Elizabeth Bowers

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since Jul 07, 2013
I'm new into the homesteading world, but i'v been farming my whole life. I'm here to learn more about homesteading, and creating a better natural environment both around home and around the farm. I'm an avid equestrian, and enjoy the outdoors with my husband.
Southwestern Pennsylvania
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I'll give it my best shot, the thing is it weighs a ton as far as i know so far, it looks to be in fair condition compared to some of the ones i'v looked at. It's been in the foundation behind our house for probably close to the last 25-30+ years, because my husbands grand parents had it in the foundation of their house when it was standing. So i'm hoping it will still be salvageable, i'v been browsing the net for wood cook stoves and about repairing one.
Thank you guys! This is great help.
5 years ago
My husband and i were given an old wood cook stove, but it has been in an old burnt down foundation for years. It was in the basement when the previous house had burned down. It looks a little rough, and the warming rack needs repaired, and i can't get any of the doors to open on it. Would it be worth fixing up and using or should i just save up and purchase another one?
It is still currently covered in debris, but it shouldn't be hard to dig it out, sorry for the bad photo.
5 years ago
Yeah i gathered that when the one pig got loose and was rooting under the apple tree. But the tree has survived! Thank you again Walter!
5 years ago
Thank you everyone!! Sorry i haven't been on much to reply, i'v been busy researching heirloom plants, and purple vegetables.
Wow, i'm really starting to like Trifoliate Orange.
WOW Marsha, you know so much about it, where are you located at? I'm beginning to see a lot more possibilities with it than i thought. Great idea for around your chicken coop, we've been having predator problems with ours lately.
Miles, i'll be sure to check into the link you shared.
This is great honestly, i'm beginning to feel much better about a nice natural living fence. And yes bears are a big problem where i live, lately they have been coming right up to my father in laws house!
Thank you so much everyone!
5 years ago
Thank you Walter. I have established a good fence now, and a rather high voltage fencer, he hasn't tested it in the last week, i'll be adding a third strand of wire soon since they are getting rather large now. And i'll be adjusting the existing fence, there are apple trees as a barrier currently, and some tall grass and some kind of hedge in the one corner. I will be adding more to the fence.
Thank you!
5 years ago
David Goodman, I heard that Osage Orange has a nasty way of taking over fields and open spaces. And can be a nightmare to get rid of. I was considering it for a while, and it's still an option.

Thank you!
5 years ago
Really that is cool. I was thinking about using it to keep the livestock out of my yard. They've been a nightmare this year even when using electric fencing. And lately we've been having a bear nusence problem, and it has me greatly concerned, so if it will keep a bull in hopefully it will keep a bear out.
I will continue reading up more about it. Thank you!
5 years ago
It's actually a "bar" or castrated male, he thinks he's big stuff and does it at least twice a day. I make sure they have plenty to eat and drink, they have a spring running through their lot, and get fed up to 3 times a day depending on who's doing so. We got hog panels from an auction but i'm only going to use them for the piglets. My boar is actually quite affectionate and super lazy. I'm sure we'll be sending that hog off soon, he's getting quite large.
They have about 1/4 of an acre with some vegetation left after they have been out for the last 3 months.
I'll give your suggestions a shot! Thank you!
5 years ago
Hello,

I'v been looking into growing some hedges as fences and some for privacy. A friend mentioned Trifoliate Orange or "Flying Dragon". What is it exactly? And what can it be used for? Will it take over open fields or yards? Sorry for all the questions, i'm just curious. Thank you!
5 years ago
Hello,

My husband an i raise hogs, currently Polish China, Old Spotted, and Duroc. I wanted to eliminate our electric fencing around their lot. I'v noticed that each time they get loose and go back through the fence we end up with an injury. What could i possibly plant as a hedge to keep them in? And something that they won't root up. They are on about 1/4 acre lot, with shelter and running water. I'v raised hogs before, but never any whom tested the fence as much as these ones do. Any thoughts on how to deter them?
Your advice is greatly appreciated.
Thank you!
5 years ago