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Jana Franzen
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  • Burlingame, KS
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Chickens: to order birds or eggs?
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I've sent off for a catalog, though I will most likely order online. Thing is, I can't decide if it's better to order chicks, eggs, or pullets. Well, no. Pullets cost too much to ship. So, chicks or…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jana Franzen Apr 28, 2014.


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What kind of HOMEGROWN are you?
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I can grow weeds! Food is harder.
A bit about me:
My gardens yearly produce a vast quantity of weeds (sometimes taller than I am), and occasionally some foodstuffs. Awesome gardener, I am not.

I am, however, a decent cook.

And I would have picked "I'm a robot" from the drop-down menu below, but my programming requires frequent chocolate updates.
Latest greatest meal cooked at home:
Well... we had a grill party. Deviled eggs, banana pudding (yes, the variety with the vanilla wafers), potato salad, coleslaw (the only bought, not made, item), baked beans (the only thing that came out wrong) and from the grill: pork chops, chicken breasts, hot dogs, hamburgers, peppers, corn, asparagus, and naturally, marshmallows. I may have missed something.
Currently reading:
Actually, I am currently writing, so all the reading is the stuff I'm revising.
Currently listening to:
The furnace not coming on even though I'm cold. (It's December.)
My latest DIY project:
Ohhhh, let's see. I am debating projects. I have a fridge to turn into a raised bed, a garden to completely tear apart due to having learned most of the beds were on top of the sewer line (one was completely on it, four others ran over it), a front porch to fix, a back porch to turn into a bedroom, a chicken run to improve, a sidewalk to clear, a patio to clear... and a nap to take.
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Grumblings and updatings

Am going to have a much reduced growing area this year, and everything but garlic and raspberries will be in pots or raised beds (made of old friges, bathtubs, etc.) in part because Dad said so and mostly because I was not the world's best gardener even before my entirely too recent heart attack. I'd just got my new chicks, too! Lost one while I was in the hospital. The rest are being happily noisy since midnight is snack time. And I have 2 little ducks this year too. The city sent out a poll… Continue

Posted on March 3, 2016 at 2:03am

Weasels are EVIL

My poor chickens... I had seven lovely little hens, and they were just starting to think about laying again.

Now I've got one hen, who is IN THE HOUSE and staying there, and a lot of feathers...

Posted on January 19, 2015 at 4:46pm — 2 Comments


Dad helped me get pallets from the co-op, so I've got enough now to cobble together a playhouse. The kid was excited, until he helped nail the pallet that was the wrong size up into what I intend to make into a vertical garden wall. I want a house made out of those bloody things - it will take ages and eons for anything to get it apart once put together! Anyhow, this first one is to determine how difficult it will be to make one for the kid, and what adjustments will need to be made for…


Posted on May 19, 2014 at 11:59pm

Much disappointment reigns

Well, 'tis depressing. Absolutely everything, save the potatoes, not planted in a container before the first part of this month is toast. And in the containers, quite a bit less than expected decided to come up. Two of the four tomato transplants are toast, two of the marigolds, & one of the hostas are toast - one of the geraniums is attempting to not die, but no telling if it will pull through or not.

On the plus side, both the corns, all three of the pumpkins, the…


Posted on May 15, 2014 at 4:35pm

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At 2:39pm on May 5, 2015, Jody Matthews said…


I would like to use your potato tower picture in a book I am publishing.  Would you give me permission to do so?

You can call me at 425 330 6902 or email me at jodymatthews@gmail.com

Please let me know as soon as you can.  Yours is the last permission I need before I go to print...

Thanks so much!

Jody Matthews

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