~ Installed cattle guards in the drive
~ Fixed/put up fencing around the entire perimeter of the property.
~ purchased a wood cook stove for heating and cooking
~ Started our flock of chickens
~ Bought milk cow and her calf
~ semi-sucssesful garden
~ canned tomatoes and beans from garden
~ planted pear trees and pruned apple trees
~ planted rhubarb and strawberries
~ purchased tractor
~ installed clothes-line
~ fenced in garden
~ Built entrance gate
~ Built storage loft in shop
~ Built solar heated water tank for cows
Next year the hard work continues. As of right now (and this is sure to change) here are our homesteading goals for 2013.
~ Enclose round pen behind barn.
~ Purchase pigs for breeding and butchering
~ Hatch our own eggs
~ Set up drip system in garden
~ Continue no-till, mulching method in garden
~ remove rocks from front pasture so we can cut it
~ have well dug
~ enlarge strawberry bed
~ plant more berry bushes
~ plant more fruit trees
~ continue cleaning up wooded area
~ start herb garden
~ set up another pen for seperating calves
~ Install hand pump for cistern
~ Put down sawdust on floor of milking parlor
~ Install wood stove in shop
This will be a busy year for sure, but I'm so excited. I want spring to be here NOW! My hands are just itching to dig in the dirt.