pea and oat mix (@LibertyFarmNH will likely sneak out there and grab some peas, but I'm planting them mostly for an experiment in crop rotation / nitrogen fixation)
trying something new with compost this year: perforated pipe to bring air to lower strata
(also: farmhand has mucked out all four stalls)
close up of the ~31 foot long 2" angle iron trellis braces, plus diagonal supports I fabbed up.
interior of garden shed #2 ; I need to weld up some shelves to get half this mess off the floor
The big project of the last week was getting three dumptruck loads of fill dirt to fill in a bunch of potholes, cover over tree stumps, smooth the terrain, and bury two old concrete foundations (small garages from c. 1920, is my guess).
Mouth of driveway facing orchard (W)
The plan is to cover all of this fill dirt with an inch or two of either topsoil or maybe just woodchips that I let rot into topsoil, then plant some cover. This will all get fenced in (with orchard) and we'll let sheep graze under fruit trees and rest in the small copse.
ground sloped down and away from it to the right, so I could either cut down all the trees that had already grown through cracks in the concrete ... or just raise ground
(red is foundations, yellow is fill dirt, green is my location while taking pictures)
I enjoy looking at them.
If I get out in time to harvest seeds, great!
If not, hurray for the birds.
Define "working out" ?
Do we enjoy living on the farm? Hell yeah.
Is it easy? No.
Is it cheap? No.
Is it profitable? We don't even aim for that / we don't sell anything, so N/A.
Are we prepared for WW III / Zombie apocalypse? Not 100%
I'm joking. It's a capped off "dug" well.
I.e. presumable 25 or 30 feet deep, and giving access to near-surface ground water.
Considered unsanitary in CURRENT YEAR bc surface contamination (animal feces, spilled gasoline, road runoff) can reach that depth.
in a SHTF scenario, it'd be nice to have access to that. With tractor running, it'd be a simple matter to lift concrete cap off with a chain and the bucket.
In a DEEP TEOTWAWKI scenario, I suppose a lashed tripod and a chain hoist could get the job done
LOL, derp, my bad!
Compost aeration tubes literally got installed in pile 2 days ago.
Will know next spring.
Well, yes, I've thought of this.
"just do 16 hrs labor and spend $1,000 on a pump and solar cells and piping and electrical and and and..."
"need to weld the brushhog and fence in the orchard and build shelves and and and..."
Given that I already have a well, and a street power, and battery backup power, and a tractor with a PTO generator, and 10 g diesel on hand to fuel it, and 250 gal heating oil (which the tractor can burn), and and and and, this "fully equip a second well" is not in top 10
Also, how much work should I do to further optimize for the 1 in 1,000 scenario, vs work to optimize for the 999 in 1,000 scenario.
I.e. building bookshelves, on average, helps me more.
How exactly does equipping a second well and using that to water my garden save me money over ... using my first well to water the garden?
Have you owned goats?
How, exactly, are goats going to weed AROUND and BETWEEN my pumpkin plants?
How, exactly, do I stop them from eating and/or trampling the pumpkins?
How do I keep them from wandering off?
I !@#-ing hate the phenomena of third hand received wisdom internet prepper / farmer / back-to-the-landers.
Hoes exist for a reason, and it's not that 19th c. (and 2nd c.!) farmers didn't know of the existence of goats.
Different tools for different jobs.