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Fruit Tree Update!

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So I thought I’d show how my new fruit trees are doing as I took a picture of each of them when we were out yesterday. Here is the funny part my delicious was the slowest to get started leafing out but look at it now.
Conversely the peach tree the first one to get leaves is going slow to get them full size. Maybe they go slower?

This is doing good to this is the Cortland apple, I think it’ll give my delicious a run for it’s money on speed of growth.
The Mac seems to be doing better, however the buds on the top that had the “rust” on them don’t seems to have produced any real leaves at all.

I hope they keep doing well, and that the peach tree gets a move on with it’s growing. I am pleased so far with these trees from Stark Bros, I do believe I will order from them again in the future. Granted, these guys still have a lot of growing to do.
On another note the grape we’ve had (now in the third year), is doing amazingly this year. It has loads of leaves and is growing like the proverbial weed. I think it’s happy.
So I’m 39 today, ugh another year and I hit 4 decades. Funny how it took me to be in my 30’s to decide living here this way was a good idea. I am happy   Though living here far from the hustle and bustle of the city. Funny how now when we go to town I have troubles dealing with all the people and the funny thing is I grew up in the Chicago area.
Our across the street neighbors are getting their power pole today and seems our power will be off for a short time while they do it. Guess what though our neighbor’s aren’t here to see it, it’s funny as they’ve been waiting two weeks for it to be put in so it’s funny.
Have a good day and be safe.
BE Well, Be Safe, and Blessed Be…

Homestead Happenings

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Yesterday right before getting a little bit of rain we planted 8 potatoes in those tires I lined up in between my fruit trees. (yes 8 even though I have 7 tires) They are Yukon Gold’s as I’m hoping for some nice potatoes out of them. It’s also a trial on what I see/have seen from some other homesteaders using old tires to grow potatoes. Especially after any time I did a potato “bed” my chickens would get loose and wind up digging through the patch and eating them. Guess what chickens love potatoes.
My peas are starting to grow faster, and I am hoping for a good amount of peas off of them. My spinach is starting to set true leaves and the onions are coming up now as well. I am hopeful that I will be thinning the lettuce in a week. I had to rebuy my Dark Star zucchini as I could not find the seed packet, thankfully a lot of local stores carry Seeds of Change and they had them in the display. For the most part I do buy my seeds from Baker Creek but this one variety I happen to really like and Baker Creek doesn’t carry it.
Yesterday had some interesting happenings on Craigslist here, I’m not sure if it happened near you or not. However, due to it being April 1st some idiots decided to post some fake free items with other people’s phone numbers. I was caught by one as if it had been real it would have benefited us a lot here. I do hope however the person didn’t get many calls. I don’t understand why people would do something so asinine though.
Yesterday we went and got another truck bed load of composted wood from the lumber mill (free is good in this case). We did mix in some of the sawdust with it to help keep it a bit more loosened. It will soon become part of new beds that will grow as time goes on.
…and speaking of that “style” of gardening I did find the video of Ruth Stout’s garden on youtube. I had forgotten that someone did a video on here in the 1970’s. I was very excited to see it, her methods are very simple and if you take hers and add in lasagna gardening and regular no till it makes wonderful soil.
We have a few days of rain ahead of us (yeah spring), so we’ll be working as weather permits us to here.
Be Well, Be Safe,and Blessed Be…

It was a Dark and Stormy Night

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..it really was too…

It overfilled my pond a wee bit, the young willow on the right of the picture has wet feet.  However it’s not the only one with wet feet…

That would be my Macintosh tree.  It’s kinda swimming, so as soon as it dries up a little bit (yeah Spring and dry prob not anytime soon) I need to get more dirt around it to keep it from happening again.  I just need it dry enough to move the dirt without it being clumped.

The other side wasn’t so wet thankfully:

Not sure how well you can see it, but the Redhaven peach is in water that isn’t in water now.  It soaked up in a few hours where as the Mac is still in all that water.  See the tires?  I thought I’d try the grow potatoes in tires since I have 7 tires right now.

Also I have  another picture of the cinder block stove.

The back will get raised up like the sides, then we’ll fill up the holes of the  cinder blocks then they’ll be capped and some rebar will be put across to cook over.  Also the center will get a solid block for the burn surface.   I can’t wait for it to get done so we can cook in the mornings on it.

Hope you’re safe with the severe weather moving about.

Be Well, Be Safe, and Blessed Be…

Trees… PLANTED!

