Our goals from last year:
Build a top bar hive and get some bees!Did not happen last year, the financial investment for a new hive was too much and I did not get organized enough to jump on the swarm list action.
- Build a new roof for the chicken coop. CHECK! We replaced our little plastic roof with a nice metal corrugated roof complete with gutter and rain chain!
Start an herb garden in the front yard.Well, not in the front yard, but I did start one in the back! Make more wine.Did not get around to it, but we made cider!
- Make more cider. CHECK!
Expand our water collection system.I am re-thinking the entire system and its location, so this was postponed. Build a root cellar.This is a much bigger project than anticipated, and the Hubs and I are still trying to decide how to allocate the basement.
- Learn to make mead. Well, I did learn to make it, just haven't made it myself yet..need the bees!
- Grow some artichokes. CHECK!
Use the pressure canner.Turns out I did not have much to pressure can this year, so I ended up freezing our green beans instead.
Hmmm.... so 4 out 10 is not too bad..... is it? I did accomplish some things that were not even included on this list.
- We built and planted a hugelkultur bed, and it was very much a success after I figured out how to keep the chooks out of it again and again!
- We grew three watermelons! Okay, they were less than 3" in diameter and I ended up feeding them to the chickens...but I grew them!
- I planted a new pear and an Italian plum tree, and kept them watered through the summer and they survived, even grew three pears!
Pollo Loco 2013 Homesteading Goals:
- Build a permanent chicken run.
- Add two more hugelkulter beds.
- Layout a planting plan utilizing companion planting and actually follow it this year (this is started!).
- Build and use a cider press (with our friend that has a farm with apple trees).
- Intermingle more herbs and beneficial flowers into the veggie beds.
|Pollo Loco circa 2012 - "Before"|
This is a good before photo of the homestead, note the sticks and plastic fencing for the chicken run. Stay tuned to see the transformation!