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

Working hard!

Good evening, 

We have been extremely busy over here. We have continued clearing our land.

And digging our garden plots.

Push mowing the land as our riding lawnmower needs maintenance.

Durby sharpened the mower blades for me today. I push mow, hreat excersize.

And our seedlings are ready for transplanting! So exciting! We have roma tomatoes, sweet bell peppers, hot peppers, and Durby’s Banana peppers.

Our baby Rex rabbits are getting big.

Handsome buck we have here. We plan to breed one more time before summer. Then we retire our Momma doe from our breeders. 

We are busy but excited and happy at the outlook of the homestead. It looks like we will have a great black berry crop this year. Our peach tree did not lose all its blooms in the frost so we hope for peaches too.  Our grape vines look good this spring as well.

Its not all work here. We make sure to have our sabboth off. And we spend our evenings relaxing by playing video games together and watching movies. 

Blessings be with y’all!

Lisa

A busy day on the homestead

 

Good day all,

We were busy little bees today. I worked on more soil prep and worked in some bunny poo for fertilizer. I dug, de-weeded, framed, and the kids had fun aerating the soil in our raised gardens.

Lisa and I came up with a way to trellis the garden of sweet peas by cutting notches in some old wooden boards with a chainsaw and fitting them together like lincoln logs. We then ran big wooden sticks from our deforestation efforts to connect them and draped yarn down for the peas to climb. The pea plants already started wrapping tendrils around the yarn by the time Lisa reached the end of the first trellis.

I secured the garbage cans so they would not get knocked down by loose dogs again, or raccoons, or whatever. I put a board across the front. I made it to where the board can flip out of the way to make it easier on our garbage man to get the cans out. It only took one long board and two nails on our pallet-constructed trash can holder. Then we ended the day with privot removal and found a blossoming peach tree in the parasitic brush that emerged relieved. Until later blessings be with y’all.

Durby Robinson Jr.

Garden plots.

Hi everyone! I have been busy starting seeds and digging garden plots. We have 3 garden plots done and 6 more to dig.

I have started tomatoes and peppers. 

The green arrow peas are about 3″ tall now and I have 10 spinach plants getting there first set of leaves. 

Hope your day is as blessed as mine!

Lisa

More Intensive Mini-Farming Soil Prep

Good morning all,

        Yesterday we focused on expanding our mini – farming/ intensive gardening operation. It is supposed to yeild more harvest per square foot and need less weed control which can be H E double hockey sticks in the spring and summer months especially. We continue to place frames around our plots to keep weeds from creeping in from the sides and planting our plants in the bare minimum proximity to one another is said to shade out and hinder weeds. We’ll see how it works. 

We are burying rabbit manure and mixing it in with the soil for free fertilizer and to improve our sandy loam soil. It’s a process 🤠. We’ll keep yall posted and let you know how everything turns out. 

P. S. Have a super dee duper Valentines Day!

Durby Jr

Baby Bunnnies/Kits,Rabbitry Efficiency Upgrade, and Intensive Gardening Prep.

Good Day All,

We are still breeding and selling bunnies, looking at efficiency in our operations,  and using different gardening techniques this year. We have recently had two new litters which is a little disappointing since we bred four bunnies, gave each of them a whole day with the buck, and only two conceived. We have 12 newborn bunnies one of which is a runt that might not make it. As far as efficiency is concerned with the rabbitry I have remounted all of their doors to where they open down. You’d be surprised how much time is wasted fighting a door that keeps trying to close on you with the wire getting tangled up in your clothes. We have also purchased and mounted more feed boxes on the cages to replace the bowls that bunnies tend to tip over and waste food out of. It is also a lot quicker to not have to open and close cages to go after bowls. I mounted a hay box on a momma’s cage. I  am also offsetting our feed cost, which is climbing due to the number of bunnies we have, by feeding the momma does and buck bunnies hay. I want to try to keep my grow outs on rabbit pellets (recommended by rabbit man farms in sandy hook Mississippi) supplemented with horse mana, (recommended by our good friend Val who also raises rabbits) to try and get them up to weight by selling time.
Our chickens are doing well. I have been feeding them twice a day to try and get more eggs out of them but I believe they are limited in their egg laying ability during the fall and winter time frame. I need to do more research. We have been averaging about three eggs a day from the 11 hens that are old enough to lay. I keep them stocked up with broken up oyster shell for calcium and to aid their digestion. I also give them two parts of three part scratch per 1 part of layer pellets. twice a day. About 9 cups per feeding for 24 chickens twice a day. I have been using the same bucket every day to feed them out of so, if any should escape, if I have that bucket with me they might come to me.
We are trying our hand at intensive gardening this year to get more yield out of less space. We are making boxed plots to help keep weeds out and planting crops based on the space they need apart from one another instead of in rows. Planting in this manner lets the shade from the growing plants prevent weeds from getting sunlight which also aids in weed control. Furthermore, more plants are planted in less space since rows are not used which increases crop yeild.

The stump boss fight

Good morning!

Since our last post we have expanded the rabbitry a little bit. To do that we had to remove a huge stump cluster. So we set to chopping out the roots with axes, shovels and a hoe. It would not budge. We even tried hitting it hard with a maul after we cut all the roots we could find at its base. It still barely budged. That meant that we had some more roots growing straight down. We then got the idea to use the stump cluster against itself. We cut down into it with a chainsaw, put a huge crowbar in the gap, and used the leverage to pry it apart.FINALLY! we were able to remove it, put another table down, and expand the bunny area. That’s all for now. Have a good one and stay warm out there.

Durby

Our 6 week bunny weigh in.

God evening,

Today we weighed our 14 grow outs to see about how much they have gained over the last week. We have one over 2lbs which is wonderful and our smallest was 1lb 5 oz. Now there are three days between the two litters birthdates. We hope to sell 4-5b rabbits at 11 weeks, but that remains to be seen. The gains ranged from 6 oz up to 11 oz with the average being 7.5 oz gain. If these grow outs maintain this rate we should be looking at 4 lb at sell time. This is our goal.

We started our next breeding cycle with Green and the moon phase is new moon. We will breed all that have not produced a litter first. Then move on t our proven does from our first litters. Leaving our new moms for next breeding cycle. We pan to rotate due to lack of funding for expansion. We need more cage wire, cage fasteners, feeders, water bottles, bungee cords, zip ties, and a second canopy before we  breed all does again.

Our two new mommas are doing great. Both only had 4 kits and these are very weld fed and taken care of. We hope to sell our rex grow outs for $10 as soon as they are old enough. We plan to keep one doe from the first litter. For our NZW that had only four we are looking to sell those as weld for $10 once they are big enough. We might keep a doe from this litter as well.

We also moved rabbit manure to the garden and it looks like we will get a good bit more before spring planting time. I am excited to see how well my vegetables ill do with these soil amendments. We have almost filled in the ditch created by last years plowing. 


A huge shout out to my Father In Law and Mother In Law. I have type this entire post on the blue tooth keyboard they got me for Christmas! This makes sting so much easier for me. Thank you bunches!

Lisa 

Crochet Messy Bun Hats

Good evening,

I am just stopping in touch base. I have been busy these last two weeks crochetting Messy Bun hats. I have a few more orders. Hopefully we raise enough to buy another canopy for our bunnies, for expanding our rabbitry. You can order one yourself on my tymprestantrums facebook page. I will post more once I get these orders done this week. Here are some examples of my work.

Lisa