I hate being right. Really. I secured all 10 White Leghorn chicks in a dry horse tank and secured a lid to the top to keep out predators. It worked for several days. Last night it didn't. Fairly horrific, actually. Just wings, legs and bits left. Poor little chicks... Being white wouldn't have worked well anyway. Hawks can pick them off easily... I believe this was a young raccoon or even several... *sigh* Time to get out the live trap and get whatever killed them trapped and depopulated. My chickens actually roost and sleep in the trees to get away from the predators. Living on 25 wooded acres with a creek makes weasels, raccoons, opposums, etc. just a way of life. But I don't have to like it. I'll share, but not losing all of them... *harumph*
THIS is the female kiwi vine in all her glory... At the back left side of this arbor is the male. About 1' tall... It'll take him a while to catch up with the female... One of the hog panels is laying in front of the newly constructed hog pen.
Sweet Annie (left) is an aromatic strewing herb. Wonderful, green, rich, piney smell. The plant on the right? Isn't. It's Ragweed. Although once Ragweed puts up it's spikey seeds, it's decorative (but makes a lot of people sneeze). I have A LOT of Sweet Annie on my property. Once you get it started, it tends to strew itself everywhere. Makes me smile.
My cattle feeder/bunker is starting to look quite productive. This is inside the atrium. Mizuna (lower left), Lacinto kale (next plant up), Sap Sago palm (a house plant), Neanthe Bella palm (another house plant), spikes of garlic, then a small open area then red spinach, lettuce, carrots and finally at the back, Red beets. I believe I'll be able to grow greens and some other things year round in this set up. Below the cattle feeder/bunker is an open area where I'll plant kale and perhaps cabbage. All in all an interesting experiment. The item at the upper left is a shroud from a warehouse light - plastic but makes a great cloche. I have a dozen or so and they've been very helpful...
Gailann Schrader - Frugalista
I live on a Smallholding farm in NorthWest Indiana. I have American Guinea Hogs, an Arabian horse, a punk mule mare, a donkey, dairy goats, honeybees, dogs (one of which is a Livestock Guardian dog learning that cats aren't varmints), cats, guineas and chickens. I've owned geese, meat goats, cattle (on the home farm), sheep, llamas and rabbits. I'm as self-sufficient as possible and enjoy it!