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Self Sufficient 2018 Goals

Discussion in 'Everything Else Homestead Living' started by treerooted, Jan 6, 2018.

  1. Jan 8, 2018
    Beekissed

    Beekissed Mountain Sage

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    Not sure if they are SS goals, as we've been here and doing this a long time, getting old too, so I rarely ever work on becoming more self sufficient any longer. My goals usually center around becoming more practical and keeping things practical.

    I wouldn't mind getting a deep well hand pump installed on our well for any long term power outs that may come in the future. That would come in handy.

    I want to get this deep mulching gardening down right so that it's minimal effort(the wood chips were decidedly NOT minimal effort, nor were they worry free...when you can't find a source and the chips are getting thinner all the time, it's a stressor). The hay is cheap, it's easy to find, easy to spread and maintain, so that's a start...it just remains to be seen if I can use it successfully towards my food production goals.

    I want to refine my gardening to things that we consume the most and that has changed over recent years, so I need to change also. We consume a lot of romaine lettuce, sweet onions, potatoes, green peppers, celery, and broccoli over a year's time. Well, I can't sustain-ably produce green peppers and keep them fresh all year round, so I can settle for not being able to do that.

    The romaines I can do, I just need to really be on top of succession plantings and I also need to plan for planting a large quantity in August so that I can have a winter harvest of this lettuce. Also the bok choi, nappa cabbage(this is something new I'm trying this year), beets, broccoli, carrots and other greens. I've never yet successfully been able to get my act together enough to plant for a winter harvest but I'm slowly getting my grow tunnels completed and getting some raised beds completed for use in this endeavor.

    I also want to get a good bead on my breeding efforts for the chickens this year, while also improving the nesting options in the broody/maternity ward so as to provide optimal habitat for those activities.

    So, just streamlining and focusing my gardening and food production efforts, as per usual and as the good Lord allows.
     
  2. Jan 8, 2018
    Britesea

    Britesea Super Self-Sufficient

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    I want to get my seedlings started earlier so the plants get a better headstart in the garden.
    I want to install a dual-power well pump (electric/solar)
    I want to rebuild and repair the perimeter fences.
    I want to improve my composting efforts
     
  3. Jan 8, 2018
    NH Homesteader

    NH Homesteader Super Self-Sufficient

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    Oh I forgot a goal. I also want to put in some serious time and effort into making a turkey habitat that's better for them as near-wild birds. Since we can't free range them safely, we need to work on a bigger and better, more turkey friendly pen.
     
  4. Jan 8, 2018
    CrealCritter

    CrealCritter Almost Self-Reliant

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    My goals are to:

    Raise more turkeys and less chickens.

    Design and build rotating pig pens with a movable shelter. Every other year garden in one, pigs in the other - then rotate the next year.
     
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  5. Jan 8, 2018
    sumi

    sumi Sustainability Master Administrator

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    Just watch the pig manure in the garden when you plant. Pig manure is gold, but too fresh it will fry your plants. If it makes the soil too acidic, you can neutralize it with wood fire ash.
     
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    CrealCritter

    CrealCritter Almost Self-Reliant

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    Thanks for that :) I lime the gardens anyways because I use chicken manure - so I kind of already thought about that.
     
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  7. Jan 8, 2018
    treerooted

    treerooted Almost Self-Reliant

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    That's totally SS @Beekissed , you're just refining what you already have :)

    Oh @NH Homesteader , that sounds really interesting! I think it would be fun to come up with ways to change their pen area.
     
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  8. Jan 25, 2018
    treerooted

    treerooted Almost Self-Reliant

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    Well, I haven't had many chicken purchases this year yet, but of those I did they got recorded!

    I will likely expand this goal to encompass gardening expenses as well.
     
  9. Jan 25, 2018
    baymule

    baymule Sustainability Master

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  10. Jan 25, 2018
    treerooted

    treerooted Almost Self-Reliant

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    Nice bay! That will be fantastic when it's all done!
     
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