Winter Babies – Goats, Rabbits, BSF Larvae

As I was preparing my house for the rental market I figured I’d give the rabbits some time outside in the yard. They cleared up all the weeds and ate the remainder of the winter kale. They also made some new additions to the farm. It’s been a fairly mild winter in the Northwest however…

Swimming With the Fishes – The Death of My Aquaponics System

Here in the Pacific Northwest our climate is not conducive to growing Tilapia, but I wanted to try it anyway. Unfortunately keeping the water temperature warm enough for the fish was not practical in our outdoor system and with the imminent move to the farm in the near future I don’t want to add to…

Greening My Very Own Desert – Planting in Harsh Climates

With the recent fires, the super hot/dry summer, and the unfinished well I don’t exactly have the ideal scenario for planting vegetation on the property. In the past I did some fairly in depth research on the work of Geoff Lawton and his project “Greening the Dessert.” You can see the details of his project…

Well, That Sucks – Fixing Our Burnt Up Well

Many of the components of our well burned up in a fire a few months ago. We have now had 2 fires come across our property since it’s purchase a few months ago. Getting water flowing again was at the top of our priority list. If you missed it, you can see the YouTube fire video here…

FIRE!

The news said the fire was causing a stage 3 evacuation of the town where our farm was located, and we were about to drive straight into the center of it. Sometimes there is no right answer to a situation. We could play it safe and watch our dreams literally go up in flames, or…

Hive Split – Turning 1 Hive into 2

When a strong bee colony begins to get crowded they will swarm and go find a new home. Beekeepers don’t want their investment to fly away, so one way to prevent swarming is to divide your hive into two hives. A new package of bees costs around $95 dollars. Dividing your hive into 2 is…

Weeding With Rabbits

In the past few months I’ve been traveling a bunch and in my absence the yard has gotten away from me. I hate weeding. It sucks and is a battle you can never win. The one upside however is that I really enjoy feeding weeds to my animals. They enjoy it, it’s nutritious, and it…

Dream Big, Work Smart – We Got Our Farm

Up until this point I’ve felt rather constricted as to what I could do on my property. Being an Urban Farmer kinda blows… space is at a premium, you always have to tread lightly so the neighbors don’t bitch about what you’re doing, and it is difficult to store useful materials without looking like you…

Cloning Plants in My Kitchen

On 3/27/2014 I began a plant cloning experiment. I purchased a kit from Carol Stiff who runs http://www.kitchenculturekit.com/ Carol spoke briefly during one of my Master Gardener classes about the benefits of cloning plants and I was intrigued. I am attempting to clone a variety of my more exotic indoor plants/trees as well as some…