Week Three Overview
How did we get to week three already! Crazy how fast the time this month is flying by.. We finally got rain, and we really needed it. I got to try out our new small metal shed roof rain collection system.. working well, I will need to do some tree trimming. Otherwise, we have had very nice weather this week. Sunny, warm with a light winds.
Things that we got done over the past week.
- Dried two jars worth of nettles for winter use
- Planted our 4 Saskatoon tree’s, added in new Black Rasberry canes (new kind to the farm to go with the other two types I have) added in two more female and one more male Haskups, which were planted in between the current bushes.. think of them as in-fill.
- Worked on three more permaculture guilds and put in more of the “bones” larger fruiting tree’s and bushes and canes into the being built Diamond garden.
- Found and hauled all the rotting wood for the base of the new hugelbed, also added into five more wheel barrel’s to the outer ring for the same bed.
- Took out a number of smaller baby tree’s.. Took out some bigger tree’s and cut some firewood from them
- Had a clutch of new chicks hatched on the farm- moved them to the grow out pen
- Made a natural dewormer for the flock out of nettle roots and treated everyone in a flavoured drinking water.
- Made our first rhubarb Crisp (yum) of the year
- Crazy amount of yard work, working it the main garden, and some fun with my horse’s.. perfect horse back riding weather.
- Ferrier came for a visit and one morning was taken up with making sure my team’s feet are all ready for both riding season and for farm work.
- Continuted to do purge in the house.. four more box’s of stuff that went to our local church run second hand shops.
- Picked up my tomato and pepper plants, I have a smaller non-heated greenhouse on the farm, but I worked with a local who can start my plants in feb, which means even compared to my own early starts, it gives me another full two months head start..
Things I did not get to this week that I have moved over to this weeks list.. my shear my two wool sheep (thankfully the rest are hair sheep and shed out naturally), I need to do both sheep and goat feet trims.
Not planned.. lost 4 chickens to a fox.. a bold as brass fox that didn’t even feel the need to run a way while eating my livestock.. Not a good choice.. it will not be getting any more of my flock.
A wonderful detailed post on a great spring edible that many people over look, the hosta.. Also at the end of this post, do take a peek at the other recipes listed.. her bacon wrapped hosta recipe looks so good! hmmmm Bacon..
I very much enjoyed reading franks post about the fruit tree cuttings, fruits that I would never be able to grow in my own zone but so interesting to read about.. Check out his post for detailed information on how he makes a drip water feeder for use in his greenhouse.
I enjoyed reading all the blogger post goals for the challenge and I look forward to sharing different bloggers posts that I liked reading over the coming weeks 🙂
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Lisa Lynn – The Self Sufficient HomeAcre
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Kathi – Oak Hill Homestead
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I will be writing new content for this challenge. However I am also going to bring out of off my most popular homesteading and related posts over the blogs seven plus years history. We are asked to do a one week round up and sharing of other blogs favorite posts, I am looking forward to getting to know these new bloggers. We never stop learning 🙂