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  1. Hockley Homestead

    Question Deer Fencing Experiences

    Thanks for the suggestions, we may take those into account for stuff outside the main garden. Right now our garden is in the front yard while I clear the underbrush that's blocking sun to the future location. We're trying to avoid anything permanent or difficult to move as we're starting small...
  2. Hockley Homestead

    Question Deer Fencing Experiences

    For anyone else fighting deer (in our case Texas white tail), I found numerous studies that suggested electric fencing will work. I found 3 scientifically proven methods to substantially reduce deer foraging in the garden. The 3rd one actually completely stopped the deer in the study, which...
  3. Hockley Homestead

    Question Deer Fencing Experiences

    We've been having problems with deer eating the veg since we moved in. We're all for sharing with nature... we're slowly working up to my great uncles philosophy of 1/3 for us, 1/3 for friends, and a 1/3 for nature... but these guys are taking way more than their share. They seem particularly...
  4. Hockley Homestead

    Another Texan Y'all

    Thanks. It wasn't entirely intentional. We built it out of cedar deck planks recycled from a poorly built tree house the previous owner left. I've since found enough of these planks around to build another bed in our future garden location too.
  5. Hockley Homestead

    Question Dam Water Filter

    It's usually best to only filter to the level required to protect your pump on the inlet. Too much inlet restriction can result in cavitation and reduce pump life. You can put the filter at either end but my preference would be close to the pump. It protects the transmission line too, even if...
  6. Hockley Homestead

    Question Realities of Compositing

    My pile at the old house was out in the open and it dried out very quickly, slowing down the decomposition. During the summer months, I had to turn it more frequently and water it to keep it from "stalling". At our new property, I've got them in a shaded area which seems to be helping the...
  7. Hockley Homestead

    Another Texan Y'all

    Howdy y'all. We recently moved to a few wooded acres near Houston, Texas and I'm working hard to clean up the neglected land and setup our new homestead. It's been a real task trying to get the garden started before the season got too far along while also getting settled in the house and...