Random Rant

I don’t get the hatred for words like “moist” or “panties”. I reserve my word hate for words like “hatred”, “bigotry”, “war”, & “intolerance”.

(Hi, Kelly)


The Big Guy

He’s written two books, which really should have sold better. I am not a horror/ghost story fan but I liked the stories and setting. Here’s the links to the Amazon site:


With cover art by our son, Matthew A Little. 



with cover art by our daughter, Rachel H Little. 

So, go buy his book!

Here ends shameless plug.


Mid-March Garden

03/20/2016 Happy Spring! Got the rest of the parsnip sprouts in dirt now. Transplanted half the onions. I hope they make it. Next time I plant onions from seed, I will NOT use the small cell starter set. I want to start the bell peppers also but I ran out of the soil. Went shopping for poles for the bean trellis, an indoor small watering can for the seedlings, grow lights, seed pots,  fencing and gate materials, and any other goodies I could find. Found the poles at Lowes but they had nothing else I liked. Walmart did have the pots, but nothing else. I didn’t really like the gate options at Lowes. I think I may have to actually build one.

03/23/2016 I planted 4 more Butternut Squash seeds. The others have done nothing. They are 4 year old seeds. I’ve also somewhat figured out what goes where this year. Subject to change as soon as I go to do it. I REALLY REALLY need to get that pond liner edged. It’s only been 3 or 4 years. In the mean time, the metal vase that we use as a spillway from the biofilter rusted. The lip part of it is completely off now. We do have another one that could be a replacement, but I may make a rock waterfall spillway instead. As long as I’m redoing the rocks anyway.

The tally of what has sprouted so far:
onions – hope these survive. Looking frail.

parsnips – at least 34. I lost count.

9 cabbage

7 grape tomato

6 Rose de Berne tomato

4 Roma tomato

1 yellow wax bean

4 Romanesco broccoli

8 cauliflower

1 Brussels sprout

2 spaghetti squash

1 cucumber

sweet potato

and the turnip tops are still leafing out. Science!

Rethinking the path. I will put down the old carpet as a weed block but just put in a bag or 2 of gravel every week. I like that better than sawdust. Fence to keep the Fiends out first, though.



More Garden in March

March Garden Update.

Leave a comment on the blog page, please!

03/10/2016 Planted 12 cells of starter pots with 2 seeds each tomatoes. 4 Romas 4 grape and 4 Rose de Berne. Planted 12 broccoli in peat pots. 2 spaghetti squash planted in individual pots. Pulled all the old water iris leaves up, or trimmed them to the ground so they don’t drag into the pond. There has to be a use for those old leaves. They are so fibrous. I suppose I could weave some baskets. Like that is going to happen!

03/14/16 Happy Pi Day. Planted 4 Waltham Butternut Squash, 16 Cauliflower, 16 Brussels Sprouts, and 4 Romanesco Broccoli. The Romanesco are very weirdly shaped, like a mutant Christmas tree. No pics because it would just be a picture of dirt in a pot.

Not much going on in the garden outside. I just dumped a bag of rabbit cage cleanout from Mr Peebles yesterday into a raised bed. Daffodils  are starting to come up, and the pond has cleared up nicely. I really REALLY need to get the rocks around it this year.

03/18/2016 It was nice these last few days so I putzed about in the yard. Still really too early to do any gardening out there but getting it ready to go.

I have figured out where the chicken fence is going so they stay out of the vegetables and out of the people area. I was debating letting them in with the veggies but just fencing off the beds like I did last year, but if I do that, it will require more corners. I may change my mind again. Any way I do it will require 3 gates.

Spent today moving paving rocks. They are not all where I want them to be yet so I have not set them  in their permanent home. This is just to get a rough idea of what I have and what I need. I do want to find a way to use the broken sidewalk slabs. They are very thick and I do not want to think about how much it would cost to dispose of them. I am thinking maybe a patio area at the pear tree end of the chicken run. There’s a gap between the run and the fence that would make a good spot for a rabbitry if we decide to raise meat rabbits. It needs cleared out first. That’s where our burner barrel area used to be. Old barrels need to GO and rubble needs leveled.

