I’ve fallen so behind on everything that’s been going on around here. There are so many things I want to tell you about, and so little time to actually sit down and write it all out!
We’ve added 12 new chickens to our flock; 11 hens and one rooster. They’re Buff Orpingtons, and are the most gorgeous chickens I’ve ever seen! I’ll introduce you to them soon.
We’ve built a new chicken coop, and are almost finished with the run that is attached to the back of it. It’s really more of a yard then a run really, being approx. 30 ft x 16 ft. We’re covering the top with chicken wire to keep the hawks away. I’ll post pics of the whole thing, and tell how we built it when it is completed.
I’ve been busy canning a lot of firsts. There are still several recipes I need to share with you. I am waiting until I’ve opened the jars and tried the contents first though. I’d hate to give you a bad recipe… like my spaghetti sauce one!
I’m way behind on updating on how my garden has gone (or how it went!). We did really good this year with cucumbers, got 15+ pounds of tomatoes (though mostly cherry tomatoes), and a few small carrots. The melons all rotted before they were big enough to pick, the pumpkins never even grew at all, the corn was teeny tiny, and got eaten up by the bugs or dried out before we could get anything, the green beans were destroyed by bugs, the chickens dug up all of the lettuce… all in all, it was at least better than last year!! I haven’t dug the potatoes up yet, but I don’t expect to get much from them.
We got a rabbit recently. Gonna try to start raising them for meat.
Let’s see, what else…
- Fence in a large area for future goats and put together a shed my grandpa gave us for a goat barn.
- Take the pig to butcher.
- Clear out some small pine trees to make room for a small orchard.
- Plant cover crops to help build the soil over the winter.
- Terrace the slopes in the back yard for more planting area.
- Move and enlarge my clothes lines.
- Get the water stove hooked up and running.
- Sew grass.
- Build an enclosed area for the rabbits to range in during the day.
- And on, and on.
And then there are the loftier goals, like digging a root cellar, constructing a green house out of old windows, and building a summer kitchen. But these things are years away.
I’ve had to force myself to slow down long enough to do school lessons with the kids every day. Sometimes it’s really hard to do! I haven’t been to visit anybody in months, though I do keep in touch with my other homesteading friends via the phone. Just staying busy with my day to day jobs.
Jerry has been trying to stay busy working as much as possible for his part time job, and trying to pick up side work here and there. I’m watching our financial cushion slowly deflating. It’s so easy to allow yourself into denial and to continue spending like that money will always keep coming in. One more month and we’re gonna really have to pull in the reins if things don’t pick up from here.
That’s it in a nut shell. As time permits I’ll talk more about these things and more in depth.
What have you been up to lately? Any special projects going on at your place??