Category Archives: The Garden

July 8, 2014

Wow have I ever been busy. I went to church camp 2 weeks ago and then last week was our vacation week and we were just running around trying to get as much done as possible while my husband was home. We did get the gates up on the garden fence, we got a run built for one of the breeding pens and finally got the pool cleaned and swim ready. The garden has really started to take off. I am coming in every night with a basketful of tomatoes, pickling cucumbers, squash and zucchini. My crispers in the fridge are full now. I will be making pickles and homemade salsa this weekend. After I get our family stocked up I will be hopefully selling a bunch.

We have also had a lot of chicks hatch in the last few weeks. I think we had a total of 20 or so at one time, but for some reason most of the chicks hatched last week died. I really don’t know what went wrong. I also had 4 hatch in the last 24 hours with 4 more pipped. I set another 3 dozen for a late July hatch. I am still trying to get my brown eggs to hatch. For some reason I haven’t had any hatch out of those eggs yet, when I candle them they all look good, with veining and movement, but then when they go to lock down they don’t go any farther. I’m hoping for better luck on this hatch because at least 1 has already pipped. I can’t wait to see what it will look like.

I hope everyone is having a great summer and trying to stay cool.Here’s to happy harvesting!!!!!IMG_1135[1]

This is my harvest from yesterday. Not bad for 1 day this early in the season.

June 18, 2014

What a great day. It’s gonna be another scorcher though. It’s really hard to get garden work done when it is so hot, but things gotta be done right? Yesterday, Hubby and I stacked up several more tomato plants, they are getting huge already and we have tons of green maters just waiting to turn red,or yellow. I also potted up about a dozen to sit around the yard and on the porch. I planted another dozen or so the other day in the garden. I also pulled all the broccoli out,it was starting to send up flower shoots, go make room later for more cabbage and lettuce, for a fall crop. My peas and squash plants are also taking off like crazy. I figure I am going to have quite and few things to sell in a few weeks. I am going to church camp next week as a counselor, and I am hoping things will be ready to go by the time I get back. It’s going to be hard leaving for camp this year. With the chickens and this huge garden, I just hope the boys and Nick can keep up with everything that needs to be done. Silly me wasn’t thinking and I have about 20 eggs that are supposed to hatch on Monday. Yep the day I leave. Duhh….. I am going to have to teach the boys and Nick what to do with the new chicks (if any hatch) and stuff. I’m just going to have to trust them. The boys are actually on a mission trip till Thursday, so all the teaching will have to be done over the weekend. Keep your fingers crossed all goes well.

Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him. Psalm 62:5

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The Silky Chicken

(new coop Nick built for the silkies)

June 2, 2014

Another busy weekend down and now another start to a busy week. We had a great weekend. Got most of the fence up around our garden and I just saw  that our peas are starting to grow pods. I believe we will have peas in a week. Yummy!! I have sugar snap and early peas growing. I just hope we have enough so that I can freeze them so they will last longer than last year.

We had some awesome arrivals this weekend! 5 of the 7 eggs I had in the incubator hactched and now we have 5 new silky chicks. They are the cutest little things. I was so nervous Saturday night I almost couldn’t sleep, but alas they finally started hatching at 5 am. It’s just like new babies to come in the wee hours of the morning. I have another 20 in the incubator with a hatch date of June 9 and another 22 with a hatch date of June 22 and Scarlett, my Silky hen is sitting on 6 eggs right now with a hatch date of June 16, which is just 2 days after my sons 15th birthday. I think I have caught the hatching bug or something. I plan to set 12 eggs almost every week. That way I can have some newbies every week or so.

I did have 3 eggs that didn’t hatch and I am planning on doing eggtopsies on them later today. I want to know at what stage the embryo stopped developing or if their was an embryo at all. This is all very new to me and it is all a very big learning process. But I feel that a 80% hatch rate on my first hatch is not bad at all.

What is going to be hard is parting with them after I have hatched them, but that is why I am doing this. I just have to stop naming them I guess. I do however want to build up my stock with chicks that I know where they are coming from, so I will be keeping some from every hatch. But selling a bunch too. 😦

The Lord be with you all. 2 Thessalonians 3:16

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This is Bonnie Blue….. (Rhett and Scarlett’s first born.)

May 29, 2014

Busy,busy,busy. What can I say. Having over 50 chickens, and a huge garden takes a lot of work and not too much computer time.  I have been working really hard to get the last of the garden planted. I planted about 25 cucumber and pickle plants yesterday, along with all my assorted squash and melons. Today I plan on getting the corn and beans in the ground. We finally got our pool open so maybe after I get done with all that work I will just jump in. It’s been pretty hot the last few days. It’s supposed to rain today, so I might be repotting all my tomato plants instead. Today is the kids last day of school. Yippy, now maybe I can get a little help around here. My kids are really great about helping out (as long as they get some free time too), which makes it great. They understand that it takes the whole family to make a homestead run smoothly. I am hoping that I am teaching my children how to be more self sufficient and how to use the land the way God intended for us to do.

Well I have 8 eggs that went into lock down this morning. I am so hoping to get at least a few new chicks out of this batch of eggs, even just 1 would give me hope. I got a new incubator and egg turner this week, so I am hoping to have the most optimal hatching rates soon.

Keep us in your prayers for a great hatch Saturday!!!! ❤

Great is the Lord. He is most worthy of Praise! No one can measure his greatness. Psalm 145:3

May 23, 2014

I must say that I am super excited. I harvested all my lettuces, collards and other greens last night, and man did I get a lot. I started out with my usual garden basket and ended up having to use the wheelbarrow. It took me most of the night just to get it all washed off. Today I am going to bag it all up and get it ready to sell this weekend. Hopefully at the Farmer’s Market and in my front yard. I am also going to try and get some tomatoes ready to go for sale. I need to make some $$$$, We are going to Dinky’s tonight. I’m hoping we can find some stuff to help with all the coops we are building, I would also like to get just a few more laying hens. I’m thinking of taking a few of the ones I bought a few weeks ago back and trying to resale them. Bella, unfortunately hasn’t laid a single egg for us in 2 weeks, I’m thinking she might just be old. and Harry, the little banty rooster is just plain annoying and he is a bully to the other birds.I’ve read that it is best to just get rid of the bullies and things will calm down. I guess we will just have to see…..

Love is Kind 1 Corinthians 13:4

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My bountiful harvest