This post is an Early September 2016 Homestead Update for Great Escape Farms. We cover 1550-gallon water storage tanks, garden harvest, food forest update, and finally an update on the ever persistent ground hog.
Those Are Some Big Tanks
This past week I was searching for more IBC totes on Craig’s list and I found two 1550-gallon water storage tanks being sold. They were priced at $250 each or both for $450. So I contacted the seller as soon as I could and bought them. Both have some minor dents that can be easily knocked out. One of the tanks has a cut in it near the bottom of the tank. The other one has a crack near the top of the tank.
Initially I was a little concerned about how to fix the holes in the tanks. But after doing some research, I found several ways to repair the tanks. I bought a “Poly Welder Pro Plastic Repair Kit”, which should be the right fix for both tanks. I’ll be doing a video on the repair of these tanks in the next week or so.
I had another large harvest from the garden. About 20lbs of tomatoes, a dozen or so hot peppers, a dozen cucumbers, a butternut squash, and a 25lb watermelon. I also harvested some berries from Red Malabar Spinach for seeds and some leaves from the Red Malabar Spinach.
Food Forest Update
I again watered the food forest on this trip to the farm. We ran out of water in the totes again and used a little water from the well.
I have been asked about how big my food forest is. The word forest makes it sound massive, but mine is only about 40-foot wide by about 120-feet long. A food forest is more about mimicking nature and the layers of the forest than it is about size. You can mimic the canopy, understory, shrub, herbaceous, groundcover, rhizome, and vine layer in a pretty small area. I plan on building a bigger one once I’m out here full time, but that is a desire of mine and not necessity of design.
The Ever Persistent Groundhog
He’s baaaack!!! The groundhog is leaving the deck alone now, but I found a hole under the garden fence this past weekend. A groundhog can decimate a garden in just a few days, so I need to work at aggressively keeping him out. I was in a time crunch this weekend and just threw a thirty-pound rock on his hole. Next weekend I’ll burry some chicken wire around where he is going under. If I ever see him, he will be in a stew, but he remains quite elusive while I’m around.
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