Wednesday, June 15, 2016

All of the green beans picked earlier this week have been canned and are ready to stash in the pantry. It would have been 14 quarts but the bottom fell out of one as I was taking it out of the canner (hate it when that happens ;-( ) And so 13 quarts thus far ready for cold winter nights. If mother nature will bless us with some rain I should have more ready by the weekend.
I had just finished up when youngest son and new wife wandered down and wanted to help get up potatoes. He fired up the tractor and we  started picking up. Hubby arrived soon after and at the end of the evening 7 1/2 bushels are now ready to sort and put in the cellar for the year. Usually we can finish the last up at Christmas as mashed potatoes. I had hoped to plant a late crop but no seed taters can be found. I have a few that have sprouted here in the kitchen that I will try. No worries sweet potatoes are planted and will get us through.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Canning Season Is Here!

Well looks like I am going to be busy in the kitchen this week! A bushel of green beans have been picked. Kitchen chores are welcome this time of year. The temperature has been hovering in the upper 90's and the humidity is through the roof, making outside chores most unpleasant. Guess I better get busy snapping!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

A Tasty Side

Some of the first veggies are coming out of the garden. Today's harvest, beets, a candy onion and a few new potatoes. I will roast all of the above and serve as a side to the lamb meatballs we are having tonight. Yum!
The garden is going to be late this year but better late than never!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Chickens Here and Chickens There

Chickens Everywhere! A day spent rearranging chickens, yes, poultry is plentiful around here right now. The meat birds were moved from the chicken tractor to the orchard and old hen house. They will be ready to process in another 2 weeks or so.

The first batch of laying chicks were then moved to the tractor. They will stay here until big enough to not escape from the chicken house where the meat birds are currently living. 
AND, in the now empty brooder 18 more chicks and 5 Khaki Campbell ducks were placed. Shhh, the ducks are a secret. Hubby doesn't know.  

Monday, May 30, 2016

Recycled Fence

Another little project taken care of this weekend. The cold frames by the house have not been used much because every time I dig up that nice soft dirt one senile old setter thinks it is the perfect spot for him to dig and make a bed. So, Doug built these cute little fences out of recycled cattle panels and some old wood laying around. They can easily be lifted out for working the dirt and harvesting.

Of course, I happily popped some seeds in the ground. Carrots, radishes, cucumbers, a couple of squash and a handful of green beans just for fun.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Breaking New Ground

If this spot looks familiar it's because it is the future greenhouse spot. We decided to make a temporary garden here after the heartbreaking discovery that varmits, most likely squirrels, had eaten four rows of corn in the big garden. The corn was barely popping up and then it just vanished. Sigh. We are battling the wildlife this year for sure. So, for the summer we hope to utilize this spot for corn, some of my heirloom crowder peas and a row of cutting flowers.

Friday, May 27, 2016

I Have My Brain Back!

The long awaited wedding is finally over. It was beautiful and perfect and beautiful and did I say perfect?! Now hopefully life can return to some semblance of  normalcy. My poor brain was consumed with so many details for so many weeks it was almost hard to function!! We are two weeks past and once my sweet kids were home from their honeymoon (they flew home the day of the terrorist plane bombing) I am now busy playing catch up. Gardens to tend, animals to care for, soap to make. The list is long but life is truly good on the homestead!