Category Archives: DIY

Posts that are about how to do things yourself that you would otherwise buy

Asparagus Berries/Seed

While traveling past one of the Harry & David pear orchards a week or so back, the family noticed a bunch of red berries on a plant growing along the roadside. After stopping to look, it was obvious that it … Continue reading

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Water Chestnuts – Harvest Day

The water chestnut experiment was completed today. Overall, I would say that the experiment to see if water chestnuts could be grown in southern Oregon was a success. However, the total yield was very small (~2 lbs) from the 16 … Continue reading

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Homestead Construction #6 – Walls are up!

The masonry walls are complete! It has taken two weeks, but the external walls of the house and two internal masonry walls are fully up and filled. With the walls up, it is really starting to seem like a house. … Continue reading

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Starting Black Locust from Seed

I planted a dozen or so Black Locust seedling trees around our property last year.. and the deer found them delicious! They didn’t even get a chance to settle in before getting completely chomped. The trees were not big enough … Continue reading

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Homestead Construction #5 – Foundation Complete!

We have wrapped up the foundation part of the construction this week. It’s only taken a few weeks, but it seems like it was a lot longer! Once the minor plumbing issues were resolved, it was just time to wait … Continue reading

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Saving Seeds

We’re working on processing and packaging some seed from the vegetable garden today, so I thought I would post pics of some of the seed we have put aside this year. Good seed production from the carrots! The swiss chard … Continue reading

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Snacking in the Orchard

The heat of summer has finally arrived, it seems. With it comes the chance to sample some new flavors of fruit and berries! I was excited to see the Tayberries plumping up over the past week, and now they have … Continue reading

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