Little late with the wrap up post on 2019, which is about perfect because 2019 seemed to be the year of being a little late.
Just as with any place there was several successes and failures on the Homestead.
Greenhouse was finished and worked great for the head start on spring planting.
We also got to experiment with putting down black ground cover, which we liked and will be getting more for the future gardens.
Wild rabbits did eat at least 50% of what we planted, but the greenhouse worked.
We started breeding rabbits on the homestead, took it slowly but did successfully raise and process three litters.
Our first group of chicks had zero losses. We bought 3 different breeds and supposedly no roosters. Ended up with entirely different breeds and six roosters. So surprise for us we also got to do our first rooster harvest in 2019.
Bought 6 more chickens to replace the rooster fiasco this time they were all hens, but again not the breed we thought we were purchasing. They lay eggs though, so we are calling it a win.
Also, we started getting eggs!!
We were able to finish the barn and immediately started planning an expansion …. Might get to that this year.
Planted a few more trees and bushes, but to be completely honest we did not take care of the ones we already have. The blackberries were taken over by weeds, the blueberries were all eaten by something. Even had a plum tree that was real dead before we noticed. Strawberries grew, but they did not have much flavor, so they were mostly ignored for the rest of the year.
Berries and orchard have to be more of a priority this year.
Fall garden was non existent. We started some seeds, but it stayed into the high 90s all the way into October, then rained for what seemed like a month. We probably could have still planted, but just got disgusted by it and took the fall off garden wise. We did a small raised area for cabbage and another for carrots.
Land clearing we did not do much. Really just maintaining what we had already cleared. Bandit, the farm dog, uses the brush line as his boundary. We really dont want to get rid of that boundary without the fencing to keep him in. Money was not in the budget in 2019 for what we needed, so nothing additional got cleared.
House building we did a lot more planning, over planning, and then planning it to death. 2020 something tangible has to happen with the house. The trailer is slowly falling apart and still not worth putting any money into fixing.
We will do a future post on plans for 2020 as of now the top 5 are (we know this will probably change several times.)
- Start on a house – actually for real get started
- Raise more rabbits/ chickens for the freezer.
- Add to / take care of orchard.
- Barn expansion.
- Start nut trees
Hopefully in 2020 we can get more accomplished, which I think that is the goal every year. Still loving the adventure!
What’s something else we could work on for 2020? Let us know what you think! Drop us a comment!