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Sena Kassim

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Recent posts by Sena Kassim

Good day, We are considering the purchase of our first scythe. Our gas weed eater has retired, shall we say.

Using hand tools is much more appealing than buying another gas tool. We are also considering a battery string trimmer too.

I weed eat about 7 hours monthly. Garden paths, fence lines and around our house. Plus we are clearing a few areas to replant.

What are your thoughts on replacing a string trimmer with a scythe? I realize it will be a different workout.

Do you know if the ditch blade is good for grass and some woody materials? Can the grass blade handle some woddy materials?
I'd use it mostly on grass, but there are some thick stems.
Thank you. Great article and post!
11 hours ago
We add our trimmings to the compost pile. Not nearly 118 buckets?! WOW

Worms aren't going to like anything too styrong. The oils and aromas from citrus and lavendar might be too strong at first. These two things will take longer to break down in the soil too.

With that sort of pH, adding mulch or mixing the compostables with clay/sand soil should raise that pH.

We don't have your volume. Composting the stuff a few days/weeks may help it be more attractive to the garden. Maybe try burying the stuff?

You are going to have amazing soil.
4 days ago
Hi Gilbert, we love our worms and compost bins.
It may be worth to replace the wood and add a latch lock so the critters can't get in as easily. If the weather is dry, one could add a little hot pepper powder where the mice are digging. It would make the mice sneeze whilst digging and hopefully retrain them to leave your worms alone.

I too have found the small plastic stackable worm bins to be too shallow. Here are a few photos of our bins. It's good to have space within a bin to rotate the worms feeding. Putting food in the same place can cause that part of the bin to become really acidic. Add a little brown material to keep the pH balanced.

4 days ago
Good day,
We generally don't raise them together. The BSFL tend to be more aggressive top feeders. Keeping the worms at from eating as much. With even feed stock added, it seems it would work.

We raised them indoors once...that was interesting when they flew around the house. haha my bad!

Have you considered allowing them to climb up a slide or chute? perhaps something like this?

https://gardenpool.org/beneficial-insects/black-soldier-fly-composter-automatic-chicken-feeder
5 days ago
Hey Catlow,
So glad ya'll are offering this. Whilst living in Phoenix, I had the pleasure of attending WMG Water Harvesting course and many workshops/events. The Phoenix Zoo has rain barrels because of a partnership with WMG! Very joyous to work with Ryan and to be a part.

Hope ya'll are well,
~Sena
2 weeks ago
That sounds like great toe therapy.
2 weeks ago
Hi Deb,

We basically do what Jen has stated above. I really like her idea of using dummy twine lines. Our dummy lines we used the electric wire, just didn't hook them all up.
The twine sounds a bit more affordable than having to get all the clips. We did add a few dummy lines, where there drops in the fence due to elevation change.

When we use trees as post, we slid the hot wire into some black plastic irrigation tubing that is stapled to the tree, and any old hose will work.
Hi, I'm sorry for the loss. When we first began goating, we read a lot from Fiasco Farms webpage
They have a list of things for a birthing kit and how to get involved. Turning a breached kid.

My heart goes out to you.
We have the same thing. The smaller kid goats getting into the chicken coop. We had to put extra boards around the chicken coop entrance to keep the goats out and let the chickens move freely from pasture to coop. It's certainly a unique challenge. The kids are so curious...
2 weeks ago
Hi, one our goats had bitter tasting milk at first. Colostrum milk seems to be more yellow than white in color. Color might be an indication of what stage the milk is flowing.

Anyways, we read somewhere that kelp could make the milk bitter. We stopped feeding kelp. Getting the milk cold quickly helps too. We milk into frozen mason jars. Put the jar in a cooler. This way we milk the does, their milk gets cold quickly. Then we filter the milk into frozen mason jars. Place the milk in the freezer for an hour. Then into the fridge.

Doing these things has helped the milk tastes so much better. Hope this helps.