This week we had flooding (not in the garden just locally) and lots of storms and rain. Cameron and I did a late night tomato mulching to prepare for the wet weather. My tomatoes usually get one disease or another by the end of the season so I mulch to try and keep the soil borne diseases at bay for as long as possible.Read More
When I set the goal to eat only the veggies from my garden for a whole year, I had one big problem. I had no idea how many plants we needed to grow for a years worth of food! Since I grow for six people in a 3500 square foot garden with some space allocated for fruits, my amounts needed to be precise.Read More
We got 6 new chicks at the local farm store. 2 Buff Orpington, 2 Rhode Island Red, and 2 Easter Egger.
In the garden:
We planted cucumbers directly in the garden. Homemade Pickle and Tendergreen Burpless.
Cameron built me 2 new arched trellis’. A friend gave me some extra wire fencing she had and it got put to good use!
Every year I spend many, many hours in the garden and in the kitchen. I think knowing the why behind the task can be motivating and enlightening. Why should you strive to grow as much food as you can? You’ll find the answer in the 10 reasons below.Read More
I’ve been kind of dreading writing this post today. Sometimes I really want to gloss over the hard things that happen here. We had two sets of chicks growing and thriving in our basement. The ones we incubated and the others we bought early in the season, about 7 weeks ago.
My bigger chicks I put in the chicken tractor every day last week when it was warm and dry. My stinky basement needed some relief! The chicks were so happy. One night when it was going to stay above 60 in the evening, I decided they should start spending the night outside.Read More
I’m a huge believer in having the right tools for the job. When you put a lot of effort into something like a garden it can be so frustrating to fail because you didn’t have the right supplies.
To be honest, I wish I would have found these tools years ago. I could have saved hundreds of hours of back breaking labor. I’m not kidding you. A great garden tool is like a shortcut to your best garden ever!Read More
Remember my chick from last week that had curled toes? Well stretching the toes did help but it turns out there was a bigger problem at play. The chick couldn’t bend the joint where the foot meets the leg on one side. It’s definitely going to need to be culled at this point as it seems in pain and is always shaking. So sad.Read More
Overwatering. My kids recently experienced this one. They get so excited for starting their seeds and want to take the best care of them. It’s kind of like smothering a pet, you love it so much it hurts the pet. Don’t do that with your seeds. Wait until the soil is beginning to feel almost dry to water. And I mean almost dry, not completely dry. There should still be a bit of moisture in the soil. Your little seedling babies will be ok, I promise.
I have to talk about the most exciting thing first. After incubating chicken eggs for 21 days the babies have arrived! They are the cutest little things at this age. I could just watch them all day long.
We started with 9 eggs, but we had a mishap when my daughter was trying to put the lid back on the incubator and dropped it. She cracked open an egg beyond repair. This was about 18 or 19 days in.Read More
Let me take you back to when I was sick with stomach pains and acid reflux. I had been trying every diet imaginable and the latest one was Paleo. I ate strict paleo for almost a year. Because Paleo is heavy on meat and vegetables our average monthly grocery bill was $1200. We do have a family of six. I was the only one who was on the Paleo diet but dinners were made so that I could eat them too.Read More
We had another chicken death this week. This time it was an animal that got into their coop at night. I think it was a raccoon because it had to be something nimble enough to open a door against gravity. The raccoon or what ever it was had a good meal and left the carcass. Having animals kill the chickens is hard because it’s always quite a gruesome scene.Read More
My family has a subtle way of telling me whether or not dinner is delicious. They will fight over who get the leftovers for lunch. Occasionally if it’s something especially tasty it will disappear at breakfast. When you have a family of six it’s almost always a race to get to the food first. Asian Beef Noodle Soup is a fought over dish! My kids like to take to school for lunch and the leftovers are always gone by the next day.Read More