Saturday, January 10, 2009

Favorite Books, SweetPea, more Bamboo

I really like author Gail Damerow.

also, has illustrations such as milking a goat

From Storey Books - Country Wisdom

Country Living by Carla Emery

I shiver think what all I'd do for this precious girl, SweetPea.

Yeah girl, give me the show pose. She's 3 months old now.

SweetPea was posing for the camera.

walking to the buck pen

can you count 5 Bourbon Reds? Franklin and 4 girls.

This may not be correct compost procedure - I throw the veggie scrapes an egg shells on top of the compost pile and let them air out for a couple of days then work 'em in to the pile.

I have 3 compost piles, this is the 2nd one.

Yesterday I blogged about bamboo and I got a couple of comments about bamboo being invasive. Yes, it is if you just let it go. When you plant some, would be good to have access to the perimeters of how far you want it to spread. This photo is looking to my yard from the neighbors. In the months of May and June, Mike mows the edge of this property and ours, to mow down the new shoots it sends out. Just keep it mowed down for those two months and then you don't have to worry about it again until next year. Our goats and chickens are beyond this "screen."

My hand on a bamboo pole. Also, yesterday I forgot to mention that we mulch the bamboo and put in walkways, chicken houses, etc. It's makes wonderful mulch.

Ours is tall.


Christy said...

Sweet pea is absolutely the cutest thing! I want one.

Claire said...

I love the "Barnyard in your Backyard" book too! I'm sure the bamboo stays under control with goats constantly munching it. I should think in zone 5 it will also be held in check by the weather.

By the way, my goats say you are crazy to put anything to do with carrots in your compost, since they will compost it for you free of charge, and provide it to you in their special composted pellet format.

Deb said...

I've been thinking of getting the "Barnyard in the Backyard" book for my 2nd cousin for a gift. He's almost 17. Looks like a great book. Think I need one too!
Sweet pea is just too cute :)

The Scavenger said...

Love all those books, good stuff. The rock on the side of your house looks great. Would love to do our whole house in stone. Man, that bambbo must be 20ft tall, I like it. Hope to grow some here soon.


Susan said...

As Claire says, give those carrots and peelings to the chooks. They love 'em. Also, I let my egg shells air dry (or you can do it in a warm oven) and keep them in a container under the sink. When I have a full container, I put in a Ziploc bag and crush them up fine with a rolling pin and give them back to the hens. It's very beneficial for shell formation.

Susan said...

I forgot to say, your Sweet Pea is such a sweetie-pie! I wish I could give her a hug. I'd love to have goats.

Mary @ Annie's Goat Hill said...

Joanna...I love those books! I need to chat with you about composting some day. Sweet Pea is a doll baby!

Wrensong Farm said...

Sweet Pea is the sweetest!:)

Oh yeah, your chickies would LOVE those carrots peelings...chunks for your goats and/or chickens....may take awhile to get your compost pile to a good size, but it sure makes your critters happy! :)

Mom L said...

I love looking at SweetPea! Would love to hold her, too. Uhhhhh, Susan, this suburban apt dweller wants to know, what are "chooks"? chickens? goats? high winds that carry the peelings to the barn?

Nancy in Atlanta

Amy said...

I love that Sweet Pea too. What a doll baby. That bamboo is impressive. Do you cut it and use it for poles? I never have any kitchen scraps for compost--it all goes to the chickens. They turn it into tasty eggs for me in return. It's a great working relationship!