There will be about 5 more videos at least coming in this series in the next week, here is what we have so far.
Homestead Update 1
This video gives an update on the new geese, the sheet mulched small food forest, the rapid growth of sunflowers for support species, currants growing in Texas, “designer” Autumn Olives (Ruby and Amber), the results of a heavy apple pruning, Buddy and the ducks and what geese do to comfrey
Homestead Update 2
In part two we show you are set up for brooding out our baby ducks and introduce you to our 22 new baby ducks. I talk a little bit about upgrading our feeders and using dog kennels for housing young fowl. I also show you how even with small birds and flocks we are able to run a leader follower grazing system.
Homestead Update 3
In this video meet the new flock of 60 plus chicks being added to our homestead this year. Again you will see our use of dog kennels for housing which is very simple and effective for young birds. Our make shift shade using USGI shelter halfs. I also show our new hybrid chicks which are a cross of Egyptian Fayoumi Hens and a Rhode Island Red Rooster.
For the chicken we are using 8 foot hog panels with nylon fencing tie wrapped to each panel to keep the small birds in. I also talk about reusable zip ties, I think these belong on every homestead.
Homestead Update 4
In this video I show you the progress on the Urban Food Forest we are developing as a teaching tool at the TSP homestead and introduce you to a ton of unique plantings like
- Ivans Beauty and Bell
- The Peach we saved
- Several Variates of Israeli Apples
- Purple Figs
- Wolf Berries
- Cornelian Cherry Dogwood
Homestead Update 5
In Part 5 of this series I continue across the top swale of the Urban Food forest. I also show you the sprinklers we finally found that work with our hard water and don’t clog.
Some of the plants we cover in this area include
Cow Pea, Vetch and Buckwheat (support crops)
Pink and White Currant
Paw Paws from Seed
Tibetan Chocolate Vine
I also show you how we use the shaded area to pot up pants and get them ready to harden off.