We have had made huge progress this week in the garden, which is so exciting! It is wonderful to have 4 extra hands helping with everything, but especially for me to have strong backs to help execute the garden dream. Dylan has been working lots out of the house and I too have been swamped and away from home for many days, but the Urban Rehab team is doing great things in our absence! Moving mountains of shit and couch grass and earth. Playing with charcoal bags, and mud! We now have 3 sheet mulch row beds 2 of which are planted out and they include some new techniques which I am very interested in testing. Some beds involve basic co-planting and other use diverse poly-culture plantings. I have a salad bar broadcast and strawberries in the ground. We have started collecting rocks to build up the retaining walls who’s edges have been cut free of couch grass and lined with a heavy black industrial woven plastic waste product.
We have 3 large raised beds now built and bottom lined with more of that great black material. The bottoms will be filled with old horse poo, and then I hope to build in a root watering system which will take advantage of the slop the beds are on, to passively water all the food growing within it.
Yesterday the crew came home with a used quad and everything here changed all over again! It is amazing to see what happens when you add horse power to the to do list.
All of the sudden today big tree’s got hauled down from their canopy snags, and the yurts got moved up hill, along with my winter tires. The forest floor has been swathed in a large section and cleared of debris and fire fuel. Birch for next years firewood has begun being stacked even! What a day… the quad also hauls our little motorcycle trailer around the bush like a dream!
Driving the quad for only 5 minutes inspired me to get out motorbikes out of storage and get on the road SOON! We are dying to ride, but one thing at atime… the barn is now free of yurts and ready to receive bin stuff to clear the path for the Hondas! Yee haw!
A few weeks back we picked up a free old rabbit hutch on the side of the road, and today it is getting a make over and rebuild by Pauly, Mia and our neighbor buddy. We have decided to try to stack the function of one of our broken chickens.. to see if she might set with some eggs? Anyways we’ll repurpose the hutch for this purpose and see how it goes. Otherwise Tuesday we are off to get some more chicks and some little bantam amuracanas so that little baron has some little ladies to keep him happy… they will lay blue mini eggs too! that is if they are gals.. not a whack of tiny little rooster 😦
Oh did you notice miss Mia with the gun in the total red neck photo! ha ha. She is as good a shot as her Mom and Grandma! We are setting up a 3 hole target range for bow / pellet gun, and slingshot practice in the back bush.
This week… shop roof is rising in the evenings…. and yurt deck is hopefully getting started. Anyways just a little tidbit of life on the homestead.