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I have a few “around” the home pictures to post today a couple are from the garden.

That is one of my vine peach seeds sprouting in the tire planter. Now I am hoping they all sprout and take over as so far I’ve had no luck with melons.. or winter squash for that matter, my pumpkins (the only one that sprouted) seems to be dieing.

I am considering planting where one of the luffa gourds died some kind of melon maybe Oran’s Melon or a Swan Lake.  I’ll have to think on it, as I don’t believe that they will cross with the vine peach.  However, I don’t know; I am willing to try my luck though.

As I said we got rain last night, now the sun is out and it’s hot again. 70 inside the house and I don’t want to know the temp outside. I was afraid that if I wanted any more Lambs Quarters I’d have to water them soon, so the rain is defiantly a blessing; my day lilies almost needed watering too.  Which they are getting flower buds now, I’m going to pick all the buds this year once they are a bit bigger and save them for soup and stew thickener.  I’d pick the flowers this year, but as far as I know they don’t freeze well as flowers, and I’m not sure we’ll get the solar dryer built in time for them.  Who knows though, my thought is if I get all the buds though; it’ll give the plants time to really get a “foothold”.


This is the first of the tomato pots that I planted (tomato/dill), it has lots of new growth.  On both the tomatoes and the dill, I am wondering if we’ll have to come up with support in the next week for them.  Considering how fast they are growing, the earlier ones I planted in the garden (tomatoes) are all getting tall too.

Now… IF I did this right, and I am hoping  fingers crossed that I did.  I have Cherokee Orange fleshed Purple Smudge in the “pots” and my Amish Paste tomatoes are out by the garden.  Knowing my luck the trays got swapped and they are reversed.

My plan next year is when I do the tomatoes and dill, I am going to add some basil into it as well.  Plant it dill in the center, then tomato, basil, tomato, basil around the outside of the “pot”.  I am thinking of using fresh pots next year and grow some carrots in these next year.  As by then all of the chicken manure should be composted down by then.  Leaving a nice loose soil (I hope).



Now this… while I am “cultivating it” is not something I planted.  However I have been pruning it and training it:

This, of course is one of the wild roses we have.  It is the one I have been training through a fence we stapled..yes stapled, to two trees.  It is in  flower finally and it is buzzing with happy insects.  I am hoping for some nice hips from this one this year, and if I get them they will be added to jams

I am glad this year they are pink as the white one in the foundation that we had the first year.  Seems the pollen spread and last year almost all the roses were white.  At least I am guessing it was due to transfer of pollen, because hey.. it makes  sense right?  One year one white rose… next year tons of white roses.

This is not the only wild rose around here either.  We have tons throughout the woods here and there is a pretty good sized one across the street next to the pond.  I have noticed that these “wild” roses  have a much stronger scent than ones that you find a the every day garden.  It might just be me though.



Now this picture is going up just for CUTENESS factor:

This little guy is going to Queen Sized Tink from Blogger for her nephew, and I have four of his sister available if anybody near me wants a Chocolate Lab.  The parents both chase birds (chickens included), so with a little work the pups would make great hunters.

Our Paris (the momma dog), had a litter of six pups. Only one male, only one black.  The rest are Chocolates and are all female.  My son has claim on the one with white patches on her.  So the remaining four also have zero white on them.

They are also a month old now.. and AAAAAWWWWW ain’t he cute?  ..and def doesn’t want to pose for a picture!





Well we’ll be having chicken and ‘taters for dinner tonight on the grill, to keep our heat inside down.

Be Well, Be Safe, and Blessed Be…


About rivenfae

A homesteading mom with 2 teens,12 cats, 4 dogs, a flock of chickens. small goat flock and a piggie. Also a dream of a sustainable homestead out in the woods of Missouri.

2 responses

  1. double awwwwwww on the cute!
    My rugosa’s are just starting to bloom…. Never heard of vine peach, can you elaborate?

    • It’s a type of melon or catulpoe. I don’t know much about it past that. I received the seeds for free with a ..semi disappointing plant order from Burgess. Disappointing as after Rain Tree, “little” plants are a disappointment. Rain Tree sends huge plants.

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