Building a Garden

We spent Saturday morning with our friends Claude and Elizabeth building them a spanking new Lasagna Garden from scratch. It was so awesome. We loaned them the Lasagna Garden book and they actually read it. They came out to Big Oak Ridge and had breakfast with us, then we went out to look at our garden and explain it to them a little bit. I ran down to the sand and gravel before they arrived and got a load of topsoil. After breakfast and the garden tour we threw a load of chicken manure on the truck behind the topsoil and headed for Claude and Elizabeth’s.

When we got there we were blown away by their preparations. They already had the cardboard pretty much laid out for the base layer, and and they had peat, leaves, and shredded paper for additional layers.

We spread some peat, shoveled on some manure, added the paper and the topsoil. Their urban garden consists of two 22 foot rows with an 18 inch path in between. We covered the path with wood chips.

Forum updates

I’ve updated the calendar events (not the google calendar yet, just the list on the forum.)

God has really been blessing our time together on Sundays; I’m looking forward to the things He’s leading us into.

2009.05.03 Spiritual Warfare part 2

Randy will continue the discussion on spiritual warfare.

More fence taking shape, preparation for planting, etc.

We’ve been pounding fenceposts per the “farm schedule”. Hope to have some new fence up soon.
The worms are doing really well.
I built a “growing rack” for starting plants – pictures to follow soon.

For anyone who wishes to come out on a Saturday, please remember to call first and see what’s on the agenda. This weekend we’ll be helping some friends get their own “Lasagna Garden” started.

No home group on Easter.

Forum Updated

I finally figured out what I was doing wrong on the forum, and I have all the notes posted now. I also owe Randy an apology; he mentioned doing something for the kids last week – I totally forgot that I was planning on doing a little something in honor of St. Patrick’s day. So far I’ve missed Purim AND St. Patty’s – I’ll try to get my act together and do better in the future.

More work on Saturday

Saturdays are work days here on the farm and we have been trying to clear some more pasture for cows and goats. I borrowed a log splitter for the weekend and so we cut up all the trees that were down and got all the big stuff split. Now we just have to get it all up and stacked.

Clearing pasture

We have been spending that last couple weeks clearing pasture for cows and goats. This also provides us with a nice jump start on our firewood for this year. It means that we are sore tired a lot though. 🙂

More from the Satuday work day.

After lunch today, the kids and the women made noodles. I went back out and cut more trees and dad burned more brush. They had fun learning to make noodles, and they all got to wear their aprons like the chefs do.

Later dad and I assembled the plant growing rack he had cut out. I think it turned out pretty well. Dad was going to finish it tonight. Just needs to add the lights and ready to start the seeds for the gardens.

Raining makes a good day to burn brush.

Today was a rainy day. A good day to burn brush in the new cow pasture. We all got soggy, and then had a nice lunch. Later we are making noodles!

Animals of the Farms and clearing more cow pasture

Today I had Ashlynne go take pictures of the farm animals to post so you can all see how they are doing. The chicken are laying. We have been getting a dozen eggs a day (they are for sale if you want some). They are also very friendly, they peck you boots when you gather eggs and let you pick them up and move them without a fight.



The cows are getting pretty big. It was a bummer to have to winter them over, but it was not that much work and it didn’t seem like it cost that much either. The pasture is a lot of wet yucky mud right now. We will get the rest of the fence up as soon as the ground thaws.


Today we worked on clearing more pasture for the cows and the goats. We were mainly clearing were the greenhouse will go. This means more firewood, but it also means my arms hurt.


Also assembled a greenhouse frame. Now we just have to measure it and get plastic on it.