How Much Rain Would A Rain Catcher Catch If A Rain Catcher Could Catch Rain?

The girls were practicing their gift wrapping skills.

The girls were practicing their gift wrapping skills.

Sorry I am late yet again but it has been one heck of a busy last couple of weeks around the OKA.  The good news is I have a huge update for you this evening and there are more in the pipe mostly in the way of bee related videos and pics but more on that later.   Continue reading

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Turns Out The World Is Round

That’s right it’s round and we didn’t fall off of it or anything we’ve just had a really weird and exciting winter.  Never fear though, we are back and in top form.  We will be ramping up the posts because we are going to be ramping up the projects here on Off Kilter Acres.

Late last fall our internet started acting wonky for lack of a better word.  One minute it would run fine the next it was 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!

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Hugel Wha?

Image Credit goes to Richsoil.com

Image Credit goes to Richsoil.com

Hugelkultur is an old German concept/word meaning “hill-culture”. Wood is buried under topsoil (either in a hole or right on the ground) and as it breaks down, it holds lots of moisture and provides sustained nutrients for plant growth.

We’ve been wanting to try some Hugelkultur mounds at some point but I have had a bit of an eyesore that has needed dealt with for a while see in May of 2011 we decided that we wanted to get a few paw paw trees. Continue reading

Drip Irrigation Install

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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