Luna Hill Homestead Recap of 2012

by Angela aka Farmer Jane on December 30, 2012 · 0 comments

2012 has been a year of great change and growth for us as a family as well as for our homestead. Things slowed down quite a bit in June 2012 when ownership of our house and property changed hands and we officially became the owners. We needed to greatly reduce the amount we spend on homestead needs as well as cut our bills dramatically in an effort to not end up being “house-poor” with the majority of our expendable income going to paying off the house.

January:

Installed a cork board and towel bars

Measuring cups were added to shelf for easy access

Made our first Lacto-Fermented ginger ale

The Harbor Freight Greenhouse arrives and we break ground to start building it.

Cookbook shelves are installed in the dining room

Mini Apple Orchard is planted

February:

Open pantry shelves are installed on kitchen cabinet peninsula

Measuring spoons are installed for space saving and efficiency

Greenhouse construction continued until the end of February

Greenhouse blows over after 70 MPH winds

March:

We make our first homemade butter

Muscovy ducklings arrive

A new area is prepared as a permanent new place for toppled greenhouse

Simone helping to prep area for new berry bushes

Garage is painted

Sunken garden beds are created

April:

Site work continues to prep for greenhouse

Greenhouse is moved and permanently fastened in place

Utility/sun room is turned into a temporary greenhouse to start growing veggies

First apricots are ripening

The first winter garden raised bed is laid

May:

Muscovy ducklings are two months old

Super moon is captured

Prepared our first Foie Gras Torchon (life will never be the same! I can’t wait to make more)

Our first French Breakfast radish was harvested

Lacto-Fermented our first grape leaves

June:

Angora rabbits were sheared

I started taking fermented cod liver oil and high vitamin butter oil

We lost our battle with squash bugs when they consumed more than 100 squash and cucumber plants, decimating our crops this year

Artichokes in bloom

Dom and I move into the master bedroom

July:

Simone tastes and approves of our homegrown peaches!

The bees were busy collecting pollen

Shoshie got her drivers license

We started making our own toothpaste

Yes, that’s 18 1/2 pounds of cucumbers which we tried to harvest before the squash bugs got to them

August:

We start making Lacto-Fermented Vegetables

I started making Lacto-Fermented beet kvass…I never looked back!

Time spent at the park

Simmi painted herself

September:

Lots of love and friendship

Muscovy ducks are now 6 months old and moved out of the courtyard

Potatoes are harvested

Ducks become proficient in hiding their eggs from us until we found a large cache of over 30 eggs hidden in tumbleweeds and a compost pile

We officially stopped our garbage service since we don’t consume enough garbage to justify paying $30 per month. This was a major milestone for us. We also started monitoring the amount of energy consumed and found that since June 2012, our electricity consumption dropped by over a whopping third of what it used to be! It has helped to lower the cost of electricity even more, which became another milestone for us. Right now, our energy consumption is less than any other time on record for us. Last year at this time our energy bill was through the roof!

Dom went on a scavenger hunt around the property to find all the missing boards to put the red gate back together, and he found every piece! After it was assembled, it was painted and hung.

October:

We made a maggot farm for the animals. A maggot farm is simply a bucket with drilled holes around it and filled with meat scraps. The flies enter the holes, lay their eggs, maggots hatch, squirm out of the holes onto the ground, and the chickens and ducks eat the maggots and flies if they can catch them.

Made our first beeswax candles

Dom makes Mead for the first time (so good!)

Continue to harvest fruits and veggies

We finally got our labels and started selling duck eggs

November:

Four Magpie drakes were slaughtered and rendered for fat (over a quart of fat was attained) and bones were made into an amazing stock soup.

Started decorating for Christmas

Started organizing the all purpose room for winter projects

Put our fireplace to more use

We started eating primal

December:

Our nephew Anthony became a part of our household

I begin to feel amazing eating primal and the inflammation and swelling in my face and body begins to subside.

The perfect New Mexico grown Christmas tree was purchased

Our first homemade citrus cleaners were ready to use

Stinky injured duck is brought in to heal. She healed quickly and was released back to her flock one week later

Instead of purchasing Christmas wrapping paper, I used craft paper and stenciled each person’s initial onto the package, and used red yarn to tie it all up. I did have regular wrapping paper left over from last year, so we made use of it. From now on, it will become our homestead tradition to have homemade wrapping paper and homemade gifts. :)

We look forward with excitement to 2013, as the year we accomplish more projects with little to no money!

Have a very safe and Happy New Year!

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