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chloecat 06-29-2012 08:04 AM

would love to see everyones farm/animals!!!
i wanna see a thread full of animals and greenery!!!:drif: please!!! show off your gardens, your animals big and small, and the stuff you love on your homestead!! go ahead and brag a little!!

traderbren 07-01-2012 07:14 AM

First an Intro:
I'm Brenda and this is my first post in Homesteading I think!!! :lostit: My husband and I moved to our little acre of paradise last spring while I was 5 months pregnant, so this is our first real year of gardening here. We lived in a townhouse with no property until we sold it; moved into an apartment for 6 months while we searched for houses, and then found this place and fell in love.
Now the pics!
View from my backdoor
Three of our ladies. One is inside the nesting box being broody, and one went to the coop in the sky earlier this week.
The hops- we brew our own beer
Shot of the garden- next year it will be bigger
Squash plants, cukes, asparagus in the background, and that's popcorn you see!!!
My herb garden- taken over by huge oregano and sage plants, but there is also parsley, thyme, cilantro, basil, chives, and rosemary growing in there.

aiyana4969 07-01-2012 09:23 AM

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From the road:

From the deck:

House from the yard:

Strawberries in gutters, the strawberrries in my hand are from the oval thing in the front yard with a sad looking tree:

Gardens: the main garden is 20'x40' somethings didn't grow at all but I was seeing what 'would' grow in this seriously clay soil. I know it looks like all I can grow is grass and peas, but there are a lot of other veggies in there, I seriously need to weed but it's been hot, and I don't do well with heat. If it's been cool enough or shady enough it's been pouring buckets! I think I'll get up at dawn tomorrow since it's supposed to thunderstorm this afternoon/eve.

raised bed in what will eventually be my greenhouse:

What happens when a 2 YO leaves her 'monkey boots' outside:

annndddd, what's left of my flock. From 10 hens and 3 roos to 4 hens and 1 roo and they no longer free range :cry: :

MrsCrafty 07-01-2012 11:16 AM

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I'm Denise, my DF is Brady, we live on a 1,200 acre farm with 1,800 hogs :goodvibes:

Heres a picture of a picture of our farmplace, one of the barns houses the boars, the rest are basically empty/storage, the sow's are kept a few miles down the road in newer barns(thank goodness because they get smelly during the summer!)

The warm spring means the crops are way ahead of schedule, usually you hope for knee high by July, ours are shoulder high!

But this was just on Fathers Day

We'll be leasing 2 lambs for 4H this year from a friend

I just love the lines, so perfect

Grandpa giving DS a ride after coming in from the fields

And this is my fav pic ever

I honestly do not have pig pictures on my computer :blush: They are not very photogenic and the kids are scared of them. I really want chickens but we have so many raccoons I don't think I could free-range?

Heres my 'farm album' I have for my family back in the city, the pw is holysheep4 if you want to see more :goodvibes:

MrsCrafty 07-01-2012 11:19 AM

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Love everyones pictures! Amanda, those gutter strawberries are awesome! I need to do that!

aiyana4969 07-01-2012 07:09 PM

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Originally Posted by mommy2wyatt (Post 15335153)
Love everyones pictures! Amanda, those gutter strawberries are awesome! I need to do that!

The ones in the gutters are not doing as well as the ones in the oval bed because they are a deep root plnat, but they are doing ok. Especially since they started out as a little bit of root with a twig on top from Michigan Bulb (but they were $.50 per plant so it was worth it, they are also ever bearers so will continue to bear until winter and come back again next year).

