S Bengi wrote:Right by the House/Barn/Shop. I would carve out 3 acres.
This 3 acres would be for the 1.5 acres food forest, 0.5 acres vegetable garden, 0.3 to 0.5 acre fish pond, chicken area, honey bee area, and your greenhouse, shop, barn and house.
Edit: It might make sense to make the big pond by the wetland area, and make a smaller pond by the house. The small pond by the house could be view like a storage pond, where you only keep ready to eat fish for a week or two after you have grown and harvested them from the big pond. Or you could just skip the pond by the house and go to the wetland weekly/biweekly to harvest fish directly for your freezer.
Leigh Tate wrote:Nicky, your place shows a lot of potential. That's exciting.
I know what you mean about being hesitant to plant many perennials. I'm almost ashamed to say that I've lost roughly half of the perennials I planted. It's discouraging. That said, I'm going to encourage you to learn as much about soil building as you can. That is truly key to success. There are excellent resources here. Dr. Redhawk's Epic Soil Series is a good place to start. Jon Stika's A Soil Owner's Manual was recently featured on Permies and is an excellent resource. If I had understood soil as a living ecosystem rather than just dirt, we'd be a whole lot further in our homesteading than we are now!
bruce Fine wrote:looks like you have lots of nice flat ground to work with. when I did the farmers markets, I'll never forget this much older man who would tell me if you want to be real successful in farming and making it pay off, you need to have vegetables, fruits, flowers and dancing girls. well did ok with fruit from 250 peach trees my uncle had planted, and all sorts of row crops, beans, peas, squash, tomatoes, peppers eggplant, corn and a wide variety of herbs. one of my specialties was selling huge bunches of basil, for what other sellers sold just a few sprigs for, and I had some miniature sunflowers that did real well.
that old man had a beautiful orchard with apples, peaches, pears and several acres of wine grapes that paid off in spades every year late in the fall when home brew wine enthusiasts would come to his place and pick their own. this was in addition to at least a dozen acres of regular row crops.
S. Bard wrote:Hi Nicky,
The place looks very promising!
Edit: I had overlooked the fact that your chicken coop is already in current use. I initially thought you were still planning where to put it.
Nicky McGrath wrote:
I don't know why I didn't bother putting labels on the buildings! The red roof is actually the shop, so the coop it's a nice distance away from the house. I've been wanting a chicken tractor but it just didn't make it on the priority list and we still wanted to have a permanent coop. Right now we get our meat from culling extra roos and old hens, but if I ever buy meat chickens specifically I'm definitely going to use a chicken tractor. I had wanted to use chicken power to open the new ground for the garden, but we're using tractor power for now. I'm also not apposed to having two flocks going one day, especially if I wanted to get into selling birds.
S. Bard wrote:
Ah the red roof being the shop makes a lot more sense now!
I'm happy to hear you're considering a chicken tractor. I just wanted to clear up the fact that what I meant with rotating pastures and portable coop is not a chicken tractor, in case I didn't explain myself properly. :-) You can find some great pictures of a portable chicken coop built by TJ Jefferson Here The difference is that with a chicken tractor you give the chickens a limited amount of space where they can graze and you move the tractor every few days or so depending on the size. When using a portable coop and rotating pastures, you basically move your chickens like you would sheep, but instead of herding them from one pasture to another you roll them over there in their coop-on-wheels. If you use portable fencing you can put them on whatever spot you want them and leave them there for a few weeks/ months depending on the size of the terrain and the flock.