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Monday

23

June 2014

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Hobby Farm Life Ramblings

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Hobby Farm Life Ramblings for June 23rd. This is my account of things we had done so far on Sunnyside Lane Hobby Farm. During the Winter we added Horse manure to the garden plot. Yellow Straight Neck Squash have gone crazy. My goal was 52 qts for the year. I made that, gave away several buckets full to kids, my mother, and friends. We are still canning Squash today and will need to pick it again tomorrow. We planted Country Gentleman White corn, but it didn’t do well. I just discovered some of the ears have Smut on them. We had to burn them. We do plan to plant more for a second garden later. Did get some cornsilk to dry for my medicine cabinet. Stan went crazy on planting all the seeds I gathered and didn’t realize he had planted okra. It is not even a foot tall and is trying to bloom on us.Don’t think it is gonna do good either. Our Cabbage Collards are doing fine. I planted them thick and we have been eating what we thin out. I have even managed to can a few qts of them. Our Tomatoes are just beginning to make, […]

Tuesday

19

November 2013

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Preserving the Bounty from Your Hobby Farm

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Hobby Farms have a bounty that should be preserved. It will depend on what you are farming as to how best to preserve the bounty, which is available. If it is vegetables you are farming, then canning and preserving them cannot only give you food for the winter, they can also be sold at a profit. Freezing, dehydrating and canning are all ways to preserve the bounty of your garden. This is just one avenue for preserving the bounty of your garden. Now if you are dealing with milk or meat, you have different options. Diary can be turned into milk or cheese. Depending on your options that are available, the extra cheese can either be sold or aged for later selling. Preserving milk from milk animals requires the process of refrigeration and pasteurization in order to keep it from going bad. Making ice cream can be an option to freezing milk. Milk can be used in many different recipes as well as being dried to make powdered milk options. Cheese making allows you to age the cheese until it is ready for sale or consumption. Storing it in a dark and cool place will keep it from going bad. […]

Friday

8

November 2013

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Friday Morning Ramblings on the Hobby Farm

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After my first pot of coffee this morning, I will again become awake. My husband is building a small fire in the livingroom fireplace to knock the chill off the air this morning. He worked the nightshift again last night and will be snuggling into the bed soon. I am glad he has the next two days off. He needs some rest and we still have some winterizing to do around the farm. After feeding all the animals including myself this morning, I will start raking and cleaning the yard today. Removing some of the dead plants from the flower and vegetable beds around the house itself will help to add to our compost bins today. There is plastic to hang over the Rabbit Houses, chicken coop, duck pens, and the goat house. When my husband gets up he will be running some of the wiring for the new heat lamps we have for all the animals housing. We plan to keep them all warm this winter. Reminds me of the Aviary we had. It was warmer than our own house at times and I loved spending hours in there with the animals just watching and listening to them. I […]

Friday

8

November 2013

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Thursday Morning Ramblings About Chihuahuas And Other Things

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This is my Thursday Morning Ramblings while I drink my coffee and clear my head to prepare for my work day ahead. This house is filthy. Got to take an hour or two to catch up on the house work and laundry today. Run my errands and do some shopping this morning before lunchtime. After lunch my husband is taking our son job hunting and our grandson to the doctor so I will have the entire afternoon to myself to work in peace. I am gonna start my supper this morning so it will be ready and waiting for them when they get home. They will have to just pop in the microwave to warm it up. Last night, we sold one more puppy and today a lady is coming to get the last little girl puppy. That will leave us three boy puppies to find new homes for them. I wish I could keep them all, but I am getting out of the Chihuahua business. I did not intend on becoming a Chihuahua and Pug mix breeder. I took them him as a rescue idea and have no papers on these dogs. I will be finding the adult dogs […]

Tuesday

29

November 2011

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Wednesday

25

May 2011

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Gardening’s Most Valuable Advice

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Global Warming Global warming escalates not only by industrial and engine carbon emissions, but by poor gardening practices. When gardeners till their soils, they release carbon dioxide into the air which is ten times more than an ordinary person emits. The carbon dioxide in the soil comes from the natural expirations of fungi, microbes and earthworms living in the soil. Constant tillage not only displaces the carbon dioxide, but breaks down the soils nutrients and creates a perfect environment for soil erosion. Instead of tilling soil, no-till gardeners use mulches and winter crop covers which after decomposition add nutrients and protection to the soil beneath. When they do fertilise and sow their next crops, disturbance of soil is at a minimum. Good Fungi Untilled soil harbours more of the fungi called vesicular arbuscular mycorrizae (VAM), which is beneficial to plants, forming a symbiotic relationship. This fungus gives plants important nutrients such as phosphorous and zinc, in exchange they take carbohydrates. Surplus Nitrogen Gardeners use far too much nitrogen and manures compared to farmers. Farmers ideally say a little will go a long way, whereas gardeners are wasting their money and efforts. Moderation is the best method to use for your […]

Sunday

22

May 2011

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Gardening In Harmony with Nature

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Root cellars are for keeping food supplies at a low temperature and steady humidity. They keep food from freezing during the winter and keep food cool during the summer months to prevent spoilage. An earthly-friendly, root cellar is the natural choice for the homesteader, whether or not you’re, “on the grid” There are several types of root cellar and different ways in which to construct one. There’s the Hatch Cellar, Hillside Cellar and the Above Ground Cellar. The Hatch Cellar usually consists of a large hole dug into the ground then lined with rocks. The floor is left in its innate state, just plain dirt. Beams and plywood sheets are securely laid over the hole, with a hatch door incorporated into the ceiling/floor, along with the installation of a ladder for safe and easy access. A shed is then built over the top of the cellar, to provide maximum shelter for the storage. The Hillside Cellar is dug out of a hillside, lined with rocks, and then a plywood ceiling is attached to overhead support beams. This type of storage Cellar has a regular insulted door to walk through. An above Ground type of cold storage can be built in […]

Saturday

14

May 2011

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Tuesday

19

April 2011

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How to Raise Goats on a Hobby Farm

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When it comes to having a hobby farm, goats are a good investment as they provide dairy and meat as well as companionship. So one of the first questions would be how do you raise goats on a farm like this? You have to get a lot of information and make a lot of plans before you purchase your goats. Asking advice of other goat farmers is a good idea. You have to consider all the things such as cleanliness, hardiness, eating habits, size and temperament. These are vital to the success of raising goats. Living areas, feeding areas and proper housing should all be considered. Remember that you u need a secure area to keep your goats in. A vet should be consulted as vaccinations and feed are an important part of taking care of your goats. Knowing all the signs of malnutrition and eating habits can be a lifesaver if you have a sick goat. You will also be able to have a price as to what it would cost to feed your goats. Going to someone that is already in the hobby goat farm business is a great idea. There is much that you do need to […]

Tuesday

19

April 2011

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How to Profit From a Hobby Farm

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Hobby Farms Hobby Farms are springing up all over the country. One of the questions would then be how to profit from a farm such as this? You have several different options as to how best to accomplish this. You need to know the right soil types for the type of farm that you have, as well as what crops you can grow. You also need to decide if this is going to be a poultry or goat hobby farm. Maintaining the land and water goes along with this. You also need to be able to know how to market your hobby farm. The business side of farming On the business side of farming you have to know what you can profit from before you even get started. Some things will profit more than others. Climate, competition, labor requirements, buildings, water, regulations and permits as well as access to water are all going to play important factors in the final decision. One idea would be not to specialize in any one market. Diversity is the key to making a profit from your hobby farm. It will take experimentation to find the right fit for your hobby farm to become profitable. Niches for […]

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