Hello! I cannot believe it is May of 2015! I am finally feeling like I can breathe. The last year has been a huge whirlwind with all the work we have done on the farm. My idea of how much extra-curricular activities I could be involved in while on the farm shrunk drastically.
First off, we worked on getting the “dirt pile” ready to plant grass seeds. That involved lots of racking, picking rocks, digging up BOULDERS, spreading manure and harrowing with the ATV. We also had the blessing of a neighbor helping (actually we helped HIM!) to put into a sprinkler system. That helped putting int he grass seed so much easier!
Next, we worked to get our huge garden put in. This also involved lots of racking, picking rocks, digging up BOULDERS, spreading manure and harrowing with the ATV. And also was blessed by the neighbor putting in a sprinkler system!! Made it 10X easier. We still had tons of weeding to do over the summer. We planted kale, swiss chard, beets, 45 tomato plants, strawberry plants, watermelon, pumpkins, cucumbers, beans, sugar snap peas, corn, cabbage, zucchini, yellow squash, honeydew melon, jalapeños, basil, jackolantern pumpkins, daikon, blueberry bushes, okra, butternut squash….. and all from seeds that we started in March inside our kitchen. I was able to can and freeze so much of it. And was even able to share a ton too.
It wasn’t perfect by any stretch of the imagination. The corn didn’t grow to produce ears, my husband ran over my blueberry bushes with the lawnmower since they were buried in weeds, the okra never produced, I got cucumber blight and only pickled about 5 jars, didn’t stake the peas early enough and the same with tomato plants, but we are back at it again this year!
August was busy with 4H preparation for all the kids. We didn’t know how involved it would be. BUT I was amazed by what all the kids learned! The last week of August was intensely busy with the county fair. Our family entered over 45 items to be judged – from produce to cakes to sewing to jewelry to baking to paintings to lego and WWII dioramas!
My parents came to visit in the fall and we could show them our little patch of heaven in Idaho. We stayed busy canning fruit (pears, peaches and apples), making and canning apple cider, and even learning how to ferment sauerkraut. We were able to get a steady stream of regular egg buyers too!
Oh and we still homeschooled! My goal was to make all our Christmas gifts but that didn’t happen!