Natural Pest Controls

Natural pest control can be effective when you have great partners!

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Saying Good Bye to Trees and Brush

So the little brush chipper wasn’t enough for lots of the tree limbs around here. That lead to a PTO chipper with more umph.

That, in turn, was too much for the 1026 tractor which lead to its big brother – a 38 hp 2038  (thanks to zero percent interest)!

And that lead to little ones out of big ones.

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Not the Fourth of July

It’s not the 4th of July yet, but the corn is off to good start compliments of the hot days and last nights rain.

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Art and the Green Season

One creative happening during the Green Season is the artsy affect in nature. 

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Welcome to the Green Season

Living in the “North Land”  means living with  seasons. The year starts with the “White Season” usually followed by the “Mud Season”. Most recently the “Green Season” began. No, it’s not due to the green vegetation that dominates the landscape.

The Green Season lasts just a couple of weeks, but can be quite intense. Living in a Jack Pine forest means you have to contend with the Green Season in late May into early June. This is when the trees produce massive amounts of green pollen that spreads like smoke or fog so intensely that visibility can drop to feet on roads. Worse is the fact that in covers and penetrates everything like green dust which does blow off with next wind gust. No painting, car washing, dusting, tree felling or the like until the Season ends!

Just a few hours into the Green Season!

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Apple Blossom Time

The fruit trees have been purchased over the last few years, so they’ll be coming into production over time. This year a number of the Apple trees have gone into blossom which will produce a small but varied crop this Fall Season. About a dozen or so varieties are in bloom and between the native bees along with a little hand pollination it will be fun to watch the crop develop.

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Flock Renewal

The old flock of egg hens is down to some 5-6 senior citizens as they were from the original hens 6 years ago.  They’ll get to live out their days having earned the retirement status.

Compliments of a Chick Days Sale, their replacements are keeping themselves busy in the brooder.

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Counting the days

Now that weather has stabilized, just counting the days until fresh lettuce salad for lunch.

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Company for Gus

Once again Gus’ brother Kaiser came up to visit with Matt. Matt was up to plant this year’s new Orchard Trees which included 5 more apples and 5 pears. I also planted the 12 chestnut, butternut, walnut, and pecans. With some luck there will be fruits and nuts in the future.

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Just a few Days of Spring

What a difference a few weeks of normal April temperatures can make! Here’s the first of this year’s Orchard crops in bloom – Hazelnuts.

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