Last Sunday we left the girls with a good friend and went to walk the land we just purchased. It is a track of 20 acres of unrestricted farm land which is completely overgrown and messy.
The plan was to make a plan. I am a very visual person so it is much easier for me to plan the course of action if I know where things are going to go. For example, I wanted to know where the house is eventually going to be (approximately, of course) so I’ll know where we need to start building a driveway. I also wanted to get the land perked in order to know where the well and sewer will be so I’ll know where I can’t plan on planting crops (you can’t plant crops in a 50 feet radios of well and sewer, I think).
So with a map in hand and a sharp pencil we went walking. The problem was… we couldn’t see a thing but rotten logs and tall brush.
And of course, the minute we parked (on the neighbor’s driveway), a storm rolled in and it started raining.
But what’s a little rain really? We are not made of sugar and we drove 45 minutes to get there, so we pushed on.
In the picture above is a very wet, 38 weeks pregnant me. The brush, which was only to my knees the last time we were there (a month and a half ago), was now a foot over my head.
We felt like we were heading into the jungle….
This is our main problem with this piece of land. The previous owners harvested the trees and left a big mess in the shape of a pile of branches and logs in the middle of the property.
There is a LOT of wood to deal with.
Our first thought was how to get rid of it all, maybe we should burn it. But after a little more thinking we decided that we should think more along the lines of using our resources instead of getting rid of them. Duh… I guess city living messed our heads a bit.
Anyway, wood is a great asset and not a liability so we decided we are going to make mulch of it all and use it around the future farmstead. We will divide the enormous pile into 3 smaller piles. The first will be of branches and pieces of wood which will turn into mulch. The second will be of bigger logs (we will find use for those later), and the third pile will be all the rotten wood that is basically almost completely composted.
But….. even though we consider ourselves hard workers, there is no way in the world we can do all this by hand. We need some heavy machinery here. We need a tractor. What kind of tractor? You tell me, please. If you have any experience with this kind of work we will love to hear your suggestion.
So, tractor = Money = Saving = Time. We will have to save up for a few months before we can afford a tractor. Hopefully by next Spring we will be able to start clearing.
Next on our list was finding the creek. We headed into the woods and found this wonderful little creek. The water is clear and even though it doesn’t have much water now it is still very pretty.
Hopefully it will be much fuller in the winter and spring.
We kept walking around some more until my belly got too heavy.
We didn’t get to draw a full plan like we intended because we couldn’t see the actual land very good (Where is it flat? Where there are still big stomps in the ground?). We will have to clean and clear before we can start mapping.
On our way back home we stopped at the closest gas station/convenient store so I can use the restroom. I know it might sound stupid to some people…. but I couldn’t ignore the fact that the old lady behind the cash register knew every person who entered the store by his/hers first name…. And I was thinking ” ahhh… small town country living”.
I can’t wait for her to know my name too!