Attack of the ants. 

Good morning everyone! It has been a long hard battle that we thought we might be losing. When we first moved here we noticed a good number of ant beds all around the properties. We assumed they were all fire ants and poisoned every mound we could find. After that I noticed several more tiny ant beds they had changed their strategy. I tried to poison as many as I could, but the smaller ant beds were harder to find. It was then I started to get afraid. Before long they found it to our home. So they deciced to move in. I thought they were just traveling very long distances for food and water. But now they are among us living and traveling in the walls. I thought about charging them rent and when I tried they just looked at me puzzlingly since i do not speak ant nor can they read a lease agreement. 

They appear to be small carpenter ants. They love to take apart our stairs one tiny piece at a time and build fortifications for their subterranean labyrinth. They are in our home as well so more than likely they are taking that apart too. That is where we began to get really afraid. There are possibly over a million of them, they are Negan, they have the numbers. 

Lisa researched, which she is awesome at and I love that about her, and she found some bait poisons for their tiny exoskeletal butts.  Hopefully this will lure and kill them so we do not have to find them all. 

I fortified what is left of the stairs to buy us more time. 


We will keep you posted on our progress and let you know if we gain back any ground. Suggestions are very welcome. Until next time be safe, healty, happy, and prosperous. 

God Bless, 

           Durby Jr.

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Makin’ Gardens

Good day and blessings to yall! 

Lisa set up the second drip irrigation system today. I like it a lot. It puts the water exactly where it is needed and is easy to fill. It saves a lot of time as well. Efficiency is a plus. I worked on watering crops and taking care of the animals since I had to work another job today. 


Lisa and Frankie planted and watered a garden of jalapeños for Nana as well as some roma tomatoes so we can make our own special spaghetti sauce again, one word: deliciousness.


It is Kudzu season again in our area but I am not afraid. It’s free feed that my bunnies find very yummy. It’s not difficult to harvest either since they eat vines and all. 

Well, that’s all for today folks. Yall come back now Y’hear.

Great success to you all!

Durby Jr

Weeding, soil preparation, and planting. 

Good day all!

We had another rather full day yesterday. After church we did more soil preparation. The kids were bored with all their many toys and wanted to help too. How does that happen? 


So our hard little workers helped in weeding another garden plot powered by our confidence and early easter candy from an early easter event at our church on Saturday. Great job kiddos! 

We are waiting to till up the de-weeded soil until just before we plant so the soil is nice and aerated for our seeds. 

Our purple hull peas are sprouting,   and we also planted several sweet bell peppers and roma tomatoes that we had started inside earlier this season. 


We continually work the land day by day and look forward to a great harvest. Until next time may you be safe, healthy, happy, and prosperous. 

Durby

A busy day on the homestead

 

Good day all,

We were busy little bees today. I worked on more soil prep and worked in some bunny poo for fertilizer. I dug, de-weeded, framed, and the kids had fun aerating the soil in our raised gardens.

Lisa and I came up with a way to trellis the garden of sweet peas by cutting notches in some old wooden boards with a chainsaw and fitting them together like lincoln logs. We then ran big wooden sticks from our deforestation efforts to connect them and draped yarn down for the peas to climb. The pea plants already started wrapping tendrils around the yarn by the time Lisa reached the end of the first trellis.

I secured the garbage cans so they would not get knocked down by loose dogs again, or raccoons, or whatever. I put a board across the front. I made it to where the board can flip out of the way to make it easier on our garbage man to get the cans out. It only took one long board and two nails on our pallet-constructed trash can holder. Then we ended the day with privot removal and found a blossoming peach tree in the parasitic brush that emerged relieved. Until later blessings be with y’all.

Durby Robinson Jr.

More Intensive Mini-Farming Soil Prep

Good morning all,

        Yesterday we focused on expanding our mini – farming/ intensive gardening operation. It is supposed to yeild more harvest per square foot and need less weed control which can be H E double hockey sticks in the spring and summer months especially. We continue to place frames around our plots to keep weeds from creeping in from the sides and planting our plants in the bare minimum proximity to one another is said to shade out and hinder weeds. We’ll see how it works. 

We are burying rabbit manure and mixing it in with the soil for free fertilizer and to improve our sandy loam soil. It’s a process 🤠. We’ll keep yall posted and let you know how everything turns out. 

P. S. Have a super dee duper Valentines Day!

Durby Jr

Baby Bunnnies/Kits,Rabbitry Efficiency Upgrade, and Intensive Gardening Prep.

Good Day All,

We are still breeding and selling bunnies, looking at efficiency in our operations,  and using different gardening techniques this year. We have recently had two new litters which is a little disappointing since we bred four bunnies, gave each of them a whole day with the buck, and only two conceived. We have 12 newborn bunnies one of which is a runt that might not make it. As far as efficiency is concerned with the rabbitry I have remounted all of their doors to where they open down. You’d be surprised how much time is wasted fighting a door that keeps trying to close on you with the wire getting tangled up in your clothes. We have also purchased and mounted more feed boxes on the cages to replace the bowls that bunnies tend to tip over and waste food out of. It is also a lot quicker to not have to open and close cages to go after bowls. I mounted a hay box on a momma’s cage. I  am also offsetting our feed cost, which is climbing due to the number of bunnies we have, by feeding the momma does and buck bunnies hay. I want to try to keep my grow outs on rabbit pellets (recommended by rabbit man farms in sandy hook Mississippi) supplemented with horse mana, (recommended by our good friend Val who also raises rabbits) to try and get them up to weight by selling time.
Our chickens are doing well. I have been feeding them twice a day to try and get more eggs out of them but I believe they are limited in their egg laying ability during the fall and winter time frame. I need to do more research. We have been averaging about three eggs a day from the 11 hens that are old enough to lay. I keep them stocked up with broken up oyster shell for calcium and to aid their digestion. I also give them two parts of three part scratch per 1 part of layer pellets. twice a day. About 9 cups per feeding for 24 chickens twice a day. I have been using the same bucket every day to feed them out of so, if any should escape, if I have that bucket with me they might come to me.
We are trying our hand at intensive gardening this year to get more yield out of less space. We are making boxed plots to help keep weeds out and planting crops based on the space they need apart from one another instead of in rows. Planting in this manner lets the shade from the growing plants prevent weeds from getting sunlight which also aids in weed control. Furthermore, more plants are planted in less space since rows are not used which increases crop yeild.

The stump boss fight

Good morning!

Since our last post we have expanded the rabbitry a little bit. To do that we had to remove a huge stump cluster. So we set to chopping out the roots with axes, shovels and a hoe. It would not budge. We even tried hitting it hard with a maul after we cut all the roots we could find at its base. It still barely budged. That meant that we had some more roots growing straight down. We then got the idea to use the stump cluster against itself. We cut down into it with a chainsaw, put a huge crowbar in the gap, and used the leverage to pry it apart.FINALLY! we were able to remove it, put another table down, and expand the bunny area. That’s all for now. Have a good one and stay warm out there.

Durby

Breaking Bad (Candy Style). 😎

Good evening all, 

          I tried my hand at some candy making for Christmas. I got in the spirit and played the song “The Candy Man Can” from Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory and everything. It went well! 😁 This is basically super – heated corn syrup, lots of sugar, a little water, a little strawberry extract, and some confectioners sugar. Basically rocket fuel for kids. A word of warning. Dish it out sparingly. With great power comes great responsibility. Lol 

Merry Christmas Everyone!
Durby