Every day I work on farm stuff. Every day I am actively building a farm either in planning or physically building.
When it comes to blogging about it, I sometimes feel that I wait for something big before I write about it. I posted about building a green house, digging a spot for a compost bin and we’ll soon have a post on sheep. Those are big activities at the farm, most of them take a long time.
Wednesday, we had a conservationist who works for the government come by and give us helpful hints. There are people out there that work for the government, or otherwise who are there to help. Seek out resources and use them. Tomorrow a guy who is building a greenhouse is going to come to my property and look at the greenhouse that I built, because I want to help him build his (at least in word, I probably won’t show up at his house with a drill).
I think the conservationist that came out was one of the most important things we’ve had done. She gave us advice on what to do with the wetlands on the back of our land. She said that a pond would be good, if we could dig it. It would provide some year around amphibian habitat that would be good for the environment. She also encouraged us to graze the wetlands area during the dry season to keep the canary grass maintained.
She had thoughts about dealing with rodents in the field (perches for predator birds), as well as ideas that would help our berries.
One of our first goals in Clark County is to work toward a water conservation sign to put in our front yard. The county has signs that it gives to people who use water properly on their property. We have some things that we need to do, like possibly build a pond in the back and put a rain garden in the front, but we think that we could do some really good things to manage water on this property.
And our seeds came in. In theory we could start planting now, but I’m just not feeling ready. We haven’t tilled a single section of land and it is far too wet to do so still. But we have seeds and it is quickly approaching time to get things started in the greenhouse.
It’s exciting and daunting all at the same time.
Next time, I will write about our new blackberry controlling device and lawnmower. We’re going to buy sheep this afternoon.