How We Spent Our Sunday

When we first moved onto the new homestead, we discovered an unwelcome surprise.

Now, I’m not going to name names, But I am going to take a stand and say, leaving a boat load of trash behind when you leave a property is…. a lot of negative bad things. I don’t really like to be this person, but shame… Shame on you. Littering is wrong.

We shipped the munchkin off to her grandparents for the day and decided it was high time to tackle this mess. We broke out the bush hogger, wood chipper, chain saws, machete, lawn mower, rake and shovel.

Here is an inventory of all the rad stuff we got to pick up because someone else decided they couldn’t be bothered to drive a QUARTER MILE DOWN THE ROAD TO THE TOWN DUMP.


  • 3 tvs, various sizes
  • 1 vcr with the tape collateral damage still in
  • 2 fans, busted apart
  • a fuel injector for a marine motor
  • the setup to a boxing speed bag
  • alabama’s greatest hits on cassette
  • a door
  • railroad spike
  • ball hitch
  • tin cans, dozens of them
  • 25 paint cans and even more lids
  • yards upon yards of wires, all different colors and types
  • glass
  • broken plastic
  • curtain rod
  • puzzle pieces
  • metal conduit – yards of it.
  • dozens upon dozens of metal brackets
  • assorted metal CRAP
  • a wasps nest ( ok so, that wasn’t the other people, but still, not fun)

We ended up with 5 totes full of trash. Not including the wood scraps and door that went on the burn pile or the tvs.

We also cut up a bunch of old trees laying around- the end result being a nice pile of burn logs and a bunch of mulch for the compost.

And we got another great deal this week! 4- 50 gallon rain barrels for $40! They just need a little cleaning up, and we’re good to go for water collecting! Which is a necessity at this point- we haven’t had any decent rain almost all month. It takes over 100 gallons a watering to get everything. That adds up when you’re on town water. We bought another water testing kit, for a second opinion on the pond water, but with the last test being positive for E-Coli we’re mostly just hoping.


Then we took a walk up back to see what kind of trees are on the back 70 acres… we saw a lot of cedar, maple, birch, poplar, apple, spruce, pine… just about every tree that could grow in Maine, grows there. We also have a nice looking brook that goes thru a little ways in… pretty dry right now, but hopefully a source of good, clean water.

The video is about 500 feet out back along our line. We’re hoping to have this cleared and farm-able in the next 2 years, but its pretty daunting at this point. But, we thrive on being overwhelmed, apparently. The woods out back are so thick, you could get lost for a little bit.


Lastly, we gave the girls an in ground pool and took down the partition fence in the chicken run so that they can all run around together. So far, the littles refuse to go into the big house, but its only been a day. They’ll come around. By late fall, they’ll have no choice.

Until next time, have a wicked good afternoon!


Published by gillisgardensllc

This is the official website for Gillis Gardens, LLC. Gillis Gardens is a farm, run by myself and my wonderful husband. We believe in biodiversity, organic growing methods and doing things ourselves. I knit, crochet, make jewelry and sew. MrGillis builds, doing everything from our plumbing to our mechanical to our renovations. We are both active members of our little community. We both take care of the plants and animals. He weeds, I harvest. He spreads manure, I plant. We raise multiple breeds of chickens for eggs and meat. We have a herd of Alpacas that we shear every year for their beautiful fiber, which we then have milled into ultra luxurious yarn. We make our own maple syrup, preserves and pickles. We raise bees for honey and herbs for medicine. We also raise pigs for meat and fun. We are the parents of two young children, and consider that our most important job. Follow our adventures here and also on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

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