Beth Mouse

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Thank you for your helpful info.  I don't think I will plant it on that south-facing slope after all.  I am wondering about planting each start in a small pot for the summer and keep on afternoon shaded back deck.  But then can I transplant them again in the fall into the ground?  Or maybe I should bury pot they are in into the ground.  I did that with a small mulberry start I bought this past winter and it lived but I read that mulberries are hardy plant starts, not sure about blueberries.
4 months ago
Two blueberry starts (out of have rooted and I need to plant them.  I was going to plant them on a south-facing slope to help protect them through our cold winters.  Last year, we had 3 that rooted and I planted them in veggie beds and none made it through winter.  I have 2 barberry plants behind this new space to provide wind protection from the north.  But my husband says if we plant them there now, they will get baked with our over 100 degree temps.  They are currently in sand medium in slatted plastic containers and I don't think I can leave them until fall and should plant them now or soon.  My husband thinks they won't like being planted now and then moved again in fall.  We are in Boise zone 6B.
4 months ago
I am considering buying 6 freedom ranger chicks in several batches throughout summer and fall for freezer.  I have an electric fence for poultry that makes a circle and I want to move them around my acreage.  I also have 4 layer hens that are in a barnyard and coop and I think it best to keep the broilers separate.  If I have the electric netting on all the time, any suggestions on a house to keep them safe?  I want as simple as possible bearing in mind we have owls around here and I believe there have been raccoons down the road.  I want it easy to move and not that big as there will only be 6 birds in it.  Maybe it should be off the ground so they can go under it although they will have shade alot of time because of trees around property.  
4 months ago
I am not sure if I will use it during the summer as I have plenty of raised beds I am trying to keep filled.  Moreso in the winter just having a few greens for smoothies.  So not sure if a 2' X 6' frame is big enough to stay insulated or maybe size doesn't matter...
6 months ago
I have a 4 foot by 6 foot wide bed next to my lawn and I would like a small cold frame.  Could I build a 2 foot wide frame and then plant something next to the frame that only gets 2 feet wide.  It would be exposed in this area and I am thinking an evergreen on the North side of it would help shield.  Or should I not worry about a plant screen and make it four feet wide.  I am not needing to plant alot in it and would prefer the smaller size but that might not be large enough to keep the plants inside warm?
6 months ago
Today's Dr. Mercola article talks about not eating chicken because it has too much linoleic acid from being fed grain.  He says "Animals typically develop cancer once the LA in their diet reaches 4% to 10% of their energy intake,depending on the cancer."  He goes on to talk about how LA in vegetable oil is very hard on your health and to limit chicken.

 https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2020/12/13/linoleic-acid-health-effects.aspx?ui=d96bb4b9115ced4abe04405527bdf0257bf7ddb052040ea3b987b26cbb9e1e41&cid_source=dnl&cid_medium=email&cid_content=art1HL&cid=20201213_HL2&mid=DM746090&rid=1033667619


I am soaking and fermenting my grain and am not sure if that reduces LA in the grain or if sprouting it would reduce it more.  Not sure how to reduce their intake to 4 to 10% of feed, especially in the winter!
11 months ago
Several years ago I bought an 8-tray fodder kit and still haven't assembled it. I don't have enough pasture for 2 mini-jerseys (slightly under 2/3 of an acre).   The company said I could feed 70% of their feed requirement from fodder with remaining 30% roughage.  If I had a 500-lb mini Jersey and they eat 3% of their body weight daily, that is 15 pounds.  This would equate to 2/3 of a tray of wheat or barley grass per day and not sure how much hay or grass for the remaining 30% of roughage.  Is anybody supplementing with fodder? Also, wondering about keeping her calf with her until she births again in Spring before selling or butchering.
1 year ago
Thanks Leigh...that is a great article.  I've actually decided I will just let the meat birds run around in the pasture with our layers and not try to separate them until bedtime and have a separate area then.  I eventually want a greenhouse and this is great about the vermicomposting!
1 year ago
I am wanting to raise some meat birds in the summer and have a 4 x 8' A-frame chicken tractor I pull around the yard.  Does anyone use this in winter as a greenhouse or hoophouse and plant greens in it?  I will only be raising the meat birds in the winter so it won't be in use then...

Beth
1 year ago
Thank you so much Andrew and Eliot--that really helped and it pretty much tells me I can't have a steer...not even a small one.  For the heck of it, do you mind telling me if it could graze our front lawn?  We have a large front lawn but it isn't pasture grass.  In the past, I have had 2 sheep on my pasture and then butchered in the fall.  Problem is, we end up with alot of lamb in the freezer and nobody likes it except me.  I really wanted a mini-jersey and was thinking I could milk but was told 1/2 acre isn't enough for a mini-jersey (and her calf).  Did Andrew mean there are smaller breeds of cows I could raise for butchering?  I do have a sacrifice area that isn't super large, not sure of dimensions off top of my head.  I have an acre in Boise, but only 1/2 acre in pasture grass and sure I can't butcher here and really don't want to honestly.  So I know that will be an expense and I have how much it cost to butcher the sheep filed and am not sure after buying the lambs if it saves me money by not buying lamb cuts at the store.  
1 year ago