Food Forest

Autumn is for Garden Bed Building

My autumn season has been incredibly busy.  Cut firewood.  Haul materials for new garden beds.  Along with all the regular chores of course.  I am preparing beds now so that the compost can start to rot in its new home and because the leaves are so numerous in the autumn.  …

Food Forest

Yard Waste Upcycle

This is the fantastic pile of rich yard waste we have to work with: The purpose of this post is to demonstrate how a pile of twisted up “waste” can be useful for so many different things.  The pile is tree tops left by the logger and pushed aside, twisting …

Building

Practice Dome Building

An important part of taking on a project as big as a house, is to practice the building techniques you may want to use.  Our plan is to build our home out of cordwood and domes, so when we had the opportunity for the man to go help Freedom’s Phoenix …

Building
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Planning our Cordwood and Dome Home

Introducing the newest page on Homestead Houligan: The Cordwood and Dome Home  In preparation for building our forever house, we spend hours drawing and calculating and planning details.  This helps to work through possible design flaws and make sure we include all the things we want.  I will continue to …

Just Chat and Pictures

Passive Cooling, a Root Cellar Ice House

One of the issues we have here on the homestead is keeping food cold.  We have a cooler that goes through tons of ice all summer.   Then during the winter the food freezes.  We plan to put in a root cellar this year for sure, but what if we could …

Planning and Goals

2016 Gardening/Permaculture Goals

This is the most exciting project list I have ever got to make. I love gardening and can’t wait to actually get to do some. I’m also thrilled that I get to start my orchard (again since my first attempt failed). This is the list that convinced me to turn …

Planning and Goals

2016 Goals

This next year will be my year. This year we had to get established and the man pretty much was “in charge” of what needed to get done and when. I didn’t get to do much landscaping and planting or even cooking for that matter (we ate a lot of …

Planning and Goals

This Past Year…

I have shared along the way all of the goals I had listed to accomplish this year. I have shared at least one that I did not accomplish. I just wanted to show them all in one place and tell you about what we have learned this past year. Put …

Food Forest

The Beginnings of the Food Forest

This is the spot where we ended up putting the food forest. It isn’t quite what we planned originally, but we weren’t going to be able to follow the plans this time around. We just didn’t have the time we needed to truck all the plants across the lot.   …

Land
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The Importance of Observation

I was so very happy with my whole layout.  It was perfect.  I had not seen the property more than a couple of times at this point, so I knew that some things might need to be altered a little bit when I matched the plan to the land.  However, …