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Scavenger Hunt in the Tall Grass

Today I started going through the items that have been hidden in the unmowed reaches of jungle since we arrived 2 months ago.  We saw some of these things when we went to the property in December, but the grass is much lower in winter and I think there are some items that the previous owner either didn’t show us or that have been added to the piles since then.

Here’s some of what I found:

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Additionally, I uncovered a 6-foot by 8-foot rectangular prism made of steel tubing, a 90″ long and 44″ diameter metal culvert, more cinder blocks to add to the 100’s that we already knew about, around 35 steel T-posts in varying lengths, 104 3-foot step-in posts for electric fencing, metal grating, sawed-up tree trunks, massive amounts of steel tubing, and a small mountain of gravel.

I’m only about halfway done with all of the piles of stuff, so I’ll let you know if I uncover anything else interesting.

Readers, I need help.  I was able to move the culvert, gate with logs attached, greenhouse roofing, and other large items by myself with the truck, but I’m at a loss trying to think of a way to move a 30-foot telephone pole.  Any suggestions?  My resources include a truck with an 8-foot bed, a 12-foot trailer, and (for the weekend anyway) Lindsey.

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What you can find in an old shed…

Shed cleaned out, mostly

Well, I finally got all of the old shed cleaned out and organized.  I still have to dispose of, recycle, or otherwise relocate some of the items that were stored in the shed, but I’ll take the small victory of simply having everything OUT of there so that I can start building the poultry house next week.

I imagine that there are some people out there reading this who might be looking at doing something like this themselves, so this post is for those people.  Nobody warned me about the things you can find in an old farm shed.  I’ve taken the liberty of classifying the found items as “cool” or “not cool.”  Here goes…

  1. Old soft drink bottles…  cool!
  2. Seed bag full of termites… not cool.
  3. Fire pit… cool!
  4. Functioning smoker… cool!
  5. Rusted-through corrugated metal… not cool.
  6. A stack of old barn wood… cool!
  7. The tons of exposed rusty nails left in that old barn wood… not cool.
  8. The fact that the scrap metal place for the nails is between here and town… cool!
  9. Old horseshoe… cool!
  10. Road work sign… not cool.
  11. 3’ diameter 4” thick sections of tree trunk… cool!
  12. 3’ sections of rusty barbed wire… not cool.
  13. Old lead tie-downs… cool!
  14. French drain sections… cool!
  15. Mounds and mounds of termite-infested wood… definitely not cool.
  16. A room’s worth of 8’ x 4’ beadboard… cool!
  17. The black mold remaining on the beadboard even after powerwashing it… not cool.
  18. Palette’s worth of good red bricks… cool!
  19. Loads of saltillo tile… cool!
  20. 8 million broken tile bits… not cool.
  21. 450 lbs of sand… cool!

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Along the way I also found earthworms, creepy crickets, toads, a kingsnake, spiders galore, a field mouse, an active dove nest, and set the county record for centipedes discovered under a single woodpile with 687.  There were also random cinder blocks, rickety sawhorses, sheets of black plastic in varying degrees of ripped, 2 half-functional palettes, styrofoam packing, and hoses.

Since we’re trying to go about things the right way around here, I’m trying to think of good things to do with all of this stuff.  Some of it’s easy.  Obviously, the smoker will be used to smoke meats.  The old horseshoe can get tacked up on the wall for luck.  Some of the other materials are a bit harder, though.  Here are the tentative plans:

I’m going to re-use the old barn wood to create the facing of the new poultry house.

The seed bag full of termites will be placed back in the poultry house after we have poultry.  Eat ‘em up!

The nails, corrugated metal, rusty barbed wire, etc will go to the scrap metal place.

The tile, beadboard, and tree trunk sections will be used to build Lifestyles Lane housing.

We’ll use the bricks for either an outdoor kitchen or Lifestyles Lane housing.

The sections of French drain can go to immediate use to alleviate the washouts in the shed area.

The old lead tie-downs can anchor the PVC frames in the gardens and soon, in the greenhouse.

Fire pit is already placed in the garden seating area.  Unassembled, but nobody’s perfect.

Styrofoam can help insulate some Lifestyles Lane structure.

The only things that will get outright disposed of are the termite-infested wood.  I’ll probably just burn those and spread the ashes on the crops or fields lightly unless someone emails me a better suggestion.

Onto the garden update…

Only 4 days after planting one raised bed and 3 days after planting the other, we have growth!!!  The thunderstorm that went through here yesterday came at the perfect time.


Another sprout!

The pole beans, bush beans, radishes, watermelons, cantaloupes, yellow squash, butternut squash, sunflowers, corn, and cucumbers had all sprouted by this morning.  Maybe we won’t go hungry after all!

The other cool thing about this time of year is the berries.  I love berries!  Judging from the looks of the plants we’re still a couple weeks out from the middle of the season, but we picked a small basket of berries for our dessert last night.

That’s right!  Within a short walk from the house we’ve got (clockwise from top) red raspberries, blueberries, golden raspberries, and blackberries.  It’s fun to work on the land all day and then have the land reward you at the end.  How fantastic is that?

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