Post by synergy on Oct 7, 2019 9:09:34 GMT -5
This year I cut up aluminum cans and impressed plant names on them for labels which worked better than any marker I have tried previously. Yesterday I got a free nearly new wood pig shelter 4' x8' which I intend to modify a bit and use to house my muscovey ducks which have been cramped in with chickens . We located this new little shelter so the ducks will be able to access our orchard that has a drainage swale and a wee pond by walking themselves through a little sloping vineyard. I tried keeping the ducks last winter in the orchard but the hillside proved a chore to hike up and down the hill in snow and ice carrying food and water and shut the ducks in when they took to a shelter at night then I would be traversing down the snowy hill in the dark. So this change is to cut steps and risk as I am aging and have more difficulty so I have to think smarter and let the ducks do the walking . At my previous home I enclosed the fruit trees in pallets, cut a few access holes in the bottom and sprinkled grain in one tree enclosure each day. I placed a small plastic pool and filled it each morning for the beside and uphill of the tree and each evening tipped the water to deep water one tree each day in rotation . The ducks trample the weeds and fertilize the tree while retrieving the grain . At night the coyote had access to hunt the voles that previously were destroying my young fruit trees . At night my ducks will be secured in their shelter for their safety . This system worked brilliantly at my old farm but now I am starting over at a property I moved to 4 years ago and I have not been posting for that duration .