PERMACULTURE ON THE FARM-MORE HAVOC IN THE BARN

22 05 2016

GREETINGS

Another beautiful day with some rain coming in tomorrow.

PERMACULTURE ON THE FARM

I have unknowingly been practicing Permaculture here since the year after I moved.   It all started with mowing grass.  Since the house is located near the bottom of a mountain the land is hilly.  Mowing the front lawn was a challenge and after the first year of struggling I decided to plant it with flowers and shrubs.  

I have now lived here over 18 years and feel satisfied with the changes.  I still have lots more work to do but the hardest part is done.

The barn cleanings both from the chickens and the sheep are spread around the yard and in the pathways.  Large plantings of Bleeding Hearts made spring a delight.  I have also planted two more Lilac bushes, Eventually the front will be full of shrubs, bleeding hearts  and Lilies.  I have plantings of trees and bushes where the birds can hide and feed in winter and hope to get another group like this going in the back this simmer.  This year there has been a record number of birds visiting and building their nests here.

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I plan on putting in a red raspberry bed in this spring and already have a blackberry bed started. In the fall I will prepare an area for strawberries.  This year my poor little heirloom MacIntosh tree had three blossoms on it.  This was the tree tat the cement workers broke and patched together with electrical tape!  

This all can be done on small acreage.  I have a little over 1/2 an acre

THE SAGA OF MAUDE AND HER FRIENDS

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All was well after this morning’s feeding or so I thought.  I heard a lot of commotion in the barn and went to check.  The fencing was down the other 3 sheep were in the hay area and Maude had her head stuck in the fence.  What a predicament.  I was so upset.  It seems like something is happening often with the fence.  I really didn’t want to go to the expense of putting up a permanent fence there.  Luckily Lauren and the boys came over and fixed it up.  Now the fence is stronger and I think it will last till the end of summer when they all can be together.  

Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope you have a wonderful day.

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SAMMY WATCHING THE CHICKENS AND SHEEP SHOW-ORDER FOR CAMP WOOL-MORE SALVE COMING-TRANSPLANTING RASPBERRIES

3 05 2015

GREETINGS

Its a beautiful Sunday morning with temps in the 70’s and sunny who could ask for more.  I hope you enjoyed the Sea Shanty yesterday I had forgotten how wonderful those old songs were.  I am so glad that there are great groups like them that are keeping them alive. Yesterday I got the back chicken area prepared.  Letting them into it was easy but getting them back in at night wasn’t.  I had forgotten that Phoebe had never been out in the yard, Chicken Little had.  There was a lot of excitement and urging on my part and after 15 minutes they went in for the night.

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SAMMY WATCHING THE CHICKEN AND SHEEP SHOW

Yesterday the windows were open and Sammy stay up instead of sleeping the day away.

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 SO many interesting things to watch.  Chicken Little and Phoebe so close he could almost touch them and Carol K on the hill  Its better than Cat TV.

ORDER FOR CAMP WOOL

Its always nice to get a call from LeAnne of Camp Wool in Kennebunkport, Maine. I get a chance to chat with someone that I admire, see how things are going at her store and get an order.  Summer is coming and with that brings many visitors to Kennebunkport.  Her store is full of lovely things and you don’t have to be  a needlecrafter to find something you love.  She always has some antiques and finished products.

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MORE SALVE COMING

I have finally fOund a recipe for the Black Tar Drawing Salve that my Grandfather use to make.  It won’t be exact but close enough.  Can’t wait to get it started.

TRANSPLANTING BLACKBERRIES

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There is a place to add a door which would be wonderful.   lt would save me from walking all around the house..  WHile getting the chicken area prepared I realized that there was enough sun there. I planted  some young black berries near the house and near the wall. It was a spot that needed to be filled.    i will spend ti\me digging up the remains of a chimney but I think I can add some tansey and other flowers right near the windows. 

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Many thanks for reading my blog today I hope you are enjoying the day. Carole

A PUSSY WILLOW PATH

A PUSSY WILLOW PATH

 

 

 

 

 





WILD BLACK RASPBERRIES-LILLY PAD-COUNTRY LIVING-THE GARDEN

5 07 2013

Hello,

Today is the worst day of the hot spell.  Advisories to stay inside are on the news its in the mid 90’s with the heat index well over 100.  Everything is still outside.  I will be glad when this heat wave will be over.

Wild Black Raspberries

These just showed up in the yard some years ago, I have left them alone in the spot near the road, this year the neighbors who picked them all last year have moved and there are plenty of them.  I seriously need to weed them and get them organized this fall.

