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Easy Life on the Tarn
Easy Life on the Tarn
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Lyndeborough, New Hampshire, US
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Cool Temperate

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Easy Life on the Tarn

Easy Life on the Tarn

Lyndeborough, US

Eric Wolff Sara Elbohy

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Project: Easy Life on the Tarn

Posted by Joseph Whitmore over 7 years ago

Pond - the area between bridges filled and starting holding water before it was completely dredged, but the ducks love it. The area below the lower bridge is slow going and required putting in access for a back hoe and spending a lot of time doing stump removal. If larger equipment could be brought in without clearing the healthy trees or sinking it would be faster and appropriate.

Keylines - not started, but a year of observation has changed the path they need to run along.

Tree planting - Most of the fruit trees went in in the fall of 2014 and spring 2015. A field of elderberries is on hold while the driveway grading is corrected to not drain into the garage. New England wet land trees and blue spruces are on sight and temporarily heeled into a partly shaded portion of the yard waiting to be moved to the final home in the Fall 2015. Final planting is contingent on the pond banks being finished and driveway grading being completed. The state tree nurseries are great to work with, and their prices were 1/5 of the big box store prices, but they have the down sides of limited varieties and 3-4 month pre-order window.

Tree harvesting - The dead standing and overhanging trees have been removed from around structures and paths through the property have been cleared. If you are not a tree worker, don't underestimate how much time and effort is involved in clearing brush and cleaning up branches.

Bridge construction - new upper and lower bridges were installed Fall 2014 and survived a record fast snow melt in Spring 2015. Both bridges are capable of carrying small tractors (~25HP/1 Ton)

Vegetable and Herb gardens - a few loose brick raised beds is what we managed to get with everything else.

Root cellar - not started.

Green house - not started

Water harversting from roofs - Materials on site to implement, but not yet installed.

Chicken pastures/housing - 100+ birds, harvested down to the over wintering flock, and lost them all to predation during the Spring melt. A lot was learned from the loss, and a new flock has been started.

Ducks - They went broody this Spring after the predation issues were managed, and one sat the nest of community eggs. She hatched out 11 ducklings. Not bad for a first time mother, with first time farmers.

Wildlife zone - still cleaning up deadfall and debri

Through all this work, a path to self-employment has emerged and we are at the beginning stage of launching an agricultural based business.

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MICHAEL LEONIDO : Boom. Making progress, great to hear. Thanks for posting the update.
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