Sunday, September 27, 2015

Upcycled; Feed Troughs and Garden Update (another picture heavy post)

First of all, let me introduce you to our newest Compound member;  Flutters.   A Buff Orpington, someone in the area needed a new home for him and he is likely the luckiest rooster in these parts!  2.5 acres and over 30 girls to call his own!  We have him in a separate location from them at the moment just to make sure he's healthy (and we have no doubt), but it's a precaution we have to take with the investment we have in all of our girls.  In a few short weeks, he'll be introduced.
He may have second thoughts once the girls start to tell him who's really boss at The Compound!

Here's our upcycled project and garden update:



And this
Became this!  Pig trough/feeder and waterer.  Pigs are THE most destructive animals I have ever seen.  I make no promises this will hold up, only time will tell.  The barrels were cut in half, and then attached to some of the long and FREE wood pallets you see in the above photo.  Besides some nails and sweat equity by the guys the only real cost was the barrels at a whopping $10 a piece.  Yes, we found a mother load and a company that brings them in with aloe vera in them, we just have to rinse them out.  We bought 20, we'll use some to catch rain water, and about 10 of them to make feeders for each of the four areas we have hogs currently housed in by size or sex.

We'll keep you posted, but so far it's hard for them to manage standing in them, it's too slippery inside and for the larger girls, they  (the hogs) are just too wide to get a foot hold.  Although that didn't stop one from trying to chew on the wood!

Here's one of four sections of Kirby cucumbers.  It has taken off up onto the top of the shade cloth and reached over to the avocado tree we just moved there.  It's kind of creepy but it's almost as if they can see where to reach out to.

The honey bees are working their magic on the blossoms.  All morning the area had a quiet hum.  I left them alone.  I watered and picked off the occasional caterpillars later in the day.
Some romas starting to fruit.
Some cucumbers also taking shape.
Mini pumpkins.  A few of these should be ready for Halloween, and the rest for sure by Thanksgiving.

I'm growing these in the beds as well.  They are climbing up the shade cloth too and hanging over the edges.
To be honest, I have no idea what this is, could be cauliflower, broccoli or brussel sprouts.  We'll just call it a surprise!
A sunflower! 

In the background, is a newly sprouted mango!  It'll only take 7  - 8 years to produce, but you have to start somewhere.

We have forks in our hands just waiting for the first salad from our garden beds!

Otherwise, the Moose and I are pooped again this weekend.  The sun was definitely out, and we are counting down the days until the middle to end of October!  Bring on Fall!



  1. Bees love cucu-bit blooms. Mine go ape over them each year.

    Nice find on the barrels!!!

  2. Thanks for the peek at your doings of late...always busy! I am envious of your porkers and hope one day we'll raise a few. Hope the new rooster enjoys his new ladies! :)

  3. I hope those troughs hold up, I guess time will tell. The garden is doing great, good for you!

  4. Izzy,
    Your Buff Orpington rooster is gorgeous. I sure would do the same thing with making sure he's okay and in quarantine before introducing him to the ladies. Hopefully he will earn his keep once introduced :-)

    How awesome is that, making your own feed and water containers out of water buckets and pallets. I love this idea of recycling!!!!

    Your garden really is growing and producing awesome looking fruit/veggies. I am in the process of down sizing mine now, and prepping it for winter. There's only a few things left to harvest.


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