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We never posted videos of our chickens before. Here’s a couple of videos showing them doing what they do best, scratching the ground and eating.

Taking care of the chickens has been a lot of fun and very rewarding. Even the kiddo gets involved and collects eggs for us. Her school invention this year, she made a belt designed to carry a 6 pack of eggs back from the coop.

With the 8 hens we have, we get from 6-9 eggs a day. They are fed a local organic grain blend daily. Scraps, greens and grass clippings are all supplements along with any foraging for bugs. Mondays are usually big eggs after getting the weekend grass clippings.

Enjoy the videos!

So far the aquaponics system has worked out nicely. Once we added the fish, the water clouded a bit and a good few of the fish died. We monitored the water temperature and ph only. Feeding the fish the proper amounts while waiting for the plants to begin to grow was a tough balance. Now that the Arugula, Buttercrunch Lettuce and a few Beets are growing, the water has cleared up perfectly.

Our aquaponics system has 3 stages of passive biofiltration. The video posted below shows the startup of the system without fish or plants. The water was a little cloudy due to residue left in the gravel, even after hours of rinsing. The overflow system change to a venturi overflow system which will be shown in the next video. I will also post sketches of the biofilters I made.

We’ve realized that is truly the way towards a sustainable food supply for our home. Once the system is moved, we will use Tilapia for fish in the system and the beds will be expanded to grow more veggies. Want to know how our chickens and vermicomposter tie into our aquaponics system too? Don’t be afraid to know where your food comes from.

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We’re doing more work to prepare for our fall garden. It’s taking a lot of planning to make sure we rotate our crops and properly mix compatible plants near each other. More seedlings will be ready to go in the ground in the next 2 weeks or so. The tomatillos are looking nice but still no signs of broccoli sprouts.

The pumpkins, butternut squash and honeydews are all growing well. Hopefully we’ll start seeing some rapid growth from them as the days are shortening. I sure am ready for homemade pumpkin pie with eggs from our chickens and pumpkins from our garden!

Daily Farm Pic 08.11.09 am
Daily Farm Pic 08.11.09 am

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We’re actually getting rain! It’s managed to rain all day and keep everything nice and moist. Still not enough to fill the barrels back up but we’ll take what we can get right now.
Daily Farm Pic 07.31.09 am
Daily Farm Pic 07.31.09 pm
More pics of our corn seedlings.
More pop up every day!

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Oh man, got way behind on posting pictures again. Here they come.
😦 Missed the morning picture.
Daily Farm Pic 07.27.09 pm

We have several varieties of tomatoes growing here on Our Round Rock Funny Farm. Here are some pics of the Chocolate Cherokee and Black Zebra Tomatoes. When ripe, they should be a deep purple color. We tasted a few last season and knew we had to grow these.

We’re also experimenting with a few okra plants. This is the Red Velvet variety. We weren’t sure how they propagate or bloom, but here a flower is starting to open. It’s a nice pink color so far.

Be on the lookout for a lot of artichoke pictures and information coming soon. Our plants are doing wonderfully, with another artichoke plant beginning to bloom as well.