Wednesday, January 21, 2009
We have lived here for over 20 years and when we got our place, it was covered in scrub trees and thick underbrush. The first year we cleared a pad for our house and then began to gradually clear the brush in the front of the house. The trees have grown enough now that they are decent enough to be cut for lumber though we pick and choose what we cut. We lived with a huge burn pile in our front yard for about a year and then we rented a back hoe and moved it down our hill. We planted our first garden in the old burned brush pile. The 2nd year we worked on burning the pile we had moved down the hill. We cleared to the top of the hill up on the right side of the property leaving trees and brush from the top of the hill on to the road at the back of the property. We also left the brush directly behind the house. We debated for years whether to cut it back or not as we had a good wild blackberry patch and high bush blueberries in it. The cleared portion we have planted fruit trees, bushes and grape vines and we have had a great veggie garden at the bottom of the hill on the right. Our left portion of the property is still brushy and over grown. In all our clearing and cleaning up, we have moved a ton of rocks or more. We also found out that many years ago the hillside was used as a sort of dump. We have found old bottles and other "junk" left. Most of it we have hauled off. This month we have begun to clear the brush directly behind the house. We plan to build a smoke house in this area. It is nice to be able to walk at the top of the hill and see all the way to the back of the house and spa house now. Our chickens have more daylight as well. We plan to leave many of the trees and just harvest the bad ones or crooked ones for firewood as we go. It seems to be a never ending job around the place.
Just as a mini-farm is a never ending place, we are a never ending project ourselves. We work on getting and staying fit, watching what we eat and drinking water just as the land needs kept up. It all takes work.