Urbanite And Other Things.

Urbanite pile.

Urbanite pile.

Urbanite on Off Kilter Acres is not a person who lives in an urban area, it’s this beautiful stuff, basically used concrete and stone.  We love repurposed material here on the OKA and we happened to run onto some urbanite so we are going to use it for a mandala bed or two.  This is first little bit that we gathered but we plan to get more.  This pile will most likely double or quadruple in size over the next few weeks.

Brick Pile.

Brick Pile.

Here is a shot of some of the brick that we have scavenged in the past hopefully we can keep this pile growing as well.  We’ve got lots more around the perimeter of the chicken coop to keep critters from digging under and getting to the girls.  I would like to have enough to build a brick charcoal grill one day.  How kewl would that be?

Tractor training.

Tractor training.

More tractor training.

More tractor training.

Ma has been wanting to get more familiar with the tractor lately so today was the day.  She used it to put a bale of hay in for the goats and then drove it around for a while.  She says she wants to start brush hogging soon so we gotta get her schooled up before we put a big ol’ blade on it for her.  She did really well, I hope she doesn’t think she is gonna take over the tractor work.

Comfrey all potted up.

Comfrey all potted up.

What we have here is 16 pots all freshly potted up with comfrey from Coe’s Comfrey. We will be planting this in guilds with of most of the trees that I have on order.  We’ll most likely have a comfrey patch as well but I’ve yet to decide where.  We also have one of my magical ditch fig cuttings that I took last summer and a start from a friends hardy lime.  I hope they have survived the winter if not, I know where to get more.

Me checking the new mulch pile.

Me checking the new mulch pile.

Ma snapped a shot of me when I stopped this morning to look at the mulch pile that was given to us a couple moths ago.  I had looked at it from the road quite a few times but it was even prettier when I got out there and stuck my hand down in it.  The new trees are going to love this stuff but I’m not sure this is going to be enough for all of the projects we have in the works this year.  Yeah, seriously we use loads and loads of mulch.

We have been wanting to do some small scale earthworks here on the OKA for a while now.  It has been a long time coming but this weekend we made our first a-frame level, a tool that is used to find level and namely used for marking contour lines in terrain.  The next main project that we have going is a garden and food forest expansion.  We are basically going to expand to the east of our current location and double its size in the process.  but we wanted to play around with our new tool in the expansion area to see how the contours lay.  Our chicken house is directly uphill from this area and we want to catch the runoff in big rain events and use that nutrient rich rainwater to our advantage.  These kinds of rain events don’t happen all that often but there is no use in all of those nutrients going into the ditch. We plan to channel it to the food forest and slow it down with a series of swales and hugel beds.  I promise we will have loads more on that but we are still in the very early planning stages, so more on that later.

Need more fence?  Gotta have more posts.

Need more fence? Gotta have more posts.

We did buy 4 of these bad boys at the local farm store this evening.  Man, is it me or are things like this getting more and more expensive? Seems like every single day.  I need to start a hedge apple orchard soon, I’m sick and damn tired of paying these kind of prices.  While I’m on this kinda bent have I mentioned that the gouging that is going on in the propane and propane accessories industry has pissed me of to the point where we are considering getting yet another wood stove?  Well we are.

Me lookin' like Paul Wheaton. Not sure if that is a good thing or not.

Me lookin’ like Paul Wheaton. Not sure if that is a good thing or not.

This is just a shot of me looking like Paul Wheaton: Permaculture Guru and Founder of Permies.com.  I’m not sure how that happened, it’s not like I woke up this morning and decided I wanted to look like Paul but somehow it did.  Okay, I gotta go find a piece of pie.

Well, that’s about all I got, take it easy.

Pa

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