Thursday, March 17, 2011

Homestead: Aerial View

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So, not owning an airplane I decided to simply draw our "new" Homestead.  I've taken so many different pictures, but it is hard to mentally put in all in place if you've never been here.  We've got just over five acres in a mostly rectangular plot.  There is a kick-out where the garage is that's the "just over" part.

Not only is this not to scale, I just realized I drew it all the wrong direction.  The barn is actually the north side of the property.  I drew it as though you were on the road looking at the place.  So, the sun rises above the hills beyond the pasture and sets on the porch side.   Our land itself is pretty flat up.  But the adjoining properties head up the hill/mountain pretty quick, as shown in the first picture of this link.  At the top is BLM and the Payette National Forest.

We're planning to start small this year with planting just the veggie garden and my herb and flower garden areas.  These two things are actually quite a lot compared to what we've planted before. As we figure things out we will be able to extend our growing to the pasture area.  I am curious to see where exactly the shadows will fall from the Very Big Tree once it has leaves.  We may need to adjust our plans as we go along.

Here's something interesting:  I've been told that it will stay light out here in the summer until 10:30 or 11:00 pm.  I am curious as to what this means for planting.  And for putting kids to bed.  ;)  We're so far west in the time zone--same as you all back in Colorado--and further north so as to have really long days.

It'll be interesting to see how the extra sunshine will be on growing things and how much sun they'll be on certain areas.  Right now I am just so excited to have discovered little green shoots popping up all over.  The snow melted off in parts this weekend and I was able to discover tulips, iris, daffodils and more.   Yippee!

I felt just like Mary Lennox clearing away the grasses around the bulbs.  It is all coming back alive.  I also found more roses and a big patch of thyme.  I am glad so about the roses as I think some of the bushes along the pasture fence lines may turn out to be thornberry bushes instead.  It will be nice to see everything growing as I look out the windows.

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10 comments:

Alla said...

Sounds and looks like such a nice place. And to have all of the things you've discovered already there.Daylight until 10:30 or 11:00? I think that would be awesome, so much more I could get done. *smile* I've joined to follow your blog. I found you thru Verde Farm.

dogsmom said...

This is an interesting way to look at your land, I may have to copy you. I am also on a little over 5 acres, unfortunately with town encroaching. A good overall plan may get things done more quickly. See the Big Picture.

mountain mama said...

hi! i think we have much in common. we moved to GA last year without knowing one person.

then we moved to the mountains knowing no one! where in idaho do you live? we may live fairly close to you!!!

God is good and amazing, can't wait to see what his plan is for you!

God bless~

Michelle said...

Love it...you truly did happen upon an amazing homestead.

And can I just say...I especially love the little stick figure YOU!

Red Gate Farm said...

Welcome to the long days of summer! I live in Washington state, just south of the Canadian border so I know what you mean! When I lived in Phoenix for a couple of years I was so surpised how early it got dark in the summer (but with the heat it was a good thing).

Loved seeing your hand drawn map of your place. I've been thinking about doing a post using a picture of our place from google maps... but it was kind of "cold" looking... adding a hand drawn map might be just the ticket!

Good luck with all your plans,
~Chris

PS I came over from Verde Farm

Curbstone Homestead said...

My husband worked in North Dakota a lot last year and that was one thing I never believed, that it would stay light so long. I would assume the farther from the equator the faster it got dark! Well, I guess that's why I'm not a teacher LOL! I love your vision and I can't wait to see the continued growth!

Curbstone Homestead said...

My husband worked in North Dakota a lot last year and that was one thing I never believed, that it would stay light so long. I would assume the farther from the equator the faster it got dark! Well, I guess that's why I'm not a teacher LOL! I love your vision and I can't wait to see the continued growth!

Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

We are the farthest west in our time zone, which gets interesting in June!

Can't wait until I see pictures of a garden, understanding that is weeks and weeks away.

Teresa said...

What a great picture of your place. It sounds like you've got some good plans. It will be nice to see when you get things planted.

mountain mama said...

it's me again. again, it's so nice to meet you. it's great to know there is another family our there in a similar situation!!

i'm passing on the stylish blogger award to you if you'd like to accept it. if not, that's totally fine.

God bless~

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