Tuesday, May 26, 2009

No water, no crops

On Sunday, we went back to the Tenmile property to talk to the neighbors. They said the well did not have good flow. 1.5 gallons per minute. We decided to give up on this site. Our agent will keep looking for us and we will wait for something better to come along.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Tenmile property

This was our favorite property. It is 45 acres and about 10 of those are pretty flat pastures. This is some of the pasture area near the barn.

This is looking from the the right side of the house, down towards the barn.

There are several different fenced off areas. We think they had sheep. The fence is in really good shape.

This is the back side of the house and shop looking from the road.

Sid and Carbon enjoying the pastures. That's a big tongue, Buddy.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Wild Turkeys in Roseburg

On our morning walk, in a nearby neighborhood, we saw a couple of wild turkeys. The dogs didn't see them, so Sid was able to get a pretty good picture. Rhododendrons are in bloom and almost every house in this little neighborhood has a few. We don't see too many of those in our part of California, nor wild turkeys.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Day 1 Road Trip to Oregon

Button and Carbon enjoying the long ride to Oregon. This is somewhere near Redding, CA.

Mount Shasta, were almost to the Oregon border.

The rolling hills of Roseburg, OR. Tomorrow we are 'site' seeing

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Second Compost Pile

Sid and I made our second compost pile yesterday. I started a small pile last week, but it just wasn't big enough to heat up, so we spread that one out and built on top of it. The pile in the foreground is the one we built last Monday. It started out as big as the one we built yesterday.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Compost Pile - day 6

The pile has shrunk at least 6 inches since Monday. It's heating up and breaking down.

Monday, May 11, 2009

30 minute workout

Sid and I built our first compost pile this evening. I made one over the weekend by myself, but Sid needed to learn how to do build them. We had lots of dried leaves from the fall and plenty of vetch, oats and various weeds to complete a 3'x3'x3' pile. It should heat up fast and give us compost in a couple of months. We will probably build 2 or 3 more later this week or over the weekend. It took us about 30 mins and it was a good workout.

Some of the fodder for the compost pile. CA poppies, flowering radishes and cereal rye.

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Black and Yellow ladybug

Found this little guy on a carrot that is going to seed. Never saw one with yellow markings.

I hope to see more in the garden soon.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009


On Saturday, I had my last gardening class. For part of the class we went to a local chef's garden. She has 6 chickens who live in a beautiful chicken coop.

The chicken coop has a wire mesh bottom, so the chicken poo can be collected easily for the compost pile.

Egg collecting is easy. There is a hatch that opens directly to the nests.