finish kitchenDONE stiffen bedroom floorsDONE
- Then start on front of house: porch, siding front door & continue with new siding on the rest of the house. Postponed.
- Because we finished the kitchen so late in the year, we opted to save the front porch and exterior of the house until next summer. These are outdoor projects and we need good weather.
- Instead, we started on the bathroom, which will be a good indoor winter project.
worm bed for compostingDONE continue bordering my terrace bedsDONE Expand front yard herb garden by at least one new comfrey bed. DONE find another (3rd) new home for the strawberries & DONE
- plant the old strawberry and comfrey beds in annual rye or something that might help choke the wire grass out partially done. Done, sort of.
need an edger / weed whacker for the beds in the front yard. GOT ONE. Though we rarely use it. Just can't get in to those electric and gas powered gizmos!
- incorporate more permaculture techniques. Not successfully, except in planning.
- I did let part of our wheat reseed itself, hoping the straw would mulch out the weeds and we'd have a volunteer crop of wheat. Instead, the weeds choked out the wheat.
- No till in the garden is less than hopeful so far as well. I did make permanent beds, but am finding the wiregrass (Bermuda) is terribly invasive and tenacious. True, tilling does not kill it, but it does keep it at bay temporarily at least.
Fence in blueberry bush to protect from the goatsDONE Think about getting turkeysDONE Continue pasture improvementDONE
- Prepare for pigs - PLANNING DONE.
- Since we we didn't actually do anything material to prepare for pigs, I won't cross if off the list.
- We did decide on where to put them. The area is already fenced, so all that will be needed will be a shelter, waterer, and feeder. These will be done next spring.
The woods - Consider what would be the best thing to do with them.DONE.
- We're losing a lot of the old pines which is a concern.They are falling over rather haphazardly, often getting caught up in other trees. It feels hazardous to even walk back there.
- We went so far as to inquire about having it logged, but this isn't likely to happen (it's only 2 acres). We will clear as needed, for example this winter when we will start fencing off an area as browse for the does.
Need to consider how & where to store and process our grain crops.DONE. (Good thing I only said "consider")
- We've talked about it a lot and have experimented a bit with threshing. We've made some mistakes and definitely need an area to process and store.
- A barn is in the planning stages, so we'll see how to incorporate it with that.
Try another grain cropDONE Planted 2 experimental patches, one of hulless barley (a no show), the other of hulless oats. That one is growing now.
Honestly, I didn't think much about our goal list this year. We seem to be at a point where the next steps are more obvious than they were at first, when we had so much to do. Even so, I'm pleased to see how many things I could cross off.