Well, spring is kinda here now and so that means it's "Project Time" around the micro homestead. Just hearing the word "projects" or the phrase "honey do list" is enough to turn mere mortals to slobbering heaps, but, I've learned it's best to just accept the list and wait until I'm outside to murmur to myself. It's a self preservation thing.
Anyhow, we thought we'd give folks a little insight into our early spring projects. Just in case anyone cared.
First up is our herb bed. It's not finished yet (so I've heard anyway), but, we've been tinkering around with the aesthetics of bed. Yeah sure it looks pretty barren now, but, trust us it's lush when in full bloom with herbs and pollinator attractors. That thing sticking up in the middle of the garden is our insect hotel. It's made up of different items like pine cones, straw, tubes, etc. to give insects a place to stay when they come to visit.
Next up is a look at one of the places we've planted some peas. We're looking at it because some F&%!# critter dug up the seeds I had planted and so I've had to improvise a cage to keep the rascal out. Anyone plant peas yet? Had any issues with the F*%&^ critters?
Yeah, we're looking at pictures of a tarp full of drying sawdust and bags of shredded newspaper. Why? Because we like the idea of "free" and one of our goals this summer is to make "bricks" out of a mixture of the sawdust and shredded paper to burn in our rocket mass heater. Ya we know, we're cool.
We get the shredded paper for free and the sawdust for free and so we're going to mix 'em up, put them in a press to squeeze the water out of them and then dry them, stack them and burn them. For free.
We got the idea on Youtube. We're going to make a video of the process and end results later, but, for now we're giving all of our fans a preview (just like at the movie theaters!) to whet they're appetites.
So that's a quick peek at the goings on around here. How's things at your homestead? Started any outdoor activities (grilling doesn't count)?
Not that we think you need reminding, but, this Saturday is field trip day!!!
And not just any old "going to a museum on a stinky old bus with a hundred other stinky kids" kinda field trip.
Noooooooo way! This is an adult field trip. And we're going to learn about grapes. And pruning. And growing and some may even be drinking! Told ya this was an adult field trip.
Growing grapes in New England can be a challenge, especially for the backyard enthusiast. But, fret not backyard enthusiast! Your prayers have been answered. We will have the privilege of getting one on one face time with the owner and vintner of the Gilmanton Winery himself, Marshall Bishop and his wife Sunny, and they're prepared to let YOU prune THEIR vineyard, ask questions, and take home a pruning to show all your neighbors. Won't you be the hit of the next garden party?
Write down your questions and cleanse your palates because we're setting sail for one heck of a day.
If you don't know the date (this Saturday, 4/30) and the time (9-12) or that you need, need, need to reserve your spot, then for crying out loud click this link: Winery Meetup.
Be there or be square 'cause that's where all the cool kids will be hanging out Saturday morning.
And just in case you needed more reasons to show up, here's a pretty little graphic. Photos courtesy of The Gilmanton Winery (to let you know it's all about the health baby) and a link to their FB page with ideas for Mothers Day (guilt, guilt).
Mothers Day Ideas
At Inheritance Farm Permaculture we're just getting started with trying to figure out how to get bees into the system.
Bees have a HUGE part to play and so we've been looking into the various types and have come across the Slovakian bee keeping system.
Is anyone using this system in the US?
We're just learning about Mason bees vs honey bees and here's a short video of Randi setting up her Mason bee house.
Most people look at their yards, see dandelions and head over to the big box store for some weed killer. But, are weeds really a bad thing?
Most of our disdain with weeds comes from the fact that we have lawns instead of gardens. Weeds interrupt our view of an endless sea of green grass.
But, that weed is telling you something. Weeds have a purpose and when you see them you should begin to question WHY it's there. What is it telling you about your soil?
Here's a little video with several individuals discussing dandelions at Paul Wheaton's site in Montanna.
Sometimes a mans got to do what a mans got to do. The old farm house front porch was needing some TLC recently and Sam and Nate torn into that puppy.
I guess it wasn't too bad when you consider it was over 100 years old. I should look so good at that age.
Some planks had rotted out and so had to go, but, nothings ever easy. There's no such thing as a five minute job and sure as shootin' the floor boards weren't the only thing that had rotted.
So, after doing some digging for footings, dropping in some cinder blocks, adding 4 x 4 posts for bracing and a new 4 x 6 in the front, all was well again in Mudville.
Nice job men, nice job!
Next up: A coat of paint.
Ray is part of the Ray and Randi duo, who actually don't live on the farm. They have a micro-homestead in Gilmanton, but are VERY active over at IFP and are guest bloggers for them.
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