Thursday, May 21, 2015

Life on Our Hill

Our experiment this year for the homestead is raised beds.  They are working quite well, with one exception.  Here's a look from this morning:

The cucumbers are in full bloom

 Can you see the teeny-tiny little cucumber at the end of the bloom?


It will not be long before I start picking beans

It will not be long before I start cooking squash!

I know it looks like we will be picking tomatoes soon
but it usually takes a few weeks for them to turn red.

  This is the sunflower that God planted for us.

 The melons, bless their hearts, are trying...

So is the corn.

Thriving artichokes make me smile.

 We learned a valuable lesson about doing potatoes in raised beds.
Do not use dead leaves as mulch!
We think a mole might have gotten in and done this damage.
Oh well.

The lettuce and radishes.
Anyone want some lettuce?!

The animals are also thriving.

The new Buff Orpingtons and the Leghorns.
Their job is to clear out and fertilize the front.

The not-so-little-anymore bunnies.
Their job is to eat and get fat.
Yes, we do.

The old Buff Orpingtons and Brave Sir Robin.
Their job is to lay fertile eggs for my 2015 animal experiment.

I'm hoping to successfully cross the two breeds.

We'll find out in about 12 days if it is a success.

Other than incubating eggs and new floors, what is going on indoors?

Getting canning started for the year!
This year's yield is 30 pints of jam for 4 gallons of strawberries.
Down a little bit from last year, but a gracious plenty for us.
And some to share, of course!

That's about it.  I'll be in Greenville, SC this weekend for their Highland Games.  Junior's band, Palmetto Pipes and Drums, will be competing.  If you are in the area, drive over to Furman and join us.  We'd love to see you!

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