I wanted to try the gutter thing because Dh is soooooo against me taking up any more yard for gardens. he likes the big yard (even though it a PITA to mow and weedwack). We have 9 acres total and most of it is uncleared and stretches to the left of the coop and house, Dh says I can clear that and turn that into gardens, but it's gonna be a lot of work. Just past the end of the yar thru those trees is a state maintained trail system and on the other side of it is a wide stream, we own the stream frontage too, the trail cuts thru the property, it used to be railroad tracks.

chloecat 07-02-2012 05:46 AM

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okay, i'll post too. lots of pictures of our little farm. Garden pictures we have a basic ranch style house with a walkout basement. I love having the pool off the back and the kids are like little tan fishes right now:giggle: the barn. we built ourselves for less than $5000 including wood/framing/roofing/nails/etc. If we had paid to have it built it would have been $40K it's also finished inside with planed down old oak fence boards. that way the wind doesn't come right through. We need to install a sliding door on the back opening for winter still. my chickens. the meat birds and new hens. the meat bird will be butchered in mid august this year and my old laying hens. they are almost 2.5 and so that's why we got new ones this year. we're only getting 2-3 eggs a day from 8 girls:banghead: the beef cow -- he's dinner this winter. hoping he gets a bit bigger before christmas time!
the milk goats. They are american alpines and are making over 2 gallons of milk a day for me combined. i'm looking for a few people locally to sell/give away milk to right now. I had to dump 2 gallons this morning on my garden cause i don't have anything else to put it in and my fridge is full :banghead::yuck::cry: and this is my milking stand that my hubby built for me out of scap lumber. :thumbsup: So much nicer than paying $500 for a metal one!!

aiyana4969 07-02-2012 06:04 AM

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Megan :drif: LOOOOVE your little farm! I'm building ours up sloooowly, one because money can be tight at times (especially in winter. we grossly underestimated heating costs on this place, we were paying $700/month in propane last winter and kept the thrmostat at 65 day and 60 night which is super cold for me, I'm picky not too hot not too cold).

Anyway, once I get some land cleared, I first want to extend the gardens and eventually seriously increase the strawberry plants, hopefully have a u-pick in a few years. Then maybe section off a spot for a couple of goats. Even my milk allergic kids can actually tollerate goat milk and goat cheese.
Dh actually has plans to build a much bigger run for the chickens (he doesn't think the 15'x40' run is big enough for 4 chickens and a roo. Not going to disuade him though, because soon I'm going to go get some pullets from the local feed shop now that I've been a couple weeks without loosing a bird or will they peck at each other even though they'll be the same age?)

And if I ever win the lottery (I suppose I gotta actually play first) I'd like to buy the 100 acres across the street and have it cleared and seriously extend the gardens. Oh and get a tractor, there's no way I'm hand tilling 100 acres. (Right now I have to till with a garden claw and garden weasel, getting a small electric tiller in next week or so just to help keep the walking rows free of grass and weeds).

chloecat 07-02-2012 06:56 AM

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thanks amanda!! we seriously love our woodstove!! we keep our house at almost 75 degrees all winter long and it only costs us electric to run the fan system

aiyana4969 07-02-2012 10:54 AM

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Originally Posted by chloecat (Post 15338673)
thanks amanda!! we seriously love our woodstove!! we keep our house at almost 75 degrees all winter long and it only costs us electric to run the fan system

We have a propane furnace, ho****er heater, stove and fireplace, oh and radiant heat in the livingroom but that's off the furnace too, it sucks up a lot of juice!

We want to convert the propane fireplace to wood, but maybe next year. It makes me nervous though having no wood heat. The power likes to go out in the winters. One year we had an icestorm and was without power for 2 weeks (estimated was 4 weeks but the crews really came thru!) After the icestorm we had a cold snap and if it wasn't for the woodstove, we would have froze to death. As it was the stove was in the basement and all 5 of us huddled in my parents bed to sleep because it was too cold in our rooms, which was awkward, I was in highschool at the time.

I also want to convert our coat closet into a chimney system, that would take the chimney thru the play room (the central room) upstairs then thru the roof. Then I'd have a woodstove in the entry-ish room and upstairs as well. Still have yet to bring that idea up to DH because I don't think he'd go for it. Our layout is a little weird. It started off as a small 2 bedroom, 2 floor (plus walkout basement) home, then the previous owners added on this HUGE livingroom which then added 2 bedrooms upstairs.

*sigh* I wish I'd hurry up and win the lottery so I could do all the things I want to around here.

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