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E76 – Ali is learning to weld

The build is fast approaching, and I’m going to need to know how to weld for a small portion of it. I’m just experimenting at this point and trying to sort out how it all works!
weld #welding #midwelding #womenwelding
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Ep 72 – Adding Plants to the Memorial Garden. Happy Birthday, Mom.

More work on the inexpensive memorial garden. It would have been my mom’s 75th birthday this year. We lost her19 years ago, and have still always celebrated her birthday. This year, I wanted to be sure to get the plants into the ground because she loved her summer flowers.
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Episode 70 – $0 Budget Memorial Garden

Ali is working hard on the garden, and Mike continues his war with One Eye while assisting me.
Lots of raking and rocks, plus summer flowers are flourishing in the mountains!
homesteading #homestead #garden #gardening #Colorado #rockymountains #deer #lowbudget #broke
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Memorial Garden on a $0 Budget – Protecting the Septic Cleanout

I have had a rough pain week, but I’m trying to push forward on at least one project on the property whilst we remain in this perpetual holding pattern on the house build. I’m trying to figure out the best way to do drainage near the septic cleanout, so that it doesn’t fill with dirt. I am using a bunch of rocks from a pile that has been on the property for the past year or two, but I don’t think it’s going to be enough.
Also an update on the veggie garden which isn’t looking so hot. I really need to get my plants into some containers!
Special thanks this week to my amazing friends who lent me their voices! I let them decide how they’d like to be credited. hee hee
Crazy Cat Lazy
Creepy Guy #3
Ed Heller – www.realdeepdish.com Twitter – @bacon4pres
Julie Hunter – https://naturallyboudoir.com/
Poonicorn – Twitter – @poonicornucopia
Rena Freed
Will Malpartida
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Planning a Garden, Poopies New Toys, & Dowsing for a Well

Bob the Builder made a place for an elevated garden, so Ali is planning out a flower garden/memorial garden.
The poopy dogs got some new toys made by petstages – you can get a similar toy here https://amzn.to/2Re3tLu
the original I purchased from walmart – https://www.walmart.com/ip/Petstages-Firehose-Friends-Zebra/152706452
Mike’s mom is about to have a well drilled, and hired a dowser to come look for water. Ali got a chance to try it out.
homestead #homesteading #colorado #outdoors #diy #dowsing #waterwitching #water #well #garden #planning #muledeer #deer #dogsofyoutube #youtubedogs
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Pizza Night

https://youtu.be/9wiPwGAnP9Y
It’s late May, and we’re enduring a late spring storm. Why not enjoy homemade pizza?!
Get the dough recipe here! – http://www.realdeepdish.com/2017/12-27-rdd-chicago-deep-dish-pizza-quick-dough-recipe/
Buy the pan here! – http://www.realdeepdish.com/deep-dish-equipment/

Learn everything you ever wanted to know about pizza at www.realdeepdish.com
homestead #pizza #realdeepdish
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Garden Episode 5 – Sweet Potato Plants are Here. Container Garden?

We are trying out YouTube’s premier feature and you can watch this in a chat room with us at 6pm mountain time tonight!

Our sweet potato plants were shipped from Baker Creek Seeds! Ali is repotting a few things, and spending Mother’s Day working on plants.
Also, some more trail cam/game cam footage!
And Jet gets her first taste of the accordion. She’s not a fan.
Baker Creek Seed Company – www.rareseeds.com
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Garden Ep 3 + Game Cameras

I’m beginning to take the plants out, at least during the day, to start the process of hardening them to go out into the garden full time. I’ve also started another tray of seeds, and I’m reconsidering the garden location for this year. We also went around today and pulled all the video from the game cameras. #gardening #deer #colorado #highaltitudegardening
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New Video! Latest Update from the Ranch!

It is still winter, but we did have a short break in the weather for some continued excavation on the driveway. Most of it is at its final grade!
I purchased a dog food supplement for the dogs, which they love, & the tractor is really giving us a hard time. #homestead #DIY #colorado #outdoors #dogs #update #excavation
You can purchase the dog food supplement here – https://amzn.to/2E47Mmx
You can check out the external hard drive (Mac format) here – https://amzn.to/2XjXQ17
You can visit my soap shop here – https://www.etsy.com/shop/omra9
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Planning the Garden

Although it is still February, I am beginning garden prep.

Germination and seedling setup that we currently have.

A few locals urged me to start seeds a couple of weeks ago, but now I’m thinking they were jumping the gun. At this point I’m just going to run with it.
I was going to take some gardening classes offered at an old school house down the road from us, but they lost their master gardener last year, so no classes. They were kind enough to send me the PDF files to get me started though, so I’m going to share those in this post, but be forewarned they are geared specifically to Colorado and the elevation in the county we are in… So probably 7000-9000+ feet in elevation. Keep that in mind while reading these.

So I purchased 2 grow lights, 2 seedling mats, garden tags & some seedling fertilizer from Amazon (links will be listed below along with the PDFs)
I purchased some seed started greenhouses from tractor supply for $9, and I purchased my seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.

Right now I have a set of seedlings and have thinned out the plants, I’m waiting for the organic fertilizer to show up from amazon, and we’re currently planning the raised beds and placement for the garden. Since my compost heap is frozen solid, I’m going to try a variety of growing techniques this year from hay bales to creating soil using some of the decaying granite as they’ve specified in the pdfs.

As far as equipment goes, I’m happy with the grow lights and seed mats thus far. The Burpee seed starting sets we got have worked well, and I purchased the jiffy coconut fiber pellet plug refills to re-use those seed starters once I transplant my seedlings into solo cups and such. I will likely be doing that in the next week or two, but I need to do a little research to sort out when the best time is for transplanting those. I don’t have any feedback on the fertilizer yet, as it is still in the process of traveling to the ranch, and the tags are just blank tags that you write the plant names on. Nothing crazy.
I hope someone out in Colorado finds this useful!

For transparency, these are amazon affiliate links. If you shop through here we get an itty bitty payment from Amazon. It helps us keep this all going.

Seedling Mat – https://amzn.to/2GUPk2H
LED Grow Lights – https://amzn.to/2BL9pVY
Plant Tags – https://amzn.to/2V9d0Va
Fertilizer for Seedlings – https://amzn.to/2EkaBRD