• BIG Plans {Friday Five}

    by  • March 14, 2014 • Featured, Home & Family, Kitchen Renovation • 2 Comments


    What’s going on behind the computer these days? Planning, saving, measuring, and more planning. In the coming few months, our little homestead will undergo a lot of changes. Here’s what’s going on:

    Kitchen Renovation Underway – When Uncle Leonard, our personal contractor-like friend, suggests moving up the start date for the big gut and replace kitchen project, we had to say yes. Mid-April is now early April, which means supply purchases begin now. In four weeks we will (pending no big surprises) be cooking with gas! Gas! I can’t wait to fix our dysfunctional kitchen. I’ll share specific plans and our strategy for quick renovations soon.

    Mudroom Finishing – Uncle Leonard will tease us endlessly unless we finish the mudroom before he arrives in a few weeks. Afterall, he was instrumental in building it…in July… We’ll be drywalling, painting, and adding gutters this weekend. Oh, and clearing out the garage so we have room to store the kitchen supplies as they’re purchased

    Ponds and Swales – The front plot where we’ll plant Swainway Urban Farm produce has some water issues. We debated an agricultural tile system but that seems to be throwing away a potential resource. Instead, we’re going to try digging two small ponds with a series of swales to direct and hold water. We will plant the edges in water-loving habitat flowers and grasses.

    Move the Chicken Yard – Our chickens need more space to roam further away from the main garden. We’re going to give them a big portion of the yard in a shady area that isn’t ideal for planting. I think we’re finally going to invest in portable electric fencing so that we can change the shape of their yard as other projects reveal themselves.

    Low Mow – Alex is thrilled that I want to mow a lot less this year. We’ll keep enough grass mowed for kids to run in and baby trees to survive, but we want to let a lot more grow wild. The wild will be managed be seeding flowers and incorporating native transplants. Less fuel wasted, more wildlife habitat, and less work – why didn’t we think of this last year?

    Of course, we’re still seeding greens and roots in the hoop house, potatoes and peas outside, and tending seedlings inside. And celebrating Pi Day. And teaching classes, working with Swainway Urban Farm, and occaisionally tending shop at City Folk’s. And making freezer food for the week or so we’ll be without a kitchen. Busy days.

    What are your BIG Plans?


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    2 Responses to BIG Plans {Friday Five}

    1. March 14, 2014 at 11:07 am

      I can’t wait to see the ponds and swales!! So exciting!

      Also, I’m excited to see the kitchen remodel. I’m beyond sick of our glass top electric stove. Maybe this will get me to finally run the gas line and put in the new stove.

      Love the low mow idea too! Can Alex share his techniques on convincing a wife that this is a good idea? :-)

    2. Rachel B.
      March 14, 2014 at 12:14 pm

      I so prefer gas over electric! We just installed a new electric glass top recently. It doesnt bother me. I have no problems cooking on it, maybe because Ive been stuck cooking with old stoves for the past few years.

      We also did a “low mow” last year, haha more like didnt keep up on it, with our back field. It over grew with tall weeds…like 8ft weeds. It was a tick haven too.

      Our big 2014 plans are fencing in a portion of our yard, starting a hive, expanding my garden, planting more flowers, setting up rain barrels, and finishing our kitchen remodel.

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