John F Dean

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Live on 11 acres. Have Nigerian Dwarf Goats, KuneKune Pigs, bees, and an assortment of chickens. My driveway is the boundary between zones 6a and 6b. Annual rainfall at 46 inches.
southern Illinois.
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Hi Brian,

Yes, I bought it and a kitchen range with the idea of refinishing them 20 years ago. They have sat in my barn ever since.  So, now I am thinking of putting the refrigrator to use for aging cheese ....hence this thread.
4 minutes ago
Yesterday I decided to reform my diet. I removed all the unhealthy food from my refrigerator.  It was delicious!
15 minutes ago
Butterflies aren't what they used to be.
17 minutes ago
I give this book 7 out of 10 acorns

This is a book that has sat on my shelf for several years without me giving it a serious read.  

I found this book to be a sometimes frustrating read in that I would like a more direct approach at presenting information.  For example, Chapter 1 begins, "Im looking out over my backyard,  iced tea in hand ...." After that the reader is presented with Hollyhocks, carrots, thyme ...and, at the very end of the paragraph, some 150 words later, is the word soil.   When information  is presented,  it is done well. It is just that too often it takes the author too long to present what I am looking for.

Pages18 and 19 have some solid information on performing a jar test on a soil sample.  Page 27 has a soil sample report card. But frequently the discussion follows the author's approach to the discussion on soil compaction where it is mentioned and no means of correcting it is directly approached. Yes, practices are introduced that will reduce soil compaction, but the dots are never connected.  For example, the reader is instructed to never till wet soil on page 46, but it is not explained that tilling wet soil might increase soil compaction. Opportunities to teach are sometimes missed by not thoroughly explaining why a specific practice is or is not recommended.

That said, this volume does contain  a good selection of lists, charts, and photographs that made it a good resource volume. That is how I use it.  It  may not be the best choice for a first book on soil building, but it is a worthwhile addition to a library.



12 hours ago
Sounds perfect for Kunekunes.
18 hours ago
Hi Anne,

We have several .....maybe 7 cats ......but one is THE mouse catcher. She has a practice of showing my wife or me when she catches one and we are anywhere around.  I think she figures we keep a record.  By any means, she is coming up with a great many from inside the house.  

We are not finding mouse tracks,  so it seems she is getting them soon after they enter the house.
18 hours ago
I've made several posts about my cat and mice. She is catching several a day inside the house. It has hit me that we are overrun  with mice this year....much more than normal.  Is anyone else having a mouse problem?
18 hours ago
A livestock option is to buy feeder pigs in the spring and butcher in the late fall. Warning ...the term "hog tight " came about for a reason.  But some breeds are less likely to escape than others.  
19 hours ago
Hi Carla,

I know this may be twisted, but I am far more accepting of my death than I am of the suffering and death of pets and livestock.
21 hours ago
Hi Brian,

Actually. I tried to short form it....and wasn't too successful.  It is a 1950s refrigrator.  It does work, but I have no intention of plugging it in due to costs. One months electric bill would buy me all the cheese I want for a year.

21 hours ago