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Homestead Update

16 Aug

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I didn’t do much around here this week although I did pick a few grapes from the vines I planted last Spring. I’ve neglected the orchard this Summer, but hopefully everything that survives will be tough and hardy for the future. I disked up a small area in the back preparing to plant some turnip greens when we get a rain. We have 3 days with a 50% chance this week so maybe I can get the greens planted then.

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I found the first open cotton bolls of the year this week. The bolls are small and dinky because they came from a burned up sand blow area in a field, but at least they are an omen of things to come. The end of this season is near! Finally!

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As I was working, I stopped under a tree to send a text on my phone and these chickens came running out to my truck. I guess they thought I was going to feed them. Someday soon I will have chickens here on the homestead. If you look at the top of the picture you can see the sun shining through the fog that morning. We have a lot of heavy fog days in August because of the high humidity. That’s what drives the heat index values so high in the Summer. It’s cooler this week, but the prior week the heat index was nearly 115 degrees. That is way too hot!

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This is a picture of one of the Cooper’s Hawks that live here at the homestead. When I do get chickens, I don’t know if I will ever be able to let them free range because of the hawks. Do any of you have hawks bother your chickens? Keep prepping everyone!

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Homestead Update

12 Apr

The weather has been really nice this week, so nice in fact, I had to do some work for my JOB this week. That real job sure does interfere with the activities on the ole homestead.

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I planted the berry vines I bought last fall. They sat in the pots all winter and they survived without any problems.

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I needed 4 more grape vines to finish out the row so I bought these at Wal-Mart. They were sprouted and growing and looked really healthy so I took a chance on them.

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The fruit trees I planted last fall are leafed out and looking good now. I have planted 30 trees and they have all survived so far. We should have an actual orchard some day with a variety of apple, pear, peach, plum, and cherry trees to go along with the grapes, blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries!

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I went by a local feed and seed store in town and picked up some tomatoes. I got two different varieties of heirloom tomatoes, Rutgers and Arkansas Traveler. I also got two hybrid bush tomatoes to plant in pots to put by the back door. Sweet Thing can just step out the door and pick one to eat whenever she wants!

Wake Up! Wake Up!

12 Aug

Hey Swamp Dog, you better get up out of that bed and stop dreaming! Your chickens are out of the pen and are ruining my flowers. The pigs are out in the neighbors garden again, you know they said one more time and you are in big trouble! The wheat needs harvesting and the grapes have needed harvesting for so long they are turning to raisins. Better get on the stick you have lots to do. Chickens out ( no eggs ) Pigs loose ( no bacon ) wheat dried up ( no flour no bread ) grapes all shriveled up ( no jelly ) OH, BUT AIN’T THIS FUN?

So now come get your real breakfast. Pre-cooked sausage, egg beaters, canned biscuits, raisins and pop tarts. But Sweet Thing loves you anyway. Kissy Kissy!