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05.31.09

As I was sipping my cup of coffee this morning and looking out the backyard, which is in serious need of baling mowing, I told Alan we should consider fencing off the back half of the yard and get either 2 goats or 2 sheep. My thought was we would never have to cut that part of the yard again. Now, mind you, we live in a subdivision that is backed up to Wal-Mart (another story for another time) and only have 1 acre. This is about a 1/3 of my backyard (didn’t have the wide angle lens on and was too lazy to go get it). I’m standing on the deck here and what you see beyond the fence is stupid Wal-Mart. Used to be trees and wildlife, now its a big ole ugly buidling..ok..sorry..it still grates on my nerves.

Anywho, back to my question. Alan asked me what we would do with all the animal waste. Um,,,hmmm,,good question. Guess I didn’t think that far ahead. Could we sell it?? Can you use sheep or goat manure on gardens?? I don’t know, this is all new to me. Then he asked me what the purpose of the animals would be. Well, duh, if you have sheep you could sell the wool to spinners or knitters, goats (if I could handle it) could be milked for goats cheese or goats soap. So really the problem isn’t the purpose of the animals its what we would do with all the shit.

So, I need ideas and suggestions. Please leave me a comment and let me know what you do at your farm/homestead. Remember, we are working with just one acre of land.

Thanks!

05.31.09
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Yesterday was spent doing LOTS of yard and garden work. One of my projects was to get this flower garden weeded and mulched. I don’t even want to talk about the flower garden you can see in the photo on the far side of the stairs….eek…needs serious work. Yes, there really is some perennials in […]

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05.30.09

Once a year our county hosts a Household Hazardous Waste day. It gives us the opportunity to get rid of all those pesky cans of hazardous waste. Alan cleaned out the garage, under the kitchen sink, and checked the basement and found quite a bit that we could recycle. Alan had to work today so […]

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05.30.09

You know how sometimes life never feels like its going the way it should?? You look around and you think “what the hell??” I’ve had a few of those head shaking moments lately, but in the midst of it all have been little pockets of sunshine. These are moments that just make me happy and […]

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05.27.09

Last week the weather was fantastic. We got the clothesline up, found the clothes pins and I went to town hanging clothes out. The kids aren’t thrilled with the idea–they miss soft fluffy towels. I’m going to try adding fabric softener to my rinse cycle and see if that helps (any suggestions??). This week is […]

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