Animal Foraging & Desert Gardening | Autumn Homesteading Update

Animal Foraging & Desert Gardening | Autumn Homesteading Update

Bree: When we first moved out here, the perimeter
of the property was fenced with barbed wire. We added field fencing to half of the property
to keep the goats in. They have done a great job keeping the weeds
and grass trimmed. Now we’d like to utilize the other half
of the property. This means more fencing. Gary: Fencing is real important to our homesteading
Gary: Okay, we need nail and hammer We’re adding the field fencing to the barbed
wire. Bryson and Shae are rolling the fence out,
attaching it with wire. Bryson: How’s that? Shae: What is that now? Mom is working us to death, not allowing us
to live our dreams. It’s work. You got to get out. You got to make sure the goats can get out
to places. Shelly: The field fencing wouldn’t work
well for keeping goats in close quarters but around a large area, like this 5 acres, it’s
worked well on the other side and I’m sure it’s going to work well on this side. Gary: The great thing too is it feeds our
animals for about 6 months out of the year. Shelly: Putting in a little makeshift gate
to get over to the friendly neighbors. We have to say friendly. Shelly: She is friendly. Bryson: They are all really great neighbors. Shelly: Let’s look at your handiwork. Bryson: The makeshift gate was basically two
posts, some fencing that goes out to a t-post. And then we do a ring of wire on the bottom
and just slides onto the bottom hole. Push it over and then the top wire slides
over it. It’s not the best gate in the world. Gary: Good. Shelly: It will work. Gary: Clearing a path. Shelly: Gary runs ahead of us. He’s clearing the area away by the fence. Dad was attacked by a bear today. Look at all the blood. The blood is everywhere. Shelly: He looks awesome. He has cuts on his legs too. But hey, guess what, he killed the bear. I have really wanted to fence this side of
the property in for a really long time. The other 5 acres that has been fenced in,
sometimes the goats eat it down so much that I only see dirt there. Bryson: Unbelievable. Shelly: I get worried like, oh my gosh, maybe
they have eaten too much, but they never have. Every year the grass pops back up and grows. I suppose if we had several goats, 20, 30,
maybe that would be different. But we usually keep 5,6,7 goats around. I thinks that’s been a nice number for the
desert. I suppose if you were living in the Pacific
Northwest you could probably have a lot more. When the kids were growing up they were constantly
building forts. That was their favorite thing to do. Shae: A wood structure we made. So we could stack wood across this way. Shelly: We probably had 6 or 7 forts all over
on the property. They went from one to the next, building and
getting more elaborate each time they did it. Bryson: I have lots of memories. We had the 2 story fort. I remember we made a little Inn. It was in a tree. Yeah, that was interesting. That was a really small Inn. Now it’s kind of cool. Our little forts were fun when we were real
small, but now we’re building the real fort. The one to live in, you know. Shelly: Right now we have 5 goats and the
two pigs. I love watching the animals forage. Especially mama pig. It’s really nice to have the goats because
they just mow that grass right down. Having the fencing also helps us to save money. Shelly: We had to remove some of our prickley
pear cactus Because we needed to make room for the fencing. So I wanted to get it replanted. I broke it up into pads, threw it into the
wheelbarrow. Then dumped them out to dry. Those patches there. They need to dry out and harden. Once they callus over, they’ll be less likely
to get a fungus. You can see they are all dried out. All those ends now are dried out. If I just laid this like this and I forgot
about it, walked away. We would start to get roots here and this
thing would actually grow into the ground right there. So cactus is really a lot of fun. Okay, Shae, let’s plant them. These are Shae’s guide to survival when
dealing with prickley pear cactus. Shelly: Bury these about 1/2 to 1/3 and at
an angle. Because the roots will come out of that pad. It will give it a sturdier base. These root and grow so easily. Shae: Ooooh, pretty. Shelly: One thing about cactus, it’s really
easy to re-plant. The roots don’t go too deep. We can re-plant him now and he literally won’t
miss a beat wherever we put him. Beautiful. Bryson: So Mom, why are you wanting to grow
cactus? Shelly: We like the goats to be out here to
groom the front area, here by the house. They won’t mess with the cactus and on the
other hand, we are enjoying Prickley Pear Jelly. Eventually we will be able to harvest right
from the front yard. Bree: Our animals are enjoying the fruits
of our labor. They can have at the whole property except
the courtyard. We keep it fenced where Mom does a little
desert gardening, let’s check in with her. Growing things in the desert has been one
of the biggest challenges. Its seems that anytime you grow something,
you become a beacon for every rabbit and pocket gopher and birds
and insects too. Bryson: Let’s see there’s 1, 2, 3, 4,
5 Shelly: They have eaten half the plant. Bryson: He’s trying to attack my finger. He spit on you. Shelly: Look at his face. It’s green spit. Bryson: I’m stabbing him. Shelly: Look at the green stuff coming out
his mouth. Bryson: These guys appeared overnight didn’t
they Mom? Shelly: Yeah, they did. How many did you get? Bryson: 11 of them. Shelly: Maybe we should give them to the pigs. I don’t think they are interested. Bryson: Unbelievable, guys, unbelievable. Look. Shelly: Because we live in out here, we have
to be conservative of our water. I really like the self water containers. Another strategy we use are the hugelkultur’s
which is a German permaculture technique we use in the backyard,
Is to build these mulch basins around the base of the trees. The idea is the trunk of the tree, the roots
of the tree, contain water. Holds more water that the plants can then
share. So the idea is to build these mulch basins
and combine that with organic wood chip gardening,
helps keep the water from evaporating. Another thing I do is wait until the Monsoon
rains are here. So mid-Summer, July and August before I really
start planting. When it rains, I don’t have to water and
I have water in the rain barrels I can use to water around the hugelkultures
Around each of the trees. I always get tomato plants. And here’s another guy that just pop up. The huglekultur’s around the trees, I just
let things pop up. This year we’ve gotten 3, 4 tomato plants. I start watering them. We got a bell pepper. It might sound a little odd but every year
it works out like that. At first I was thinking, I’m not going to
plant anything that doesn’t produce something. And flowers, to me, didn’t produce anything
edible but what they do produce is beauty. Coming from the city, growing things wasn’t
something that I did. So growing flowers is a real confidence booster. They grow easy. I like to have flowers every year because
if nothing else grows, the flowers will. Shelly: What did you do? No, no. Drop it Honey. Drop. Drop. My tomato! No, no. Did you pick that? Oh my gosh. Bree: That wraps up our fall season update. Hope you are enjoying autumn. We will have our regular Weekly Peek this
upcoming Friday. We look forward to seeing you then! All: Thank You! Shae: Our family moved from the city to the
country. Thanks for taking part in our adventure. We have new videos every Friday evening. If you’d like to help us out you can like
this video, share it, subscribe or support us on Patreon. See the links in the description. The family is out and about and I have this
pig coming up. I don’t know if you can hear her. I’m afraid she’s going to knock the whole
camera down. Oops, no, no, no, no, no
[pig snorting] I got a cat over here
and then there’s a dog down here and the pig’s gone
Since all the family is gone, they’re a little lonely.

