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    Devonviolet Acres

    YES! Yogurt! Of course I make and love goat milk yogurt!!! I also make Kefir, which is a form of cultured milk, crammed full of gut healthy bacteria. In addition to drinking it and using it in baking to add levening. We also feed it to our cats and dogs, to keep their immune systems strong. We...
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    Devonviolet Acres

    Thanks @flowerbug. I will take a look at those links this evening.
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    Devonviolet Acres

    I love to make cheese, from the milk. Mozzarella is my favorite. But, i really want to buy a used refrigerator, to make a “cheese cave”, so I can make hard cheeses, which require an aging process of 8-12+ months at temps between 48-52F. The longer it ages, the harder and stronger the flavor...
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    Devonviolet Acres

    WOW @flowerbug! I just took a look at your blog. You do have a LOT of water! I’m not sure what your average rainfall is, there in Michigan, but it MUST be more than our’s here in Texas! When we moved to Texas, from PA, following our daughter, to Dallas. We looked for land in the NE...
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    Thanks for your suggestions, @flowerbug. When you say dig the trench 3-1/2 feet, do you mean deep? We do have about 8” of sandy loam on top of clay. So, I would think digging down to the clay level would be sufficient, right? We are planning to fence the area about 40 feet out from the house...
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    Devonviolet Acres

    All those beautiful comfry plants, that I showed above, eventually did get into the ground, along our driveway. However, only one managed to survive our hot, drought this past Summer. It isn’t big enough to divide, so I think I may just order some more shoots and give it another try. It will...
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    Devonviolet Acres

    Oh and @flowerbug . . . I forgot to answer your question about the trenching. No, it didn’t really work, as we had hoped. We knew that it would be best to berm on the back side of the trench, but just didn’t have the time, energy or dirt to berm. So it didn’t get done. We still open up small...
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    Devonviolet Acres

    Thanks for the input, @flowerbug! Yes, our water woes are an ongoing challenge here, on our property. By putting the sump pump in, we have managed to minimize water buildup in the crawl space. However, as much of the country has experienced, we have recently had a BOAT LOAD of rain here, and we...
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    Devonviolet Acres

    I’ve been gone for a while. :hide Since I last posted, we got a couple of dairy goats, who kidded (of course), and I got caught up with “goat math”. I LOVE my goats!!! Long story short. We have had gains and losses. But, we now have four dairy goats and a Myotonic buck: Angelica - 21 months...
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    Devonviolet Acres

    In addition to the garden area, we took the sod cutter to the pasture behind the chickens & goats, and cut a 150 foot long strip. Since we moved here, we have had a problem with flooding of our front acre, which includes the chickens, goats, house & garden area. The highest spot, on the...
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    Devonviolet Acres

    Yes, we did the whole area . . . . and then some. We have Bermuda on the other side of the welded wire fence, in the back yard. I didn't want that grass to grow back into the garden, so we did that too. It is an area about 15×8'. As i was doing it, I could envision a "kitchen herb garden"...
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    Devonviolet Acres

    Absolutely! Today is seed planting day. I have THOUSANDS of seeds to plant. I already started some a 11 days ago & now have Lavender, Echinacea, Sage and Winter Thyme coming up under the grow lights.
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    Devonviolet Acres

    When I lived in PA, I met a 90 year old herbalist, who grew her own Comfrey. She allowed me to pick all the leaves I wanted to. As she got older (she died at the age of 92), she allowed me to dig up a few plants, which I grew in pots, on the back porch, since we lived in a condo, which didn't...
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    Devonviolet Acres

    I knooow! Bermuda grass (aka coastal hay) can be a good thing - we feed it to our goats. Or, it can be a PITA, if trying to grow a vegetable garden. Last year we tried clearing a 15×15' area for vegetables. Very quickly, the Bermuda grew back. We figure the best way to get rid of it is to cut...
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    Devonviolet Acres

    Yes, the trick is to keep the Bermuda grass out of the cleared area. We plan to cut in a border of flat, 6 inch galvanized steel. That will prevent the roots from spreading under ground. Then, we need to make sure the above ground runners stay clipped, so they can't spread over the top. I'm also...
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    Devonviolet Acres

    I know I have been absent since last Sept. But, have been thinking of coming back to let you all know what we have been up to, in the garden. Putting the 6 mil plastic on the Bermuda grass didn't really work, to kill all the roots. Sometime in Sept., we had 65 mph winds, which shredded the...
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    TWO Birthdays to celebrate!

    Gee thanks, Mary! I've had a lot going on. Last year wasn't as productive, in the garden, as I would have liked. This year, we decided to take a different approach, with regard to the blasted Bermudagrass, and are in the middle of implementing it. I will write more about that on Devonviolet...
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    TWO Birthdays to celebrate!

    Oh, GEE!!! I feel bad! :hide just found this. Thank you all for the kind birthday wishes! And @Icertuche! You sly thing you! You wished me happy birthday on BYH and didn't even tell me it was YOUR birthday! Happy Belated Birthday. :hugs
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    Devonviolet Acres

    :ep WOW! What an amazing shot! :thumbsup Okay, I take it back. With views like that, I sure wouldn't mind going to Crater Lake! I would just have to make up an extra strong batch of my homemade mosquito repellant. :lol: :hide So, can someone clarify something for me? Is it Crater Lake...
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    Devonviolet Acres

    We had rain all around us today. It seems the storms dissapate or blow in a differen't direction before they get to us. Sometimes that's a good thing. But lately, with all the high 100°+ temps, a nice rain storm would be a good thing. Today was no different. :hit We only got a quick shower...
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