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Fountain and Pond Design

I’ve always been fascinated with ponds but a huge, in-ground pond wouldn’t fit or work well with our simple backyard landscaping, so I came up with the idea of adding a pond in the middle of our raised beds with the same look and layout to complement them. Hence the stained wood frame. Building a pond is not really that difficult, but it does require a good part of a Saturday and quite a bit of digging. It doesn’t look deep in the picture, but it goes down below ground …

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Spring 2016 Update

pring is here! And with it comes an end to all the sad, empty landscape that is our yard. All the old perennials are popping up and flowering, the birds are chirping a little louder, and the bunnies are multiplying. I’m a huge fan of plants that come back year after year, and since this is our second year in the home, we finally have big bushy flowers! We’ve lavender lining the front walkway, rosemary and raspberries along the chicken fence, and strawberries in the garden. With all the rain …

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Rabbits : Raising and Care

originally wanted to get into rabbits because their poop is just the best fertilizer. You don’t have to compost it. You can just gather it and spread it on the garden. I had intended to breed them and raise them for meat as well, but we haven’t quite gotten there. My wife is still pretty opposed to the idea because they are so dang cute and we’ve gotten friendly with them. So here’s what I’ve learned about caring for rabbits. Rabbits really do have a knack for making more rabbits. Female …

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Quail : Raising and Care

got into quail kind of by accident. I was visiting a small farm I found on facebook in the Dallas area to buy some chickens (We lost 4 to a raccoon) and they had a ton of other animals as well. Ducks, geese, pheasant, and tons of quail. So I was naturally curious, because I love all animals, and was given a ton of information about the little guys. So I wanted to share some of that with you. In case you’d also like to get some quail. First of …

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Garden & Raised Bed Design

The day we moved into our new house, I started planning where the garden was going. I knew I wanted pretty raised beds and a unique style. (not just the big 4’x8′ beds you see all over) I came up with this idea for ‘4-corner’ approach with a pond in the middle and started building. Each of the 4 corners is 8′ long at the longest sides, and then 4′ on the shorter 4 sides. So each box gives me 48 square feet of planting space. The walk ways in …

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Hatching Quail

Hatching quail eggs is MUCH easier than I thought it would be. About 6 months ago, I was buying some new chicken chicks and while I was looking at them, I saw another room FULL of quail. Just thousands of them. I didnt really know much about quail, but the folks that owned the place were super helpful and spent a lot of time explaining how to take care of them. Very similar to chickens, except these little guys can really fly, so you need to have a different enclosure …

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Bunnies!

Just a short update here: We decided to get some bunnies! We got two super cute Rex rabbits from this feed store we know and love that sold us out chickens a while back. We name them Max and Zug Zug. Baby bunnies are the most chill creatures. They don’t yet know to be scared of things so you can just pick em up and they will sit with you forever. I’ve put them in my hoodie’s front pocket and they stay in there and fall asleep for hours while I …