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   I am going to freeze what I have picked and enjoy them on my cereal on a cold winters morn and remember that I picked them on this very hot day.

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Lilly Pad

Lilly Pad is enjoying the air conditioner as much as I am.

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Country Living Magazine UK

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I have been getting this magazine since the early 90’s.  I just love it and the world stops for me and I sit down with it and a cup of tea when it arrives.  My subscription ran out in December and  I didn’t have the extra to renew till the spring so my first copy came today.  Yes, its pricey to get here in the states.  But if I only could buy one magazine it would be this one.  You might wonder just why I love it so.  It’s about what I am about.  There is information in every issue about the things I love, sheep, farmers, chickens , dogs and cats, gardens, knitting projects Ireland, England, Scotland how to make jam, decorating , and on and on. I first met Emma Bridgewater’s pottery there and  was give a cup and saucer shortly thereafter, I treasure it.  Though I have just skimmed through this issue there is an article about one of my favorite places in this world, Donegal, Ireland a place where I feel more at home than anywhere .   Another article is about Calendula which I use in my salve.   You can pick up this magazine at most large bookstores in the states and in the EU and England at your local newstand or market.

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So far the animals are doing okay in the hot weather.  The fan in the barn really helps the sheep.  I have fans scattered around the house for the cats.  Usually the downstairs of my house is cool but in this hot spell everywhere is hot.  Chris will be here on Sunday after a week of Boy Scout camp at the coast of Rhode Island.  Lilly Pad and I will be glad to see him.

Thanks so much for reading the blog today and I hope that you have a wonderful day.     Carole





LILLY ARRIVED TODAY – GETTING THE RASPBERRY BED READY FOR SPRING – JOHN SEYMOUR

25 10 2012

HELLO


This morning a daughter was born to my son and his girlfriend.  Her name is Lil Ann Adams, SHe will be Lilly to me.  That will bring the number of grandchildren to 5.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GETTING THE RASPBERRY BED READY FOR SPRING

 

 

 

 

 

 

This morning I cleaned up a pile of Llama poop and wheeled it down to the new raspberry bed.  The nice thing about llama’s is that they just poop in one place so the clean-up is easy.  I added it to the hay from the sheep that I put down earlier in the year.  I will now add a layer of mulched hay and that should be it.  It will be ready to plant in the spring.

PERMACULTURE BLOG

I follow a blog about permaculture in Ireland and she mentioned John Seymour.

I bought his book “THE SELF SUFFICIENT GARDNER” in the late 70’s/  At the time I was struggling with a garden which used to be a driveway and was full of trap rock.  With his guidance I produced lots of great produce and even made maple syrup on a city lot in Holyoke, Mass.  All things are possible .  I recently found another book by John  called The Self Sufficient Life and was able to get it on Amazon.  It too holds many good ideas.

 

 

 

A MOONLIGHT NIGHT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was out putting the hens to bed and saw the moon just coming over the mountain.  I love how it looks amongst the  trees.

Hope you have a wonderful evening and thank you for reading my blog.

Carole

 

 

 





THE CHICKEN CARAVAN ROSES RASPBERRY BED

2 09 2012

                         HELLO

Today I finished painting the caravan.  I added hooks and eyes, a handle on the door and now its complete.   Projects always appear to be simple but in the end they all take a lot of time.  The caravan is a simple and a cute home for 7  hens.  On the second night they are all sleeping on the perches.  Our neighborhood skunk must have tried to get into their yard as I saw a hole was dug and I quickly put a heavy stone there.  He went all around my house last night spraying as he went merrily on his way.  At one time in the house it got so bad that my eyes were tearing.    I hope he doesn’t make a return visit tonight

 

 

THE RASPBERRY BED

I bought the raspberry bed 2 years ago from Gardner’s Supply.  I moved it around the porch but it was too                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

heavy for me to move anywhere else.  After we had set up the snow fence I decided that there was room near the

chickens for it. The boys moved it for me.  Today I set it up.  It was so easy to set up and I put a layer of chicken house cleanings,I am going to add enough dirt to 3/4 fill it and then add a layer of sheep barn sweepings.  During the winter  I will add more sheep sweepings as needed.  At the same time I bought this I also bought a blueberry bed which I may set up near that.  Nothing will be planted until the late spring.  I will buy all my raspberry and blueberry plants from Norse.  They offer quality plants .

RUGOSA  ROSES

I have grown these roses almost since I bought the house.  They are heavy bloomers and the scent is wonderful.  They have gotten tall and need trimming back which I will do in the spring.  

 

Thank you for reading my blog, come back soon.

Carole