I'll start with the most pressing stuff.
The vegetable and herb garden. We moved onto the property in June of this year...in the midst of the worst drought in Texas history and at the beginning of 99 days of 100+ degree weather. There was no way we could have broken through the hard packed clay, so we put off plowing until we got some rain. Now we've had some rain and Mike got me a rototiller so this should get done in time to start onions and peas in February. I'll be starting seeds indoors under lights for the warm weather crops in January.
|My chicken coop with recent goat addition.|
|The extent of our storage right now.|
A barn. We are seriously lacking in storage for animals, feed and equipment. My husband has plans for that.
Fence. We have some fencing on two sides of the property and the creek is on the third side might act as a barrier for our animals, but the front is open to the road. The chickens and goats share a 30' x 50' fenced run which limits grazing to when I have time to supervise them. We can't get the cow I want so badly (see below)until we have better fencing.
A couple acres of wheat, oats and dent corn in the spring to use for bread and for animal feed. Buying grain is expensive and we'd rather be as self sufficient as possible.
|Mike's bargain bee boxes. They need some work...|
Now for some plans that are farther out.
|Our 2 pear trees, they are due for a serious trimming|
A berry patch. Blackberries, raspberries, dewberries, and blueberries.
Cattle. We want to get ourselves a small herd of Irish Dexter cows. They are a small dual purpose cow that we think would be ideal for our property, once we get it fenced. They are yummy to eat and they make great milk.
Pigs. Can you say bacon!?
A large grape arbor. My kids love grapes and raisins.
There's lots more of course. I think of things everyday that I'd like to do, but I'm about out of quiet time this morning.