Serious Business

Zoji, a duckling with a recovering deformity on his bill, follows us around in the yard as water drip-tubes are installed.
Zoji, irrigation hydrospecialist

It Vends Incorporated is a self-perpetuating holistic company for the benefit of its current and future participants. It was formally established in 2019 by Eugene Kashpureff and Hannah Green as a Profit Corporation in Vashon, Washington, United States of America, planet Earth. We offer a variety of products from our home gardens:

  • Poultry: live or frozen ducks and chickens, eggs, feathers
  • Plantings: lettuce, tomatoes, strawberries, squash, herbs.
  • Services: project advice and labor, materiel delivery, community goodwill

History

The first incarnation of “It Vends” was a feature of a chat bot for a trading guild in an online MMORPG. Items could retrieved from a predefined list by the simple command: !vend. In 2011, popularity growth lead to the purchase of the itvends.com domain to provide a Web Interface, and a gradual expansion of the items list. Over several years, the idea has become a lifestyle brand, popular phrase, lifestyle, and mission for its creators.

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April 9, 2019

Ordered 2 more Caragana arborescens seedlings from Burnt Ridge, as well as Hippophae rhamnoides and an everbearing mulberry to develop perennial domestic bird forage and shade layers with usable human fruits.

Bonus effect of these and the also-ordered evergreen huckleberries and future salal is they will draw and host wild birds, with the native huckleberries and salal especially supporting native species, including hummingbirds.

Caragana and Hippophae both fix nitrogen as well, enriching the surrounding soil web.

Preparing plans for how to safely and attractively raise this year’s ducklings differently from last year. I want the mamas each to have their own space, and for the brood to all be separate from the rest of the flock.

Intent to better-define the non-cedar-bedded front planting areas, but am undecided on material/aesthetics, though rocks or logs all magically of uniform shape would be ideal.

Sort of an ongoing surprise that the deer haven’t eaten the now-uncovered kales in the front yard.

Finished the last 2×8 in the back yard – next to irrigate are the two 4×4 beds, then perhaps drip noodles to some of the bagged plants.

With another filter (and, preferably, timer), I also would have the materials to do the front beds, though more mainline would almost certainly also be necessary.

Filled half the empty front yard 16″x8′ after ripping the sod and placing it upside-down in the 4×4 to let it get uncomfortable.

Transplanted Thunderbird, normal evergreen huckleberries, which were surprisingly and disappointingly well-rooted in the ‘hugel’. It will be a great place for huckles when the birds no longer have access, but now is not a safe time there.

Transplanted also the languishing lingonberry, and the worst off of the two barbecue rosemaries.

Transplanted a horseradish mothercrown to the shadow of the front yard dead stump.

Bought a 3# Little Giant hanging feeder for the pullets/future ducklings.

Filled and hung hummingbird feeder. Starlings have been hitting the suet, but I kinda’ like them, even though they’re an invasive.

The pullets have been goofing off all over their apartment, and making good use of both levels. Hanging the feeder makes a world of difference, and I’m sorry I hadn’t been doing this sooner.

For maximum security, our final bird area should include a hot wire along the ground, to discourage predator digging.

Used the yellow cedar blocks from the bag of work’s planer shavings in the main garden. Had the realization that I could have been doing snakes with the emitter line instead of separate parallels, which requires many more pieces and fidding. Will try an S on the last bed.

I wonder how easily the sawhorses/boat could be hardware-clothed in to make an area that birds could sleep safely, such as for when duckling ‘teen’ groups grow larger.

Saw a no-bathe waterfowl drinker in the Premier 1 catalogue with a just-attach-to-garden-hose autofill assembly with float. Possibly a heckin’ lifesaver.

April 8, 2019

Got the 6 pullets today from a gal who, small island, is the cousin of the owner of the espresso stand we frequent, and for who I am hatching Anconas.

4 dominant Copper, and 2 Color Pack.

Perky things, but pooped out this afternoon/evening and slept as if they’d been killed by botulism.

Lentil’s baby,born today, is 50% dark brahma, and one of the darker blush egg layers – cuckoo maran, maybe. Possibly black star.

April 7, 2019

Parsnips and beets have definitely germinated.

Wild garden lettuce is taking its time.

The large goumi and all the haskap are in bloom.

Finished the third 2×8 garden bed of DripWorks irrigation – it was really a confidence-booster to get rolling on actual dripline – it’s hard to imagine a garden that doesn’t need me to water it!

More x-pens came. The real garden solution is a taller perimeter fence, but at least the panels let me also protect plants while raising ducklings.

Getting 4 Dominant Copper and 1 Colorpack layer hybrid from K.O.S. They’ll be 4 weeks old tomorrow, and definitely female.

Emptied and refilled all the plastic nestbox tubs in the coop.

Somebirdie bit an owie red raw spot on the poor pied duckling.

According to Muscovy group discussion, Skateboard is probably one of the uncommon bronze ducks – a color also required for ‘fume’. Can be determined w/linebreeding to a daughter from a black or blue pairing, according to someone who seems to know what they’re talking about.

Trouble is figuring out the ol’ genotypes.

Thought I’d almost used the roll of dripline, which is sort of true, but there’s an unopened fresh roll of both emitter and blind lines and tons of everything but stakes.

April 4, 2019

Candles last night, and Lentil appears to have 2 babies cookin’.

