Monthly Archives: June 2012

Small Space Garden Update…

Well, it’s been several months and we have the hope of harvesting some fruit from this small bed. The columnar apple tree ‘north pole’ is fruiting. There are a lot of little apples on this small tree. The second photo … Continue reading

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ART IN THE CHICKEN COOP

ART IN THE CHICKEN COOP

Why not art in the chicken coop. It can be an important part of your landscape. Why not make it attractive by adding some artistic touches. Stained glass window – reused, recycled, up-cycled… from garage sale to the chicken coop! We’ve used this with other blue accents in this part of the garden.

This is the south side of the chicken coop (fortress) to see more check out ourhomeinthewoods@wordpress.com http://wp.me/p2kNeQ-by

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Bear in the chicken coop

Bear in the chicken coop

This bear tore and jumped through the wire on the back. He posed for this photo (taken with the wildlife camera) before he ate all of the chickens grain.

He was the final predator that made it necessary to build the new chicken coop as a fortress. See the new bear resistant coop at: http://wp.me/p2kNeQ-by

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Chicken Coop – North Side

Chicken Coop – North Side.

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Chicken Coop – North Side

Chicken Coop - North Side

This is the north side of the chicken coop. The gravel path goes to the kitchen door, so there is easy dry access between the coop and the house all year. The Roof: to the left of the peak are 4 skylights. I’m sure the chickens appreciate their mountain top view. to the right of the roof peak is a living roof. To see the rest of this chicken coop (the fortress) see: ourhomeinthewoods@wordpress.com or http://wp.me/p2kNeQ-by

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CHICKEN COOP (fortress) west facing wall

CHICKEN COOP (fortress) west facing wall

This side has a heavy woven small grid wire panel. The panel weighs about 200 lbs. It keeps animals out, while allowing for good ventilation. Deep concrete walls with concrete footings keep animals from digging under. The living succulent roof on this side helps absorb rain and helps to maintain temperatures. Excess water drains to a gutter and out into a spot under the lawn. Chickens have a perch so they can see out, since they love to watch whatever is going on in the back yard and we can see and hear them easily. Win Win!
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The New Improved Chicken Coop (fortress) Tour

We have been keeping chickens for about six years.  They started out in a double wired walled enclosure with a netting over the top, not sturdy enough for around here.  This coop was stalked by coyotes, hawks, owls and neighbor’s … Continue reading

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‘Coppertina’

'Coppertina'

stunning bronze foliage.
Learn more about this beautiful, easy to grow shrub.

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STUNNING BRONZE FOLIAGE – Ninebark ‘Coppertina’ and more…

STUNNING BRONZE FOLIAGE – Ninebark  ‘Coppertina’  A rainbow of colors, my favorite ninebark by far!   Physocarpus opulifolious ‘Coppertina’    We grow five different ninebark varieties: the pacific northwest native ninebark, Diablo, Dart’s Gold, Centerglow and  Coppertina.  Coppertina is my favorite ninebark by far!   … Continue reading

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Can You Help Me Identify This Mushroom?

Can You Help Me Identify This Mushroom?

Can You Help Me Identify This Mushroom? It grows in the early to mid spring in very humus rich areas.

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