Homesteading, Organic Gardening, How to Farm, Preparedness, Self-Reliance
Hello all you wonderful farmers! The growing season is fast upon us and it is hard keeping up with the demands of the outside while trying to make progress on the inside, but in all this, we love it! I truly believe farmers are the hardest working people!!!
On the inside, we accomplished alot with getting trimwork and painting completed. We got the upstairs bathtub drain tied into the plumbing in the basement. We are working on the kitchen pantry now and the island. Still lots to do before we actually move in but felt like our progress was coming along.
On the garden front, we harvested our potatoes, not a good yield for what we planted but considering it was a first year garden and the soil needs much organic material added, we were glad to get any. We are fighting deer and have not fenced it so we are at their mercy. We hope to have the garden areas fenced before our fall garden. Tomatoes, peppers, squash, cucumbers and melons are doing quite well. My black eye peas and crowder peas are looking beautiful. Okra, green beans, sweet potatoes, sunflowers are all getting eaten by the deer. Hot, dry conditions are making it a challenge to keep everything alive. Rhubard, garlic and horse radish never came up.
Orchard/berry vines doing well - have lost one sweet cherry tree to bore worms I think.
Chickens got moved into their new coop and yard. This took considerable time. We started with a flat bed trailer and built it. We still have trim and paint to apply but at least got the chickens moved out to it before the next wave of poultry arrived - our guinea keets, 4 turkey poults (3 bourbon red and 1 narrangansett) and 5 more barred rocks - white barred rock this time - we got them to help train the turkeys to eat/drink. We've lost 3 guineas so far so down to 13.
Lots of brushhogging done by our son to reclaim the pasture areas that have been neglected for many years - it is looking very good too. We got our 17 round bales of hay from the pasture that was able to be cut. Our daughter is keeping the yard mowed - about 5 acres worth that surrounds the garden area, orchard, around the lake and our son's home and our home - quite the mowing job for her.
We are thankful for the farm and still long to be out there permanently. Today makes 8 months since we closed. Hopefully in another month or 2 we will be there.
In the meantime, keep on keeping on!!!
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