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.

Lisa

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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!

Lisa

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

Lisa

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!

Lisa

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!

Lisa

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

Lisa

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!​​

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Tomorrow its back to yard work and gardening. 

Blessings to you and yours!

Lisa

Planting has begun!

Good evening,

The time has finally arrived to start planting our crops for summer. We all helped plant 700 purple hull peas in our small garden plot. We used square inch method for our spacing. The grid I made divides each square foot into fourths providing the 6″ distance needed between plants.

We did not water these as we are expecting rain Monday and Wednesday. We will thin these down to around 300 plants.

Our peppers and tomato plants ate being hardened off for planting next week.We have 225 tomatoes and 250 peppers!

We used our rabbit poop to fertilize our old peach tree that we removed the privets from around. We put 10 gallons around the base. We will reapply as needed.

We use intensive gardening practices and square inch spacing. One of the biggest benefits of this is the reduction of weeding needed. Another is the soil retains water longer. Both of these benefits are due to the leaves of the plants shading the soil. We have not weeded our green arrow peas since they sprouted and we still do not need to weed. The picture shows how little soil is visible through the plants as well as showing it is damp and weed free.

We also burned some today. It was nice to get the fire roaring even if only for a few hours.

We are quite busy with yard work these days. Hours of mowing, edging, trimming, and yard waste removal take up most of our days in spring.

Blessings be with y’all!

Lisa