I finally decided on a place to build the chicken coop. This space already has some scrubby trees, much enjoyed by sparrows and other birds with very old metal fencing around which, into and through the trees have grown over years. This must have been the pen for some sort of small animal(s) many yearsContinue reading “Chicken Coop Construction”
Ginseng planting is done. In beautiful, unseasonably warm November weather! I sowed a pound of seed in various spots on north and east facing slopes with seemingly sufficient shade around the woods, including this steep slope, and marked the rows with flags and high visibility tape — so I can find them later! It willContinue reading “Ginseng Planted on Steep Slope”
Planting ginseng seeds in the woods today, serenaded by a huge flock of sparrows.
Must admit to an inordinate affection for fire. Intended to plant ginseng seeds in the woods today, but there’s all this unwanted brush from scrubby bushes and felled little trees. And a windy, sunny day. So this is what’s happening.
It’s a tiny snake, but a bona fide snake. Good job, Scootch.
9 wild turkeys sighted today. I must learn how to attract, feed, and provide habitat for these big birds. They seem to like the edge of the woods next to the pasture. They are omnivorous, especially keen to eat acorns, pecans, cereal grains, cracked corn, blueberries and other small fruit. I don’t want to huntContinue reading “Wild Turkeys”
So I finally mowed the main part of the pasture. About 4 acres of approximately 5 acres. It took 3 days. So far. Hacked some thistles and tall woody weeds with machete and hand held trimmer first. Went through 2 rolls of vinyl trimmer string and 5 pair of thick vinyl cutter blades. Took downContinue reading “Mowed pasture. Now what?”
Pleased to report that these inherited cats are incompetent bird hunters, so far. They stalk, yes, but have not yet caught any of the many birds. Birds are very wary and smarter than their teeny brains would indicate. As long as the cats continue to fail as predators, they can stay. They’re going to haveContinue reading “Incompetent Bird Killers”
Nice fall evening light and colors. Next year, I’d like to have some animals grazing this pasture.
Dylan and I sorted these barn timbers today, raising them off the ground, and covering them with tarp. Over 100 years old. The supports for the old barn. Large wooden pegs in some of them. Various hefty sizes: 6″ x 8″, 8″ x 8″, 10″ x 10″, a couple almost 12″ x 12″ and 30′Continue reading “Barn Timbers”