Raised Bed Construction

Raised Bed Construction.

I really like your detail of your corner notch. Nice. I too¬†have used cardboard as a base with leaving the grass as a natural source of nitrogen. And I added a 1/4 inch hardware cloth because of our neighborhood voles. The little darlings gnaw through almost everything. Now you can enjoy many seasons of fresh veges. Comforting, isn’t it.

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So what am I doing with my new found time?

I’m returning to a long-time love of writing. It’s one of those things I should have never left and I not sure I ever really never did; I didn’t know it at the time but it was just disguised. My underlying passion for writing appeared as excessive notes on the care of my goats.

Cloaked as a textbook on how to train goats to do any number of tricks, I kept notes on several training observations, both failures and successes.

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Me at Stanly County Fair. It was fun.

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Pat Allen in front of Gran’ Nanny’s display at the Stanly County Fair

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Be on the Lookout for honey

Honey has long been known as a humectant that naturally attracts moisture to your skin. It is also an excellent skin softener. Did I mention that honey is delicious and an all natural product?

For all these reasons Bob and I have decided to become beekeepers. We’re beginning with only two hives; that about 50,000 bees, I think.

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Swarm of Bees At Foliat Drive

Swarm of Bees At Foliat Drive.

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Lester

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Dr. Oz TV Show to Include Carcinoid Cancer

Dr. Oz TV Show to Include Carcinoid Cancer.

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I’m getting used to the idea that I’m …

I’m getting used to the idea that I’m facing a bit of surgery. Last week was full of ‘tests’ (ugh); this week is BAU, but next week we meet with the Dr. to find out the results of all these tests. Wish me luck, please. Ah … when you do with me luck, would you mind adding a prayer or two? We’d appreciate it.

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All kinds of ‘things’ are going on at …

All kinds of ‘things’ are going on at Gran’ Nanny’s Goat Milk Soaps. First, the hubster has had the flu; the world stops when one of us is ill. I’ve been staying close to him and making sure he drinks plenty of liquids. He’s better.

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What a snow season that was: I say WAS b …

What a snow season that was: I say WAS because we’re hoping that the snow is all gone for the season. Those of us who made it through the season are stronger and our hearts are with the goats that didn’t make it. Each passing has been logged in our chronicle of lessons learned.

I already conduct fecal tests on the herds so I know which dewormer to use. All I gotta do is monitor the goats that have a higher propensity for getting worms. Buttressing their immune system is always a good idea.

I’ll deworm for stomach worms and coccidia at the beginning of the season as well as through the season, keep hay as a free feed, and somehow keep water in the barn throughout the snow storm (easier said than dun) but I have a few months to figure this out.

I learned that keeping free feed minerals and red cell is helpful. For the goats that want/like these treats, it’s available for them.

Hauling water the four different pens was our biggest challenge. But next year that will not be an issue. Like I said earlier, I’ve got a few months to figure this our then get it fixed before next winter. Note: need longer, shallow troughs with heaters in them instead of deeper bucket-types so more goats can drink at one time.

But for the most part, being snowed in the the family for two days was delightful. We napped with the dogs, read for the first time in a while, and watched a movie or two. Mind you, we did this in between barn yard visits. We had already setup the heat lamps in each barn so our critters could curl up under them … if they wanted to.

Our silly horse chose to stay outside most of the time. Go figure. Silly horse … love that guy. We absolutely must get a saddle one of these days so we can ride that little bugger. I say little, he’s a Walker and a tall one at that. I’ll measure the hands one of these days. I’m 5-4 and his wethers is still over my head. Sigh … .

Enjoy the late winter and stay warm,

Pat n Bob of the Sleeping Dog Ranch

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