Dry Dancers

While watering plants today, I thought it would be a good time to post some pictures of how our Tennessee Dancing Gourds are drying out. We have been using the big aquarium tank to protect some of our plants from the cats, and the gourds have been drying in there, too. Also to protect them … Continue reading Dry Dancers

So you want to grow a “survival garden”

For at least a decade, there has been an increase in people who have decided to move out of the cities, get themselves an acreage, and live as self-sufficiently as possible. Which is basically, how I grew up. Things have really changed, though, and modern homesteaders have a lot more resources, options and choices than … Continue reading So you want to grow a “survival garden”

Strange, furry bird, progress and solution found

My husband was able to bring food and water to the cats this morning. He found the heated water bowl had been knocked over again, even with the improved set up. Which means, of course, it is unplugged again. It's just too close to the entrance of the cats' house. When I headed out later … Continue reading Strange, furry bird, progress and solution found

Clean up: our “second bathroom”, inside and out

I'm a sucker for punishment. The plan was to head over to the outhouse, quickly do a second coat of paint until we ran out, then get back to working on the bread baking. Instead, I kept adding more things to do, and by the time I got inside, I had to get my daughter … Continue reading Clean up: our “second bathroom”, inside and out

Clean up: salvaging logs, and bonus clean up

Today was dry enough that I could work on cutting up the dead tree that had finally fallen, thanks to recent high winds. This time, I could use power tools! I used my baby chainsaw (aka: cordless pruner), with it's 4" blade, to trim off branches, then a reciprocating saw, with a 12" blade to … Continue reading Clean up: salvaging logs, and bonus clean up

First low raised bed: part one. It’s good to be flexible!

This evening, I finally got around to working on the first of the low raised beds in what had been our garlic beds this year. The boxes are ready and waiting, and the beds had been left for any weeds to get larger, so they would be easier to pull. The plan: dig out all … Continue reading First low raised bed: part one. It’s good to be flexible!

Our 2022 garden: first raised bed box

With the garlic all harvested, we've got two empty beds that need to be readied for next year's garden. With these beds, we had dug into the soft soil we found under the wood pile, mounding soil into beds and making paths in between. This worked out quite well, but there were a couple of … Continue reading Our 2022 garden: first raised bed box