Where do I even begin? I guess an apology is in order. It has almost been a year since my last post, despite promises of posting more.

It was entirely my fault. I’m sorry for that. All I can do now is work hard to do better in the future.

I well under estimated the sheer amount of effort that this farm was going to need still to get started and had to invest in a more full-time job to sustain myself as well as fund needed improvements and projects such as pens, land clearing and prepping, plumbing, housing, and automated systems. A lot of these things aren’t very glamorous or easy to document. Basically, at this current time, my farm looks like a tornado went right over it. Not to say we weren’t effected by the hurricanes, we were, and it destroyed fencing to a degree that was well beyond my means at the time to repair. I had to sell all of my goats shortly after as they quickly became a road hazard and huge stressor, all while I was having health issues. It wasn’t good.

I’ve finally, just last month, scraped together the funds and got my perimeter fence completely fixed (But not the stretch of fence that divided the property into a separate pasture area.) and it is really all I needed to get started again. Things were looking pretty grim for the farm’s future, but I’m not the type of person to just give up when something bad happens. I research more (pick myself back up), develop a new approach(dust myself off), and then I try again. Sometimes a wrench gets thrown into your gears for a reason and I feel like the reason here was I was trying to do too much all at once and my approach was bound to fail one way or another, even if the fence issue never came up. I was reminded to back up a little and take a better look at the big picture and as a result, I have a better concept of which steps I must take to get there and it sure wasn’t the way I was heading down before.

I’m feeling much better now, the rabbits seem to be too. They now have an automated watering system and are breeding like… well… rabbits. They seem healthier and cleaner and this shaved a good 40+ minutes off my daily chores – I don’t need to scrub and refill all those dirty bottles anymore! Bottles themselves are exceptionally expensive too and difficult to clean and like to break, so it saved me money in the long run for sure. Next, I’m wanting to work on a 50ft x 50ft duck pen so I can separate my Muscovy ducks out from the other poultry. Muscovy are surprisingly aggressive creatures and only other Muscovy seem capable of handling it. I will also be working on a chicken coop with a 50ft x 50ft run next to that as I’ve got several winter chicks about to reach egg laying age and people wanting to buy their eggs. This would leave my existing pen to the geese, which as of my writing this, just laid their first eggs of the season. Hoping to see goslings this year as my birds are old enough that the eggs should be fertile. We’ll see.

Other plans include installing a small shed I can keep just my tools and push mower in, starting a small herb and flower garden, planting a few blueberry bushes and fruit/nut trees.


Part Five–The Final Backdate

We have finally come full circle and with this post, are finally completely up to date on the going ons at Deer Heart Farm.


These last few days have been mostly spent clearing out small trees and brush to improve the fence line as well as exploring the small details of this beautiful new land.







I found this dead tree standing and carefully pulled it down safely so it does not injure someone or cause damage in the future.



It was lousy with bull ants which came rushing out of the rotted bottom and roots (they are impossible to photograph sometimes).


I discovered several patches of this ground lichen. I’m not sure what it’s called exactly but it’s the stuff used to make tiny model trees and bushes. Thankfully the dogs leave it completely alone whenever they see it as I’d like for this stuff to still be around years from now. They look like small grey-green rocks at a distance.



I then found this little critter hanging out on a tree. Don’t worry, I wasn’t stupid enough to touch it. I believe this is the caterpillar of the Southern flannel moth, they are also known as puss caterpillars and they are venomous and sting like heck! If you see these in your garden, do not touch! I simply watched this one go about its business in peace for a while before moving on. Click here for more information on the puss caterpillar and its moth counterpart.

Part Four

Double post! Because I felt like it.

We continued our focus on the house. First, wiring in a new thermostat as we soon discovered in the sweltering heat that the old one was shot and not telling the A/C to turn on. Instructions were pretty straight forward after the man who insisted on not reading them finally got frustrated enough to leave. Funny how well it goes when you stop trying to just guess from looking at pictures.


“R” means “Red” – “Are you sure?” “Yes” “Did you label these right?” “Yes, I followed the instructions.”

We wired it correctly for our system (but this picture may be from the process and therefor not the right wiring), he just kept skipping the page on programming the thermostat.


Once that was done, we now had A/C for carpet and upholstery cleaning and eesh! Boy did it need it! After these pictures, I started using a strainer so it wouldn’t clog the bathtub with the nastiness this machine got up.


Once the nice clean carpet was bone dry, I went to Ikea for the bed of my dreams (this is it just before I finished the second row of supports, I *love* these drawers). I’m also so glad to be rid of box springs for the first time in my life.


Last but not least, the rabbits now had the beginnings of their own home!

There is just one last backlogged post after this one, after that – everything is all caught up to everyday on goings.