Thursday, November 18, 2010

First Snow

Our first snow was pretty late this year; also very minimal coating. We usually get a pretty good snow by around Halloween. Our last four winters have been pretty intense and I've heard people say last winter was the best powder/ boarding/skiing season ever. So it makes sense we are getting a tame winter. Seems we are starting off winter true to the Farmer's Almanac's prediction of a drier and warmer one. Global warming is a hippie scam. Just pay attention to nature's cycles.

Homegrown Squash Soup

 Very tasty.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Recycling Lumber

Feeding Chickens Out of Dumpsters

This was just one day.

Redesigned Cold Frames

New design is way more passive-solar. Up against the footings of the house the sun's energy is much better utilized.

Look Out Future Generations of Garden Pests!

 This pregnant Praying Mantis had been hanging around our front door for a few days so we relocated her to the 3 Sisters garden area.

Eggs Are Delicious

 We have been eating eggs from our hens. Some days we get one egg and some days four. They are just starting to lay and once we take care of the two roosters things will mellow out a bit. 

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Monday, October 25, 2010

First Egg!

 Australorp egg is on the left and Ernie's Jersey Giant egg is on the right.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Uh-Oh, Frost Comes To Town

 A light frost zapped most of the leaves on the squash plants, cucumbers, peppers. Whatever else was a bit sensitive. Not much production going on anyways. We have had some cool nights for a few months now so most of these plants get stunted from that. Plus the intense heat of the day and the dryness don't help much.

Friday, October 15, 2010

All In A Day's Work

This wood was cut, gathered, split (if needed) and stacked all today.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Canning Tomatoes

25 pounds of fruit makes roughly 18 pints. (3 - 3 1/2 lbs. per Qt.)

Friday, October 1, 2010

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Saturday, September 18, 2010


...heats  you twice so they say. But I think the guy who coined this one never really cut his/her own.

I say it heats you six times. Cutting, loading, splitting, stacking, bringing it inside and then when you burn it.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Fotos of What's Happening Here Now

current state of the compost bin:

logs with bucking stand:

Summer is Fading Fast.

some harvesting happening but mostly just busy. Cutting firewood, splitting and stacking. Getting ready for what The Old Farmer's Almanac is calling a dry, mild winter. Still want a pile of wood the size of the house. Making pickles tomorrow and canning tomatoes next week. three batches of homebrew done. Planting kale from our seed in a coldframe soon too. Many exciting things happening down on the Spotty Dog mini-farm. more soon. photos are hard to take when you are busy living life. we will try. this is an especially beautiful time of year in Northern New Mexico. Just feels like winter is creeping up on us and the wood pile needs to multiply. along with our pantry stock.

some recent fotos:

Sunflowers are pretty:

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Chicken House

Back To Reality

We are back from our week-long Southwest Colorado Micro-Brewery Mini-Tour. We took hundreds of photos, slept right on a river and visited almost ten breweries. (that's an average of more than one a day!) The select photos can be seen here (high desert home garden's picassa web albums.)

Thursday, August 12, 2010


two most recent batches of brew in the second stage of fermentation:

Brewed with all homegrown hops. In the past this would have gone up on The Homebrew Blog , but this just makes more sense.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Kale Makes a Comeback

Kale; bounced back from aphid infestation and looked like it was dying from the heat. Rained a bunch and cooled off a bit, and now the kale is looking better than ever.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Will Work For Food

Went to work up north today. Earned mostly credit for fruit. Spent most of my day getting ladders up trees to get the fruits weighing down the branches and in some cases snapping the branch/ trunk. Lots of pruning to be done, and thinning of fruit was never done so these trees are loaded. The benefit to not thinning is the variety of ripeness and sizes. Most commercial orchard operators will thin fruit in the spring so everything is uniform later for harvest. There is some good stuff going on in this great state agriculturally speaking and after being invited up to many many people's farms I have finally made the time to do so. Brought home 8 Lbs plums and 4 lbs white peaches.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Friday, July 9, 2010

A Scrap of Shade... all you need here in the high desert to cool off.

the chickens hang out under their shade structure in the late afternoon:

the australorp breed is black, so naturally they seek out any scrap of shade.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Friday, July 2, 2010


rained hard last night. the landscape in the desert changes with a single summer monsoon.

more rains to come in a few hours. sleeping in the camper tonight for the first time.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Garlic Harvest

small crop this season, could be for a multitude of reasons...not too worried though. this should take care of our garlic needs for most of the year.