We're a family on a 1 acre homestead in Central Florida. We're commited to raising our children in the Love of God and raising plants and animals in sustainable agriculture to feed them.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Mad Dash Blog Post
Forgive me. I don't have time for this but am doing it anyways as I'm WAY behind in my record-keeping.
I finally completed my mushroom logs. I got shiitaki soaked dowels from Fungi Perfecti online, drilled holes in a log completely covering the entire log, pounded the dowels in and sealed them with beeswax. I melted the beeswax in an old coffee pot/dispenser that I found. One of those you'd use at a party or office. It heated the wax perfectly. I used a paintbrush to dab over the plugs. I had enough for 1 large log and the beginning of another. I'll use the coffe pot/beeswax combo again to make dipped candles for Christmas presents. Perfect size and shape. May even use the dispenser feature to make some molded candles too.
And husbandman and a friend added the roof to our barn. The closed off section contains our pump. The area under the roof doubles our current "barn" space. We intend for the sides to be removable so its nice and open for hot weather and cozy and snug in the winter. So far we're dithering between using plywood or a billboard tarp that we'd merely roll up come spring. We're going to try the billboard tarp first and see if it will work.
And none too soon. This is our old "barn". It served us well as a makeshift shelter until we knew what we really wanted. The next phase of improvement is to add a common area to the pasture, which will include the barn and main gate, that the animals can access no matter which paddock their opened to. Fencing is never finished.
In other news, we managed to slaughter all our turkeys. We roasted one on Sunday (Thanksgiving was a bit different this year) and while it tasted good, I don't think I'm the best judge. I'm very used to our own chickens so frankly I'd have been sadly disappointed if it didn't taste as it did.
We learned lots at the purple cow festival and the county fair... another post for another day. Suffice to say we've decided to go ahead with honey bees and just be totally and completely dependent on our dog to keep any roaming bears at bay. I'm also going to start a shaded herb garden. And we'll begin design and construction on some small-child-friendly rabbit pens sometime next year. Lots in store for us. Lots to keep us busy.