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Winter gardening

Winter is approaching and we’re getting the first frosts of the fall. Usually this means putting the garden to bed for the winter, and waiting till spring to grow anything else. But this year, we’re trying some fall gardening techniques … Continue reading

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The Science Behind Blue Eggs

Although most breeds of chickens lay white or brown eggs, there are a few breeds that lay blue ones. In the U.S., you may come across Araucana, Americauna, and Easter Egger chickens. Araucana chickens are descended from chickens in Chile … Continue reading

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Genetic diversity

The crops that we know and enjoy come in amazing diversity that most of us have never observed. Sure, we might see ten different kinds of apples when we go to the grocery store. When we buy tomatoes, we might … Continue reading

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Science-Based Companion Planting

If you read much about organic gardening, you’re likely to hear all kinds of recommendations for companion planting, or which plants should be grown next to other plants. There are many reasons that organic gardeners promote companion planting. For example, … Continue reading

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Foraging for honey mushrooms

Okay, time for a break from all the chicken talk. This post is going to be about our experience this fall foraging for mushrooms. First, I just want to say that eating wild mushrooms when you’re not 100% sure of … Continue reading

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Bringing our new hens home

On the day that we finished the coop, we drove to South Carolina to visit our friend Liz and get the chickens. She had a bunch of hens that she was looking to re-home, but I especially wanted her two … Continue reading

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Building a run

So then we had what would become our coop, but we still needed a run, so that the chickens can enjoy the outdoors while being protected from predators. Most sources on backyard chicken keeping recommend 10 square feet of floor … Continue reading

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