Hans Quistorff wrote:Interesting Project.
I spent 9 years in northern Maine so I am familiar with the winter snow. Is that what you are planning to fill the north pond?
From your description the water you show on the SE side must be to low to divert into the ponds.
Is the white line from the north pond to the center pond a water line? Do you plan to put a ram pump on it for a water tank?
I have 25 years experience with dairy goats. You will find if you are working on the land the goats will go with you an forage while you work. This can potentially cut down on fencing. If you are planning to over winter your does I recommend You plant red clover in the bare areas on your land this spring. It grows tall and fixes nitrogen and is easy to cut and dry for winter hay, If it is cut when some of the flower heads have set seed the goat berries will replant it when you take the goats for winter walks. We tested our goats for milk production. With red clover hay, and apple cider vinegar with molasses in warm water inthe winter we got the highest butter fat test.
I hope these ideas help.
If anyone is interested I have 5 acres with a similar slope available here on the Key Peninsula in western Washington state.
Hans Quistorff wrote:Reminds me of the comment by a visitor from N. Dakota at the end of December.
Now I understand why dad wants to live on Puget Sound; you don't have to shovel rain.
Then there was the man from Africa that could not believe we insulated the house by packing snow around it.
Really like the RMH in the bubble around your home.
Bill Erickson wrote:Tristan, all those trees coming is going to be interesting, and I hope your soil has thawed enough to put them in. If not, think about getting dirt and or peat moss, along with shredding a bunch of black and white news print (no multi-color stuff). Figure out a place where you can put all those plants back to sleep. I'd think about expanding the sun room area a bit, if possible, to give you someplace to get you back some dormancy without letting those rootlets get frozen. Use the shredded newsprint as your moisture dump and the soil/peat combination to provide insulation. Clean straw will also work as a way to provide insulation, but you have to watch out for rodent incursion to what they view as an end of winter buffet.
Or if you can, have the place you are getting them from hold them off for another month. I asked a nursery to do that, and they were able to hold my trees until mid-May, since the last killing frost is normally around Memorial Day. I found something from the University of Maine regarding various frost and freeze dates, hopefully that will provide you with some help in regards to what you face.
Unversity of Maine Frost/Freeze information
It included a link to this PDF of Frost/Freeze dates as well. Hope that helps you with your situation.
Also, your videos look good.
Tim Arbo wrote:Good Heavens, Tristan.
I'm down here outside Belfast.
I'm just hankering to do some work on my 2 acres.
First, the family requires the woodstove installed. That'll take the edge off the oil bill.
How do you like this heat wave?