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Progress Report


SECRET HAVEN

STATUS

ANIMAL CONTROL

Yearly chicken permit: $25 - Paid 27SEP17.  Our chicken permit has been approved.  We have until just after the estate sale to get the chickens moved and in a permitted coop.  The estate sale is November 15-17.

BEES

State health inspection has been completed.  Our bees are in good health.  We are leaving the honey for the bees as food for the winter.  We're new beekeepers and if we would have harvested the honey, the bees wouldn't have time to make more for the winter, and we would have to know how to feed them through the winter. 

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

No time to add content to the site in this category.  Once we are caught up with the estate sale, there will be time to talk business and start posting the business plan.

CHICKENS

Getting the area cleared where the coop and run will go.  Chickens are doing fine!

CODE ENFORCEMENT

  • Paid $50 for the chicken coop permit on 27SEP17.  Expires March, 2018 but we will be done long before then. 
  • Still getting rid of the overgrowth.

COMPOST

We started a temporary compost pile and will move it when the permanent spot is set up.

DUCKS

We are getting ready to move them out of the shed so we can use the shed for the estate sale.  Setting up their own space.

FISH

Fish are doing good.  They started tilting so we added bacteria to eat the algea and they needed more airaetion for oxygen.  So far, it looks like they are not struggling and they don't tilt when they swim.  We stopped feeding them when the water got cold.  This is hard to watch, because it just seems like we should be feeding them.  However, when the water reaches 50 degrees, the feeding stops.

FRUIT TREES

Still working through the weeds and will update this when we find out what needs to be done.

HUMMINGBIRDS

Hummingbirds have left for the winter, but we will be ready for them when they return!

GRAPE VINES

Still working through the weeds and will update this when we find out what needs to be done.

NUT TREES

We accidentally cut down a white walnut tree.  🙁  So sad.   There are other nuts on the property (besides the crew) and we will identify all the plants after the estate sale is over with.

ORGANIZATION

Setting up cityhomestead.net and then will add our organization system in future posts.

PONDS

Cleaning out the overgrowth so we can access the maintenance areas better.  Treated the large pond with bacteria. 

RABBITS

Setting up a play area.

WATER

Hand watering everything for now.  City water. 

WASTE MANAGEMENT

Large branches are being removed from the property since we don't have a chipper, and we have to clear out the overgrowth per city requirements.  Dumpster is too expensive so we are hauling out one load at a time on a trailer.

Small overgrowth items are being composted.

Mucking out the chicken coop, duck house and rabbit runs - this waste goes on the compost heap and will be used to fertilize the orchards.

CURRENT PROJECTS

  1. Clearing overgrowth.
  2. Preparing content for estate sale.
  3. Rabbit play area.
  4. Chicken coop and run.
  5. Duck house.
  6. Cityhomestead.net Web site. 
  7. YouTube channel
  8. Market Garden site.

UPCOMING PROJECTS

CROPS

  • Identify all the crops.
  • Inventory the perennials.
  • Learn how to prune the fruit and nut trees.
  • Add mulch

PONDS

  • Reinforce sides
  • Replace deck around the pond
  • Add more filtering


OUR LITTLE HOMESTEAD

STATUS

Distributing wood chip piles.

Our Little Homestead is in the planning stages and will be the distribution for the market garden products.  We are currently setting up the Secret Haven property.

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TO DO LIST

  1. Add all the September and October journal entries.

  2. Member page.

  3. Set up Market Garden section.

  4. Finish adding content to the Action Plan.

  5. Add inspiration photos to the action plan > to schedule

  6. Set up bee binders.