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ASPEN FURNITURE

CREDENZA DRESSER TV STAND END TABLE SMALL END TABLE CORNER TABLE Tim has just completed our 6th piece of beautiful aspen furniture. Click on a photo to see a larger gallery photo of each one! They're gorgeous, and with all the extra drawer & cupboard space, we have room to spare! Pix are worth how many words???

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WINTER PASTIMES

BRRRRR! IT'S COLD OUTSIDE! What do we do all winter long? Winter 2019-2020 has been colder, with fewer sunny days than the previous winters we have been here. It seems longer! Today is one of those gloomy, snowy days. The past few days have been warm enough to melt quite a bit of snow & create quite a bit of mud in the process. The driveway & paths around the house are quite muddy! ...

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LIGHTING FOR EGG PRODUCTION

  FIRST EGGS FROM CURRENT DUCKS Our newest ducks have begun to lay! We received our first oval gift, 1/21/20, and the second came 4 days later. The ducks are now about 23-24 weeks old. These ducks are a week apart in age, and we have no way of knowing which ducks have layed the eggs, but we're delighted that our lighting program has worked, and we are now getting those delicious eggs. LIGHTS FOR EGGS As Tim says, we're running a duck sweat shop here by using artificial lighting to incre ...

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REVIEW: INSTANT POT ULTRA (FOR HIGH ELEVATION)

I recently got the INSTANT POT ULTRA (6-Quart) to use at my high elevation of 9,000 feet. Over the past 6 weeks or so I’ve experimented quite a bit with this and have found it to be a good choice for high elevation, but in different ways than advertised. "HIGH ALTITUDE ADJUSTMENT" The INSTANT POT ULTRA boasts a “High Altitude” feature. I’m glad I paid a little more to get this model, but not because of this feature. The high-altitude feature allows you to set your elevation in a system setti ...

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REVIEW: MUELLER ULTRA POT (FOR HIGH ELEVATION)

When looking for an electric multicooker, I first purchased the Mueller Ultra Pot. I already had the Mueller Single Serve Coffee Maker, and I liked it, so their Ultra Pot seemed like it would be a good choice. It had great reviews on Amazon, it was less expensive than Costco’s Instant Pot model at the time, AND it included some accessories that the Instant Pot did not include; a steamer basket, a glass lid to use with the non-pressure functions, and an extra sealing ring. It also included a 2-ye ...

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CHANGES

I've been playing around with a new look for this website. I've also been writing new articles and updating some old ones. Be sure to check out the changes! In addition to the specific pages listed below, please see the menu items on all the "GROWING FOOD" pages pertaining to the garden, and on the "DUCKS" pages pertaining to ducks. 

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GROWING ZONES & MOUNTAIN CLIMATES

I DO AS MUCH RESEARCH AS I CAN  before I plant the garden. I want to be successful, and to do so I know I need to plant fruits and vegetables that will grow in my climate, and I also want to choose the specific varieties that should do the best. In my unique environment, this is very difficult! Many of the books we have read about vegetable gardening are based on the author’s personal experience in their own location. They don’t seem to have a clue about what it’s like where I ...

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THE 2016 SIX-PACK HAS RETIRED

Coco & Whitey - the last two Our “Six-Pack” of ducks from 2016 is no longer with us. For various reasons, we have culled the flock one by one. Most of them were removed because they had stopped laying eggs, or laid only soft-shell eggs. We began raising our small, 2019 flock of ducklings while we still had two remaining “big ducks” from 2016, but in short time they were culled because they were just too crabby and no fun to have around. Coco (Chocolate Runner) spent most of her waking ...

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2019 FLOCK OF FIVE

Coco & Whitey, 2 Remaining Ducks The six ducks we’ve raised since August 2016 had dwindled down to two good layers, so we recently decided to get a flock of new ducklings to start raising while the two were still laying. As we awaited the arrival of the ducklings and began to raise them in the brooder, the two remaining layers became quite crabby and no fun to have around—perhaps they missed their friends or didn’t like being a flock of two. Since we had the new ducklings growing fast in ...

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WHAT GROWS HERE & WHAT DOES NOT

This will now be my 3rd year gardening at 9,000 feet. After some trial and error, I've chosen only to grow the things that will grow well in the outdoor garden, and use my limited greenhouse space in the summer for a few favorites while saving some room for early fall planting there. Some of the vegetables that grow very well have not been my favorites (kale, cabbage, kohlrabi, rutabagas) but since they do grow well here and are good for us I'm learning to like them more and cook them in new way ...