Thankfully, the sun is hidden behind the clouds this morning, because it is very hot down here in the deep south. It is extremely humid and it only takes about 5 minutes of being outdoors here for you to be dripping with sweat. This is what my bin looked like when I first set it up:
|I drove 3 pieces of scrap 1x2s and stapled my extra chicken wire to it.|
My garden bed was only half filled this spring. My husband is going to bring me another truck load of dirt to fill it to the top. Then I will add my compost & diatomaceous earth to it and use ground cover over my soaker hose. I had plenty of tomatoes this year, but I could not keep the squash bugs under control. I have learned more about companion gardening and plan on using more this fall.
Once I get my new dirt, I will show my before & after pictures. If I do not get it this weekend, I will have to get it next weekend. I have plenty to do around here to keep me busy, like keeping the coop clean. I modified the inside of their coop a few weeks back. We went into a wet season and all of their food that they dropped on the ground around their feeder got wet & spoiled...causing a ton of flies to make haven in and out of their coop. This was utterly disgusting. I had to empty out their coop and spray it down with bleach water, sprinkle the DE, then replace the shavings. I was planning on doing it in another month or 2 but the flies moved that date up.
I moved their food inside the coop to prevent any water spoilage on the ground. I also moved their nests down to the first floor, cut the 2nd floor back a few inches so I can reach the eggs in the farthest nest, and I cut out the lower roosting bar. They hardly ever used it & it was in the way of hanging their feeder and reaching the last nests. Now when they roost on the "high bar" all of their droppings are on the 2nd floor & I scrape them with my small shovel into my big dustpan and carry it out to the compost bin. They rarely poo on the 1st floor now, so I use a deep bedding method down there. I just scrape, sprinkle, & replace the shavings up top. It has made my job much easier now.
|This is the original layout when they were younger. They had an upper & lower roosting bar and all of their nests were upstairs.|
This is how it looks now:
Well, I have enjoyed sharing our homesteading improvements with you. I am always looking for ways to simplify our living, so feel free to share your ideas & improvements with me. I pray your day is full of God's love & joy.