Thursday, March 31, 2011
Are We There Yet?
I swear these past couple of weeks I feel like a kid who is waiting on Christmas morning. We are signing the contract for the land on the 20th of the month. After that I guess I can call myself a landowner. Now that is a first for me! I'm SO excited!! I hope I don't bore you to death talking about it. Once the contract is signed we can start getting some things out there. There's alot of things that we can be working on while I'm waiting on that dang back pay check. It shouldn't be more than about six weeks or so. Then we can afford to move the RV out there and live full time on our very own land!
I'm hoping to find someone in the area with a tractor that can come and brush hog the place. And then to plow up a good hunk of land so we can get started working on the garden. It shouldn't be too hard to find someone with a tractor willing to do it. Heck, if all goes well, we just may be able to get some sort of a fall garden in this year. Wouldn't that be awesome!
One of the things I've always wanted to do is to raise asparagus. I'm talking about a BIG bed too. I know that it takes a few years to get it started which is why I've never tried growing it before. I didn't want to have to leave it behind at some rental place. The same goes for planting some fruit trees. Peaches grow well around here and are one of my favorite fruits. I'd like to plant a couple of plum trees too but I haven't checked out how well they will do around here. Other fruits we would like to take a shot at are blueberries and blackberries. The blackberries could be set out all along the fence on the east side of the property.
We are going to be getting some chickens and rabbits this summer. Which means we are going to need a chicken coop and some rabbit hutches. If we can't find what we need off Craigslist and such then Mars will have to build them. I figure once we get out there things will move pretty fast at first. It will be a real blessing to be able to kind of "jump start" several projects that are now in the planning stages. We have figured that if we are real careful with our money we should have no problems getting most things done.
Another thing on one of the lists is to get to work on the old pole barn that is out there. It's going to need tin for the roof and the sides. I'm thinking we can probably find what we need off Craigslist. That way we will have a place for the rabbits and a storage area too. It's approximately 20 x 30 so it is plenty big enough. That's also where I would like to eventually put in a summer kitchen. It would be great to have a place to be able to prep vegetables from the garden and to can them up right there. A counter space, sink and a stove. I have all that on a list somewhere as well! :o)
We are still trying to figure out what kind of chickens we want to raise. A friend suggested checking out the Rhode Island Reds and so I've been doing a little reading about them. We might just end up with a mixed lot, who knows... The "big" plan is to raise chickens for meat and for eggs and rabbits as another source of meat. I know that rabbits can be a bit expensive to feed but if we are only raising them for the two of us we shouldn't need more than 2 does and a buck that would have to be fed full time. The kids would go into the freezer. We've also been thinking about a couple of goats. It would be nice to have fresh milk for drinking and for making cheese.
A person could live just fine with a nice garden full of veggies, a few fruit trees, some milk,eggs and cheese, and some meat from time to time!
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