We've got a lot of irons in the fire right now as we gear up for spring time. Gardening We've started tomatoes, peppers, and onions indoors to be transplanted after the last frost. Chickens We lost a total of 6 birds this year, the bulk of them to hawks or other unidentified wildlife. That said, … Continue reading Homestead Update!
I've developed a relationship with the food I eat. I don't mean that in some weird way, just that I grow my food, preserve it, and eat from my garden's produce year round. Not exclusively by any stretch of the imagination, no. But, I have been working toward that end. Because of health issues that … Continue reading Kids and Veggies: Why my kids love ’em or leave ’em
I shared a bit about my start on the prayer garden a couple days ago. We started with yanking out an overgrown forsythia. Actually, we only dramatically cut it back and dug out random suckers, so it'll come back, but on our terms now. We (me and the older two kids) pulled out the Virginia … Continue reading Prayer Garden Progress
I've been wiped out lately. Growing a human is the most difficult, exhausting, passive, work ever! So needless to say, I've been prioritizing naps over weeding or other puttering. I figure I'll have more energy for that in a few more weeks. But today, I rested with my 4 year old until it proved impossible … Continue reading What’s up in the Gardens
Well, today was a bust. Not only was it rainy and dreary, but no one came to our workshop today. Which is just as well because my daughter ran a fever (likely due to seasonal allergies) and wasn't feeling well. And the garden needed the rain, so I guess all is not totally lost. It … Continue reading Disappointment on the Homestead
Today was bee installation day! 1) nucs are way easier than package bees. 2) that's a LOT of bees. 3) the trepidation goes away after you've done it once before. It was an adrenaline rush for sure, or maybe I'm just a scaredy cat... Either way, I'm happy with how it went. I had to … Continue reading Havin’ Fun Just Messin’
Sigh ... The thing about having toddlers is that they need their Mama on a fairly constant basis, which I both love and find annoying at times. But the reality is projects get slowed way down so that I can soothe hurt feelings, calm hysterical tantrums (without throwing any of my own) and kiss boo-boos … Continue reading Swale Footbridge: Continued
Spring is one of my busiest times of year, second only to fall harvest time- harvesting, canning, preserving, storing, etc. So I've been planting, and getting seeds in the ground. Got the front landscaping tidied up The Asparagus crowns arrived last week. So they went to live in the perennial bed with the strawberries. I … Continue reading What have I been doing!?
I've waited through this seemingly unbearably long winter for this day- Planting Day!!! This morning, the kids came out with me to do some farm chores; washing out compost bins, watering the chickens, weeding the gardens, etc. Then they helped me plant our pole beans. My plan for nap time is to get the bush … Continue reading Planting Today!
Okay, so weed-eating and mulching isn't exactly fun... But guys!! Guys!!!! It's practically spring! Look!! The daffodils are blooming! Finally! What feels like a forever-long winter is finally breaking into beauty and new life as Spring makes her long-awaited appearance. Me and the Hubster had a conversation in the car last night. He got me … Continue reading Monday, Fun Day