Oh boy! I should be getting mine soon also since we are next door neighbors. Sometime I think I should write a article or two about what I know. I don't know if it would be of interest to anybody or not. For years I have enjoyed eating green onions 3 times a year off of one planting and have thought about writing a article about how I do such a thing. And just recently I responded on how to build a turtle trap that works great. I guess I could write and show pictures of how to do that also. I could write about my deer processing adventure and put in several sausage recipes that several of my customers have enjoyed. Being an avid hunter and fisherman I could write of some of my techniques on taking game and fish. There could be several more if given time to think about it. I enjoy reading many of Kens articles, he usually has something in there in every issue. Cowgirl you could submit a article on your fresh water shrimp farming, I would enjoy reading that.
R.H. you would be a great contributor! I've enjoyed learning from you over the years on this forum. You could probably write a book!
I have thought about sending in info about shrimp farming and I have my "weed eater" in the garden. (It's a tunnel system that lets my chickens weed the garden for me).
I could show hog butchering, ham and bacon curing & smoking.
I'll have to think up more.
Lynpea, here is a post I made in the pig forum (I got side tracked )
I want to take pictures of it when I have the garden growing....looks so much nicer with the plants on either side. :haha:
My Weed Eater:
My chicken coop/pen is right next to my garden, separated by a chickenwire fence.
I have little doorways cut into the fence at each garden walkway.
When I need a walkway weeded, I place my tunnel over the walkway and open the little chicken door, the hens go in and clean up the row in 10 to 15 minutes. I coax them back out with grain, move the tunnel to the next walkway, open the next door and so on til all the walkways are weeded.
I plant my garden in wide rows about 4 ft across. My walkways are smaller.
As for the tunnels, I made rectangle frames out of 3/4" pvc the width of my walkways and about 10 ft long. I attached garden "hoops" to the frames and covered them with chicken wire. (Garden hoops are those wire semi-circles used to hold up bug barriers/ etc. over your plants).
I made my tunnel in sections so I can easily pick a section up with one hand, they are really light weight. I place two or three in a line to do each walkway. Just remember that the last one has to have chicken wire covering the end.
The whole tunnel is about 2 ft tall, tall enough for my largest rooster to walk through with no trouble.
Hope this makes sense, If I ever get my scanner working, I'll post a picture!
Thanks Margo and Diane!
Sorry your magazine will be so late Diane. I just noticed Ken has a nice article in it about making a log poker for the fireplace. I haven't got to check the whole magazine out yet, maybe tonight.
Ken, your articles are always so interesting...Thanks!
:haha: I can't believe it.......first time in the 15 years we have been here my CS mag came in decent shape in good time. It was in the mail today!! I think I made such a protest over the seed round robin box taking TWO weeks to get here from New York that they decided not to read my magazine before they delivered it. I told them that hundreds of people from all over the country were watching the tracking on that box and probably deciding to use UPS in the future.
Now......if I can just get it out of the hands of the DH :no:
Well, I got my magazine today also. A couple of hours after I posted on here I finally walked down to the end of my driveway to check the mail and there it was. I've already had to take a few extra bathroom breaks since. Now I got to go to the rabbit forum and ask a question to the rabbit farmers since I read an article about rabbits in the new magazine. See Ya.
Day before yesterday I got my Countryside AND my Farm Show. I'll be reading for a week! There were two articles that mentioned using cinderblocks for raised beds. I was glad to see it, because we want to try that this year instead of timber. DH and I fight over who gets it first!
I have Countryside mags that date back to the 1970's. The covers sure have changed! I like the simple pencil drawings but the collage of farm/homesteading photos are interesting too. It seems that "perfect" photos are on the covers now.
I still pull out the old copies and can find a timeless treasure of useful info. So, even though there are changes, it's still priceless.
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