Homestead Happenings: December 2015

Homestead Happenings: December 2015

Homestead Update Dec 2015

Well here we go… knee deep in the hustle and bustle of the Season! Not much time for games, unless you make the time….


We’ve been plugging along on a project to renovate the front yard thistle patch into a usable growing area.  We’re doing a sheet mulch rahab on the area.  First we set down a nice thick layer of cardboard, then put down a 2 inch layer of compost, then about an inch of moldy hay, then another 4 inches of compost.  I would have liked to put in a  layer of manure or topsoil, but we just didn’t have any of that readily available.  I put a dusting of ash from the wood stove, and some Redmond Salt for added mineral content.  It can’t be any worse than the thistle patch!


Sheet Mulch
Sheet mulch beds in the front yard!

We’ve been feeding hay to the cattle for about a month or so and they are looking good still.  We haven’t finished off butchering the rest of the meat birds yet, but their time will come!

We’ve got a big upgrade to the solar electrical in the works along with another upgrade to the battery bank and standby generator.  Right now we’re on power rationing so things are pretty tight for the time being.  Well that’s it for now… until next time.





4 thoughts on “Homestead Happenings: December 2015

  1. Thanks for including us in your life … it’s interesting! The sledding reminds me of about 45-50 years ago when I was a kid. A neighbor had a HUGE hill, steep and about a half-mile long. When it would snow good, all the farm kids for miles around would bring their sleds, toboggans amd even an old truck hood … to slide down that hill.
    That was in SW Ohio.

    I wish we had some friendly, good neighbors around here to share with. We’re just the wife and myself and a sweetheart of a dog. We have a beautiful, secluded, rolling 55 acres of green, fertile TN land with about 2500 ft of river frontage, too, but no one to share it with. It’s peaceful, and a beautiful gift from God, but it seems to need families to share and develop it together with … 🙂

  2. Thanks for the encouragement! We’re looking forward to moving things forward after the first of the year, with a lot more content and other improvements. I really can’t say enough about how much these comments inspire us to keep moving forward in this area! Thank you so much… oh, and tell your friends about us, help the grow!!!

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