Shed, firewood and being organized

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Posted by kat | Posted in Emergancy Prep/ Food Storage, Farm Projects, House Projects | Posted on 21-11-2011

So we have been working on the shed, trying to get it ready so I can move all our food storage into my half of the shed.  The picture below is of what we have gotten done so far.

The picture below is of the shelf I got on Freecycle, I got it to help organize my side of the shed. Right now it has items on it that belong is the shop side of the shed.

The picture below is of the bookshelf that I am going to use to organize the shed.

I have also been cutting down trees, trying to get my home orchard in, since most of the trees I cut down are hardwood, I have been stacking them for eventual firewood.  I wasn’t sure how much wood a family our size would need so I looked it up in my food storage program.  A family of 5, needs two tons of wood per year.   I was like great!!!  How many cords of wood is that?  So I got on Google and looked it up.  Thank goodness for Google!!!!  One cord of wood weighs two tons, a cord sounds much better than a ton, it sounds almost managable.   Ok, So now your wondering what a cord of wood is.  A cord of wood is 4 ft tall, 4 ft wide and 8 ft long.   So I now need to buy more of the firewood rack things, so I have enough of them to stack the wood on.  I have enough trees cut down, that I will be able to fill rest of the rack I already have started.  I would need to cut down more trees to fill any others, but that’s OK, because I have lots of trees that need to be cut down still.    I really like the 2×4 basic firewood rack kits, I found them on Amazon.com for just over $12.00, then I ended up at Walmart the other day and they had them for just over $6.00.   I need to buy three more set’s, if I want to have enough to put a cord of wood on.  The picture below is 2×4 Basic firewood rack system.
Blitz 90142 Fire Wood Rack

The picture below is of the wood that is 5 inches in diameter or less.

The picture below is of the wood that is 6 inches in diameter or more.

New Ducks and getting stuck in the mud!

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Posted by kat | Posted in Our Ducks | Posted on 17-11-2011

For a while I have been wanting to get some more female ducks, I have been talking back and forth between several people for a while, trying to figure out what kind I wanted.  I decided that since they were going to be for egg laying purposes, that I didn’t really care about breed.  So yesterday, I finally broke down and went and got some new ducks.  I was able to get 13 ducks, 5 or 6 of those were males, but I can sell any that I don’t want to keep.   I drove out to the ladies house, she gave me excellent directions and without realizing it had turned around in her drive way, because I thought I was at the wrong house, which is how I got stuck.  I then pulled into another driveway, only to find out that it was actually a field.   I had my youngest with me, as her sister’s were with my in laws at our church, since they have decided they want to go to choir practice.   We knocked on about 4 houses, before we found someone home that could help get me out, all it took was three guy’s pushing to get me out of the rut I was in and they were even nice enough to back my car(MINI-VAN) all the way out so I wouldn’t get stuck again.    I had brought four boxes to put the duck’s in, not realizing just how big the ducks I was getting were.  I got them home, added them to my duck pen and they took a while to settle in, but when I checked on them this morning, they were acting like they had been here the whole time.   Just so you know, I think I need a 4wheel drive truck.

I so need a well house!

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Posted by kat | Posted in Farm Projects, House Projects | Posted on 08-11-2011

I have lived in the same place for 11 1/2 years now, and have yet to build a well house.   Year after year, we battle frozen pipes, either under the house or at the well.  Two year’s ago we wrapped the well with insulation and a emergency blanket and a tarp, that wasn’t too bad, but we still had a few times it froze.   We had even spent $50.00, our very first year here and bought a well heat strip, it was supposed to keep the heat strip hot enough that the pipes won’t freeze.  It stopped working last year or the year before.    So today, I bought a canvas tarp since it is a little thicker than the plastic tarps, a heat lamp bulb and some outdoor duck tape.  I propped up several pallet’s, so that it has a tent effect and draped the canvas tarp over the pallets.  I will then put in a heat lamp and since the pallets will keep the tarp away from the light, should provide enough heat to keep it from freezing.

That should give me enough time to plan out and maybe build a proper well house.

Will I have any milk for cheese making?

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Posted by kat | Posted in Our Goats | Posted on 07-11-2011

At the end of last month, my older female came in to heat.   My friend let me breed her to one of her buck’s since I was wanting to breed in some milk bloodlines.   On October 27th, I took her to my friends house, and we put her in with her Sannen buck, about an hour later I was headed home.   Two weeks later, my younger female came in heat, so again on November 3rd, I was over at my friends house breeding goats.   We did the math and Midnight( the older doe) should give birth if the breeding took sometime in March.   Beckett (the younger doe) should give birth if the breeding took, sometime the first week in April.   I had better get my milking station built, so that I am ready for milking them.

Herb Garden

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Posted by kat | Posted in Gardening(herbs, flowers,veggies and trees) | Posted on 03-11-2011

I love using fresh herbs in my cooking or even in my summer drinks.  Slowly over the years I have added herbs as I find them and as they sound neat.   Currently I have sage, pineapple sage, sweet basil, cinnamon basil, apple mint, spearmint, peppermint, chocolate mint, stevia, lemon thyme, thyme, oregano, sweet marjoram, rosemary, onion chives, dill, parsley, cilantro.

I need to find Garlic Chives, lavender, and chamomile.  I would also like to find fennel, but I bought a bulb and I am going to see if I can get it to grow from that.

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