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  1. John R.

    Chicken Tractor

    I started raising chickens a couple of years ago, but didn’t want to build the traditional stationary chicken coop. I read and studied plans on using a chicken tractor, portable chicken coop, as my means to raise my new hens. My first iteration was based on the dimensions of my raised beds. The...
  2. John R.

    Creating Compost

    I had never thought about the worming medicine impacting the soil that way, great tip!
  3. John R.

    Creating Compost

    Thank you. Finally gathered the last of it from the field. The pile is about four times as large as we have ever had! I am excited. The cows are in it every day tearing it up for me.
  4. John R.

    Creating Compost

    Lots of times there are people with some type of stable near you, even in less rural places than where I live. Look it up, most times those folks don't mind allowing someone to come muk their stalls or areas. Lots of people will take free labor!
  5. John R.

    Creating a Green/Glasshouse from Old Windows

    There are lots of plans on Pinterest. Some are free, but many you have to pay for. I have a lot of them as well and my wife and I want to do the same thing. I will look at some plans and send any links that might be just basic plans. Good luck!
  6. John R.

    Creating Compost

    Thank you, that is the hope! JR
  7. John R.

    Creating Compost

    When we moved into our home several years ago, there was a garden plot next to the house. I had grandiose ideas of growing as much food as possible for my family. What I didn't realize was due to the condition of the soil from how it was used for a number of years, it was completely dead! No...
  8. John R.

    Berries Galore

    Vicky, I have learned that some of the best things out there are what we consider weeds! I have learned to appreciate so many new plants for their beneficial attributes. Now my father-in-law on the other hand, he does not follow my thoughts. He uses all kinds of herbicides to kill as many...
  9. John R.

    Louisiana Farm Life

    Mary, thank you. I have some things in the ground now. Hoping to get the rest in tomorrow or the next day. Thank you for the welcome.
  10. John R.

    Louisiana Farm Life

    DeRidder. Still trying to figure some of this out. Welcome!
  11. John R.

    Louisiana Farm Life

    Wow, that is a lot. We are trying or hand at a couple of citrus trees this year. I guess we will see how that goes this fall. Good luck with yours! And the balance thing in life, when you figure that out... write a book, you will be rich! The COVID stuff has actually given me a lot of extra time...
  12. John R.

    Berries Galore

    Here in Louisiana it is time for the dewberries to be picked. These berries are one of the earliest berries we get in the south. They make wonderful pies, cobblers, icecream, jams, and preserves. My wife uses them to make kombucha for our family. No matter how you use them, they are beautiful...
  13. John R.

    Louisiana Farm Life

    Thank you Sir. Now I have to figure out how to do an article, but I am getting there. o_O
  14. John R.

    Honeysuckle Tea

    Hi folks, Here in Louisiana, we have a lot of wild flowers, berries, and weeds growing right now. One of the vines that grows along fence lines and roads is honeysuckle. If you haven't ever smelled or tasted this pale off white to yellow flower, you are missing out. One of the folks on my...
  15. John R.

    Louisiana Farm Life

    Hey Tom, We grow basic southern food plants. Things like tomatoes, potatoes, okra, onions, radishes, kale, lettuce, etc. I am trying some different types of tomatoes and I have planted some goji berry plants, a loquat tree, and a couple different grape vines. I also forage some local foods as...
  16. John R.

    Louisiana Farm Life

    Thank you, hope to learn a lot from folks.
  17. John R.

    Louisiana Farm Life

    Hello, I live on a farm in south Louisiana and my wife and I are trying to get some gardening done this year. I am trying a few new things like mini-hugel kulture beds made from cattle feed barrels. I will be recording the progress as I go through it. We are also making a new chicken tractor by...