• Dig Dig for Victory

    A Massive Pile of Wood Chips

    A few months ago we decided that we wanted to lay paths of wood chips in the garden around the beds. We wanted to keep the weeds down, deal with the mud that comes with our massive Houston rain storms, and make things pretty. I started to price how much it cost to bring a bulk order of wood chips or mulch to our house. Most places I found were going to charge us a couple of hundred dollars plus delivery. Then I discovered ChipDrop. ChipDrop connects you with arborists in your area who need a place to dump their chips. You sign up, pay $20, and magically (or at…

  • Dig Dig for Victory,  LeyShaw Homestead

    Change is in the Air: Not-Summer is Coming

    I feel like September has gotten away from me. When I was looking at my planting calendar and I was like…huh….time to start putting out the cold weather stuff. My garden is in this weird part of the year, where I’ve got watermelon and kale growing at the same time; for whatever reason I feel like there is a seasonal disconnect there. Teachers in my district are returning to the classroom on October 12th, so I really need to get seedlings started and seeds in the ground. I learned pretty quickly that my batch of brassicas that I planted this summer was a wee-bit ambitious, because they grew fast and…

  • Dig Dig for Victory,  LeyShaw Homestead

    Two Weeks Gone: Bawkingham Palace Build

    Bawkingham Palace is proving to be probably one of the most overly-built John Suscovich Chicken Tractors in existence. I would hesitate to call this chicken tractor “stress free.” It has been reasonably “low stress,” but not “stress free.” We brought it on ourselves, or rather I brought it on us. I am, however not without my reasons; as outlined in the last post. All things considered, it looks really sharp. We had some issues with the back end, due to some twisted wood. That is a short coming of having materials delivered; you can’t pick through the stack to find the best pieces. Monday: This was kind of a bust.…