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How many times do you use your hay?

Hay How many times do YOU reuse your hay? For me it’s 4 times. First: feed it to the goats, Second: what falls to the floor becomes bedding, by spring a thick layer that quickly absorbs urine ( I only clean the goat barn once a year!) Third: rake up some of the hay for […]

Home Made Bedding

Believe it or not we even make the bedding for the nesting boxes for the chickens. Beautiful, fresh, sweet smelling wood shavings come from our planer. Every time we process wood to use in the house I carefully sweep up the shavings. Sometimes we run out and I use dried grasses , or spent hay […]

Winter Digging

Every truly addicted gardener should have an indoor garden when they live in a cold climate. Besides, it sure keeps you in shape for digging! I used to can and freeze food, but now we eat fresh year round, even when it is -20* and 4′ of snow on the ground. I am amazed that […]

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Chicken Coop/Greenhouse

“We have a new greenhouse”, say the little red hens! A chicken coop sharing a common wall with the greenhouse. Not a new idea, but new to our neck of the woods. Windows in the shared wall allow air to flow. Warm BTU’s from the chickens at night, sun warmed air from the greenhouse to […]


Life Above The Clouds

Once or twice a year we get this effect. Weather conditions push the clouds down below our level. Livingston is down there somewhere socked in. I know its just water vapor but it feels like being on the ocean. The Bear Tooth Plateau, the largest expanse of land above 10,000 ft in the continental U.S.A. […]