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I have 24 solar panels on my roof (no battery storage so I accrue credits with the local utility). I’ve stripped up ~2000 sq ft of sod for an orchard/vineyard/garden/chicken coop. Finally got all the weeds, roses & flowers cleaned out. I plan to graft on the fruit trees so I can grow multiple species & fruit types on a single tree. Just picked up a small garden tractor with attachments to work the soil & a chipper/shredder to aid my compost pile & make my own mulch. Slowly fleshing out my urban homestead.

Plamon 4 June 15
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Not sure what I was thinking when I made the original post but my panel count is only 20. I must have been remembering the original plan, but I had to cut it back when the solar company realized I had too much chimney shadow to make the additional panels worthwhile.

Plamon Level 4 June 22, 2018
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How does it go getting electricity credits over your way? I have just signed a new contract wherein I get 20 cents per KWH from next month, currently get 16. Would love a battery, but the numbers just don't support it.

Rugglesby Level 8 June 16, 2018

It’s a one-for-one KWH credit. For every watt I produce that I don’t use, I get credit. Then when I use more than I produce (winter months) I draw down the credits before I get charged for any usage. When I’m building credits I ink get charged ~$6/mo for the connection fee to the grid.

@Plamon OK, Interesting, for many people I know that would be better than what I have. I pay 30 cents for every thousand watts I use, but get 20 cents for every thousand I send to the grid. Works for me, I use 3 of theirs at night, and send them 20-40 of mine each day depending on season. But not many people are set up the same as I am. Most use more from the grid than they send so would love your set up.

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Would love to see pics of all your progress if you are inclined to share...???

Free_2B_Me Level 7 June 16, 2018

Just a bare patch & a compost pile right now. I have a stack of wood I’m turning into chips, then I’ll start tilling & making holes for trees, berries & grapes (whatever isn’t too late to plant this year. That’ll be worth taking pictures of.

@Plamon l meant just pics in general...of your solar panels, of your lawn tractor...it doesn't have to be the finished product to be worth sharing!?

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Do you do all this alone or do you have help? I am struggling with 3 gardens and an orchard. The gardens were my late partners work and it was almost a full time job for her. Now it has become too much for me.

JackPedigo Level 9 June 16, 2018

All on my own for now. But constantly on the lookout for a like-minded lady who can tolerate me. ?

@Plamon Good luck. Isn't Boise a conservative ares? Where I live is very liberal, sometimes too much even for me.

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Are you thinking of adding one or two beehives? They would help with the pollination of the fruits and vegetables so they can grow healthier, not to mention the added benefit of getting all that honey!

My dream home would have an herb garden near the kitchen, a vegetable garden behind that. I would have red raspberries and blackberries along opposing side fences. Behind the vegetable garden I would have other fruits like gooseberries and blueberries, among others. Behind them would be my vinyard and the orchards behind that. Among the orchards trees, I would have at least two beehives.

But, alas, my dream home will have to be, for the rest of my life, just that. A dream.

A beehive is possible, down the road but I have a few years of plenty of work to get everything set up rolling more or less on its own before I can take on that added work. And the resident pollinators should get the job done, especially soon nice I’ll be planting butterfly friendly flowers & such.

A beehive is possible, down the road but I have a few years of plenty of work to get everything set up rolling more or less on its own before I can take on that added work. And the resident pollinators should get the job done, especially soon nice I’ll be planting butterfly friendly flowers & such.

@Plamon The Butterfly bush attracts Butterflies, Bees and Hummingbirds. It was my wife's favorite shrub. They grow fast and can get as high as 8 feet tall. You just have to remember to cut off the dead flower heads so that the flowers can come back twofold. After they stop giving flowers at the end of Autumn, cut about 18-24 inches off of the branches so that the branches split and you get more flowers the next season.

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Cool - I want to do this to my house as well. My project for next year. This year I have to do the gutters and the update the carpet. (Just moved it.)

marmot84 Level 7 June 16, 2018

I was fortunate enough to find an older house the previous owner had updated in preparation for selling. So nothing HAD to be done inside (but there are things I’d like to change). I’ve learned the hard way that I overestimate my capacity when I set deadlines so I work at it steadily and just let it come together.

I was fortunate enough to find an older house the previous owner had updated in preparation for selling. So nothing HAD to be done inside (but there are things I’d like to change). I’ve learned the hard way that I overestimate my capacity when I set deadlines so I work at it steadily and just let it come together.

I was fortunate enough to find an older house the previous owner had updated in preparation for selling. So nothing HAD to be done inside (but there are things I’d like to change). I’ve learned the hard way that I overestimate my capacity when I set deadlines so I work at it steadily and just let it come together.

I was fortunate enough to find an older house the previous owner had updated in preparation for selling. So nothing HAD to be done inside (but there are things I’d like to change). I’ve learned the hard way that I overestimate my capacity when I set deadlines so I work at it steadily and just let it come together.

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good on ya! i wished i had the capacity.

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Sweet!

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