Our Magic Apple Life
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|Posted by Cara on January 9, 2017 at 4:30 PM||comments (1)|
Are gardens were largly successful this year! So much so that they kept me too busy to keep up on here Enjoy the pictures of the fruits of our labors from summer of 2016
|Posted by Cara on June 9, 2015 at 2:00 PM||comments (2)|
This last Sunday we had the pleasure of making our furthest shipment with our goats. We flew Magic Apple MAD Fallawater and Magic Apple MAH Fearns Pippin to Kona, HI.
Hawai'i is very rigid with it import protocal and animals must be very healthy and are met upon arrival with an inspection to be able to stay on the island.. This has been an adventure and I'm so happy and blessed to have successfu...
|Posted by Cara on April 17, 2015 at 3:40 PM||comments (0)|
As those of you who breed know disbudding is the most difficult but necessary task when raising and breeding goats. For the safety of our dairy herd and for the safety of the two leggers who toddle around with them it is a necissary evil that must be done. And in striving to do it effeciently and effectively you need a good iron!
|Posted by Cara on April 2, 2015 at 12:25 AM||comments (0)|
Short and Sweet -
Cherries are HEALTHY... Peaches are HEALTHY... Apples are starting to leaf out.... What can I say. Nothing else that I know of would keep these trees HAPPY in our conditions. Even though our area is a very tough place to grow in I would highly recommend everyone getting in on Hugelkultur. What a time saving, water saving, high yielding adventure!!
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|Posted by Cara on April 2, 2015 at 12:10 AM||comments (0)|
Moving into the milk room today!!! Jason has been working so hard... and we're finally at a point where I can really kick it in gear too.... PLUS, I think he's really ready for more fresh milk A little more raking and cleaning up tomorrow. We will work on a solid floor as we can but that might be a project for next winter as the milking area will be full of activity in the next couple of days. Despite us being ou...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Cara on March 24, 2015 at 3:10 PM||comments (0)|
I'm so excited to have the layout and blueprint done for the garden this year. I've maximixed our layout and ground usage using a garden planner and have implemented companion planning to hopefully reduce pests. The one that I'm not sure about getting rid of is the dang flea beetle. From what I've read they are extremely hard to get rid of naturally, but constant sprinkling of wood ash is supposed to be a big dete...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Cara on March 19, 2015 at 2:00 PM||comments (0)|
Picked up the extra deer netting today to finish netting off the large back garden area from the chickens and picked up some burlap to lay down over the front hugel that is destined to grow raspberries... This will be my second year putting in raspberry starts... so, wish me luck! Last year I didn't have the bed finished early enough and the starts were put in rather late. I was hoping for some new growth to start this ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Cara on March 17, 2015 at 10:45 PM||comments (0)|
Starting this blog after disbudding on the second set of 8 babies. First set of mostly boys was done about two weeks ago. This next set should have happened last Saturday but bright and early Saturday morning I threw my back out.
But, by Tuesday night I was ready to get at it after 3 days of what I consider idlenes...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Cara on March 16, 2015 at 2:50 PM||comments (0)|
We've had multiple requests for sharing about our goats, cheesmaking, soap making, Hugel Adventures ... the list goes on. This summer I will be doing my best to start a consistent flow of blogging to help share what we've learned over the years. Thanks for being with us <3
I guess I'll start by telling you all why "Magic...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Cara on April 3, 2014 at 11:05 AM||comments (0)|
What is a Hugelkultur Garden? Well let me tell you
For us, at Magic Apple Farm it is drought resistant gardening and improving soil quality. Soil that isn't by itself suitable for gardening and growing...well, anything!
" Often employed in permaculture systems, hugelkultur allows gardeners and farmers to mimic the nutrient cycling found in a natural woodland to realize several benefits. Woody debris (and other detritus) that falls to the f...Read Full Post »