Ghost Fawn Podcast

Building a Homestead from Scratch in Connecticut's Quiet Corner

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Episode 14 – Tour de Potager (Garden)

This week’s episode will make more sense if you click on over to the homestead’s website to take the tour de potager.  The link will open up in another window, so if you’re listening from this site, the show won’t stop.

The Greenhorns are here.  Lots of great stuff to read up on.

The guy and his deer fence made of fishing line here.

Stark Bros. nursery is here.

Episode 12 – Reader Questions & Giveaway Winners!

This week is our first ever Readers’ Questions episode, and y’all had some great ones.  But first- giveaway winners!  We’ll be contacting you via email; congratulations winners!

$50 St. Clare Seeds gift certificate: Bonnie

$25 Murray McMurray gift certificate: Amy

“Saving Seeds” book: Elena

Planting guide: Heidi

Seed saving envelopes: Rosie

Thank you to everyone who entered and helped make our launch so successful.  If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve been listening to so far, we’d be really grateful if you left us a ranking and review on iTunes or Stitcher.

If you have more questions, or ones that didn’t get addressed here, please send them our way, and we’ll put them in a future Readers’ Questions episode.  You can meet up with us:

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or via email at ghostfawnhomestead@gmail.com

Episode Ten – September in Review

So this is October, and what have we done?  Another month over, and a new one just begun.

(sorry.  I loathe that “Christmas” song so very, very much.  I have no idea what possessed me to reference it here)

Anyway, our first September here on the farm is behind us, we sat down and assessed what we accomplished, what still needs to be done, what went well, and what didn’t.  So settle in to your commute/grab a load of laundry to fold, and come hang out with us for the next 30 minutes to see what homesteady things we got done in September.

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We launched our podcast!  You can find all of them here.

Tomatoes in the freezer.  This picture doesn’t convey the overwhelming amount of tomatoes in there, but they’re there.  And they’re patiently waiting for the first annual Great Sauce Making Day here at Ghost Fawn.  Details sure to follow on the farm’s website.

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Can we talk about food mills for a moment?  I just bought this one off Amazon, but I would love love love to hear your recommendations.

We realized that we had not one, but two Welsummer roosters.  Whoops.  Oh well.  Once we get rid of the hamburg roo, the two Welsummers should be ok together.  With a flock of 28 hens, two roosters can co-exist peacefully.

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Which brings us to the problem of Sherlock Homes.  What do we do with him?  Look at him- he’s beautiful!  but so scrawny!

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Ken wants to eat him.  I say there’s not enough meat there.  Send us your ideas, be they recipes or leads on nice places to rehome our Silver Spangled Hamburg rooster.

Ken hacked his hand.

The dogs are some mice.

The fly bag.  Oh, the fly bag.  If you at all have a fly problem (no judgements here, friend, this is a safe place), then check out the fly bag.

Next week we’ll be talking turkey and announce the winners to the giveaway, but if you can’t wait that long for more farm fresh content, you can follow us here:

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Episode 5- What Can We Do In A Year?

In this episode, we roll out the cutest intro on the face of the planet, and throw in our to-do/wish list for the next 12 months to boot.  Want to see what crazy people think they’ll get done in one short year?  Pull up a chair and come listen.

Potager garden– a french concept (of course.  If it’s fancy, it must be French) where the humble vegetable garden is elevated to a thing of beauty.

Don’t have a first aid kit like ours!  The American Red Cross suggests putting these things in a well-stocked kit.

Growing potatoes in boxes?  Heck yeah!

The video of Cari cleaning and butchering the chicken?  Here.  And here.  Flair for the dramatic?  Whatever do you mean?

Potager updates at the homestead?  Glad you asked.

American Meadows- the best wildflower seed we’ve ever seen.  Forget that junk you get at Lowe’s or Home Depot or wherever.  This stuff is amazing.

That amazing hobbit-esque pig enclosure?  You can see it here.  The farm it’s housed at?  Here.

 

If you’re following along at home, here is our ridiculous to-do/wishlist for the next 12 months:

  1. Potager Garden fenced in, which includes:
    1. 19 more raised beds built
    2. Put plants/seeds in the garden
  2. Meat Chickens, including:
    1. Build a tractor for the Cornish X chickens
    2. raise the things for 8 weeks
    3. have a festive “slaughtering day” party and invite friends over to help- free food and booze!
  3. Forest Trail, in two parts:
    1. build bridge over the creek
    2. build trails up to marshy/bog area
  4. Wildflower meadows
  5. Get Suzie the Goat bred
    1. figure out what we’re going to do with Suzie’s possible future male offspring
  6. Sell Surplus Eggs
  7. Have pig enclosure built
  8. Hop Garden/Vineyard/orchard planted
  9. Bees

Don’t forget our giveaway.  Details are here.

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Episode 3 – Our First Garden

We share what we planted this year.  Some worked well.  Others well.......

Check out St. Clare Seed , We had fantastic germination rates.   They offer non-GMO Heritage seeds and have a wide selection on their website.

In the Battle of the Manure, here's the expensive stuff I got, and here's the cheap stuff Ken got (same stuff, different bag).  We all know which did better.

The organic-compliant garden dust we used successfully on the cabbage worms this stuff here.

Information on cabbage worms is here.  Information on cucumber beetles here.

That delicious pumpkin I'm drooling about just typing this?  It's the Long Island Cheese pumpkin, and you can read about it here.

What do you use to control your cucumber beetles?  Do you grow pumpkins for carving?  What kind do you use?  We desperately need a new type to try.  How did your garden do this year?  

Leave a comment or drop us a line at ghostfawnhomestead@gmail.com.

Thank you so much for spending your time with us during this exciting launch week.  We'll be back next Monday and Tuesday, then we'll be starting our regular publishing schedule, which will be a brand new episode every Monday.

Episode 3- Our First Garden

We share what we planted this year.  Some worked well.  Others well…….

Check out St. Clare Seed , We had fantastic germination rates.   They offer non-GMO Heritage seeds and have a wide selection on their website.

In the Battle of the Manure, here’s the expensive stuff I got, and here’s the cheap stuff Ken got (same stuff, different bag).  We all know which did better.

The organic-compliant garden dust we used successfully on the cabbage worms this stuff here.

Information on cabbage worms is here.  Information on cucumber beetles here.

That delicious pumpkin I’m drooling about just typing this?  It’s the Long Island Cheese pumpkin, and you can read about it here.

What do you use to control your cucumber beetles?  Do you grow pumpkins for carving?  What kind do you use?  We desperately need a new type to try.  How did your garden do this year?  

Leave a comment or drop us a line at ghostfawnhomestead@gmail.com.

Thank you so much for spending your time with us during this exciting launch week.  We’ll be back next Monday and Tuesday, then we’ll be starting our regular publishing schedule, which will be a brand new episode every Monday.

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