Getting ready for our fall fires!

We have tons of yardwork being done, but today we got the fire pit under control. Here is a before picture.

Here is what it looks like now. 

I am unable to work in 95+ temperatures due to a medicine I take, so we have about 2 months of growth to clean up around the homestead.



Attack of the ants. 

Good morning everyone! It has been a long hard battle that we thought we might be losing. When we first moved here we noticed a good number of ant beds all around the properties. We assumed they were all fire ants and poisoned every mound we could find. After that I noticed several more tiny ant beds they had changed their strategy. I tried to poison as many as I could, but the smaller ant beds were harder to find. It was then I started to get afraid. Before long they found it to our home. So they deciced to move in. I thought they were just traveling very long distances for food and water. But now they are among us living and traveling in the walls. I thought about charging them rent and when I tried they just looked at me puzzlingly since i do not speak ant nor can they read a lease agreement. 

They appear to be small carpenter ants. They love to take apart our stairs one tiny piece at a time and build fortifications for their subterranean labyrinth. They are in our home as well so more than likely they are taking that apart too. That is where we began to get really afraid. There are possibly over a million of them, they are Negan, they have the numbers. 

Lisa researched, which she is awesome at and I love that about her, and she found some bait poisons for their tiny exoskeletal butts.  Hopefully this will lure and kill them so we do not have to find them all. 

I fortified what is left of the stairs to buy us more time. 

We will keep you posted on our progress and let you know if we gain back any ground. Suggestions are very welcome. Until next time be safe, healty, happy, and prosperous. 

God Bless, 

           Durby Jr.

Our peppers are starting to come in.

Good afternoon,

Our tomatoes are doing great.

And our peppers are coming in.

I am so glad I made a harvest basket to carry everything in.

We are putting in our bean poles!

We use privets we cut down when we are clearing the forest. We will string yarn from one to the next and put skinnier poles in between the thick ones. 

That’s all for now!

Blessing be with y’all!


Still deciding if we want to plant more corn.

Good evening, We have worked deligently since our last post. We have all our beans and okra planted. We also planted about 300 corn and are still deciding if we want to plant more. 

Our green arrow peas are coming in.

And blackberries are already going strong. We made jam today! Our first batch of the season.

Our youngest gelped digg the gardens these last few days.

And we are still getting good amounts of our organically grown spinach in.

We plan to start our flowers later this week as soon as we decide wether or not to plant more corn. We started digging the flower garden already. And we planted some potted plants.

We got some burning done and cleared more mulch from the front yard. Tomorrow will be another busy and happy day!

Blessings be with y’all


Makin’ Gardens

Good day and blessings to yall! 

Lisa set up the second drip irrigation system today. I like it a lot. It puts the water exactly where it is needed and is easy to fill. It saves a lot of time as well. Efficiency is a plus. I worked on watering crops and taking care of the animals since I had to work another job today. 

Lisa and Frankie planted and watered a garden of jalapeños for Nana as well as some roma tomatoes so we can make our own special spaghetti sauce again, one word: deliciousness.

It is Kudzu season again in our area but I am not afraid. It’s free feed that my bunnies find very yummy. It’s not difficult to harvest either since they eat vines and all. 

Well, that’s all for today folks. Yall come back now Y’hear.

Great success to you all!

Durby Jr

And more planted.

Good evening,

Today I started with my half weeded garden plot.

And ended with the garden plot fully planted with the last of the sweet bells and more romas.

Then I planted the Banana peppers.

Our green arrow peas have flowers on them. And are finally using the trellis we built. This is definitely a learning experience with them. The few spinach plants that came up are producing enough for a salad for two every other day. The lesson I learned from the green arrow peas is to make taller trellises and to turn the direction. From the spinach I learned not to use last years seeds.

Tomorrow I will install more irrigation and work on the next garden plot.

Blessing be with y’all!


First irrigation system in place.

Good evening,

Today I put in the first of our irrigation systems. We use gravity fed drip irrigation for our crops. Before this we watered by hand. It is slow going to get it set up, but is definitely worth it. We use our well water for the crops. I will fill the water barrel every afternoon and water at dusk. If needed I will add a watering in the morning as well. This is gravity fed so no electricty needed. I use low pressure emmitters so the pressure of the water in the line is all thats needed to cause a drip. The water barrel holds roughly 40 gallons and I have screens in each adapter to help prevent clogging from debris.

I use sticks to hold the emiiters in place. Low cost system and well worth the money spent.

Blessings be with y’all!


Weeding, soil preparation, and planting. 

Good day all!

We had another rather full day yesterday. After church we did more soil preparation. The kids were bored with all their many toys and wanted to help too. How does that happen? 

So our hard little workers helped in weeding another garden plot powered by our confidence and early easter candy from an early easter event at our church on Saturday. Great job kiddos! 

We are waiting to till up the de-weeded soil until just before we plant so the soil is nice and aerated for our seeds. 

Our purple hull peas are sprouting,   and we also planted several sweet bell peppers and roma tomatoes that we had started inside earlier this season. 

We continually work the land day by day and look forward to a great harvest. Until next time may you be safe, healthy, happy, and prosperous.