Vela Creations

Vela Creations is an in-depth resource for off grid living. The site documents our research and experiences, hoping that they might help others interested in pursuing this lifestyle. This blog is designed to document our day to day experiences as we build our new, sustainable homestead. If you are interested in seeing more photos and videos, we have a flickr account at the following url:

Monday, July 28, 2014

Alfred Austin

"Tears are the summer showers to the soul." - Alfred Austin

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Mahatma Gandhi

"The good man is the friend of all living things." - Mahatma Gandhi

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Josiah Gilbert Holland

"Nature is the master of talents; genius is the master of nature." - Josiah Gilbert Holland

Friday, July 25, 2014

Luigi Pirandello

"Nature uses human imagination to lift her work of creation to even higher levels." - Luigi Pirandello

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Michael Pollan

"A lawn is nature under totalitarian rule." - Michael Pollan

Rabbit Sausage

Rabbit Sausage

I spent the day grinding up rabbit meat to give me a few months of minced meat.

Minced meat is one of those things that I love to have around. From one type of meat, you can produce so many different meals. The fact that we eat rabbit almost all the time (with an occasional pork interlude) means that variety of recipes is important. There are so many delicious rabbit recipes, but the ones with ground meat are often quickest and easiest.

So, when Abe butchered this week, I spent the rest of the day cutting up and mincing the whole lot (9 rabbits). I now have 9 bags of minced meat, each about 1.5 lbs. Should last a while.

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Rabbit Sausage

Tree Nursery

Tree Nursery

We have some trees coming up from seeds.

In preparation for future orchard terraces, we have been starting some trees from seed. There are various techniques to help that process along, like nicking the seed cover or putting them in almost boiling water or acid for a while to break the seed cover. We've also been taking cuttings from some trees and starting them that way. All in all, we have been experiencing a pretty good amount of success and had a mini orchard growing.

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Unfortunately, we had a minor tragedy occur. We had the nursery set up on a greenhouse shelf unit that we won in an Instructables contest. The shelf is great and has served us well for trees, vegetables, etc. A couple of weeks ago, however, we had a strong wind come up from a very unusual direction (the shelf is protected from all our usual winds) and blew the whole thing down. We lost everything and nearly broke Abe's heart.

But, we started over and now have several Honey Locusts and Mimosas (both nitrogen fixers, which are so important to have in an orchard) coming up. We also have lots of cuttings started again in some Willow tea (for the rooting hormone).

On a similar subject, we have set up an irrigation system for around the barn and corral. We want to grow trees that will provide shade and food for the animals. So far, we have a couple of mulberries and mesquite planted, along with a Honeysuckle vine. We have had to put protection around the ones that are small, as the chickens and guineas are already after them!

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Tree Nursery

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