Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Flowers or Weeds?

Eddie picked me some "flowers" on Sunday from around the outer garden.  I kept telling him that they are weeds, but he was adamant that we put them in the house on the table because the "flowers" were beautiful.

Shortly after, both kids picked my two remaining tulips and brought them in as well. And it turns out, I think the "weeds" are prettier than the tulips...

I guess I needed to be reminded of how we judge things based on society's standards - and they are not always right.  I hope he picks me some more "flowers" this weekend!

Monday, May 9, 2016

Apple Trees - 2016

Appears we have a slight chance to get some apples this fall...  Last year we only had 4 blossoms and none of them resulted in a single apple.  This year they are loaded and you can hear the insects buzzing around them.  So excited to see how things turn out and if we get a small crop of apples from these two trees!  I sure wish I knew what type of trees they are!

Southern Tree

Northern Tree

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Clothesline Fun

One of my favorite things to do when I was little was run through the damp sheets on the clothesline when I was a kid. 

Now my kids are getting to enjoy the same.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Garden Beds

We filled the garden beds this past weekend.  Miscalculated a little on how much dirt was needed so we still have about half of a bed to fill, but it was good to get this project almost completed!

Two of the four garden beds filled and ready to be planted!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Sunday, April 10, 2016 - Spring Is Here - Almost...

Removing ugly hostas - plan to replace with peony bushes

Cut down about 10 trees (all were small and ugly!) in preparation for planting 3 willows around the pond.
Removed two ugly bushes from the patio border.  Plan to replace with whiskey barrels with posts in them so I can string outdoor lights above the patio.

The pond after the trees were cut down.

Laid down black 3mil plastic in an effort to kill the weeds/grass in a 20' X 25' area of the outer garden.  Hoping that by having this plastic down for a month or so as it starts to warm up outside, we will be able to plant some sweet corn, squash, cucumbers and other vine-type vegetables out here.

Spring is a fun time on our little piece of land.  This is our second spring here and we are excited to begin some projects on the little homestead.  Nothing too major, but getting the gardens and orchard set are a major priority for me this summer!  Hoping to get a few infrastructure projects completed (in addition to the raised beds we already built last fall) so we can get a good idea of how large we really want the fruit/vegetable production portion of the homestead to entail.  

Discussed with Connie today raising some meat chickens at her farm.  Between the four kids and her, we figure about 50 birds would be a reasonable endeavor to take on this spring/summer.  Will do the butchering ourselves and I really hope to be able to be a part of it this year.   But even if I am not, I will be footing a portion of the feed bill at her request.  I am hoping to get about 15-18 birds out of the venture.  Enough for at least one roast chicken per month with a couple extras for birthday parties (beer can chicken or smoked chickens always go over well!).  

Discussed the possibility of taking on the task (at Connie's house) a few pigs next spring/summer if other siblings were interested in splitting costs associated with raising/butchering hogs.  I know Connie is interested, just have to see if others would be as it wouldn't be worth the work/expense for just the two of us!

Still need to get the garden beds filled with dirt so we can be ready to plant at the end of May.  Haven't started garden seeds yet, not sure if I will this year, or if I will go with greenhouse grown plants.  I can get some heirloom plants from a local nursery - so it is a good alternative, but spendy!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Monday, October 19, 2015

October 19, 2015

Bowling with the family!