I have a cool mother in law. Really, I do. She bought me a log splitter for Christmas last year. We discussed it, and we simply couldn’t justify the cost of a gas splitter at this point, so we went with an electric version. Harbor Freight tools is known for low cost tools. Some of them are pretty good, some, not so much. One thing about Harbor Freight, I have always found that they stand behind their goods, and have a more than fair return/exchange policy. After coupons I think we got this guy for around $200.
I put the log splitter to the test, and here are the results.
A quick look at the hives in the front apiary on the homestead. The weather was less than ideal, but I needed to get the inspection done. The remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy were on the way.
Once again, we break out one of our favorite building materials to create something we need on the homestead. Today, it is a chicken coop/hen house. This is actually the second rendition of a hen house we have made. The first one will be slightly re-worked to add the hinged opening. One thing about homesteading, you learn something every time you do something. In this case, I learned that installing an opening to get eggs would be far easier using hinges.
We had the opportunity to take a little drive south. About 3.5 hours or so that direction, you will find a nice little homestead/small farm by the name of J&J Acres. Jared and his family have been doing the small farm thing for a good while, and I wanted to make the drive to see what I could learn about worms and hogs. Turns out, I got stuck on the hogs.
Oh, I saw the worms, but when I saw the hogs, I was hooked. You see, Tommy Alderman, over on the other side of the state, is who first clued me into the greatness of American Guinea Hogs. I have been pondering getting them for years. Well, it looks like the opportunity may just present itself to get some, so I took the chance to check out Jared’s set up first. Below, you will see a quick Q/A session with Jared as he answered some of my questions. Make sure to head over to his YouTube channel, and Tommy Alderman’s as well. Both of them are great guys. ALDERMAN FARMS J&J ACRES
I got a request in a comment on a YouTube video asking how to use Swiffer pads or paper towels for hive beetle control in a hive. I put together a quick Two Minute Tip showing how to install them. Enjoy.
Ok, so today we were trying to figure out lunch. Cyndi wanted pizza, and she loves the Margherita pizza from Chili’s. I decided to see what I could throw together to get close, and I must say, this was a darned good pizza. Continue reading
So, the hives in the back apiary are infested…. badly. The good news is that the front apiary is looking strong. I reworked the hives in the back, essentially replacing everything in an attempt to save those two.
I have been using concrete mesh for trellises for some time. Here is how I use them to cage up some tomatoes. These work great for cucumbers, zucchini, pretty much everything that needs support.
I remember the first time I heard about hog ring pliers, or more accurately, hog rings. I somehow managed to picture a ring in the nose of a hog… like the rings you see in bulls noses. I am not sure why I generated that mental image, but I did. Here is a quick tip about what they are, and how to use them.
Another dead queen in the hive. She never made it out of the cage. It’s a sad day.