Sunday, April 8, 2012

Permaculture Ideas On The Homestead.

Happy Ressurection day to all my freinds out there.  He is risen, He is risen indeed.

Out here on our little homestead I have mentioned some new things that we are trying.  We made an effort toward a couple of those thins this weekend.  The first is our new bee hive.  I made a top bar bee hive that, unfortunately, I am not happy with as it is-from a craftsmanship standpoint, not functionality.  I am not liking the way it fits together right now, so I will probably take it apart and adjust and correct a couple of things.  That seems to be my M.O., make a project a lot harder and longer than it needs to be.  Once complete, and we have our own bees, it will go a long way toward our permaculture, sustainability endevours.

Another thing we did, as per a decision I made regarding the pastures, was to plant some berry bushes in one pasture corner.  The plan is to plant something, or let go, the corners in all the pastures.  The idea behind all of this is really old school knowledge, that God's world works together.  Thus by leaving some small places for the birds, bees, rabbits and quail, among other things including bugs,  we are re-creating a natural, cohesive environment and micro-ecosystems.  It is simple, the birds that will be attracted help to eat the bugs and flys, beneficial bugs are also attracted.  Quail that have a habitiat are beneficial because they eat the seeds of unwanted weed plants, not to mention their food value in a crisis situation.  So we have decided to let the corners go or add to them.  Right now, I have one corner with blackberry brambles in it-I'm gonna let them be.  In another corner, we planted two Currant bushes for food, medicinal, health and natural value.  I think this is a step in the right direction.  A direction that farmers in Europe used to practice everywhere.

What are you doing on your place that you can share?


Gorges Smythe said...

I believe your plan is wise. I planted two hazelnut bushes and a blueberry bush last year. This year I planted a couple dwarf apple trees. I will also dig up some blackberry bushes from my wife's old home-place and move them here. I also think I'll pin down this year's growth on the raspberry plant under the walnut tree to see if they'll root and make new plants. Incidentally, if you're wondering what to grow under a walnut, the "three sisters" of the Native Americans will grow if the shade isn't too heavy. I have to start a new bed of day-lilies on a different site, as the Department of Highways sprayed and killed my beautiful big patch of volunteers out by the road.

Scott or Pam said...

Excellent advice. Sorry about your day-lillies. Good ol' guvmint ;)