The time of many projects

Is it only March? I feel like we have been working on projects non-stop since we got back from our vacation in January. Yes, it’s true. We took an extended vacation/honeymoon for the whole month of December!! We visited family, traveled through Mexico, explored, rested, and enjoyed every bit of the time off. But a month is a long time. We were so excited to get back into the swing of things and start the new season that we hit the ground running. And then everything just exploded: planting an orchard, working on the greenhouse, preparing for chickens, hiring employees, fixing the fence line….. craziness! But we love it. We’re getting things done and we’re learning a ton in the process.

We got bare root fruit trees!

We got bare root fruit trees!

And thanks to Jess, Siigo, and Carol, we got all 200 fruit and nut trees planted before the big rains hit

Thanks to the help of Jess, Siigo, and Carol, we got all 200 fruit and nut trees planted before the big rains hit. That was huge!

Thanks to all of our friends and family who generously gifted us these trees for our wedding

And thanks to all of our friends and family who generously gifted us these trees for our wedding. We are super grateful! We hope you can all come back and enjoy some of the delicious fruit!

We also planted over 200 blueberry bushes of all different varieties. There is nothing like blueberries

We couldn’t stop with the trees though. We also planted blueberry bushes, raspberries, and loganberries

After the trees were in, we moved straight into the greenhouse where Jeff installed the most amazing water heating system for the seedlings

After the trees were in, we moved straight into the greenhouse. This year we decided to install an amazing water heating system. Basically, the water heater circulates warm water through tubing on top of the table, the seed trays sit on top of the tubing, and a thermometer in one of the seed cells maintains the temperature around 70 degrees. 

As soon as Jeff finished installing it, Anna immediately started seeding

As soon as Jeff finished installing it, we filled it up with seed trays. Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Kale, Chard, Lettuce, Onions, Leeks, Tomatoes, Eggplants, Celery, and more

Two weeks later and the seedlings are all tall, strong and healthy

Two weeks later and the seedlings are already so big.  These seedlings are growing twice as fast as they were last year without any heat. We could not be happier. Now, the catch is to find a long enough dry period to plant them before they get too big 🙂

Once the big greenhouse push was over we changed gears once again. We had to get ready for our chickees to arrive

Once the big greenhouse push was over we changed gears once again. We had to build the chicken coop for the chicks that were arriving beginning of March. We decided to build the coop on an old mobile home trailer so that we can rotate the chickens throughout the pasture.

Getting closer....

Getting closer….

We still aren't fully done but we at least finished their brooding area in time for their arrival

After a lot of work, we still aren’t fully done but at least we finished their brooding area in time for their arrival

100 two-day old chickees!

And here they are, 100 two-day old chickees!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These chickees will grow up to be laying hens. We will sell their eggs at markets

We got these chicks to be our layers. But they won’t start laying until they are about 5 months old

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The deer have become a serious problem

Once the chicks settled in, we had to start dealing with our deer problem. We have an electric fence around the entire property but the deer are hopping right through it on a daily basis, munching on just about everything. We couldn’t risk it any longer now that we have all these fruit trees in the ground and are about to plant for the season. So, we added 5 more wires around the entire fence line in the hopes they won’t get through. They better not.

 

Jeff's getting more land ready for planting. Here, he's mowing in the overwintered cover crop

Meanwhile, Jeff’s been getting land ready for planting. Here, he’s mowing in the overwintered cover crop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4 thoughts on “The time of many projects

  1. You guys ROCK! Wish we could have gotten started at your age. You will be the most knowledgeable people on the planet in a very short time. The work never stops – but you will never rust either. Enjoy the journey…

    Gary + Patti

  2. That was SO interesting, and I’m SO impressed! PS Can you imagine how little the eggs would be if the chicks were laying eggs now? 🙂

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