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Homestead Update

2 May


After the storm we had recently, I was glad to see my tomatoes were doing OK. Those two large tomato plants I had in pots that I covered up with plastic garbage bags during the two nights of freezing weather survived, but they did have some frost damage on the upper leaves.


While I was putting out the mulch mats around the fruit trees I stopped to admire these blooms on this golden delicious apple tree.


I even have a small peach on this tree. I might get to pick a fresh peach this summer!


We went to our old house in town and dug up a few plants to transplant at our new home. I am going to keep them in pots this year, I can keep them watered better that way.


I also was forced privileged to attend my Nephew’s birthday party this past week.


Now that’s the way to eat cake! Looks like he is really enjoying it, doesn’t it?

Keep prepping everyone!


Freeze Warning

15 Apr

After two weeks of nice weather, the temps are headed down for two nights and the NWS has issued a freeze warning. Great!


Yesterday I planted two large tomato plants in these pots and I don’t want them to freeze.


I used two large garbage bags to make mini greenhouses to protect them from the low temps. I hope this works out because I paid $6 each for those plants! I knew it was too early to be setting out tomato plants.


We received 2 inches of rain last night and today so I know my puppies were miserable. It didn’t stop them from coming out of their houses and watching to see what I was doing! Keep prepping everyone!

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.


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


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.


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!


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!


28 Aug


I have four heirloom tomatoes growing in my garden and I noticed this morning I have an aphid infestation. Rats! Well, I can solve that organically, I will just mix up a soap and water mixture and spray them down and that should solve that problem. As I was checking out the aphids I noticed I also have Cercospora Leaf Spot. This afternoon on the way home from work I stopped by Lowe’s to pick up a fungicide spray and much to my dismay all the fungicide sprays also included an insecticide in the mix. So much for my plan to stay organic in the garden. I hope the tomatoes do well this season because I usually don’t have a lot of success with them. I can do well with Okra, Squash or peas but when it comes to tomatoes “Heh, not so much”. I think I try too hard and “kill them with kindness”. I am always applying fertilizer or spraying them with something and I think I might be better off just leaving them alone and let Mother Nature take her course. I’ll let you know how they turn out.