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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!

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!

Turnip Greens

10 Feb


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.

Turnip Roots

10 Oct

Sweet Thing is still picking lots of greens at the homestead. The turnips are big enough to start making good roots. I didn’t know if they would have enough time before the really cold weather stopped them.


As you can see, they are making some nice turnips. Sweet Thing nor I care to eat the roots, but we know some people who do so we are sharing with them. I am looking forward to more home-grown vegetables next year.

Fresh Greens for dinner!

14 Sep

Sweet Thing picked a mess of greens at the homestead, then cooked them up for dinner.



There is my dinner, Rotel Chicken Pasta, fresh greens, great northern beans, and skillet fried cornbread. YUM!


When you have fresh greens you must have homemade pepper sauce.


I guess I will let you in on this little secret. These are the great northern beans we had. Now, everyone knows to have good beans like this they have to be soaked in water all night then slow simmered on the stove all day. I have tried canned beans before and they were a poor substitute, no matter what the brand I tried. But this brand of great northern beans are good! I would say they are 90% as good as the traditionally cooked beans. If you grocer carries Luck’s vegetables, give them a try. Their pinto beans are good as well. You will notice on the can it says “Authentic Southern Taste”. I wonder why? We don’t even grow this bean around here. And Southerners eating something named Northern Beans? Do you Northerners eat these beans and do you call them Great Northern Beans? Just wondering.