I had a pretty good day yesterday! It was absolutely beautiful outside, and I really feel like I got some stuff accomplished.
The chill of Fall has certainly sprung upon us. It was just last week when I was wishing for the A/C to be on, and now we’re having to bundle up before heading outdoors!
Since it was so nice out, I decided to take advantage of the day and take the kids to collect Black Walnuts from my dad’s walnut tree.
Xia really enjoyed collecting the nuts in her little basket. Baby Elias is in the carseat in the background… he told me to tell you hello.
Ty and Jada were big helpers as well. (Obviously we don’t care what we throw on to wear when picking walnuts.) We filled three 1-gallon buckets, and practically overflowed two grocery bags with walnuts. Some were already hulled from being run over in the gravel driveway where they fell, and some were still in their hull. We’ll work on hulling them, and drying the nuts this week.
Since the kids did such a great job, we took a break to jump on my dad’s big trampoline. Then we walked down to the pond, picked honeysuckles and threw rocks into the water.
Next, we drove to the top of our driveway and checked out the Persimmons tree. I thought the fruits were ripe already, but after biting into one straight off the branch I quickly realized they are NOT ripe yet. Yuck, yuck, yuck! The kids laughed as I climbed the tree and dangled from a branch in an attempt to shake the ripe persimmons loose. Later on, I read that you are supposed to wait for the first hard frost before picking them. I’m afraid the squirrels and birds might clean the tree before then, but I might wait a little longer and try again.
After lunch, I decided to tackle a job I’ve been needing to do all year- pamper my poor neglected apple trees. Before today, the weeds were as tall as the trees, no kidding. So I pulled weeds, laid cardboard down as a weed barrier, fertilized the one tree I worked on with 10-10-10, and covered the ground around it with a thick layer of mulch.
I took my little red wagon into the woods and spent some time finding flat rocks to build a wall around the tree with. It took some hard work, but I think it turned out nicely! I’m really hoping this pampering will help my tree grow. It’s pitiful. There’s one more just like it I plan on working on this week as well. I can’t wait till Spring again when I can plant some pretty flowers and herbs in there!
We also moved the raised beds out of the garden and into the front yard. I thought it would be better to save the entire garden area for just planting corn, green beans, and maybe squash, and do raised beds in the front yard, since it’s fenced in as well.
It didn’t go as nicely as planned though.
The wood on several of the raised beds had rotted and they immediately fell apart upon being lifted. At least we were able to salvage a few. Now I need to work on filling them using the Lasagna method again. I’d love to make a bunch of raised beds with rocks, like I did around the tree… eventually.
So, I think that’s pretty much it for me! What about you?
A city girl learning to homestead on an acre of land in the country. Wife and homeschooling mother of four. Enjoying life, and everything that has to do with self sufficient living.