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Myrth

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Thanks, all, for the welcome!

We raise a lot of fruits, cherries, apples, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, mulberries, rose hips, elderberries, etc.

My veggie gardening is moving to raised beds - easier on me. I focus on greens, herbs, beans, tomatoes and squashes, primarily. Also potatoes. I used to raise a lot of corn but haven't planted any in several years. I will probably plant it again next year on a smaller scale. Some years I raise sweet potatoes also. Didn't this year.

I also love flowers - we have lots of those too. I say they are for the bees, and they are - I have something in bloom for the pollinators all through the growing season. If you keep the bees fed and healthy, they will keep you fed. But the flowers also feed my spirit.

I garden organically. I compost all manure and feed the plants with that.
 

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Welcome from WV! :welcome I love flowers too and love to see happy bees and butterflies working them....makes me feel good to have fed them.

What kind and how many chickens to you raise? For meat/eggs or both? Can't wait to see pics of your homestead!
 

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@Beekissed - Had to start over with chickens due to a predator disaster. :(

We re-worked the chicken home, and hopefully it is safe now. I got buff Orpingtons this time around - had some years ago and loved them. We keep chickens mostly for eggs. They are 5 weeks old, so we are a long way from eggs.
 

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Gosh, sorry to hear about the predator issue. They can devastate a flock. Been there… :hugs

Your garden sounds lovely and I'm with you on the flowers. They are so lovely to have around and attract bees and butterflies, so what's not to love? :) I only planted a few things this year as it's my first summer on this property and I moved in to a hot mess of a backyard, but I made time and beds for roses, sunflowers and sweet peas.
 

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I love flowers in my garden too. Just picked up some Zinnias and Marigolds to plant in my vegetables.

Good luck with the Orpingtons! I plan on buying some of those next spring.
 

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I am curious about how many posts I must make before I get out of moderation status? I post, see that my post is in moderation status, and leave, figuring any conversation is going to be a long while. I understand why moderation is necessary, as there are so many spammers and trolls. So not really complaining, just wondering?
 

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I think I am out of moderation status now. :)
I see you joined in 2013. Glad to have you back, and posting! Where are you located? It would help if you put a general location in your avatar. It makes it easier when discussing things that weather might have an influence on or just in general conversation. Thanks.
 

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I am curious about how many posts I must make before I get out of moderation status? I post, see that my post is in moderation status, and leave, figuring any conversation is going to be a long while. I understand why moderation is necessary, as there are so many spammers and trolls. So not really complaining, just wondering?
Sorry about that! We have had so many problems with spammers flooding this forum and others I work on that we decided to hold new members' posts and any posts containing certain keywords for moderation. Sadly that was the only way to slow them down and keep them off our forums.
 
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