Summer went fast and today's snow prompted me to finally do another update. This was a very bizarre year in that we didn't get a frost before the first snowfall....and we even had a little accumulation. Anyway, back in early summer I noticed something "off" in terms of power production with the PV system. Upon further inspection, it turned out that 1/2 of our 2.8kW array was not producing consistently and at times not at all due to a malfunctioning charge controller. Outback Power was great though - sending out a new one within a week. Another highlight this summer was that I crawled into the two West cisterns to scrub them out (maintenance that should be done every 2-3 years. I'll do the East pair this spring after we draw enough water out of them. Here is a quick recap of what we were up to this summer and fall. Many of the major building tasks are now done and we are focusing on family life and developing our permaculture farm outside. Here are the highlights....
We finished the final coat of plaster in the back hallway and bathroom but left a truth window to show the can walls.
Solara loves spending time outside - she's now 17 months old!
Lots of good produce this year!
First time trying sweet potatoes. They were huge!
Its that time of year where the west interior bottles light up.
Tap system installed with natural refrigeration! This Earthship proudly pours Hopshire brews.
Firewood split and stacked!
We got a decent amount done on the wood-fired oven exterior. Hopefully we can finish this up next spring.
Time to start cooking with wood again!
We built our hen-mobile and meat chicken tractor this year.
The tractor currently houses 11 turkeys.
We've moved all of the potted citrus inside for the winter....winter tomatoes just starting to form.
Our "in-ground" mandarins are starting to turn orange.