Ron Helwig wrote:
There are apps now where it doesn't cost that much.
I use the free Intuit program Mint.com to track my money and keep myself mostly on budget. A year ago they told me about Stash and I have been using that to play with investing. Don't have any money to put in, so my investments are tiny. I really wish these type of apps had been available to me when I was in my 20s.
Why? I am a single 60+ year old woman living on social security so have an extremely tight budget. I live up north like you and that means summers are extremely busy getting things done that can't be done when it is freezing. Plus I have a huge garden. I live alone and have no funds to hire help so I have to do everything myself and that is slow going sometimes. And I need to figure out how to get a new roof put up on part of my house cause it is leaking and some of the decking needs to be replaced. I have more time for learning new stuff and social media, forums etc. in the winter when I am stuck inside more. Summers I am inside as little as possible.
Would love to have an outdoor oven, but if I get other projects done - like the bathtub moved inside and the roof - if there were any money at all available for anything I would get Erica and Ernies latest RMH stuff 'cause that is what I really, really need.
I have two geese, but really don't know anything about them. They just hang with the chickens and ducks and make noise. Have not had any health issues to deal with.
Nicole is right to make note that the chick starter needs to be non-medicated. Can't think of anything I would do that you are not already doing. If the chick is still alive, then you might try moistening the chick starter with some of the electrolytes and maybe add a bit of molasses for energy. Ducks and geese also need more niacin than chickens so if you have some capsules around for yourself you might open one and add that to a daily allotment of chick starter - though I doubt seriously that is a big issue this early on.
Grew up on a central TX ranch and we used sulfur around the yard to help combat ticks and chiggers and repel snakes. My older brother had a close encounter with a snake while camping with some friends and after that, a container was kept in the bins where we stored our camping gear so it made it on every camping trip. A ring of sulfur was dusted in a big circle around the campsite and designated bathroom area to keep rattlers away. Was told that they smell with their tongues and don't like the way the sulfur smells/tastes.
I am up north now so chiggers are not a problem, but started to use it again for snake during the worst of snake season since I seem to attract rattle snakes and getting bitten once was more than enough.
I do have a horrendous problem with ticks - or I did, but my guinea fowl and Muscovy ducks seem to have taken care of the worst of it. Used to be between the middle of may and end of June, I could walk into the back yard and back into the house almost immediately and still have a tick or two on me. Stay for any time and I'd have 5 or 8. This entire season I've gotten only a total of 4 ticks on me so far and that I believe is because my guinea team is down to one.
Mick Fisch wrote:Another insulation possibility is straw with a clay slip applied to reduce flammability.
Exactly what I was going to suggest as I am doing some right now for the interior walls of my new outhouse. I got free slabs of pine from the saw mill - the sides they cut off before making boards - to do the outside so it looks like a little log cabin and am finishing the interior walls straw, clay slip. May or may not finish with a clay/manure paint.
No experience with earthbags or earthbags in hot climates - I have a strawbale up north - but this family has lots of experience with them in AZ and still build with them so they must work pretty well ->
First heard about that greenhouse on NPR in the early '90s after moving to South Dakota. Called Mr. Finch and went down to check it out as my partner and I were exploring a number of possible housing options. It was amazing. Colorful little birds and butterflies inside to aid pollination and even saw a tree frog at work on insect control.
Hard to understand how we have not been able to make geothermal heating and cooling a larger part of energy solutions. When I was there, his only ongoing expense was running a box fan to push the air through the tubes.
That looks like a Canada goose and could have been part of a migrating flock given the time of year. Funny that the behavior is so much like my domesticated Chinese goose. I had to get a little gosling this spring to try and get it to stop stalking me. While it was supposed to be a guardian to chickens, the guinea cock and rooster both bully the goose despite his being 3 times or more as big.
If not too difficult, I would inquire with the closest neighbors to see if any are missing a domesticated goose. Next, I would try to call the Wildlife Dept. using the numbers Anne got for you.