53 Replies to “Animal Foraging & Desert Gardening | Autumn Homesteading Update”

  1. Great job on the video yall keep up the good work!!! Also yall should consider making more frequent videos as time allows I know it takes a lot of work but either way love the channel!

  2. Nice to see the non-earthbag side of the homestead. You're lucky to have a built-in crew of fence-builders: I just had my 1.5 acre ranchette fenced with field fence, by the local fencing guys, @ slightly under $6K! No complaints — they did a great job. I live in the southern "toe" of the Sierra Nevada mountains in California — the Mojave Desert is literally just over the hill. So I'm almost as arid as you all — and this drought (4th year and counting) isn't helping. Plus, this area is a de facto wildlife sanctuary for gophers, rabbits (both cottontail and jack), and ground squirrels (billions of them). I'm amassing my courage to put something in the ground, come spring. Wish me luck! Btw, do you ever make nopalitos out of those cactus pads?

  3. awesome. I want to live like that so bad. I got a little place. I'm trying to get moved in to. its going to be off grid. No power bill! and I'd like to grow food also. but probably just a few laying hens. and potato garden. I'm a picky eater! and would love to raise chickens to eat. if I didn't have to well you know. the part no one likes! so I'll stick to just eggs! its just so much work doing it alone! but your videos give me hope and motivation . I look forward to every one! thank you all. keep up the awesomeness!

  4. i have stuck my foot in my mouth many times befor on your channel sayin your a hippy family that i admire . and im gonna do it again … yall no im a conservative red neck … in my opinion im graduating your family up to a redneck country pumpkin hippy family and i have to say again well done with what you have accomplished with family and home . now to every body else …. aint it time to call an end to hate on both sides of the political spectrum ? cant we recognize that as conservatives that we all have our own fears ? this family has shown me that i have more in common with life with them then what isnt ! lets all tell our own political partys to sit down shut up and listen to us on both sides that we can find common ground in freedom in america for all with out fear

  5. love your updates, thanks so much for your creativity and sharing. I love the southwest and would retire there in a heartbeat but wife says it's too dry and brown, needs more greenery. oh well, will live vicariously through y'all…lol

  6. Suggestion: use the word AUTUMN instead of FALL in your video title: I thought it said FAIL and wondered what went wrong!
    Great homestead. Keep it up.

