Tina Hillel wrote:Both time and rain were problems. Plants kept getting drowned, replanted and redrowned. Our area is in the number two spot for setting rain records. Also parent care and a fall with a dislocated rib were the garden death knell.
This year I need to figure out and implement a better way to angle water drainage for the garden. We are also increasing the size and plan to add a few fruit trees.
I also need better raccoon proofing as they drop down through the trees at night. Since the chicken run is about a quarter acre in a treed area, complete overhead netting is difficult. My dog that was good protection is having health related problems so she is not out at night now. A new puppy and training is probably in my future this year.
I want to improve my soil and learn more about perennial vegetables this year as well. So many projects, so little time!
wayne fajkus wrote:I grade myself on things I dont buy any more. This year I removed canned veggies, salt, and oils (veg, olive, crisco). I am not doing without, just replacing with things i can make/grow myself. The year prior (2017) I removed meat and alcohol.
Not sure what will be removed in 2019 "yet". The hunt for the what is as fun as the challenge of fullfilling it.
James Freyr wrote:It was a mixed bag for me. Right as the frosts were ending is when construction on my new home began, and I spent the rest of the year building a house instead of a garden. It was sad for me because my garden which I love went neglected, with the few pepper plants and tomato plants that did get planted became overgrown with grasses and other weeds, choking them out. My wife and I did get a few handfuls of fresh tomatoes and peppers, but that's basically it. Oh, volunteer potatoes gave us a surprise potato crop. Small, but still they were tasty potatoes. The happy part of this story is what lies ahead for my wife and I. A new farm, with a new garden, a blank slate; a new beginning. There's room for cows and piggies, goats and more chickens, more food bearing trees and bushes, a bigger than ever garden. It's just going to be one thing at a time, with the fruit & nut trees and berry bushes being at the top of the list, then fence repair and building, and water management, then some cows....there's so much we want to do, but we're going into this playing the long game. A little here, a little there, and before we know it in ten years it can be a homestead thriving with permanent agriculture.
Daron Williams wrote:
A new puppy could be fun - what breed of dog are you thinking about getting?
Daron Williams wrote:
I hope you share some pictures of your projects as you complete them! You have some good stuff lined up for your homestead.
Steve Thorn wrote:Congratulations on the baby girl on the way, that's so exciting!
Ralph Kettell wrote:When I saw the thread title on the forum home page, my first thought was this must be Daron's post. Why, because in my limited time on this forum, I have found your thread titles and content to be thought provoking. Thanks.
Daron Williams wrote: Congrats Carla on your new homestead! Sounds like you have a lot of great projects for next year - good luck with them! If you have any problems always feel free to ask questions here on permies or reach out to me through my site (or PM through permies) - always happy to help!