Clayton Blog

Charlie M.

Hello! I’m Charlie, and I am an outdoor enthusiast, supporter of sustainable agriculture, and voracious learner. I have been fly-fishing, kayaking, and backpacking since I was in high school. I explore and learn all that I can about raising animals, gardening, and outdoor adventure. I am always looking for ways to get outside, discover new places, and start new projects. This past year, I founded a student-run operation to raise 200 Red Star chickens on campus to sell eggs in the community around Berry College and produce compost for other existing enterprises. Look for my posts on manufactured housing, raising chickens, planting edible gardens, and searching for fun and beauty in nature.

Recent Posts

Crisp kale, savory bok choy, and tasty arugula are all great when they are fresh from the garden in the summer, but how good would they taste in winter?

 

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Topics: Going Green, Do It Yourself Projects

If you don’t have a garage or a shop, it can be hard to build all of those awesome Pinterest ideas that you are dying to make. I’m a guy, but I still look to my wife’s account for inspiration when we need something and I think we can build it.

 

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Topics: Do It Yourself Projects

 “Energy efficiency” is finally making the transition from a buzzword to a standard phrase in the American consumer’s vocabulary.

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Topics: Manufactured Housing, Going Green

From music records to PVC pipes and medical products, vinyl has been one of the most useful materials of our time.

 

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Topics: Home Maintenance, Manufactured Housing

Compost is often referred to as black gold in the gardening world. Organic materials undergo an amazing transformation as friendly bacteria breaks down the fibers and cells holding the nutrients.

 

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Topics: Going Green, Do It Yourself Projects

 

Gardening should be a pleasure! There are few things more rewarding than going out and picking your own vegetables, and a raised garden bed is the easiest way to get there.

 

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Topics: Lawn and Garden, Do It Yourself Projects

I can’t think of one good thing about poison ivy, poison oak or sumac plants. Though eradicating them is difficult, getting rid of these evil weeds from most places in your yard will benefit your whole family! Even if you know how to avoid it, your pets, kids or even your spouse can get the oil and pass it on to you. 

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Topics: Lawn and Garden

Plants tell us a lot about life. With nurture and care, they grow to be beautiful and even giving. In years past, plants were often given to new couples or new parents when they had a child. It’s a symbol of new life and wishing people a prosperous future, so let’s get back to giving gifts that keep on giving! 

 

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Topics: Lifestyle

A beautiful lawn is a lot more than curb appeal. Cookouts, kids playing outside or just sitting on your porch with coffee seems a lot nicer when you see a lush and healthy lawn. Take a look at these 7 ways to prepare for a whole summer of enjoying your lawn!

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Topics: Lawn and Garden

Everywhere you look, people are going crazy about do it yourself and how-to projects. Ranging from making flower arrangements to leveling your own land, people are consuming do it yourself information at an unprecedented level. If you read this blog, you may notice that we write a ton on do it yourself and how-to projects, and here’s why.

 

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Topics: Do It Yourself Projects