Battle Of The Invasives

Blossoms.

Autumn Olive Leaves and Blossoms.

I hear so much stuff about invasive plants.  “Oh you don’t want to plant that it’s invasive!” or “You better get a jug of RoundUp! That stuff will take over.”  About a  year or so ago I found a plant growing in the woods across the road and inquired on social media as to what it was.  It turns out the only right answer that I got was from a Kansas University Plant ID Twitter account.  That person told me it was the “Dreaded Autumn Olive” Continue reading

Things Goin On.

Our temporary makeshift rain catchment.

Our temporary makeshift rain catchment.

Ma and I have been hard at work around the farm getting things ready for the upcoming growing season.  I found an ad from a friend on facebook that had these lick tubs for sale for $5 each.  They will serve as a good part of our water catchment until we get something a little more permanent and then we can use them for tree planters and who knows what else.  Maybe a water feature in the food forest.  Hey, that’s an idea!

Continue reading

Urbanite And Other Things.

Urbanite pile.

Urbanite pile.

Urbanite on Off Kilter Acres is not a person who lives in an urban area, it’s this beautiful stuff, basically used concrete and stone.  We love repurposed material here on the OKA and we happened to run onto some urbanite so we are going to use it for a mandala Continue reading

It’s Gonna Be A Busy Spring Ma!

Image Credit goes to John Kitsteiner of Temperate Climate Permaculture.

Image Credit goes to John Kitsteiner of Temperate Climate Permaculture.

Welcome!  For the last few years Ma and I have really been working towards becoming more food secure and at the same time trying to build our little farm up to a place where we will be able to take it easy once we get older.  Part of that strategy is planting perennials  and lots of them.  We already have a nice lot of fruits and vegetables going but this year is definitely going to be a big Continue reading

One Of The Good Guys And A Couple Other Things.

Assassin Bug hiding in a jujube tree.

Assassin Bug Hiding In Our Contorted Jujube Tree.

I spotted one of the good guys while I was out walking the garden this evening.  I have recently seen herds of baby grasshoppers and a few Japanese cucumber beetles so these guys are more than welcome. We started out the summer with lots of beneficial insects but over the last couple weeks they seem to be declining since the hot and dry weather has really set in.  So in turn, I have been planting lots of Continue reading

Just A Little OKA Update

Our Apache Thornless Blackberries are coming right along.

Our Apache Thornless Blackberries are coming right along.

This is the third year for our Apache Thornless Blackberries and man have they put on, the fruit is just now ripening.  I am really excited to have a cobbler and some homemade ice cream soon, as a matter of fact, I know of no other way to get fat that brings me as much joy.

Continue reading

Drip Irrigation Install

IMG_20130630_171105

This is our veggie garden and it is a large portion of the irrigation that we will be doing.

We have had what many considered a 3 year drought, by this time last year our water bill was through the roof and most of our veggies were drying up and dying off.  The previous two years weren’t quite as bad but they were no doubt hot and dry.  It was all we could do to Continue reading

More Work In The Food Forest

IMG_20130516_184708sm

Those whiskey barrels you see in this shot have peppers, figs, goji berries and blueberries in them and before this evening they were randomly scattered all over the orchard.  Luckily though, Fish Taco was here and was willing to use his muscles to help me move them around.  I think they make a nice barrier along side our path, how about you?

Continue reading