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’
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
I recently pruned my cherry and peach trees. Yep, I did a soft pruning in October. One of the biggest lies is that you can only prune your trees in dormancy. That's like saying you can only trim your fingernails while you sleep. Here's the thing about pruning- if you had a broken bone, you … Continue reading Gardening Lies You’ve Been Told
I'm in full-out winter-prep mode. I'm thinking through fall 2018 and spring 2019 plantings already!! So, I worked on our berry area today during naptime. I pruned back the currant and raspberries/blackberries this past weekend. So, I had 5 currant cuttings to plant. The little buds are leaf buds. But, the big fat buds like … Continue reading Black Consort Currant Cuttings
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, … Continue reading Work Day on the Homestead: Part 2
I always assumed old men puttered about in the garden. I found myself picking up the habit today. I decided on a fall garden bed at least of some radishes and spinach. We'll see how they do as they're two of the crops I've never really had any luck with. I planted some parsnips as … Continue reading Garden Puttering
We have 3 kiddos babies. They're 3, 1.5, and 1 month. Babies. As the Mama duck around here, you might imagine it's difficult to wrangle all my ducklings outside while I do gardeney things, and you'd be right. I took everyone outside last week, and it was the first time all 3 of us have … Continue reading Children on the Homestead
Well, June creeped up on me fast! It's a miracle to me how God gives us 24 hours in a day and I still manage to never have enough time... Hmm... Think I may be the problem there. Anyway, poor time management skills aside, I stuck some more seeds in the dirt yesterday. I planted … Continue reading Back to Eden Update #2
It's been absolutely buzzing around the homestead lately, unfortunately, literally... We finally decided to get our own yellow jacket pesticides as they're beginning to take over the south side of our property, and that's just not okay. We put it off initially because of our honey bees- we were concerned they'd be innocent victims of … Continue reading Busy Busy Busy!