Recycled concrete curbing from old driveway
We’re reusing nice chunks of concrete curbing from the old driveway to make a bed alongside the north side of the house. Yesterday the guys spaced out the blueberries where they wanted them planted. The blueberries did exceptionally well back in 2005 but had to be removed in 2006 because of the construction on the house. Now all the homeless and misplaced plants will one again have their permanent growing grounds back.
Baby, It’s Cold & Windy Outside
After the holiday heat wave, the Santa Anas have whipped up bring cold high winds through the mountain passes. Quite a drastic change from the other day when we shed our winter layers for t shirts and bare feet. This morning, before going out and doing the animal chores, we bundled up like a babushka.
Pile of seed catalogs
It’s that time of year when stack of seed catalogs are piled on the dining room table to be rifled through and dog-eared dozens of times over. New varieties tempt us to try them with their explicit descriptions as we dreamily visualize planting and harvesting these enticing, mouthwatering varieties. In the catalogs I spot papers with list of sku numbers and pages scribbled on the page.
All grown Up
Our new batch of quirky khaki campbell ducks have finally laid. Well, one is laying that we know of. The new ducks have bonded with our other khaki campbell and are one big happy duck family. Once the ducklings were about 3 months old we introduced them to the other ducks. There was suspicion on both sides and it took awhile for them to get to know each other. Just like a kid in a new school, the new ducks hung out in their little clique and the old ones in theirs. Of course, our older girls would be suspicious of these young hussies, even Mr Duck had his doubts over the new babes. Over time, the new ladies have spread their charm and have finally won him over and Mr Duck has been ducky heaven since his harem has increased.
Back in 2003 Jordanne wanted to expand her backyard farm animal repertoire and ducks were on the list. At the time there wasn’t much information online about backyard ducks and, after months of research, concluded that khaki campbells were most suited for our urban situation. KC are extremely reliable layers; they’ll lay 300 eggs a year or more — up to 340. Even better, unlike chickens, KC don’t get broody, and that’s why they lay so many eggs. KC are considered “land ducks” and you don’t need a “pond” instead a kiddy pool or large shallow container will suffice for their daily bathing ritual.
Now, here’s where journal categories would really come in handy. I could refer readers to any related ducky entries we posted these last seven years – about raising, eggs, etc.
One of the questions most folks ask is this– are ducks loud? Ducks are relatively quiet – males ducks are even quieter. If you have both male and a few females the females will get a bit excited when doing their mating dance. They do, however, get a little quacky when seeing us in the morning and when bringing them greens from the garden. Ducks are entertaining and apractical edition to our backyard farm menagerie.
Readers & Html
Wow! I see we continue to have some longtime readers. We are extremely humbled and grateful. Even more so, it’s wonderful that we’ve kept your interests for so long. Also, like to extend a hearty welcome to new readers who are taking the first steps on their journey towards a more self sufficient life. Thanks for stopping by and making PTF journal such a long running (seven year.. and more?) success.
Also, thank you to those who kindly took time to offer some suggestions on how to get rid of html in all the older journal posts so I can easily add entries into a WordPress format. If I have time (going over to a friend’s house later), I’ll fool around today with it and see what method works for me. Thanks for your offers to help – that would be soooo wonderful!