14 live eggs under Snorkel due around the 17th

Alto F1 leek starts just germinated

Moved the 2 boy mules (who might not be sterile), and Rory, who is just kinda crappy, and old enough to go to the farm, to the side yard, to give the females some peace. Males in the main yard now are Oli, Pogo, Skateboard, and Yoshi.

Females are Utie, Ankka, Greycie, Papi (in garden w/babes), Snorkel, Scooter, Blue Mama, Mule Mama (pink band) Barred Oligirl, atipico gal, blue swedish-laced farmgirl.

Golden beets & parsnips are germinating. First oca w/leaves popping.

Uncovered the parsnips and beets, previously burlapped. Made an x-pen peak above them, and a burlap strip relaid to hover over the parsnips.

Applied citrus fertilizer to most garden perennials.

Seeded in cups:
Thelma Sanders’ Sweet Potato Squash
Winter Luxury Squash
Empress of India Nasturtiums

Covered the sorrel last night, and produced some feeble deer deterrence around a couple of things in the front yard.

The hardware cloth half-cylinder is now over the garden strawberries and fennel that were chickened so badly on Tuesday.

Up-potted the small avocado and galangal.

Told dad I’d give him $100 for all his haskap plants

Seeded a tiny grid of Chinese garlic chives with the baby goumi.

Seeded mixed edible flowers in an Empress Wu pot.

Carrots and radishes now under the long screen

Note that some covers that insects fit through are needed for pollination, but others that slow down butterflies and cabbage flies would also be desirable.

Ongoing focus of protecting plants without compromising the various exposures they require, and then of getting the garden’s look a little more uniform again. It’s getting a bit of the junkyard vibe I don’t crave.

Dripworks irrigation arrived – looking forward to checking it out, hopefully tomorrow.

All the boys were back in the main bird area when I came home from work and went to put them away – and Oli was with Papi and the babes in the garden.

April 1, 2019

  • The 3 ducklings, hitherto respectful of/disinterested in the fruit bushes, were going to town on two Sugar Pies and the older of the two goumi – even though the latter has thorns.
  • Would move the family back into the main bird yard, but the chickens are too trustworthy in their fledgling stabbage/pinfeather yanking. Elevated the two smaller bushes instead.
  • Took Robin to the farm, brought back a blue girl and an atipico.
  • Sent tempting photo of a blue or lilac to the owner of a brown duck I’d like to trade for.
  • Turned more of the compost. Papi jumped on top and helped eat worms. I’m pleasantly surprised that the chicken poop bedding isn’t too awful for worms – the more the merrier!
  • Compost has been sitting at 80f this week.
  • Dragged the satsuma out into transitional daylight 0 the damn plastic pot breaking more and more along the way.
  • Off to the farm for tacos and dumptruck purchase with G. L. as well as feed dropoff/egg collection/bird tally.
  • Sowed many past due flower bulbs from G. L. over winter today. Should have winter-sown them.
  • Hand-ripped some sod and grasses from around the shallower front beds, because the runner grasses especially just pop right into the beds.
  • Carrots out front went unmolested all winter. Consider another late season sowing out there – or parsnips anytime now.
  • Sown:
    • Wild Garden lettuces 2×3
    • Halblange parsnips,
    • Yukon gold potato,
    • Austrian crescent potato,
    • 2nd gen. red-skin/white flesh organic potatoes from Thriftway,
    • Makah ozettes
    • Touchstone Beets
    • Cascadia Snap Pea
    • Super Sugar Snap Pea
    • Oregon Sugar Pod II Snow Pea
  • Transplanted:
    • Cloth pot borage to next to concrete pad.
    • Pennsylvania Golden Pawpaw,
    • Campbell NC-1 Pawpaw
    • Unnamed PawPaw seedlings
    • Mint roots around the front window bed
    • Dug up and potted several very large red sunchoke tubers
    • Up-potted about 27 pineapple crush alpine strawberries
  • Bought and up-potted a Hinnomaeki red gooseberry from Kathy’s Corner, with the seed potatoes (Yukon gold and Austrian Crescent)
  • Groomed the bananas
  • First apple bud
  • Moved a couple more 20 gallon bags into the garden for potatoes
  • Moved the large haskap into the garden with the Sugar Pies and topped off its soil, and that of several other perennials.
  • Set up a weird trellis w/ xpen panels for peas and protected from ducklings and chickens with the screen previously over the potato onions and lettuce section.
  • Spent almost the entire day outdoors
  • Discovered a third of last year’s Echinacea purpurea in the front yard 4×4

Dump Truck

IMG_2240DUMP TRUCK!

Today, It Vends Incorporated began the process of acquiring a vehicle. It will primarily be used to move farm equipment, materials and products. Secondary uses may be able to generate income to offset the costs of upkeep – landscaping services, advertising space, material hauling, etc. Some facts:

  • 1991 GMC Topkick C7000
  • Caterpillar C3116, 6.6L Inline-6 210hp, front PTO hydraulic pump
  • Allison AT643 Automatic transmission
  • Gross Vehicle Weight 24,980lb
  • 8,100lb + 19,000lb sprung axles
  • Air brake system, 125psi
  • Port tanks: 50-gallon diesel, hydraulic
  • Starboard: battery & tool boxes
  • 4+ yard dump bed, two-way tailgate, hydraulic crane
  • Pintle trailer hitch, 2x hydraulic hookups
  • Color: DuPont 7744. Popularly known as Key Lime Green.