Homestead Happenings

This area is where I will share news and events of our ventures into homesteading. We hope to turn 10 acres of sagebrush and cactus into something a bit more verdant and productive through the use of a very limited supply of irrigation water, capturing and putting rain water & snow melt to good use for food production, and recycling most of the gray water from our house for use on the garden areas. Our soil is sandy loam – more sand than anything else, by a LOOOOONG shot, so it needs a LOT of work to bring it up to a decent level of fertility and water retention ability.

Our growing season is rather short – 60 days on average, so I will be utilizing a variety of ways to extend the growing season.

We are not vegan so will be producing some animal protein on our homestead as well. We currently have rabbits and chickens. The rabbits are actually rather elderly as buns go and may not give me a crop of kits this year, although I intend to let them try. The chickens are new, and have just started laying eggs. The hay and droppings mixture from the coop floor is being spread on different areas of the planned gardens for this spring to begin to build up some organic matter and nitrogen to turn this sand into good soil.

If seeing how any of this grows and develops is of interest to you, I would invite you to follow my blog.

Growing is a lifelong adventure!

So far, we’ve gone from this:IMG_5579.JPG

To this (ok, it’s not much, but we moved into the house the first week of November and really can’t do much through the winter)

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The short posts in the foreground are 36″ high (yes, some of the sage brush really is over 36″ high). The building with the angled roof to the left front is the combination winter rabbit hutch/chicken coop/foul weather chicken run (you can see more about it here: . The chickens normally free range, but it’s so windy today that even with the coop door propped open, they are mostly choosing to stay inside.

3 thoughts on “Homestead Happenings

    • Thank you! It’s a lot of work, but also a lot of fun. We’ve now begun the process of building an earth-sheltered greenhouse (walipini) modified to work this far north since the sun’s angle in winter is too low for a traditional South American walipini to work. And did I mention that we aren’t “spring chickens” anymore? I’m well into my 60’s and my sweetheart is in his 70’s. Yup. Great-grandparents!

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