Monthly Archives: August 2021

Hillside Clearing

We have almost all the trees cut down on the hillside. Just three more to go. We have too much brush to handle ourselves, so time to get some help. We are also raking all the leaf duff to get … Continue reading

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2nd Door on the Compost Bins

I was looking back over time to see when I started building this 3-system compost bin: December 2020 and January 2021. Reflecting on my goal to use recycled wood, time ticks by because I just finished the second door today. … Continue reading

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Yellow Bellflower Apple Tree

Our heirloom Yellow Bellflower apple tree is doing great and producing many apples after being professionally pruned two years ago. A sprout which is about 6 ft. tall and also has some apples. I’m planning to try grafting again in … Continue reading

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Mystery Shack – Herb and Flower Drying

Latest update on the Herb and Flower drying shed. We’ve put in a window, painted the front door, added a floor, installed a side door, and there’s still more to do. The little touches, like painting with stencils, give it … Continue reading

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Elderberry Jelly

We made jelly with our ripe elderberries from one big bush. We picked 9lbs of berries which makes 3 batches, 3 cups of juice for each batch. After washing, boiling, and mushing the berries, the juice strains out very slowly. … Continue reading

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Redwood Mill Scraps – Scavenger Hunt!

When my friends Rich and Rick said come over to clear the pile of redwood mill scraps, I jumped at the chance. You just never know what you are going to get. My first thought was thin bark pieces for … Continue reading

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Goat Clearing Day 2

The hillside is finally clear. Amazing job! Once the horse trail is in, maybe we can get a “mule” to drive around and manage the hillside with our chainsaw and tools. In this video, I walk the road looking down … Continue reading

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Redwood Bark Siding – Burnt Redwoods from CZU Fire

Linda and Tom kindly let us salvage redwood bark mill scraps from 31 burnt redwood trees. They are rebuilding their house which was destroyed by the CZU fire in August 2020 so the trees had to come down, and they … Continue reading

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Day 1 of Goat Clearing – Fire Management

44 goats and a 6 month old long horn calf are here to eat up the hillside which has never been managed. We are finally at that point to clear the hillside for fire management. Two shepherds and Wes Sparling, … Continue reading

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