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Flax Pickin’ Goose & Moose

Here’s the story…     My flick in yesterday’s post was about our new c…n garden. This is it here…

When my good friend pointed out that it’s illegal to grow c…n in Florida, I knew I had to right that wrong.   So, here is the sequel to “C…n Pickin’ Duck & Chicken”.  It’s called “Flax Pickin’ Goose & Moose”.  And yes, I realize there is no Moose in this flick, but let’s all rise above that.

Happy Homesteading,


Cotton Pickin’ Duck and Chicken

Well, really there are no chickens in this video, but it had to rhyme, and “goose” wasn’t going to work. I thought it was a riot when the ducks and geese decided to help with the new cotton garden. They have such funny and individual personalities.

Overall the plants are beautiful, the leaves a very unusual shape and the flowers so pretty. We’re growing them in partial shade and they seem to love it. We mulch with goat and rabbit manure. Lots of that around! You can tell we are strictly organic here by the holes in the leaves!! AND so far we have ONE cotton ball!

See what you think…

Happy Homesteading,



I was about to say…

I was about to say, “Maybe we’ll have a mild winter.”… after the record heat we experienced all summer and into Fall. But, no. Here we are in our third day of low to mid-twenties…west Central Florida…who knew?
Covered the strawberries with hay and manure. They had finally started to flower and produce fruit after a slow start in the hot weather. But, they are perennial, so the strawberries should be okay. Live and learn.

I was about to say “What a nice crop of greens for the animals.” But, no. There go the pigeon peas, or at least the tops. The roots should be alright, so they will grow back this Spring. Not sure about the winter peas. We may end up turning them under for green manure. At least they are nitrogen fixing, so they’ll benefit the next crop, even if we did lose out on all the greens for the animals. And this year we know not to plant another cover crop right after the winter peas. Last year we made that mistake and ended up with marvelous greens on the cowpeas…but no peas! Live and learn.

I was about to say, “The Winter garden veggies are doing well this year.” But, no. The ‘night foragers’ have learned how to get over the electric fence around the main garden. Lost all the lettuce and the pole beans to midnight bunny raids…or maybe squirrels. We ended up putting field fencing around the garden anyway. Live and learn.

I was about to say, “The opossum have learned how to avoid getting caught in the Hav-a-Hart traps.” Evolution, it was bound to happen. But, no. After we found the duck egg nest and started collecting all the duck eggs each day, the varmint decided to eat the ducks instead of the eggs! Set the trap and…nothing…until yesterday. He must have been too cold to think clearly. Gotcha! Live and learn.

Happy homesteading,

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