that we can have a larger area, we will have a jump start!  So here is to the poop and light and everything nice!


Stocking up like a squirrel
September 18, 2010, 7:46 pm
Filed under: Cooking/Canning/Drying

This summer Deron purchased a gift for me.  It was an All American Pressure Canner.  This is a top of the line pressure canner.  Anyways, it is fitting that he did this as it allowed me to handle the produce this year from my garden a little better!  In the email he sent with the invoice for the canner, he told me that I should act like a squirrel and stock up for the winter.  Well, I think that I have taken him a little to seriously.  Below is a picture of my storage in my dining room.  I have storage in my pantry, kitchen, dining room and living room.  I haven’t made it to under bed storage yet so I think I’m still ok.  I’ll blog a bit about what each is a little later.  I want to wait until I get my final counts on things.  I still have a lot more to can, but I was just so excited to see all the pretty colors I just had to share with you.

Dining room storage

16 Weeks and Counting
September 11, 2010, 3:06 pm
Filed under: animals, chickens

Amelia, Allie and Goldie in the coop

It has been a bit since I posted an update on the girls.  They are growing leaps and bounds.  They can start laying anytime after 18 weeks.  I have soon much to do!  The wall with the windows and nest boxes aren’t even done!  But tomorrow is the roof.  And the girls get to go out to the yard while we work on it.  I can’t wait to see what they get!  All the chickens are relentless hunters catching flies, pecking around the pen and just enjoying the scenery. 

Growing up Amelia style

Every morning I take Tyler out to help me let the chickens out for the day.  He sits outside and waits patiently.  I say good morning to the chickens and open the door.  I take the water to clean it and they all come running out to see Tyler.  I don’t know who is more excited, Tyler or the chickens!  It is really cute.  Tyler bends down and puts his nose to the screen and the chickens all take turns pecking him very lightly.  I think it is love at first sight!  He gets really mad at me if I do anything with the chickens without him.  He just watches and tries to protect them.  Who would have thought that Tyler would be such a chicken dog.

My little hawk of a chicken - Helen

I have them on pellet food now.  They love it.  I combined it with the mash and they ate around the mash and ate all the pellets.  I should have done it sooner!  I also gave them a bit of oyster shell.  It was like candy to them.  I loved seeing them go after it with such enthusiasm.