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. 


And tomorrow we transplant.

So the time has arrived to transplant all our seedlings. Im no where near ready for this. We did get the pump on our well installed and working again. 

Tomorrow I will start with sweet bells and roma tomatos. The top half of the garden will be sweet bells and the bottom half roma tomatos. I will continue this set up with all our peppers and tomatos. All except bannanna peppers which I will plant around the green arrow peas. After I am done with each garden plot, I will set up the gravity fed drip irrigation for that plot. I hope to be done transplanting by the end of the week.

Blessings be with y’all


Clearing our land.

Good evening. We had several hours of rain today. We try to get out to the forest after every rain to remove privets and trees. The rain softens the soil up and makes it incredibly easy to remove privets roots and all. We use a pair of clippers, 2 axes and a chainsaw. Most of the removal is done with the axes. We chop a ring in the soil aroubd the base of the privet then pull it out. We only spend about a hour at a time doing this as it is exhausting work. We use the chainsaw to cut up the downed privets and to cut down the trees bigger than 6″. Today we removed around 20 good size privets. 

This is something me and Durbs do as a team. It is his idea to cut the roots and remove the privet as whole as possible. This kills the privet and they do not return. Before we would cut close to the ground and use a herbicide on the sprouts. That was not effective at killing privets. We have fun while we clear too!​​


Tomorrow its back to yard work and gardening. 

Blessings to you and yours!