Samantha Lewis

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Hey Paul, I pledged already and  I can manage my pledge but it does not look like I can pledge again and add to your count. 
2 months ago
get a batch of baby chicks.  hours of fun and mostly harmless.

gold fish in a kiddie pool are also great.  you can move pool to wherever you need to work.

my little guy has had his own marked off patch of garden every year since he was two.   ( bigger every year)  He does whatever he wants in there.   He can plant it with seeds one day, bulldozer and excavator the next and flood it after that.   stuff still comes up and he has a ball.  ( hours of me getting stuff done)  I get to have solid boundaries and rules in my garden and he has complete freedom to play in his. 

Growing trays of micro greens is a great way to get kids to eat greens.   I turn the kids out in the green house first thing in the morning to graze the flats of micro greens.    They are warm so they are  happy to be outside and I can get all my zone one chores done and can keep an eye on them.
6 months ago
That is a great video.  So many teaching gems.  Really good detail and nice shots to show assembly steps.  Thank you all for making this knowledge available!
1 year ago
Can you post a picture?  Or look online and see if the plant you ate looks like the mugwort pics you find.
2 years ago
I think it would taste terrible.  Like eating a salad of sagebrush leaves (Artemisia tridentata)  or a bowl full of Yarrow flowers.
2 years ago
Forgive me, but I would question if you were actually eating Mugwort.  It is a bitter herb.  You said this was a few weeks ago, unless you are at high altitude the tender first greens would be long gone. 
2 years ago
The two seats is so you and your three year old can poop together. Which is actually really fun.
2 years ago
With regard to broody Mamas you can be thankful for her help and willingness to raise the next generation and get her some fertile eggs to sit on. This time of year that is easy to do and you can choose any breed you want and have them mailed or ask your friends for some. If she has been sitting for a while and she trusts you you can get day old babies and go to her in the middle of the night and exchange one at a time for the fake eggs.

Other than that to try to end brooding quickly you can find a way to have cool or cold air blow on the nesting area. Leave the egg box doors open in the day time. Make it less cozy.
2 years ago
If you under feed them they will not put on as much fat. This is a serious problem if you are relying on your animals to provide you with a main source of your yearly fat. I do not think their size and stature would be much different after only one generation of potential underfeeding. Rather I would say they may be healthier because with less grain in front of them they will go looking for something else to eat.
2 years ago
I think a kitchen garden floor would be lovely until it is not. Then you can stop watering it, let it go back to earthen swept floor and replant when conditions are right. Sounds awesome! I want one.
2 years ago