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Homestead Update 11/11/17

11 Nov


Fall finally arrived here at the homestead and the trees are starting to show their colors.


I planted an acre of greens in the back bottom right before we received an inch of rain and I got a tremendous emergence! I have more German Mustard, Florida Mustard, and Turnips than we could ever pick. Oh well, I am willing to share them with the deer and other wildlife.


I still have some flowers blooming in the wildflower garden, but I don’t know what they are. The flowers look like cosmos, but some of them are 8 feet tall! Hopefully, next Spring I will have a good emergence from the flowers I had this this Summer that went to seed. And yes, I know that bee hive is leaning badly, I will get out there and straighten it up today. Keep prepping everyone!


Homestead Update 10-30-16

30 Oct


Just a quick post to let you know I am still alive. I haven’t had an outbreak of psoriasis in 3 weeks so maybe the medicine is finally taking effect. Our cotton is almost completely harvested and the yields were pretty good.


I made this cherry picker basket to lift up with the bucket on my front end loader on my tractor.


I had to replace the security light on the front of the shop. While I was at it I replaced my American flag. She’s flying pretty and proud ain’t she? I had to buy that light at Home Depot, they don’t sell metal halide lights at Lowe’s anymore. All they had were fluorescent and LEDs and I thought the metal halide would be brighter.


After I took the old one down, I had second thoughts however. This old one got hot enough to burn and melt the wires and ballast in the fixture, that is why it quit working. If I hadn’t already mounted the new halide light, I think I would have opted to put up an LED light. I have decided I really like the LED lights in the house even though they are really expensive up front. As the lights need replacing around here, I replace them with LEDs. Someday they will all be LEDs unless they come up with something better in the next few years.


I planted these mustard greens 4 weeks ago and they have grown big enough to pick. Sweet Thing has already picked several sacks and took them to her mother and sister. I guess the next sack will be mine. I love fresh greens!


I grew a few cantaloupes to go along with the peppers and tomatoes I grew in the raised bed I made. I am declaring the raised bed method a success! Next Summer I will have a couple of more beds ready. Until then, keep prepping everyone!

Homestead Update 9/24/16

25 Sep


I finally had a good rain on my garden area to bring up the turnip greens and deer browse I planted 2 weeks ago. I checked yesterday and it appears I’m going to have a good stand of greens to pick in a couple of weeks. I love some fresh winter greens! I found this good, heavy metal barrel on the side of the interstate. I’m not sure what it held, but the label said it was some sort of coating and sealer. It looks like it was full of thick, tan, rubberized paint. I might use this for collecting sawdust in my workshop. When I start working on a lot of wood working projects, that creates a lot of sawdust that I want to keep.


I started feeding my bees with this 5 gallon community feeder. I know I am probably feeding bees from all over the area, but I haven’t had time to put the screened feeders on the hives, maybe next week. I lost another hive recently. The hive was fine two weeks ago, then I noticed a lack of activity yesterday. I opened the hive up and found no bees, and it was full of wax moth larvae. Nasty! I still had 15 swarm traps out because I couldn’t pick them up as I have been housebound. Well, I went out yesterday and picked up 6 of them and low and behold, there were bees in one of them. I brought them home and transferred them over, but they are really strange. I don’t think they have a queen. They have built 4 pieces of comb about 6 inches square, but there is nothing inside the cells, there is no honey, pollen, or brood. It will be interesting to see how long they last.


These are some commercial hives beside a field I check each week. I know commercial bee keepers do things differently than us hobbyists, but these hives are on the north side of the tree line. These hives will be shaded all day long and the books say put your hives in the sun to help reduce small hive beetles. I have my hives in the sun and I always worry they are getting too hot. I have lots to learn about bees, I guess. Keep prepping everyone!

Homestead Update

27 Sep


The winter greens are really growing well, and the worms finally went away. Sweet Thing and her sister have been picking several Wal-Mart bags full every day.


One bag full of picked greens cook down into this one dish of cooked greens. We eat some for dinner, then freeze the rest for later.


