Hello Pack. Most of this week has been devoted to sewer line adventures. I am very thankful that we own an old backhoe, and it has remained in working order for a while or this project would have cost us a bundle.
We have been battling water drainage issues after a storm or heavy rain (which seems nearly constant from fall through spring these past two years) that causes the septic tank to remain full. Once we ruled out a well issue and replaced the well pump after we bought our dream survival homesteading retreat, we have been focusing our attention on the sewer.
The yard between the house and shelter house is a like some type of deep ditch obstacle course at this point. We have been tracing pipe to find both the problem an the leach bed – which just might be beneath our shelter house…ugh.
In other preps this week, I discovered three awesome walnut trees I didn’t even know we had while hiking in the woods behind our upper pasture:
The baby goats are coming along great. We successfully banded the male kid, so he is now a wether. In about one more week the kids will be fully weaned, and I can start milking Pearl. We are all looking forward to me making (and preserving in wax) sweet cheese from her milk again.
Our various herds are thrilled to be once again allowed in the upper pasture where apparently all of the sweetest clover on our survival retreat, is located.
I am still trying to talk my beloved into investing in some Dexter cattle. These miniature bovine creatures produce a delicious meat, quality milk and take up little pasture area. I still have a cow phobia. I know being fearful of cows and their mean-looking eyes is irrational, especially since I love working with green horses, but it is what it is.
Training Bobby’s puppy, Henry, the offspring from his blue heeler Ruger and our daughter’s Australian shepherd Cowgirl, remains ongoing. I made the mistake of bragging what a superb farm dog and watchdog Henry was shaping up to be, and then he got his head stuck in a chicken feeder.
It was hilarious until I had to fight the metal hanger on the chicken feeder for about 10 minutes to release the puppy.
Our garden is growing well, thanks I believe, to my homemade natural pesticides and fertilizers. I have also expanded my knowledge of making DIY natural disinfectants, wood cleaner, leather cleaner, and air fresheners.
This Week’s Questions
- Do you keep goats for meat, milk, and weed control – or would you if you could? Why or why not?
- What is your favorite DIY garden pesticide or herbicide recipe?
- Do you make your own home cleaning supplies and stockpile them to help prevent the spread of illness during a long-term disaster? What is your favorite DIY cleaning recipe?
- What did you do to prep this week?