  7. It's amazing to see you guys planting prickly pear on purpose! It's regarded as an invasive weed here in Aus! Really interesting story about how quickly it spread.

  8. Gary might be setting a new trend with that shirt! Mmmm, prickly pear jelly sounds good. I've never heard of that before. What's the pig for? Is he a pet or is he for food? What you really need is a little donkey or mule. I love my mini-mule (

  9. Great video as always, and such an amazing garden. But being from the PNW, it kills me to see the English ivy in your polycultures!

  10. I got to say y'all have a very awesome family dynamic, plus it is also interesting to see how y'all do the homesteading in the desert.

  11. For great info about growing TONS of food in Arizona check out This guys grows tons of food and give amazing tips!!!

  12. if you watch Back to Eden with Paul Gautschi he feeds his dogs what he grows in his garden. He never goes to the store, the dogs are vegetarians, and they eat chicken eggs, the chickens eat kale, chard, strawberries, blueberries, etc and have extremely rich compost for his veggies and apple orchard. The dogs graze at will. I am switching my dogs to veggies. They love it.

  13. This was SO cool!!    and flower ARE good as they bring in bees and pollinators you need for your tomatoes and peppers,   great garden!!!

  14. How does the "soil" differ from your area vs. land in NE AZ? I'm looking at land there, but, don't know much about "sandy soil".

  15. I'm from the PNW as well, and looking for something similar to the property you currently own. this channel has given me many outlets and ideas, so thank you for that. also… I love the family dinamics and family bond you all share. I believe that it is not only important to show your children the meaning of hard work!, but to be able to work together as a team and conquer everything as a whole shows strength, patience, and character. there are a lot of people who could take a page out of your book Gary and Shelly! so happy to see this content on YouTube! God bless you all!

  16. Sometimes U have 2 do the not so fun work ! But I know that the goats appreciate it muchly! Oh, they grow up so quickly ! I get tears thinking about the time that's went by watching the children grow up on the site & I'm not even related 2Y'all ! What is Miss Piggy's name ! I love how tame & happy the animals R ! I love this episode! U have really shared a lot  on this one! But love the others 2 ! ! !

  17. flowers def produce more than beauty. flowers attract pollinators that will make your food and medicinals be more productive.

  18. Great video! And thanks for sharing the tips about transplanting the prickly pear pads. Are they slow growers? How much growth can you expect from them each season?

  19. You might check into having someone run a Yoemans/keyline plow across your pasture. Bust that heavy crust and the land will wick up more water during the rains. That and the free fertilizer from the animals will make the grass come back stronger and fuller.

  20. For the big tomatoe worms that you have, male a nicotine tea. couple of cigarettes in gallon of water. dilute then spray the area of garden tomatoes.

  21. wow, you guys and girls are doing a great job, living the good life, thank you fro sharing. May God Bless you all, amen.

  22. If you have problems with bugs on the tomatoes, marigolds will become your friend. Look into "companion" planting. I had marigolds next to my tomatoes one year and I didn't have any kind of pests on them. I never had to spray or anything.

  23. make a greenhouse to protect yourself from the insect population (in some regions they use mesh like the type used in mosquito protection around the plants)

  24. if you don't like having flowers in your garden you cant eat I suggest edible flowers lavender, thyme, dill, cilantro, day lily, squash blossom, Nasturtiums, chives, basil Pansy the rest you can look up hope that was helpfull

  25. I use to think that way about the flowers. Until someone pointed out that they attract the bees that pollinate your veggies. And some are natural bug repellent.

  26. I was watching again and the forts I remember doing that as a kid too. Question those caterpillars were on your Grape vines? They look the size of the ones that attack Tomatoes and Pepper plants but there the wrong color.

  27. actually there are quite a few edible flowers….Violets, Roses to name the main two …can you guess why????…..and you mentioned prickly pear jelly/jam?????well they make violet jelly here and roses you have rose hip water, ohhh so many beauty benefits with the edibles too…but love this as i was born in California, umm if plan to sell land/boarding rooms, i will mine just like shea's

  28. I was wondering if you have looked into geothermic greenhouses. I mention it as being in the dessert with high temp conditions water retention is an obvious problem, also scorching of plants do to heat can be a factor for plant health, and also limits what plants can be grown. By building a green house partially underground with some air ducting about 8 to 12 feet underground stretching out from it as far as you are willing to and looping back into it you can regulate the temperature of the greenhouse. I know where I live with an average of 100+ Fahrenheit throughout the summer and an average ground temp of 56 and 8 foot of dept I can keep my greenhouse at around 83, and since its a green house the plants still get plenty of light, also what water evaporation does happen ends up being humidity in the greenhouse. Which through condensation ends up back in the soil anyways.

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