If You Build It, They Will Come: Part VIII

It was Fall 2015 and we had finished out first successful harvest!  We had much to accomplish before Winter’s winds and snow would arrive.  Our compost piles were huge and ready to go!  It was time to add fresh nutrients to the garden soil.  This would also give us a nice head start to planting in the Spring.  And yes, there was much singing from the tractor, during the two days of hauling compost!


Change was in the air and Fall had arrived!  It was time to pull out the muck boots and enjoy my favorite season and everything it had to offer!


Stocking up on hay and straw, for the winter, was a must.  Comet made sure the job was done right!  That bird takes her job very seriously.


As the holidays approached, I decided I would try to make wreaths and swags for the farm, using the pruned branches from the evergreen trees and shrubs.  I so enjoyed this creative holiday event and have continued the tradition each year since!

Another one of my favorite holiday traditions is making rock candy.

It was amazing to think that another season had passed by, on the farm!  The animals had grown up and there was not a baby to be found!  (No worries, that problem would be fixed in the Spring!)  Ophe had grown tremendously and was over 100 lbs and still growing!


Look Mama, I still fit in the Gator!

We finished the geriatric chicken house before Winter arrived.  It was time to move the old girls into their cozy, new home!  Spring was just around the corner and that meant only one thing…baby birds!  Check out this link on why we built the geriatric chicken condo! https://growingself.blog/2017/03/08/the-geriatric-chicken-condo/

The Geriatric Chicken Condo

We continued to prepare the chicken runs and coops with straw, for the Winter.  As you can see from the photo, the girls love to help where they are able!


This would be the LAST year we would rent a cherry picker to hang a wreath on the barn!  We purchased an 8 foot artificial wreath, with LED lights.  It was going to live on the barn year round!


Winter arrived on the farm, once again.  There is such beauty and peace this time of year. Although it can be frigid outside, I do enjoy the simplicity of the season.   Well, until there is an ice storm or -30 degree wind chills!

This was a season of ice storms!  Although the chickens did just fine, I found that a pair of yacker trackers, for my muck boots, saved me from slip sliding away!
Snow was minimal, but freezing rain was here to stay!  I would choose a foot of snow, over an inch of ice, any day!

Spring would be here before long…  Seedlings were started in the under garage and baby chicks and ducklings were purchased!  What a fun way to make the ending of Winter pass by a bit more quickly.

March was upon us, which meant we survived another Michigan Winter!  Due to the lack of snow, we were able to start construction on our hoop houses, sooner than expected.


For complete step-by-step instructions on how we build our hoop houses, check out this link! https://growingself.blog/2017/03/25/help-from-a-hoop-house/

There is nothing like a few cattle panels to create a sturdy hoop house!
We were ready to begin growing greens in March, in Michigan!
When the magnolia tree begins to bloom, we know Spring is right around the corner!

It was difficult to believe that it had been 2 years since we broke ground for the building of the barn!  What a busy 2 years it was! The goal of 2016 would be a year without projects…time would tell!  If you have missed any posts from the If You Build It They Will Come series, check them out here and see how Indigo Acres began! Next Wednesday will be the last post for the If You Build It, They Will Come Series…  You won’t want to miss it!

Do What You Love…Love what You Do!

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27 thoughts on “If You Build It, They Will Come: Part VIII

  1. That’s it! I’m packing up and moving in with you!! I don’t know how Robin will survive the winters…we could build him a “hot house”!!

    Love this post and love living my dreams through you. Hard work is truly a blessing and so very rewarding. Have a wonderful day and weekend! xoxoxo

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  2. A post I missed.
    I cannot keep track of everyone I’m afraid.
    My wife has always wanted chickens and when I mentioned how blown away I was at what you guys had achieved I could see the cogs turning inside her head,
    ”No!” I said, ”No darn chickens in the garden!”
    She just grinned back at me. I just know that one day this is a battle I am eventually going to lose.

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  3. They quack when they see me coming with greens. The chickens only make a crazy noise when they are laying an egg. Avoid the roosters!!! They crow all day. We have a male duck but we do not have roosters anymore.


  4. We have two dozen ducks. In the spring, they each lay one egg per day. This time of year they lay one egg about every other day. We light them so they continue to lay in the winter. They need at least 15 hours of light to lay eggs.


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