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Golf Balls and Chilis!

Posted 2/24/2014 7:13pm by Bruce Scarberry.

It has been an eventful and busy last few weeks.  We have the roof as well as most of the walls on the shed.  While it is 53'x 32' it is already getting full.  We have received many of our inputs for this growing season which is helping to occupy some of the space.  It is nice to start finding a home for things.

The greenhouse is beginning to fill up with all of our starts for the year.  To help regulate the temperature we have basically put a greenhouse inside our greenhouse by using left over poly from both our greenhouse and high tunnel.  On cold nights we add extra heat under the bottom layer to ensure the idea temperature for germination is maintained.

The high tunnel has been cleaned prepped and seeded for early spring produce.  We are still amazed at how effective both the greenhouse, but especially the high tunnel heat up and retain their heat.

This week as long as the rain hold off we are going to start preparing beds for planting potato and various other spring crops.

The pigs have been rocking out in their woods.  They are growing well.  We look at their weight on a weekly basis to ensure we get them bred as soon as possible.

Oh the chickens!  They have been toying with my emotions lately.  Not only are they being stubborn and not laying eggs in their nest boxes they decided to take a break from laying all together.  While chickens generally slow down in the winter, they usually increase production as the day length increases.  We decided our chickens need some help so there are now golf balls located in the next boxes to help the chickens learn where to lay.

Now comes the chilis!  We had a few pounds of dried chilis from our production last year.  It was decided that these would help our chickens remember that they need to lay eggs.  So far it seems to have worked. We are experiencing a three fold increase in eggs!

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