Rabbits are in their new homes! First animal besides the dog to arrive on the new place. 3 does and one buck. Smoked two rounds of FVF just watching them adjust to their new home. Didnt want to throw a heavy english on them their first day.
Hope January is treating everyone well. I haven't gotten as much done as I would like but its been rain almost every day still . I think the news said our local river is up 20ft.
The drain ditch around the greenhouse I filled with pea gravel mix I dug out of old flower beds around the place. Took about 20 5 gallon buckets. Rounded up some bigger rocks to put on top. Will certainly keep my feet out of the mud. If I end up getting more pea gravel I might put some around these rocks. Left enough room to build a small table and chair to have a pipe at. Always good to have future projects.
I know of a brick yard about 45 mins away that dumps brick in the dumpster. I am not exactly sure what qualifies them to get dumped in but the owner said I could have them if I dig them out of the dumpster. Something about company policy that he cant just give them to me. No matter I can dumpster dive for bricks. So far I have hauled off between 550 - 600 to use on the floor. I think it looks nice. Not sure if I am going to do the whole floor or maybe more pea gravel around the edges.
Rabbits are doing good. One is not adjusting well unfortunately , so we might have our first invite to dinner. Bandit likes the rabbits. Not sure if he wants to play or eat them. Not sure he knows either.
Another weekend done. Worked on the greenhouse floor some, but the flooding in my area had turned the floor to mud so not much progress. Did show me all the places I still need to tweak the drainage though. Finally got a sunny day so Bandit and I worked on clearing some more area . Previous posts show the area we blocked off to clear. Below is the finished product
Now we have more sunny area to plant. Going to do a small corn patch on this area. Some for the freezer, and some to feed animals that then end up in freezer. Smoked my cobs with Sutliff 507-c during breaks
Bandit caught 1 very cold snake, and dug up 4 field mice that I saw. He had a big day .
Post by oldcajun123 on Jan 22, 2019 10:50:24 GMT -5
Dervish a suggestion, when you plant your corn don’t do it in a straifgr like row, zig zag it and sun will hit it better and it will be easier to hoe some people plant bush beans at the foot of stalks when they are about 2 ft tall, that way they have beans and corn. PS maybe I should have said offset the seedlings , row is still straight.
Travis you’re living the life style I always wanted. Sadly I’m too old and don’t have the property with room enough to grow my own food. I believe farming is the noblest profession. You are very fortunate and wise. The satisfaction that comes from seeing your handiwork and benefiting from the results of your hard work cannot be matched when one works for the “other” man. I wish you every success. Please keep us posted on your progress.
Realizing one’s own ignorance is the beginning of wisdom.
Been busy working on everyone else's place finally got some time for mine. Inside of the greenhouse is basically done. I am going to get some containers of water under the tables to help with temp control. Everything on the inside was pieced together from other various projects. Only thing I bought was the sink, which I got from a Habitat re-use store (if you have one in your area I highly suggest checking it out). I did get another load of boards so this week/weekend I can start putting up stall walls in the barn. About time to get the compost turned and start prepping the kitchen garden, the new herb garden going in this year, and the new area tilled de-rocked. (pictures earlier in this thread)
Post by bubbabriar on Feb 11, 2019 11:13:35 GMT -5
Love it! Impressive productivity.
Remember as a kid sometimes finding a darn black snake with a bulging belly that got in amongst baby rabbits or chicks. No matter what ya did those snakes can find a way in it seemed. I'd yell for mamma and she'd come out with a shot gun. (I'm from the Ozarks)
Thanks guys! No animals right now. Just moved to the new place. Will have chickens , rabbits and American guinea hogs for sure. I already grow 90% of my own vegetables so time to add meat to the menu in 2019. If people like this post Ill be sure to put up other projects.
On a side note smoking a cob full of VA flake while building your own barn. One of the best ways to smoke a cob. Straw hat and overalls are optional but I highly suggest it . The combination provides excellent smoking experience.
I had to google American Guinea Hog. I was thinking Guinea Pig, like they eat in Peru. At first I thought you were going to try and start a new meat craze in the U.S. hahaha