Property Updates – 9/3-5/16

Spent some time at the property again! Yay!

Got a late start on Saturday, so we didn’t get much accomplished. Angelica got to do some exploring, and she took many of the photos in this post. Continue reading “Property Updates – 9/3-5/16”

Property Updates – 7/29/2016

First off, let me apologize for being so out of touch the last couple of weeks. I have been completely swamped at work, and we had a death in the family, and I just haven’t been able to prioritize my writing.

Went to the property last weekend and had our first shed installed!  I say installed instead of built, because it was basically plug in play from the Tuff Shed factory. The toughest part was putting on the roof shingles. Continue reading “Property Updates – 7/29/2016”

Property Updates 7/1-7/4

Spent 4th of July weekend at the property! Had a great time, just Michael and I this time around.  We got alot of work done, and are ready for our first temporary shelter/Tuffshed to go in on the 29th. 🙂

We got a late start on Friday and arrived at the property at 4:15 am. By the time we pitched the tent, and crawled into sleep the sky was already showing hits of morning light! Continue reading “Property Updates 7/1-7/4”

Property Herbal – Sand Lily

This is another plant I found on my rounds of the property. It is somewhat prevalent.

It is called a Sand Lily or sometimes Starlily. Continue reading “Property Herbal – Sand Lily”

Sagebrush – Property Herbal

This is the kickoff for a series regarding the many (or few?) plants that are growing on our property.

A herbal is … a book containing the names and descriptions of plants, usually with information on their virtues (properties) – and in particular their medicinal, tonic, culinary, toxic, hallucinatory, aromatic, or magical powers, and the legends associated with them. – wikipedia

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Property Struggles – House Placement

The more I look at our property, the more I wish I could just spend all my time there. We have so much to do and so many things that need possible modification in order to make our plans work. Only spending one weekend a month there just doesn’t feel like it will cut it. Continue reading “Property Struggles – House Placement”

Homestead planning – 2016 Goals

Things to Think About

There are so many things that we need to consider in the upcoming months and years while we are building our retirement homestead. The logistics of building a standard home are bad enough, but our home will need to be off grid and as self contained as possible. There have been a few posts individually about many of these topics already. Continue reading “Homestead planning – 2016 Goals”

Septic Tank Woes…

On our last trip to the property we learned a couple of new things about our septic system requirements.

Where we live now, the regulations regarding septic leach fields require the leach plumbing to be at least 3 feet underground. You dig a 6 foot trench, fill the bottom half with gravel, lay your perforated pipe, lay another couple of feet of gravel and then cover with dirt. You can walk on it, graze animals over it or even build over it. The idea is that the leach materials sink into the ground, filtering and purifying as they go. We assumed, wrongfully, that our new place would be the same. Continue reading “Septic Tank Woes…”

Property Updates – 5/21/16

Seems like it is raining every weekend we get to visit the property. Last time the rain didn’t reach all the way and we had mostly sunny days. This time… not so lucky.

It is giving us some great insight into the weather patterns, and we are trying to judge our plans accordingly. Continue reading “Property Updates – 5/21/16”

Fruit Walls

I was checking out my google+ and I came across this shared article. It talked about these wonderful things called fruit walls. They were the precursor to the greenhouse and allowed people to extend their growing seasons and helped their blossoms survive hard frost times. If you have read my previous post about frost turning into a bigger problem than we originally thought, you will know how happy this idea makes me. Something totally doable for us, and more sustainable than a glass or plastic greenhouse. Continue reading “Fruit Walls”