The last five days were like a landscaping bootcamp for me. My parents came into town to help me get the yard and garden headed in the right direction, and thank goodness! Having all the extra help was so relieving. In the picture to the left you can see all the logs piled high from the trees we took down.
I'll be stacking the logs on their cut sides to create raised garden beds in my vegetable garden. I read about this method in Edible Landscaping With a Permaculture Twist. This book has been one of the most incredible resources as I plan out what to do with my five acres of property. The reason I like this book the most out of the permaculture books I have read is that it gives you concrete step-by-step ideas on how to work with your land to deliver specific results. Most of the other permie books I have read are a little to "read your tea leaves" for me. I like actionable steps!
They're here, they're here! Pooping, peeping, eating, drinking machines! I picked up the seven little peepers early in the morning. The day before I got their brooder box ready with paper towels, a heat lamps, a feeder, and a waterer. This whole set-up cost me $60, chicks included. To read more on our chick adventures click here.
This last weekend Paul and I finished up insulating the chicken coop, grading the garden, and the moving the coop into place. We were able to save ourselves a huge chunk of change by borrowing a bobcat from a very gracious neighbor. Without that bobcat nothing would have gotten done!
I also checked out a handful of permaculture books from the library and am totally hooked. Lots of growing plans for the back part of the property now...
The chicks are here! The chicks are here! As I was leaving Farm and Fleet this morning with a peeping cardboard box, a woman went to enter the store as I was exiting. She saw my wistful smile and then motioned to the box saying, "Ahhh, the sound of happiness."
She could not have been more right!
This has been quite the adventure getting ready for these little birds. You can do as much research as you want, but nothing beats learning like actually doing the thing. They are beyond adorable and I am so happy to finally be a proud flock owner.
To prepare for the chicks I spent less than $50, chicks included. Here is the price break down:
We are on our way to a finished chicken coop thanks to some serious planning and one huge Menards trip. Paul and I like to joke that Friday night is date night at Menards, the place of serious romance.
All joking aside, going in to Menards with a plan is what saved our heads on renovating and building this coop ourselves. I started by mapping out how I wanted the coop to look on the inside by using SketchUp Make. The plan went through a lot of changes as I did more research. But below you can see how everything shook out.
Today I picked up the first (of many) organic seed packets. A vital step in cultivating a garden that can provide you enough food for a year is preparing. Preparing to me means figuring out where the garden will go, if the soil is good shape for veggie growing, and what you need to build the basic structure of the garden. Today I’m going to go over our plan to put in a 2250 sq. ft. garden, what materials we are using, and when we are going to break ground. Preparing here we come!
Thanks for stopping by Green Willow Homestead! From chicken rearing to orchard planting, we've got our hands full and we love sharing what we've learned along the way. Follow along as we strive to live a toxin-free life and turn these five acres from just property to a fully functioning small-scale homestead.
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