Our start up time was delayed several days thanks most likely to rough handling by UPS (not our driver he's a top notch guy). Our first solar panel arrived shattered, and then our first pump wouldn't run properly.
We are using a solar powered pump, pressure tank, and drip irrigation. For you solar energy geeks out there, the specs are as follow: Dankoff Solar Slowpump 2507 that moves 4 gallons per minute. Currently, it pumps when the pressure goes below 5 psi and builds the pressure back up to 15 psi before the pump shuts off again. It has a 1 1/2" diameter PVC intake line, a pressure tank with a 6 gallon drawdown capacity. The exit piping is 1 1/4" diam. poly tubing which is set up to attach to a garden hose/soaker hose.
|Soaker Hose in Broccoli bed|
|Movable sheep shelter|
We are also pro-actively using powdered garlic and diematacious earth mixed with their minerals and/or grain to help keep our sheep from getting parasites.
"Massaged" Kale Salad...
Here is Dave's recipe that all our fellow PASA members were raving about at this month's potluck meeting:
|Heritage breed turkeys enjoy bugs & grass in orchard|
Wild Food update...
|Wild Elderberry Flowers - amazing in pancakes!|
More projects and photos....
|Fireworks by the fire pit...|
|Our compost piles are teaming with red worms - we feed some to our trout.|
|Spotted Efts abound near the falls - an indicator of a very healthy eco-system|
|Turkey feathers - nature can be cruel|
|Antique figurine shard found in garden near Dyberry trout stream (note fish)|
|Raspberries staked with scrap hemlock from barn construction|
|garlic scapes, blueberries, beets/beet greens, snow peas|
|One of our bees gathering asparagus pollen|