Rainwater Catchment Systems — From Contributor Eric McGlynn

In southwestern Wisconsin, this spring was wet and cool, while midsummer was hot and dry. What this meant to the backyard gardener or microfarmer was a slow start to the growing season. Once fruits and vegetables started to grow, recent dry weather quickly wilted plants. When rain did come, storms dropped a large amount of … More Rainwater Catchment Systems — From Contributor Eric McGlynn

New Video: No. 13 — Timberframe Chicken Coop, Part I

I’ve been working on a chicken coop over the last year, first felling the trees and then hewing the timbers. In this video, I show the process through erection of the coop’s frame. In the next video, I’ll show the roofing and wall construction. Please remember to subscribe to our YouTube Channel! You can find … More New Video: No. 13 — Timberframe Chicken Coop, Part I

Fruit Fly Trap

If you have a compost bin or even just a garbage can (so that means pretty much all of us), you’ve probably gotten fruit flies at some point. These largely harmless flies lay their eggs on rotting fruit. The eggs hatch in a half a day and the larvae grow, drawing on the sugars from … More Fruit Fly Trap

Chicken Coop Update

Many of you will remember that I’m building a timber-frame chicken coop from dying spruce trees downed on the institute grounds, shown in the video below. After felling, these trees were turned into timbers and put together into a boxy 6-Ă—-6-ft coop. The roof was covered with scavenged cedar shingles. Right after getting the structure … More Chicken Coop Update

New Worm Bin

Last winter I built a wooden worm bin. It has worked okay, but as the porous wood absorbed water from the worms and compost. This caused warping and made it hard to fit the sections together. I thought I’d build a plastic version, which is more common, for comparison. The Bin The bin consists of … More New Worm Bin