Sunday, July 13, 2014

Cactus Bloom

One of the cactus Amy planted bloomed today, It looks really nice and adds some color to the homestead.
 Here is a double rainbow from a evening shower
 Laying in the water line from the well to our water tank, The old garden tractor sure saved a lot of digging using the plow.

Saturday was our 18th Wedding Anniversary

We have been together for 19 years total but married for 18, looking forward to our next 18 years :)

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Start of Monsoon

A few things have happened since my last post, had a bad wind storm that took down my wind generator and broke the blades. The problem was i wasn't deep enough in the ground and it up rooted it like a tree.

The new blades installed and a deeper hole dug now the gen is flying once more!!
The summer monsoon is finally getting started, we got over a 1/2 inch of rain yesterday
 The wife's new solar powered clothes dryer, the wind destroyed our umbrella style one.
 The garden is growing so good, we have been over run with produce, looking forward to our melons getting ripe!



 Made a new adjustable solar panel mount, works great now our panels are getting sun as soon as it raises.

 Moved everything into this little shed and shortened my wire runs all is working great now.

I am currently building a solar dehydrator and will post it as soon as it is finished. Also we are planning on building a greenhouse at the end of the month. Also in the works is a wood gasifier to run a 7kw onan generator, this unit will be used to run the well pump and be our back up power for the homestead. 

Also we have some Black Jersey Gaint chicken eggs coming for the incubator, we are going to start raising some meat birds, The Jersey's can reach 14 pounds, some people call them the poor man's turkey.

Stay tuned a lot of neat stuff coming soon!!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Garden Beets

Today we went to dig up some fresh beets for supper, they are the size of softballs lol! The well is finished and we started pumping our own water today. We cleaned our water storage tank and refilled it.

The well is 260 feet deep and the water level is at 228 foot. We are pumping 10 gallon a minute. Now we are planting trees.


Friday, March 21, 2014

Busy Spring

Our goat's had there babies on March 6th and the 10th both are fine and get in to everything, I got my goat milking stand built and had to have my daughter get in it so i could adjust the neck lock since her neck was about the same as our goats lol.


Me milking our goats with a milker from Dansha Farms, much easier then hand milking

Our drip system i made for watering our Fig tree's and Raspberries and Blackberries

Our spring garden, we have already been picking kale and collard greens


 Our new baby goats they are so much fun and love attention

We had to hire a new well driller he has been drilling a new well and almost finished now in under 2 weeks, the old well driller we had to file against him in court for not finishing the job and he was paid.


Friday, March 7, 2014

New Additions

We got a new baby goat, still waiting on the other one to give birth. Also got a new baby lamb we wasn't expecting. The goat is a Alpine/Nubian mix. All are first time mothers

Notice the white fur on the side it makes an A.
 New baby lamb. These are barbados black bellies.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

The Wild, Wild West

Yesterday my wife was in Bisbee at the thrift store and she heard this guy screaming at another guy then gunshots rang out, Within minutes there was a ton of police including border patrol, a swat team and the army blocking the road, The guy was screaming they will have to kill him but a few hours later he gave up, Don't know if the other guy is alive or dead.


The baby bunnies are growing fast, they eat alot!!!

 Here is the baby lambs we been bottle feeding, they will be big enough to wean next month.

We have started getting the garden planted, this year we are adding Strawberries, Blackberries, Himrod seedless grapes and Concord grapes.