Our First Pigs

19 Feb 2013

Pigs in their dog run on their first day home

In May of 2012 we purchased 2 wiener pigs from a local Craigslist ad for $80 each. They were a couple of castrated males. One was a pink pig, the other was black and pink.

We kept them in a 7' x 12' dog run for a few days until we bought 6 16' x 3' hog panels and 12 5' T-Posts.

The pigs main job was to clear one of our pastures that had become overgrown with salmon berries and blackberries. Using the hog panels and T-posts I assembled a 16' x 32' run for them to live in. I made a 3 walled shelter from 3 pallets that had plywood tops. This wasn't the best shelter for them but it did keep them dry.

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My New Sochi Tea Plant

19 Jun 2012

Sochi Tea Plant

I just bought a tea plant from Rock Ridge Orchards in Enumclaw.

Judy Bennett the owner of Rock Ridge was extremely helpful helping me to learn about my new Camellia Sinensis Sochi plant.

I was pretty excited to find out that there was a variety of tea plant the can tolerate the freezing of the Pacific NW. This variety of tea plant comes from the Russian area of Sochi.

I planted it on a gentle sloped hillside among the protection of several young alder trees.

I dug a very large hole and put plenty of compost, watered it thoroughly and used plenty of bark mulch on top. Hopefully in a year or so I'll have lots of tea!

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