Monthly Archives: September 2012

Starting Black Locust from Seed

I planted a dozen or so Black Locust seedling trees around our property last year.. and the deer found them delicious! They didn’t even get a chance to settle in before getting completely chomped. The trees were not big enough … Continue reading

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Homestead Construction #5 – Foundation Complete!

We have wrapped up the foundation part of the construction this week. It’s only taken a few weeks, but it seems like it was a lot longer! Once the minor plumbing issues were resolved, it was just time to wait … Continue reading

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Saving Seeds

We’re working on processing and packaging some seed from the vegetable garden today, so I thought I would post pics of some of the seed we have put aside this year. Good seed production from the carrots! The swiss chard … Continue reading

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Homestead Construction #4 – Foundation: Moisture Barrier and Rebar

Here we are at the end of the second week of working on the foundation. A lot more progress was made this week. Our first inspection for the construction process was on Monday for the plumbing rough-in. The Inspector was … Continue reading

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Homestead Construction #3 – Progress on the Foundation

After a busy week of working on the foundation, it is nice to sit back and look at some pictures. Once the house pad was excavated down to a roughly level pad, some base rock (clean 4″ minus) was put … Continue reading

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Homestead Construction #2 – Drainfield Installation

The drainfield for the septic system is now in place. It took three mornings of digging trenches with the backhoe and using pick, shovel and rake to level the trenches. Instead of a pipe on gravel drainfield, we are using … Continue reading

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Homestead Construction #1 – Introduction and breaking ground

This series of posts is intended to briefly capture the main phases of construction of the house. The house will be a high mass, passive solar home. A wood-burning stove will be used for cooking and to provide supplemental heat … Continue reading

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