My adult goose is very easy to catch as A) he stalks me sometimes and is not afraid of me in the least so never runs away, B) has huge feet he trips over if he does try to run & C) has a very long neck with is a great thing to grab onto. Not sure your visitor would be that easy to catch, but the behavior sure makes it seem it has been domesticated.
Sorry Grace, but I have to agree with Marco. Danie is in his retirement years and while he might have an occasional frolic in the pasture, he just isn't going to be able to carry the weight of a person at any speed. It is his time to be pampered for all the years of service he has already given.
Thank you for the additional info, John.
So far as I know, these are all standard size trees, not dwarfs. The Honeycrisp for sure is. I can never get the apples from the top!
I knew for sure that the Golden Delicious was supposed to bloom at the same time and be a good pollinator for the Honeycrisp so was watching for one to go on sale somewhere and had friends willing to go get them for me if needed. Just suddenly panicked that my planned planting spot was too far away.
With luck, I will get my beekeeping supplies this year and will have my own bees in the middle of all of them next year.
Kind of what I figured, but in a crazy moment, I was suddenly unsure. I mean, South Dakota requires you to make sure there are no other apiaries within 5 miles of you if you want to keep bees. So ya figure they gotta have some range. LOL! So yes, your response helped me considerably. Thanks a lot, James.
I have a Honeycrisp apple tree whose 'mate' passed away several years ago. I planted another two apple trees about 30 feet then 60 feet away in a line. One of those is starting to put out a few blossoms but the other may not make it - isn't dead but isn't growing. A friend in the city, just picked up a Golden Delicious for me that should be here later in the week. Pretty sure that an ancient, but dying crab apple about 120 yards away has been assisting with pollination.
Ideally, I would like to plant this Golden Delicious tree at the end of the existing row. All of them so far are planted in a row that puts them at the edge of the east/west treed area between me and the creek and that keeps them on the south of the garden area so food plants are not shaded. This would put it a little over 120 feet from the first, largest, oldest Honeycrisp tree. Is that distance ok for pollination?
I keep reading 30 or 50 feet, but something has been helping the bees pollinate that first tree for the past 4 years since the other bearing tree died. [Don't know what kind of apple tree it was - planted years before I got here.]
Another rather inexpensive (comparatively speaking) option is to get a pole barn kit so you have the roof, doors, windows and load-bearing support taken care of. Opt out of their siding material and DYI with straw bale infill walls.
Agree that Amazon reviews can be delightfully entertaining. Had a long road trip that I had to do on a fairly regular basis for a while and a friend made it pass a lot faster by sharing the driving and reading Amazon reviews. Stuck in a car, we had the time to get hilariously creative, so posted a few ourselves a time or two.
Jon La Foy wrote:When you shower with a five gallon bucket to save water, and still try to see how little you can use to completely clean yourself.
I see you, and raise you: When you can wash and rinse 3" of hair with a 20 oz cup of water.
Or when you can wash body and hair with the water in a 64 oz Pace Picante sauce container - which is what you have used for 'faucets' and 'showerheads' around home for over 20 years. Just the right size/weight that anyone bigger than a young toddler can pick one up and the handle is built in.
I think there has to be more balance for sure and that the Utah law is a good thing, Individuals should be able to make choices about what they want, but on the larger scale, with commercial production, I want USDA oversight. "Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater." We tend to forget the reasons laws often are created - and that is most often because individuals or businesses or corporations failed to do the right thing on their own in the first place. It would be great if everyone behaved responsibly, but we know that is not reality.
I would never live somewhere there was an HMO, but having had some neighbors in the past who damaged the property values of everyone around them and knowing how large the investment in a home is to most people, I understand the appeal they have for many. There is generally an opportunity to become more involved in the HMO rulemaking process that those who complain the loudest never take advantage of. As with most local politics and local laws. Those who do the most complaining generally don't participate in the process. Democracy is hard work but better than the alternatives I am aware of.
Anyway, until we develop and get everyone to take the magical ethics pill that gets everyone to behave in the best interest of all, I want the USDA around.
