Month: January 2018

Baby Chick Season

Baby Chick Season

Each spring, our nearby farm & feed store (The Grange in Issaquah) starts getting supplies of various chicken varieties, starting in early February and continuing until May. Given we recently lost 5 of our beloved hens, we are looking ahead to increasing the size of […]

One Hour Pretzels

One Hour Pretzels

There is something perfect about a homemade pretzel on a winter Sunday. For some reason, I always want to make pretzels if I’m going to watch a football game. I’m not 100% certain where that association comes from. But the Super Bowl is coming up, […]

Easy Hay Transport

Easy Hay Transport

Our animal feed needs are fairly modest. We have goats & chickens, a dog and some barn cats. No horses. No llamas. No iguanas. Most serious farm-types end up needing lots of hay, and will often have a truckful delivered and stored for the season. […]

Who Killed Our Chickens?

Who Killed Our Chickens?

This past Friday, we went into our barn around 6:00 PM to tuck the critters in for the night. We live in the woods, so we lock up our goats and chickens in their stalls each night a little after dusk, and let them out […]

How To Plan Garden Crop Rotations

How To Plan Garden Crop Rotations

Garden crop rotation is an easy bit of insurance to buy in your home edible garden. “Rotation” in this context means not growing the same family of crops in the same spot year after year, instead moving the location each season to prevent the buildup […]

The Beauregard Whiskey Sour

The Beauregard Whiskey Sour

Another day, another cocktail on the farm. This one is a take on the Whiskey Sour, but tweaked with the addition of Cocchi Americano – an aromatic and bitter liquor similar to Lillet, but of Italian origin. We also use two varieties of citrus to balance […]

Beekeeping

Beekeeping

Reading many books and attending Beekeeping 101 and 201 from Tilth seem to have prepared us (Al) quite well for keeping bees.   Al suits up to tend to the bees, and Atticus and I take the pictures (we go “suitless,” but for reasons evident from the […]

Tips for Cheesemaking

Tips for Cheesemaking

After a couple of years of trial and error, we’ve discovered a few tips that seems to make our cheesemaking adventures go as smoothly as possible. You are going to find lots of great recipes and books, but if you want our top tips for […]

How To Build a Landscaping Screen for Your A/C Unit

How To Build a Landscaping Screen for Your A/C Unit

When we moved into our farm house last year, we quickly realized that that the oustide A/C unit and propane tanks were on our most-used path in or out of the house. We literally walk by these things 8-12 times a day. Don’t get me […]

What We’re Growing in the Garden This Year

What We’re Growing in the Garden This Year

January means one thing: garden planning! Building an annual garden plan starts with making a list of what we’re growing in the garden this year. So over the weekend, we cracked open our seed vault  – which sounds impressive, but is in fact a ziplock […]