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Homestead Update 8/6/2017

6 Aug

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Things have been a bit slow around here as you might imagine when one is working 70 hours per week at my job. Our cotton is progressing nicely as evidenced by this large, grown boll. I haven’t seen any open bolls yet, but it won’t be long.

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As I was out working, I encountered these buzzards roosting on an electrical tower. I was fairly close and they didn’t seem too concerned with me being so close. I hope seeing buzzards eyeing me closely is not a portend of things to come!

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Sweet Thing and I went to a yard sale and I bought this Coleman cook stove for $10. The man said it had only been used once and I can believe it because it is so clean and shiny. I talked him into throwing in that electrical worker’s canvas tool bag for free. I’ve always wanted one of those even though I don’t know why!

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I picked up another Native American artifact, this tiny arrow head. You can see how tiny it is in comparison to the button on my sleeve.

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I hung some new flags in my barn storage area. Not much question where I stand is it?

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There is a cemetery adjoining a field I check each week and I noticed this concrete armadillo on a grave stone. The stone had the man’s name and dates of birth and death along with the caption “Here rests the Armadillo.” I guess the man’s nick name must have been Armadillo.

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Right beside the Armadillo was a gravestone marking where the ashes of this lady was buried. I’ve seen the ashes of people entombed in a mausoleum, kept in an urn in a home, or scattered in the sea, but I don’t recall ever seeing them buried. I see some interesting things in my daily travels. I don’t have any pictures, but my tomatoes and squash are doing well, and my okra is just starting to produce and my purple hull peas are blooming so my garden is doing fairly well considering how little time I have spent taking care of it. I went to a gun show last week and bought some reloading powder as well as some 22 LR. I haven’t seen any of that sitting on a shelf in several years. I guess we can thank President Trump for that. People must be feeling comfortable enough in our situation to slow down stocking up, but not me. I say buy now while you have the chance so when the next big shortage occurs so you won’t be caught unprepared. Keep prepping everyone!

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Homestead Update 7/2/2017

2 Jul

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Well let’s see what has been going on around here the past 3 weeks other than working 70 hours a week. These are some of the onions I harvested from my raised bed garden.

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I picked this apple from our orchard. Most of the peach trees had no fruit because a late freeze got most of the blooms. But, one of the trees bloomed later and was loaded down with peaches. Unfortunately, every peach had a hole bored into it! I haven’t sprayed our trees, I have been just letting them grow and get established. I think next Spring I will spray them, they should be ready to produce some fruit by then.

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I was out working and I noticed this garden beside the field I was checking. There was a nice, old-fashioned, scarecrow to keep the birds away.

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I also parked in front of this old, closed down storefront. You don’t see many stores like this anymore, it’s a shame it is closed. I actually have a hat I would like cleaned.

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I found this jaw bone in a field. A horse maybe?

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I found these native American artifacts in a field. I found all of them within 10 feet of each other. I have found a lot of artifacts this Spring. I’ll take some pictures and show them to you later.

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I saw this large, blooming hedge by a field I was checking. I think my bees might like this.

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Anyone know what this might be?

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I have a large pile of soil I scooped up with my front end loader when we were building our house. I finally got around to making a soil sifter to clean the gravel, glass, nails, etc. In my very first wheel barrel load I found this nice projectile point, two marbles, and an old penny. Who knows what else I might find. I’ll keep you informed. Until then, keep prepping everyone!

Garden Bounty

19 Aug

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I guess you can call this bounty, at least it is the first thing I picked this summer, some white scalloped squash.

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Around the Fourth of July I tilled up a strip in the back of the homestead and planted some seeds “three sisters style” although I guess you can call this four sisters. I planted sweet corn, squash, purple hull peas and okra intermingled together. That night I got 1/2 of rain and I really had a good emergence. Since then we have received at least 8 inches of rain and the plants are thriving. I really didn’t expect too much since I planted so late but I might get enough vegetables for a few meals anyway. Keep prepping everyone!

Turnip Greens

10 Feb

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Back in November, we pulled some turnips from our patch at the homestead. We ate most of them, gave some away, but still had some left over. When we harvested them, we just pulled them and cut the tops off. The turnips have been in a Wal-Mart bag, just sitting out on the patio. I noticed they are growing leafy greens again. I wonder if I planted the roots in the ground, would they make enough greens to harvest and eat? Maybe if I planted them in a sunny location inside a cold-frame would that work? I wonder if they could be grown under a grow light in a hydroponic system? Hummm, just something to think about.

Amaryllis Lilies

1 Feb

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As you know, I am always looking for a bargain. Lowe’s had these Amaryllis Lilies marked down to $1 each just before Christmas so I picked up two. They are finally about to bloom.

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My Mom said you can plant the bulbs outside when the danger of frost is past and they will bloom next Spring. This will be my first flower planting! I really wish the yard would dry out, it looks terrible and needs lots of attention. With all the mud I can’t do anything for the time being, so I am just wishing for Spring to arrive.

Fresh Produce

28 Jun

Some of the area farmers are starting to sell their local produce. I stopped at a roadside stand and bought these tomatoes for Sweet Thing. I really don’t care for raw tomatoes, but she can take them, slice them up, put a little salt and pepper and eat a whole plate full.  YUCK!

Here is something I can’t stand. Cantelope. Sweet Thing loves them, but she has to eat them out on the patio, not in the house. The smell alone is enough to make me gag! I can’t wait until I can have my own garden spot at the homestead. I guess I’ll plant these nasty old melons for her.