The front fenced yard path needs reset. And the raspberry brambles need pulled. Forsythia trimmed. Weeds pulled. But it is better than it was last year.

Baby parsnips!

The path to nowhere. 20160318_141459[1]

Well, it does go to the coop and around the pond from the patio.

With a small sitting area next to the pond. 20160318_141615[1].jpg

It did go behind the pear tree before we got it and got rid of the burner area. I’ve removed most of those rocks/pavers for use elsewhere.

And back up to the patio.20160318_141625[1].jpg

The plan is to line the pathway with 4 x 4s, lay down an old carpet cut to fit, and fill it halfway with sawdust before setting the rocks. I can get sawdust for free. It will take a long time to break down to where I will need to do it again.

The fishies were out today.20160318_142412[1]

These are just common goldfish. Actually, they are the cheap feeder fish, 10 for a dollar.

This is the front fenced yard. The pathway is to the oil delivery intake. The rest of it is a mess. I do like the wild raspberries the local birds gave me ages ago but boy, do they need to be watched. The minute you don’t pay attention to them, they take over! But, hey, free food. And the raspberries do make a nice curd to give to the best mother in law in the world for her birthday.

Two of my tomatoes and one spaghetti squash have sprouted! Roma tomato is slacking off!

The sweet potato is growing shoots. The turnips are leafing like crazy. I only planted them as an experiment. Nice tasting greens for in a salad. I think I will be doing this with all my turnips I buy. I have 2 window box type planters that would be useful for this. Might as well get extra use out of the scraps.

That’s it for the moment.

Random Thoughts

Just a place for the weird musings that are not enough for a full post. (reminder, I never claimed to be sane)

I always thought it was Brussel Sprouts, not Brussels Sprouts until recently.

The lids from parmesean cheese jars fit on mason jars. Best Pinterest tip ever!

Going to all those decorating blogs, I keep seeing “Pottery Barn inspired” posts. Well, where does Pottery Barn get its inspiration?

Jada is so cute when she pees. She lifts her one rear foot off the ground. It reminds me of the pinky out with tea.

Proverbs 31 was written by a man.

Since there are few low carb crunchy snacks premade, I need to remember to dehydrate a lot of zucchini chips and tomato chips for winter crunch munchies. I just finished the last of the dried tomatoes. I have a feeling that once any harvest comes in, the dehydrator will go in the back room to free up counter space and be going continually. Maybe I’ll plant two zucchini plants this year.



The Backyard Barnyard

March goodness from the garden.

Well, it is way too early for any harvests, of course. It got very warm here, so I have turned off the heated water bowl for the Fiends and turned on the pond pump. There are somewhere between 15 and 20 fish in there.

In preparation for spring/summer/yardengarden activities, I am continuing to start my seeds. All 9 of the Brunswick Cabbage sprouted. I have 58 onions out of the 72 seeds. The turnip experiment is going great; the leaves are growing and are a nice green. Soon I will be able to try turnip greens for the first time. Today, March 8, I started to sprout 44 parsnip seeds in damp paper towels. 20160308_184218[1]Why 44? That’s how many I had poured  into my hand from the packet. When they sprout I will put them in soil. Parsnips are supposedly finicky when just planted before sprouting. I’ve never grown them before. Now I need to look up parsnip recipes, just in case they all grow. It is still too early to start any other seeds.

I took advantage of the weather and laid out where I want to build more beds and paths. I put the old lattice trellis up on the fence between the 2 cherry trees. I have 2 big pots I will put spaghetti squash in to vine up it. I also pulled up some of the dead water iris leaves so the pond biofilter would not be clogged. I still have a lot of the water iris growing outside the pond that I need to pull up. Lovely invasive insidious stuff.

I’m noodling around an idea about selling crafty stuff related to my obsessions. With that in mind, I signed up with gmail for an email address with a variant of this post title. I can now be reached at OurBackyardBarnyard@gmail.com. I have ideas, just not sure how to go about doing it all. We’ll see. Life is an adventure, after all.