John F Dean

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I began homesteading in the early 1980’s. I presently live on 11 acres. I have Nigerian Dwarf Goats, KuneKune Pigs, bees, and an assortment of chickens. My driveway is the boundary between zones 6a and 6b. Annual rainfall for me is at 46 inches.  I don’t consider myself an expert on anything.   I am thoroughly enjoying myself in the adventure I created for myself.
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This is difficult to deal with without actually seeing and touching the floor.  I have used a  buffer with coarse sandpaper successfully.  But the floor was mixed and poured by am amateur and was crumbly.
1 day ago
For me the water color and smell were good …..The eggs were not.
1 day ago
I just spoke with one of the few people I know that I would designate as a friend. He has two cancerous masses in his colon.  I am an RN, I know the medical backstory, but it simply is not good news.  
For what is it worth, I have tried this approach without successs.
1 day ago
I wasted an entire raised bed last summer trying to raise some pie pumpkins without success.  I found the problem when I was digging in the bed getting it ready for spring.  There must have been a labeling problem on the package, all the plants had square roots.
1 day ago
My wife told me she would help me do some of the winter garden work this morning, but she never showed.  When I got back to the house she was sitting on the sofa in her bare feet.  She was still trying to find her garden hose.
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I tried to use my high tunnel to grow fungi this winter, but there wasn’t mushroom.
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It has been decades since I have used a chemical or mechanical tenderizer.  

Of course, if I were to make the choice I would use the mechanical approach and give the cut of meat a good pounding.
2 days ago