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Sand Hill Thicket

Tales of stunning sunsets, happy sheep, and peace and quiet on a 10-acre farm in Northeastern Kansas.

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Garden Update: Taming the “Jungle”

It's high time I provided an update on my new garden area. We have just entered a cool and wet spell after being hot and super dry. Meanwhile, the empty areas in the garden have been overwhelmed by grass, which... Continue Reading →

Garlic Harvest

I figured it must be time to harvest the garlic when I noticed they had all disappeared into a sea of weeds and grass. Sure enough, upon closer inspection, it was time! I was a bit shocked how successful I... Continue Reading →

New Garden Area

Well, it's a start. I've got loads of room (~1300 sq. ft.) to fill with vegetable plants. Then I'm going to go crazy with mulch! So far, I've sown two 50' rows of Glass Gem corn, which is a flint... Continue Reading →

Attempting A No-Till/No-Dig Garden

Yesterday we placed a large silage tarp over the grass and weeds in this area to attempt to start a new no-till/no-dig garden site. We tried super hard to find enough items to keep the tarp down, but in the... Continue Reading →

It’s Another New Year

We've been in the deep freeze since our first snow on Friday night, bottoming out at a wind chill of -7°F. The chickens are so cold they haven't come down out of their houses for more than a minute to... Continue Reading →

Low Tunnel Update – Blogmas Day 17

Well, Blogmas took a break over the last couple of days. We had quite a storm here on Wednesday night. Serious winds and then a line of storms like a derecho, which was then followed by worse wind, dust all... Continue Reading →

Dreary Day

It's a dreary day and we might have severe storms and/or heavy rain later. Emma Mitchell, author of The Wild Remedy: How Nature Mends Us - A Diary, says to lift your mood, go and try to create a catalog... Continue Reading →

Picking the Garden

Here is my latest harvest. I've been getting something akin to this when I pick a couple times per week. The question is how to do it justice? Today, the tomato worm "massacre" was worse than normal as I haven't... Continue Reading →

It’s Pickle Time!

Every winter, as we crunch the last pickle made the summer before, we will sigh and wistfully calculate how far away (months) fresh cucumbers are. Every summer then, due to the pickle withdrawals we will have just survived, I will... Continue Reading →

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