One thing about homesteading, life gets in the way. I plan on making regular posts but keep failing to do so.

Last week I started working on the back yard, hopes are to eventually make the whole back yard a permaculture garden but the chickens are very destructive.

The ground should not be this bare. Around my previous garden was a fence that I wanted to remove and put a better fence and gate to keep the chickens in their area better.

Getting Tposts up isn’t as easy as it would seem. There are post pullers but I’ve been to cheap to buy one but digging them up works.

Many people do a lot with a car but with livestock fencing and other materials are often needed making it very helpful to have a truck.

I love my truck but sometimes a van would be nice for more fragile cargo.

Last year a tree fell in the backyard making it a little unsightly but luckily for me it was a black locust which is very good for construction purposes.

For ease I used the tree to make the gate posts.

The gate is not actually attached here. One problem with locust is that it is hard wood and hard to work with. Screwing the hinge bolts into the wood is not easy, after predrilling holes a pipe is handy for screwing the hinge bolts in. 

About midways through this project this happened.

My absolutely wonderful son was born! We are still recoiling from it, he came to us 11 days early. For obvious reasons homestead work got put on hold but we will try and continue very soon!

Author: millcreekhomestead

Just a stay at home Dad trying to become more self sufficient in a world getting more dependent. It’s easy to get lost in all the things of the world, sometimes the best therapy is getting your hands dirty and growing something good!

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