Archive for July, 2011

The Driveway

Posted: 27th July 2011 by Joe Prepper in Projects

The first pic show the driveway from the top of the hill befre we cleared it and had a local guy cut in the driveway.  I wil lcost alot to actually build up the ground and add rock, but for now hopefully it wil lwork. I know no why people people thier houses next to […]

The culvert

Posted: 27th July 2011 by Joe Prepper in On The Homestead, Projects

The drive required a large culvertto be put in at the street.

The Fruit Trees

Posted: 27th July 2011 by Joe Prepper in Orchard, Permaculture
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The first year we planted rye grass as the picture shows then turned it into the soil the next spring.  With the help of family we planted brown turkey and Celeste fig trees, a peach tree, an apple tree and a Bartlett pear tree. We also planted two meyer lemon trees, a grapefruit, an orange, […]

Planting Rye/Adding Nitrogen to the soil

Posted: 25th July 2011 by Joe Prepper in Permaculture

Once the paths were cleared we planted them all with a cover crop of winter rye grass . This not only helps hold the soil in place , but also adds nitrogen and naturally improves the soil. Here is the rye coming up through the mulch:

I decided to add some more paths through the woods about a year after we cleared the acre for the house and  the property lines.  After a lot of thought I also removed a lot of the mulch  in the front yard(future orchard) area and leveled it with a boxblade.  I hated to lose the […]

Where it all started for us.

Posted: 23rd July 2011 by Joe Prepper in On The Homestead

A few years ago we purchased a small piece of land with the hopes of moving out of the city.  The first year after closing on the property we worked to pay off debt, and put the house in the city up for sale.   Late 2009 we were able to sell our home and finally […]