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Old Jul 4th, 2016, 14:23 PM   21
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PitaKat it's a work in progress here, will say the frequent spells of rain and overcast skies do help a lot. We've also transplanted a rosebush that is budding fabulously right now. Have you thought of adding a border to your beds and topping them with window panes? It helps with those unexpected freezing temps and you can just pop them off whenever it's super hot out. We've fashioned a sun shade that partially shades the plants so they don't fry out in the sun. Seems to work okay

It looks like our next move will be into a caravan or RV onto a lot for the time being. Hopefully we will be able to save up over the next year between benefits and OH's career as an LMP and put some money down on a piece of wooded property up in the Cascades Glad Z will be too young to remember this

Natalie don't know how I missed your post about the urban farm. How cool! That's a really neat idea. There is a house somewhat like that around here, except it's more designed for all sorts of birds to hang out in there. Have yet to see someone make good use out of their land with gardens/trees and no lawns/non-pollinating flowers

We want to have orchards, several hoophouses for different plants, one for edible mushrooms, one for bean stalks etc and create a little eco environment for each one. We also want to have a distillery going on for making vinegar and alcohol for cleaning (OH wants to drink the middle )



 
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Has anyone done or heard of keyhole gardening? You put a compost bin in the middle of a raised bed and supposedly it's supposed to diffuse out into the soil in the bed, no faffing around with fertilizer and compost. Will have to post pictures of the set up we have going on



 
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Old Jul 4th, 2016, 16:45 PM   23
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No I've never heard of keyhole gardening that sounds interesting. There are so many awesome ways to garden. I think swimming pool gardens are pretty cool too.



 
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Old Jul 7th, 2016, 06:54 AM   24
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everyone! I would love to be in a position to be off grid My current projects are growing our own foods (tomatoes, peppers, onion, leeks, carrots, lettuce, broccoli, beans and cabbage) in some raised beds. I'm having a hell of a time with them though because our yard is INFESTED with earwigs I would also love to have a manual hand pump installed in our well and someday I hope to have solar panels on our roof. We are on top of a hill and have full sun all day there. Ideally I would love to raise our own animals too! We have a good amount of yard space but not enough I'm afraid for what I would love to do.



 
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Old Jul 7th, 2016, 10:35 AM   25
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Eve nice to see you!



 
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Old Jul 11th, 2016, 17:45 PM   26
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As we wont be moving into our own place next year dh has agreed to move if we can find a farm cottage to rent on just enough land to have a couple dairy sheep or goats and our poultry and a small garden. Additionally I've found an intentions community about half an hour away that is still taking applications.
$7000 to buy a share and an additional joining fee around $6500 and then $1000/year in fees for road maintenance and other coop fees etc. Each member gets 1.2 acres for their homestead plus share in the communal gardens etc. Its an off grid community, so each member is then responsible for installing water collection and septic /composting toilet and off grid power source of their choosing and building their ow dwelling. Members are required to contribute 3 (or maybe 5) hours per week on community projects which is quite reasonable I think.
Dh has agreed to check it out, maybe a weekend or two camping there which they encourage before applying for membership to get a feel for the community and the layout. Dh isn't really keen on community living but I think the right one would be good for us both. The issue is we'd need a loan - probably $50-60,000 and I don't know if we could get a personal loan that big? Although if I end up finding a suitable place to rent its a moot point anyway.



 
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Old Jul 12th, 2016, 06:17 AM   27
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^That sounds very interesting!

Ugh I know it may not be the best place to ask but have any of you had trouble with earwigs in your veggies? I have one cabbage plant that inside is full of earwigs... it won't grow around it because they keep eating it. I had to pull my brussel sprouts yesterday and some broccoli as the jerks ate it all Any tips welcome!



 
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Old Jul 12th, 2016, 06:50 AM   28
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Not a pest I have to deal with here but hows this?
http://www.rodalesorganiclife.com/ga...ontrol-earwigs



 
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Thanks! I made some oil traps last night. Caught a few but will try with tuna and cat food cans.



 
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I made butter today for the first time Found 2 cartons cream in the store thus morning marked down to 50 cents each (from $4.50) and I've always wanted to try making butter but not when it will end up costing more than to buy butter. Especially as id probably end up making it wrong. And guess what, I did. Haha. Screwed up the first batch (the chickens loved it though) but the second batch turned out great. I did get buttermilk out of the first batch at least though, so I got 2 cups of butter and 3 cups of buttermilk (roughly) for $1. Buttermilk pancakes fir breakfast in the morning



 
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