Horses have always been my best friends and therapists throughout my life, so yeah, I love them. I have one Arabian at my home right now that is finishing up some healing from an injury in October. He will never be rideable again, but I am hoping to find him a home as a therapy horse. I am a certified equine specialist who used to work with therapists doing equine assisted psychotherapy work. I wish I could afford to keep a horse myself, but I simply cannot afford to fence off all my land right now and cannot afford another winter of feeding on my retirement income.
Luckily, I do still get to do some therapy and leadership work utilizing horses and can go to the barn where we do therapy and work with any of the horses there when I want. Unfortunately, it is almost 3 hours away so can't do that often.
It is said that everyone should have both a dog and a cat. The dog to teach you unconditional love and the cat to keep you humble. I agree with that and would add that I think one should have a horse to teach you about yourself.
And I may experiment with this rapid set cement and cloth idea for one outside wall. Yeah, cement isn't very permie or environmentally cool, but I am really short on money and time and have a lot to get done this summer. This might get the extra room I need to keep some of my birds from bullying. Bob Campbell, the guy who made the video, says that it held up fine being outside over winter.
Bryant RedHawk wrote:...get one of these people to touch the earth mother for any length of time and they will feel better, about everything and themselves.
Totally agree. My maternal grandmother was French, Seneca and Caddo. Wherever she lived, she had a garden. Even when she had to live in an apartment for a short while, she turned the little bit of land between the parking lot and the backs of the buildings into food production. When I started wanting to spend more time flirting with boys than productive activities, she took me out to the yard, grabbed my hands and put dirt in both of them, telling me that one was where I came from and then the other was where I was going. Life, she said, is what we plant and care for in between. Did I want something beautiful and nurturing, something that could feed myself and the future or just weeds? Thus the dirt became my therapist and my 'church'.
It took me a while to get there, but for at least the past 30+ years I have followed her practice of beginning each day outside, briefly addressing the Tunkasilas and Uncis with gratitude for the day and touching the earth.
James Whitelaw wrote:Wearing white clothing so they can be spotted
White clothing helps you spot them, but sadly, it also attracts them. I have a horrid tick problem and try NOT to wear white socks or pants when I go into the back and side yards or down by the creek. Doing so assures I will have a dozen or so ticks to remove when I get back to the house. I do have a yucky, fuzzy white blanket that is used to help clear the yard of both ticks and sandburs. Ticks removed from it go into a jar of alcohol and the burs go into a pail to be burned.
They say that ticks don't actually climb trees - won't go higher than about 3 feet, but I call BS on that. If I go out to work under trees - which is just about everywhere on 2/3rds of my yard, I will come back with ticks in my hair. I know they didn't climb up me that fast! So hats are a good thing!
I also recommend Guinea fowl and Muscovy ducks as a big part of the tick patrol, but as you don't own the property, John that is probably not something you can do. :)
Growing up in the Texas hill country, we dusted the perimeter of the yard [and camping sites] with sulfur dust. Helped keep both ticks and rattlesnakes away. I've had a hard time finding sacks of it in South Dakota but grab a bag of it if you can find it at your hardware or garden supply store.
Assume you have a smartphone, maybe a tablet. If so, since you will have WiFi, a Kindle Unlimited account to download tons of books might be a good idea. I discovered lots of authors that were not top sellers, lots of great indie writers - while having a smartphone but no WiFi or TV. Or maybe you can WRITE a book yourself! :)
I have lived the past 28 years without running water in my house and it is quite doable. For the last ten years, I've had access to a hydrant in my yard so feel kind of spoiled at not spending half of every weekend hauling water! [They will not hook up water to my house as I do not have a flushing toilet and septic system] :) Your home owner proably has some systems pretty well set up to deal with no running water so don't panic.
Since you will be there in the summer, you will get to learn about the beauty of outdoor showers. I tolerate my winter showers inside in a construction tub by the wood stove, but adore my summer outside showers! In the summer, I keep a black 30-gallon trash can out in the sun. Top it off each evening and by the time I am done with the next day's work and ready to wash off the grime then next day, the water at the top of the trash can is generally quite warm and ready for my shower. I have an electric water kettle inside to use to heat water quickly when needed.
