John F Dean wrote:Hi Matt
You sound normal. I just spent two days chasing escaped goats ( goat chasing is not a planned activity). No matter how I tightened the fencing, they got out. Finally, I watched in amazement as all laws of physics were suspended and one walked through a solid fence. I walked to the spot and could not see a problem. Then I touched the fence and it separated. It seems, when I was installing the fence, I had butted two ends together and forgot to fasten them. Amazingly, the two ends did not curl and stayed touching. Even more amazing, it took two years for the goats to discover this.
Rebecca Blake wrote:Leigh, do you have one good resource I could turn to on how to feed my soil ecosytem? I already have an intellectual understanding of this but don't know how to carry it out in practice...
Tonya Hunte wrote:Hey Rebecca, Im also new to permaculture, like yourself I started out just after covid struck. I'm sure there are actually many of us who put the pieces of the puzzle together right around the same time, in fact. I don't have anything of worth to add, just wanted to say hi, and let you know that there are likely quite a few of us starting out on this journey right now. In fact, I think I'll post a topic, pointing back to this one... :)
John F Dean wrote:Hi Rebecca,
The answer to homestead sitting can come in several approaches. My first choice is responsible children from a nearby homestead/ farm. Be sure to get the parents permission and pay well.
I am assuming a morning check on food and water.
My second choice is the local FFA or 4H to identify someone.
I have learned to trust responsible children more than I trust adults. Twice I have had adults fail without damage.....because I got a bad feeling and cut my trip short. I have never had a young teen fail me. Oh the adults? The first one showed up but left because she was afraid of my cat. The second one, after promising me he would check daily , never showed ....but he was thinking about it. In both cases I had left ample amounts of water and food just in case.
Leigh Tate wrote:
Yes! A Soil Owner's Manual by Jon Stika. That link will take you to the book's Permies page. It's the book that put all the puzzle pieces together for me. I could finally see the big picture, plus it gave me a plan to work toward better soil. It's an excellent book and you won't be disappointed!
Faren Leader wrote:**GROW YOUR HOMESTEAD SLOWLY.**
Don't overload yourself with so many projects that you burn out. Do NOT convince yourself that you're going to buy property, build a yurt to live in, get chickens, get ducks, get milking goats, plant a garden, plant fruit trees, install water catchment, etc etc etc all in the first year or two. Even if you already have badass food growing skills, don't plan on growing/raising/canning/storing more than about half your calories in the first year or two.
Faren Leader wrote:If you keep them watered, and maybe give them a little shot of nitrogen (I favor diluted fish emulsion, or diluted urine) soon, you'll get big beautiful scallions that might bulb out a little bit at the bottom in May. Nothing wrong with that! Maybe plant something tall next to them soon (corn, tomatoes, whatever) in a direction that will give the onions some afternoon shade into June and July, and you can slowly harvest the onions as you need them.