This is my healthy dinner with okra and tomatoes, mustard greens, and great northern beans. All together that is only 2 WW Points Plus and I ate 2 servings for 4 total points and I was full and satisfied!


This is one of my next projects to finish, clearing out some of those trees and brush near the road. You can also see that pile of mulch waiting to be spread. I moved a few scoops of it last week, and when I scooped it with the front-end loader, you could see the steam rising from the pile. It has been there long enough to start composting! I am still waiting on the dump truck to bring some more dirt to add on top of my culvert, then I will cross over and start clearing a path through the woods. Always something to do on the homestead, keep prepping everyone!

Game Camera Pictures And Garden Greens

14 Sep


I finally started getting some pictures of Bucks at my feeder instead of just Does. I think I can identify at least three different Bucks.


This Buck has a smaller rack


This one is different still, he has more curve to his tines.


Here is a doe with two Fawns.


One picture with a Doe and her Fawn, a squirrel and two crows.


This pictures two of the bucks at one time. This time of year they still hang out in bachelor herds, but soon the urge will hit and they will start fighting each other competing for the Does. Sounds like us guys doesn’t it?


This is another Buck with small, close set horns.


The Turkeys are still around.


Sometimes the deer and the Turkeys come out at the same time.


This is a different Buck, he actually has a half-way decent rack.


And of course, I still have those dastardly Raccoons hanging around! I haven’t seen any signs of the Foxes this year, I guess they moved on after we moved in.


I planted 4 different types of greens right before the last rain and I got a good stand of all of them. But if you look at the lower right corner you can see the greens look awfully thin.


And this is why, Armyworms! We are having a plague of Biblical proportions. The worms have been destroying lawns and pastures all over the area. When the grass is gone, they move to the nearest available host such as my greens. I hope they go away soon or there won’t be enough greens for me and the deer to eat. Keep prepping everyone!

Finally A Day Off!

17 Sep

I finally took a day off to do some chores around the homestead. I put mulch around the base of the newly planted trees in the orchard so the water won’t evaporate so quickly. I also disked up some ground in the back opening by the woods to plant some deer browse. I am also going to plant some mustard greens in expectation of the rain we might get this Friday. In order to disk the ground I had to take the bush hog off of the tractor and hook up the disk. I can’t do this alone so Sweet Thing has to help me hook it up. When I shout out instructions to her she gets upset because I am yelling. I am yelling because the engine is running and I have to yell to be heard over the noise of the engine! Besides, it makes me feel better to yell at her, the disk, and the tractor because it makes everything work smoother when you yell and cuss. Right?


I finally labeled the drawers on the workbench I got from
Sam’s. I got tired of having to open 3 drawers to find what I was looking for everytime I needed something. Keep prepping everyone!

Dirt Room Complete

14 Nov

I walled off a 10X12 foot area in the back corner of my barn to be my “Dirt Room”. And just what is a dirt room you might ask. Well, part of my job is pulling soil samples and having them analyzed at a lab to determine how much fertilizer we need to use for the upcoming crop. When I pull these samples they come out in big clods, especially if the ground is a little wet or the soil texture is heavy. So after I pull the samples I like to crumble them up real fine, then spread them out to dry.




I can dry 85 at a time on these wooden shelves. Do you notice that nice yellow color of the walls? That is a mixture of 4 gallons of mis-mixed paint that I bought for $5 per gallon. One gallon was ivory, one was tan, one was very light silver and one gallon was lemon yellow. I put them in a 5 gallon bucket, mixed them up and they turned out this color. Most paint sellers, including Lowe’s and Home Depot will sell you mis-mixed paint that people wouldn’t accept after it was mixed. I just say I’ll give you $5 for that gallon and they always say OK. I only used two gallons for the room so I have two gallons left for some other project.


After I spread the samples on the racks, I fire up the propane heater,


turn on a couple of fans and let them run overnight and the samples are nice and dry. And I needed some heat today. Last night was our coldest night of the season so far at 28 degrees.


This morning, the greens were covered in frost and looked awfully droopy. But I looked at them this afternoon and they had perked back up so they may be still alive and growing. More to come.