For me - the 64oz container for Pace Picante Sauce has been my faucet and shower for these past 28 years. I had learned to love them for camping before I left the city and they have held up well over time. The container has a nice built-in handle, the amount of water in just one is enough for a shower if you use a soap that washes off easily [I use diluted Dr. Bronnerrs]. Just wet down, soap up and rinse. I keep two of them filled by my sink and that is generally enough to get me through my handwashing needs each day.
As others have noted, a first aid kit is a good idea, sunscreen, candles, flashlight, batteries - stuff you'd want for any extended camping trip. :) You didn't say how far from a town [or your own home] you will be, but if it is close enough for a trip in each week you won't have to be so paranoid about not forgetting anything. Learn to make your shopping list so when you do go to town, you are not berating yourself for what you forgot ten minutes after you get back.
Good luck! We are just next door via WiFi if something pops up. Your friend is so very lucky to have someone like you to babysit his home and fowl while he get a bit of a vacation. Hope you have fun as well.
Amazon tossed me a new novel yesterday.... Digging In by Loretta Nyhan. Thought it was cool that it is about a woman overcome with grief who finds salvation in turning her yard into a vegetable garden.
Know of other novels that use food production or homesteading type actions to redeem or save?
Greetings. I inherited a bad back so you have my deepest sympathy. My mother had to have back surgery in her 30s and her sister was addicted to pain meds taken for back pain. Now in my 60s, I have so far avoided both with the advice of a good doctor and a physical therapist who advised exercise to strengthen the back muscles - I have a few yoga stretches that seem to work, AND an inversion table. My inversion table has been my life saver and the only bit of cool I ever bought that I still use multiple times a day - after about 30+ years of use.
I get on and hang upside down while waiting for my morning coffee to make, when I come in for water after loading or unloading hay or feed, etc.. I just stay on it long enough to feel my spine open up and not so long that the pressure on the tops of my feet (holding me up) becomes painful - and that part does get better over time. I try to do about 60 small situps while hanging at least once a day as I think having a bit more abdominal strength also helps support the back when i am doing chores.
I try to stop and do my stretching exercises and hang for a bit after the morning's feedings and before I have breakfast and start on bigger projects. I may occasionally miss my yoga stretches - I am not a very disciplined person, but I never miss using the inversion table a time or two a day. It simply feels too good. Good luck!
If you have not seen this Alliance, Nebraska greenhouse, you should check out what he has done. I visited once when there was huge piles of snow on the ground and it was T-Shirt comfortable inside with only a box fan circulating the air from the greenhouse through the ground.
I can recall a summer day as an elementary school-aged girl that I spent hours outside on a covered porch mixing tempera paints to create the perfect blue for a sky. After all these years I can recall the peacefulness that just mixing those paints and becoming immersed in the colors gave me. While I don't really care for the sky blue shade anymore, blue is still my fav - just darker shades.
My daughter infected me with a love of forestry greens and I generally just relax when surrounded by blended earth tones that include the blues and greens of nature.
I am certainly not really a person who pays much attention to clothes so long as I have a couple of decent pairs of jeans and plenty of t-shirts/Henleys/sweats depending on the season. But have been binge watching the History Channels Vikings series in the evenings and found myself actually stopping the program to look at the ways the blues/indigos/browns blend in the clothing worn by the actors.
I don't mind "fall orange" but I strongly dislike bright "primary orange."
Sorry, but I have no idea then. Being random makes it harder to figure out. Maybe it has to do with her coming into heat? Guess I would be trying Mr. Google next - asking about aggressive guard donkey with sheep. Gotta be other sheep folks who have dealt with this. Good luck and let us know what you learn,
Is the donkey a jenny, a gelding or a jack? If it is a jack (stud) it will probably always be too aggressive.
Other than that, they may need time to get used to each other - in pens next to each other for a while. We ran donkeys with our goats out in central Texas without any problems - but they were always geldings.
Also, how old are the sheep? Sometimes a donkey may want to really control the sheep and if they are too young and won't stay together the donkey might get a bit rough to try and enforce her/his rules.