-- Caitlin from Belong With Wildflowers commented on The Container Herb Garden in August and asked which of the four basils I'm growing is the easiest to grow. I answered that the sweet basil and dark opal basil are growing the best for me, and that the cinnamon and purple basil have been kind of finicky. Since then I've realized that the cinnamon and purple basil are both in full sun, and that the opal and sweet basils are in partial sun/mostly shade. Next year I think I'll move them all to partial sun and see if it makes a difference.
-- A couple of weeks ago I found a hole in the fence of the chicken run. The extra rooster used the hole to escape the aggression of the senior rooster, and after I thought about it a bit, I decided not to fix the hole. Roody the young rooster is happy for the first time in his life, having the space to get away from the barred rock roo. I enjoy watching him scratch and peck around the barnyard. He cleans up the grain the horses and goats spill. The cats and Cracker ignore him, and he's smart enough not to come through the gate into the front yard, at least when the rest of my dogs are out there. He returns to the coop when he's frightened by something, and to roost at night. I know that someday something will "get" him, but in the meantime, I'm enjoying having a yard rooster again.
My hope is to inspire you, and to encourage your homesteading plans and your dreams of a