November 2, 2015

Fall Projects on the Homestead

We have so many fall projects underway that I need a dance card to keep track of them all.

Fall in Oklahoma brings cooler weather that makes it pleasant to work outside. Unfortunately, fall weather usually doesn't last very long, so we're working at a breakneck pace. We never know what winter will bring, some years are colder than others.

Together hubby and I built the framework of the new chicken run. I've been adding bricks and rocks like a jigsaw puzzle underneath the bottom of the framework on the low side of the run. Now that I'm finished with that step, we've added enough dirt to bring the ground "up to grade". The brickwork will help keep the dirt from washing away in the rain, I hope.

Dismantling the shed.

The dirt came from the site of our new shed. We bought the large shed for a song from someone who needed it torn down, but it had to be done right away, during the hottest part of summer. There's a lot of sweat in this project. The materials have been lying in wait in the barnyard for a couple of months.

Hubby used the tractor to level out the building site, then piled the dirt next to the chicken run. He was using the bucket, not the brush hog on the back. It was just easier to keep the brush hog attached.

Chicken shed and new run are on the left.

While he was on the tractor, we pulled out some t-posts and wooden posts from a fence we relocated some time ago. They came out of the ground easily with the help of a big chain and the tractor.

Hubby has also been brush-hogging the horses' pasture.

I'm doubling the size of the garden this fall. This new ground was behind the current garden; evidently it was a dumping ground for the former residents. You'd be amazed at the things I'm pulling out of the ground: tires, rusted tools, burned wood, bricks, broken glass bottles, and lots and lots of wire.

What's on your to-do list this fall?

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  1. Sounds like a lot of work, Kathi. I look forward to seeing some of your finished projects, especially the larger garden. I like to compare notes.


  2. Thanks, Fern. I'll be sure to post updates.

  3. Oh no, you have a "dump", too!
    When we started preparing what is now the chicken run, I had to get out the shovel, wheel barrel and trashcan to do a purge, as well.
    Shoes, mittens, broken glass, rusted stuff, trash, 14 decaying plastic trash bags full of leaves, and what must have been 4000 lbs of quilt batting. And even though I thought I had cleaned it all up, the chickens are still scratching up trash, 7 months later! Amazing.
    Glad to hear you are having perfect project weather!

  4. Angie, isn't it funny how chickens scratch up the strangest things? I find old rusty tools all over the place, where evidently someone set them down and forgot them. On the other hand, I myself manage to lose at least one set of wire cutters per year, so I am adding to the situation.

    But quilt batting? That's a new one!

  5. Sounds like you're making the most of the nice weather. Looking forward to seeing your garden growing. We appreciate you stopping by The Maple Hill Hop to share your outdoor posts.

  6. That's funny. In our area we call it a bush hog. I've never heard of a brush hog before! Looks like you're getting a lot of work done. Are you able to take any of the metal you're finding to the scrap yard or is it all too far gone?

  7. Thank you for the reminder about metal recycling, Jamie! I'd just put it in a pile and was wondering how to dispose of it.

  8. Great job on all of your hard work! I'm sure you'll be thanking yourself for it when spring comes. :) Thanks for sharing at My Flagstaff Home!


  9. Thanks for sharing the your fall projects with Hearth and soul blog hop.

  10. Wow, Kathi, you really do have a lot going on! That's exciting you are doubling the size of your garden! I've got a lot of fall projects on the go, one of them is definitely getting our garden ready for the winter. Thank you so much for being a part of our Hearth and Soul Hop.


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