Sunflower Rogers

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since Apr 12, 2020
Just a girl, in love with getting dirt under her nails and restoring the earth.
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How much would tickets be for the event?  Ideally I would love to attend for all 9 days.  Budgets often determine these things for me.
3 months ago
So I took an old shirt and cut it up into rags!  Go me.  I've used like half of it beyond reuse already.  Almost time to recycle another ugly stained shirt.
3 months ago
So I did a thing.  
My old not a system for my rags was just shoving the clean rags into a cabinet above my kitchen and throwing the old ones under the broken washer machine.
So I took some small mesh laundry bags and hung them up with a label.  one for clean, one for dirty. I did this a couple weeks ago...other than having to fix the clip a couple times it works.  I may improve upon it in the future.
3 months ago
Crazy ideas abound when you're in limbo.

I could very possibly get 2 free laying hens...or more.  Would it be possible?...ethical?... logical?... to build a chicken coop and run that I could essentially take down and stow in either my 15ft C.O.W. (Cabin on Wheels) or on top of my 4Runner?  So like a folding A-Frame?  
Would the chickens still lay or would they be under stress moving every couple of months?  Is it possible to keep something like this warm or would they freeze to death?  I am adamant about not letting them live inside the C.O.W.  I am just starting to clean and rebuild it. It would be interesting to try to build a little coop that they could access from the outside without actually going inside...but I digress...

I'm thinking like a hinge at the top of the A frame and it folds.  The shelf inside that keeps them off the ground can come off.  everything would lock into place when put together.  Milk crates for them to sit in...

anyway crazy caffeinated ideas needing some feedback....
3 months ago
I am looking more into properties with wells.  The GPM...I have no idea what kind of flow rate I would need or want for my homestead.  I have seen anywhere from 3 gpm to 10 gpm depending on the area. Any experience with this?
4 months ago
So I believe it woud be a traditional peak shape.  
Now as far as heating it this season, I think we will just be putting a heater in there.  If he keeps the greenhouse part a greenhouse, I am sure he will want to utilize a more efficient means to heat the place.  But the idea is to convert the entire structure into the future tiny house once I am done with the greenhouse by replacing the poly with his preffered insulation exterior and interior walls.

I plan on growing a bunch of microgreens and other greens.  Leaf lettuce.  Spinach.  Nothing that fruits because I don't think I want to hand pollinate.
4 months ago

Anne Miller wrote:
When we bought our current home, I called our insurance agent to get a quote for the house.  They ask me if I was in a wildfire zone.  Luckily I was not. If I had been the insurance was going to be really high or maybe they would not even insure my house.  The policy would have to go to an underwriter to be approved.

Some other things you might want to consider:

Also when buying raw land you need to find out if you will need to drill a well or hook up to a water supply company and buy a meter.

Also, the electric company charges by the foot to bring in electricity from the nearest electric line.

Then there is the cost to add a septic system.

When we bought our current property I looked at properties that had all of these already in place.

These are very good points that I will absolutely be adding to my notebook.  I really didn't think that about insurance turning a property down due to being in a wildfire area.    Ideally, a property will have everything we need already in place.  A utopia where all we have to do is move in and start having all the homesteading fun!  And within our budget!  One can dream, right?
4 months ago

Timothy Markus wrote:Access and water are pretty key.  For reference, I have to haul my water and I find I use about a gallon a day for drinking/cooking/cleaning and about two gallons every 3 days for washing and a quick shower.  Now I haul serious water because I have about a gross of various birds.

I am lucky enough to have access to rainwater tanks right now for washing, but we haul the drinking water.  I still have to siphon and haul the rainwater from tank to wherever I am using it.  I probably drink/cook with 1-2 gallons of water a day myself the dogs drink plenty and I imagine I use about 5 gallons every few days for washing (shower, dishes, clothes)  I feel like I need to work on my water conservation Hah!

But this last month of not having running water or access to a water source on the property I am staying at has really put water at the forefront on my mind and top priority.  As well as filtering and having a gravity fed system if not some other kind of water pressure system.

4 months ago
Golden Ball Lead Tree.  They are Leguminous. They grow FAST and they are not ugly, in my opinion. And the seeds are relatively small enough for a seed bomb.
4 months ago
So I am taking on a project.  I am going to build a greenhouse! Yay!  I am doing this while staying on someone else's property with their tools and materials.  So awesome of them, really I am very grateful! Here is the catch: They really don't see the joy in gardening.  They have wanted to build a steel framed tiny house on their old boat trailer.  The idea is that the greenhouse could be utilized as something else once I am done with it.  So I am going to build the frame of a tiny house and cover it with polycarbonate? sheets.  What could go wrong?

I may only build the first 10X10 ft. If things go well, I will end up with a 10X22-24 ft greenhouse. I really want this to be a functional greenhouse soon.  The whole point is to have greens all winter long.  I plan to heat it either with an electric heater or propane heater.  A wood stove is not off the table but seems like a lot of maintenance.  

They have tons of steel, welding, building experience.  I have absolutely none.  I need a project that serves me and my needs while I am here.  I also need to learn some skills.  I am almost positive that this is going to be all on me.  Just thought I would share. I will post updates as it moves along.

Tomorrow I start gathering all the supplies that have kind of been stored in different locations.  Organization of said supplies could take a good week in between chores and other life stuff.

I am excited and terrified.  I really have no idea how this is going to turn out.  

4 months ago