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So we spent a hard afternoon planting the trees today here they are:

My peach a Redhaven:

Next is the Double Delicious (Stark Bro’s own):

It has the thickest truck of the four trees.  Next is the Cortland I ordered as the final one’s pollinator:

Sorry for it being blurry I couldn’t get the camera still.  Now the final tree the one Silver wanted is a MacIntosh:

The Mac is the only one without any “baby” branches.  Though it has tons of unswollen buds on it so we’ll see where it grows from.   It took us all after noon because we had dug a trench back when we had the track hoe a few years back and that was for the fruit trees.  Our soil is mostly clay here so it took forever to fill in around the trees after planting.

I mixed in the last bit of the composted sawdust some rabbit manure and one of the pot fulls of dirt that I had peppers growing in a year ago.  It made for some nice loose soil of the type we do have around here so they should have a nice start.

We’re going to be covering the pathway between the apples with sawdust tickly to keep “weeds” down and prevent the blackberry bramble from taking over my trees.   I love the black berries but… I don’t want them to take over the trees.

Be Well, Be Safe, and Blessed Be…

Special Delivery!

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I got a package today!

My pretty babies have arrived, and of course they’ll have to wait a day to get put in their home due to the dreary weather we’re having right now.

So I have made sure to unwrap their roots from the plastic bag so they can breathe over night.  Thankfully it won’t go down to freezing tonight.  Three apple trees and a peach tree.  The peach came from Stark Bro’s nursery in this state and the apples came from Illinois.

We have some soil prep to do tomorrow morning and some brush clearing to do, we got most of the brush today, but the thick spot will be done tomorrow.  I can’t wait to get them in the ground and watch them as they grow this year.

I got an email yesterday saying they had been shipped with arrival today!  I have been pacing like an impatient parent, all day.  They look very healthy, and are bare root.  So getting them in the ground is very important unfortunately I can’t till tomorrow.

I am planning on getting pics with them in the ground.  I also know my peas will be up in a day or so based on what I saw in my garden.  My chicks got put in with the big birds and seem to be doing well with the others.

Be Well, Be Safe, and Blessed BE…

Happy Friday!

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Well I’m sitting here waiting for my chicken bones to de-pressure so I figured I’d write something today.  Not as much as yesterday mind you… btw in case you were wondering it came out to about 4 pages on my word prossesor when I converted it over.  Looks back a few words.  I love those spelling mistakes that the “suggestions” have no correction for even when you know you spelled it wrong; but cannot spell it right.

I have watered all of my plants that I put in yesterday and they do seem to be doing rather well except for 1 of the red cabbages.  That poor thing is drooping.  I think I know why too, it got only about 1/2 of the roots available when I had to cut them apart.  So it probably does not have enough roots to make it.

We discovered this morning that the 2 hoses we are using can reach everything but… The pecan tree and the current.  No biggie, we need at least one new hose as one of the 2 like I said has a leaky connector.

I have discovered this morning that we have 1 small frog living near our pond.  I hope there is more but 1 is a start.  My blue berry is looking very promising so far and I hope it produces well this year.  It has buds everywhere, it looks as healthy as the Elderberries do.

Once I get my soup going I get to go out and do some clearing near all of my plantings from yesterday.  Just to ensure no over crowding and plenty of sun for my new plants.  I did notice the Kale seems to have sprouted finally, just when I was ready to give up on them.  I also may have one carrot sprout, we’ll see as it grows.

Time to go work on the soup,

 

Be Well, Be Safe, and Blessed Be…

New Plants!

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I have some new “babies” that I’ll be planting on Thursday provided the weather is good.  Yesterday we picked up 12 cabbages, 6 broccoli  and 6 sprouts.  I also picked up more onions to grow, some to be just “spring onions” some crosses fingers to be stored onions.  I checked the strawberry plants and they seem to be doing well and have new growth and almost all of them.

Today we picked up a few more plants… We almost picked up chicks, but they didn’t have any that I wanted in the shop we were in.  I still would prefer to get my new chicks from the hatchery, but if I can get the ones I want cheaper at a store then I will.  I did get a very nice looking green grape, that has what appears to be some bunches already starting on it.  I am planning on putting it next to where my outdoor kitchen is going to go.  This way I can have it grow to cover one “wall” in it.  I found a red current and I am hoping it does better than the black currents that I kept buying.. and died.

We found some small rosemary plants and as it seems that ours may not have survived the winter we got two of them.  We picked up some  garlic and some horseradish as well.  Now my big surprise was find pecan seedlings there.  I like pecans, and I was very happy to see them in the farm store as it will probably take a few years for this one to produce.  It’s about 9 inches tall not counting the root system.  I can’t wait till the next no stormy day so I can get all these out and in the ground.. Thursday is the most likely of days for that it appears based on the weather pattern we have coming through.

I am planning on getting pictures of all of them once I can, the light isn’t what I’d like for it right now.  …and it’s COLD outside today.

 

Be Well, Be Safe, and Blessed Be…

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