Work Day on the Homestead: Part 2

Well, we called the insurance company, got a claim started for the damage to the basement bathroom/living area. Called a plumber (and left a message) to take a peek at what might be causing the overflow, and the clean-up company came out to take pictures and measurements of the affected areas. The bad news is, they won’t start clean up until we’re sure we’ve found and fixed the source of the problem. So… I’m thanking God the upstairs is liveable.

In the mean time, until we can get a plumber/septic person out here, I’ve focused on what I CAN do.

I pruned back the raspberry canes and got ready to mow and mulch that area. I love having our berries along the fence line and they did really well there. I just don’t like getting all my neighbor’s weeds.

Oh well.

I also thought through plantings for the fall and spring 2019, bee hive location and orientation, and what we definitely want to grow in the spring and where.


  • Grapes
  • Rust-resistant apples
  • More hazelnut shrubs
  • More currant bushes
  • Expanding strawberries
  • Cultivate passion vines
  • Cultivate quince bushes
  • Bees 🐝

Not Growing Next Year

  • Corn
  • Carrots
  • Blueberries
  • Scaling down turnips
  • Narrowing to 1 variety of green bean
  • Narrowing to 1 variety tomato
  • Narrowing to 1 variety cucumber
  • Narrowing to 2-3 types of peppers


  • Radishes
  • Swiss chard
  • Broccoli and cauliflower
  • Cabbage
  • Spinach

The maybes are all crops we haven’t had much luck with and the not growing crops are ones that have just utterly failed (corn, blueberries) or ones that just aren’t worth the space and resources they take up.

I’ve been researching apple cultivars that are highly disease and rust resistant. My husband fact-checked my findings, and we decided on 3 to expand our orchard:

  • Liberty Apple
  • Freedom Apple
  • Redfree Apple

All 3 are highly resistant to the cedar-apple rust that has rendered our pomme fruit trees useless. They all pollinate one another, and they’ll enable us to have 3 types of apples which we can use for fresh eating, cooking, canning, pies, cider, juicing, and storing.

Incidentally, they all bear “patriotic” names 😊

I’m looking forward to getting the trees and planting them.

We’re charter participants in the Arbor Day Foundation’s hazelnut project.

It’s been fun to watch them grow. 2 of the 3 we were originally sent survived and are doing well. In return, we provide information to ADF via surveys and they send us updates and newsletters on the progress of the overall project. We’re expecting 2 more plants to get in the ground this fall. My long-term goal is to grow enough of them to coppice for wood, and to have for nutrient dense nut production.

Other than the outside work and being on the phone with insurance claim adjusters and playing phone tag with the plumber, it’s been a pretty low-key day.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

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