Beth Mouse

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I have 2 East Friesian I bought and am hoping to milk them.  I only have 1/3 acre and have it divided into 3 paddocks.  I am considering buying a ram for the fall only.  I honestly am afraid of rams and have kids and don't want anyone injured.  Also, the sheep share the small barnyard with the chickens and are in this separate enclosed area alot.  There is a gate from the barnyard that goes out into the small pasture.  If I bought a ram in the fall, can I butcher it in January or February and plan on eating it or would it not taste any good?

Thanks for any help, Beth
Thank you so much for all the replies.  We are still waiting to talk to our county extension specialist about the wires on the fruit trees and I will let you know their input as well.  Sounds like we should give it a try on at least a few fruit trees.  We have 15 trees.  

Thanks so much!
2 years ago
The Permaculture Orchard DVD talks about using wire to train fruit tree brances to bend down and stay angled down close to trunk and ground.  My husband, whom is no expert in fruit tree care and nor am I,  says this is the first he has heard of it and that he has never seen this in orchards or anywhere around here (Idaho).  He wonders why more people aren't doing it if it is the better way I guess.  Stefan on the DVD mentions that 2 French researchers he talked to recommended it.  I told him I would research and ask more about whether this method is truly better than just pruning and if any of you does this.

Thanks,
Mudwelly Girl  
2 years ago
Thank you for all the great input.  I think I want to stick with Lindsey's recommendation of just keeping the pile outside the greenhouse (for now anyway).  I am not sure if I will have greenhouse plastic or a greenhouse kit I buy.  Are you saying though to keep the pile next to the greenhouse only in winter because it will be too hot to keep it right next to it in the summer?  Greenhouse and compost bin next to it (on North side) would be in shade in summer, but it is hot here in Boise.  Should I plan on having a different spot for bins in the summer?

Thanks,
Beth, mudwelly girl
2 years ago
If I wanted to keep it out of the greenhouse and have it up against the North wall, what material would you recommend for an insulated solid wall?  Plywood or concrete blocks?  Just hoping for ideas.  I actually don't think I would have room for the compost pile inside for the size of greenhouse I'm wanting.  
2 years ago
Thanks Henri for the advice and ideas.  Unfortunately I do use manure in my compost.  It is mainly sheep barnyard waste and our kitchen food scraps mixed, so now I know I can't put it inside greenhouse.  I didn't know if the North wall should be a solid wall rather than the greenhouse plastic and throw the compost up against the wall.  Maybe there is still danger of it igniting though...
2 years ago
I am hoping to build a greenhouse this summer or next.  It won't be attached to the house and will be in our lawn exposed to elements.  Will be oriented east and west lengthwise.  So one long side will be on South and the other on the North.  I am thinking  8 feet wide and 12 feet long.  Is it a good idea to place my compost bins right next to the North side wall?  They are pallet bins and I thought they might provide some warmth and wind protection.  They are only 4 feet tall so not sure how much wind protection they'll provide.  I might be able to plant some shrubs or small trees North of the compost bins.  

Also wondering if the North Wall should be greenhouse plastic or should it be solid to help retain heat.  The beds will be in the ground with a 2 foot path running down the center.  I am hoping to raise worms under the boards of this path to feed my chickens.  

Just trying to get a plan together.  A rocket mass heater would be cool!

mudwellygirl
Idaho
2 years ago
Has anyone used shower doors to build a greenhouse.  I am having my doors replaced on 2 showers and my plumber says he can give me more doors as he gets them.  These are the shower doors for privacy so they are not totally clear glass-looking.  The pdf mentioned here is a shower door greenhouse and they look like this.  Just wondering if this type of material lets the right amount of light through.  

http://www.landspro.com/forums/showthread.php?4982-Shower-Door-Greenhouse

Thanks, Mudwelly girl
2 years ago
Thanks for your reply and I'm sorry but I just realized I got a reply.  I don't think it is 3/4" minus but I'm not sure what that means except less than 3/4" in size.  Spreading the rock dust on top might be something I could do.  I was thinking though about the cobble I see in pictures of old European barnyards.  They have gravel mixed in with concrete or whatever and maybe I should add more gravel and put concrete down there.  The gravel basically extends from the barn to 4 feet away from it.  Then the goats would have some rocks which is good for their feet.

Thanks,
Beth  
We have a smaller-sized dry barnyard that has a small portion covered.  It does get wet and mucky in the winter and Spring.  I hate sifting the gravel out of my compost because of the gravel in the barnyard.  We have tried to scoop and dig it out.  But gravel just keeps surfacing.  If we dug way down and tried to remove it, I don't know how far we would have to dig down.  It was a horse yard before we moved here ten years ago and there was a lot of gravel.  If we did manage to remove gravel, I am not sure if we should just replace with topsoil or what.  I imagine topsoil would be very mucky when weather is wet.  

If not for gravel in animal yard, I would not have to sieve all my compost!

Thanks,
Beth