Garden Update- May 22

It has been crazy hectic- with the end of school for my girls, and a dance recital- and it has been raining like crazy! The garden definitely is enjoying the fresh water- I hope!

So much rain that part of the tree by the garden got hit in a storm! I thank God it did not fall the other way and hit the garden!

 

See that! So glad! We will have to trim it down and move it- even though it is on the neighbors property. We have a few trees that draws the lines in our properties. I am glad the hubby trimmed that tree the weekend we tilled the garden! It may have not went that way had we not done maintenance!

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Cherry tomato plant is doing wondermous! We will have some more to harvest soon! Look at it blooming like crazy!

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I am not sure which herb got planted in the green pot- what do yall think it is? This is what happens when you forget what you planted! OOPS! Better luck next time for this gal!

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Grow garden grow!

Big Boy Tomatoes- look at them coming in! Hubby is so excited for these 2! I will be staking more soon!

Summer squash! What am I doing wrong? It is slow to bloom! I think I may trellis these!

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These have to go in the garden soon, and I have to remember what is what when I plant them in the garden free space!

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Watermelon is growing like crazy!

Red and green bell pepper! Look at that pepper on the left side, and I have a baby on the right!

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My lone banana pepper plant is growing tall!

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the 2 biggest Okra plants, I have 2 more in there. I need to get some more planted!

I am going to try for some more seeds, but I am worried that it is too late! Any advice?

By the way- check out my voluntary pumpkin plant from where the chickens ate pumpkin before we moved the coop!

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Ain’t Life Grand!

#SorryNotSorry

I know my grammar Nazi friends and myself included hate that title- but like my hashtag states- Sorry, Not Sorry! I am so excited y’all! I got nominated for the Blogger Recognition award! Makes me feel so loved, and to know that my blog actually has readers!

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I was nominated by Our Oily Homestead. This is an awesome blog, who right now has a Fun Fact Friday column all about chickens! And we all know I love my chicks! This one will get big y’all!

THANK YOU SO MUCH! I APPRECIATE IT! YOU ARE AWESOME!

So to start it off- I started my blog less than a year ago to share my Homestead journey. We are a hot mess y’all, hence the name. It started more as a personal journal to keep track of all we had going on- and has leaned into leading my way into my urban mini-farm. I love DIY and being frugal, and we are trying to lead more into self-sufficiency and green and healthy living ways! I forget everything- being a busy mom- so this was a glld place for me to keep track- and apparently people like reading it! Who knew? I am just glad I don’t scare anyone away! #reallifetruths  If y’all have been following me awhile- or if you are new- just know I don’t sugar coat- and homesteading can be glorious and beautiful- but it has trials and triumphs. That is what I post!

I am fairly new myself- so the best advice I can give is-

  1. I work a normal 8 to 5 like most of us do- so my first tip is to pre-write and schedule your blog posts. I take an hour or so on Sunday morning or Saturday evening and write a few posts for the week- and schedule them out. It has helped with time management and the stress! All of the biggest bloggers even do this- some people have months planned out- me I fly by the seat of my pants- so it is weekly planned!
  2. Have fun with it and be honest! I write like I would be having a conversation with you, like we were sitting on the porch just talking. Some may not like that, but I find it the best way to read. I want to see the good, the bad, and the ugly. Everyone has trials and tribulations but above all remain positive! We have too much negativity in this world! Be you!

My nominations (These are some people I have followed for awhile- and think if we were friends- we could sit and talk for hours- or work alongside each other great!)-
New Garden Homestead I love following this blog- some great recipes- and garden updates! Easy to read and honest!

Sprout & Sprig They are updating an old farm (How amazing is that opportunity) and have 40 acres! So jealous! But a great blog to follow!

Llewellyn Homestead Let me tell you- this year- 3 bags of trash! Crafts, gardens, BEES (I eventually want to step into this avenue), and going green! An all around great blog!

 

For those nominated, here are the rules for this award.  Keep the love going!

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Write a post to show your award.
  3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  5. Select (up to 15) other bloggers for this award.
  6. Comment on each blog to let them know you nominated them and provide a link to the post you created.

 

Thank you to all my loyal readers- all my blogger friends, I feel like I know you! Keep on reading and keep on blogging!

Goat Update

The goats are doing great! We are doing some more DIY with them later this week. I still have to finish cleaning out the pen this weekend. I can’t do it much when it is raining! We are expecting rain all week! Good for the garden- but not to do work in. We did manage to get a new watering system set up!

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Enjoying the new hay in their pen! I still have to clean some more in the pen, but at least they have a fresh, dry spot to lay now!

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The brushes were an addition awhile ago- we added some brushes so they can rub against them and brush themselves! I have seen them use them sometimes. Here is our new water get up. We bought a bigger water tub- better than the 2 buckets! It gives them fresh water all the time! We did buy a float so that these guys will never be without water! Not as frugal because we bought a new tub, and the float- BUT it is a time saver so it has that going for it!

Stay tuned for some more goat pen, and goat toys expansion and DIY Frugal ideas!

100 posts! 60 followers!

So last post was my 100th post! How exciting!

I have 60 followers- how exciting!

I want to take a moment to Thank each and every one of you! I never dreamed I would get this far! You make me keep posting! I love hearing from each and every one of you, and following your blogs as well!

There is always room for improvement! What would you like to see or hear about? I know I need to improve on my picture taking skills! I am a work in progress since I still work a 9 to 5 as well! I am thinking about a weekly column or two! Since I have gotten this far, I am working on a blog schedule so you can expect when to hear from me, and certain updates!

So in honor of my celebration- stay tuned for a Seed Giveaway sometime in the following week! Thanks again to all my friends! I couldn’t have done it without you!

Chicken Update and DIY Chicken Run

So I have a bad addiction! That much I can say!

I sold 6 of my babies to a friend who wanted some chickens. The funny thing is I am not sure what I have left! If the weather is nice this weekend, I am going to give them some land time, and then try and figure out how many and what I have. See the problem with that is since I sold 6, I bought 6 more, and I don’t think I got the breeds I was supposed to from the feed store- the lady working there asked me what was what, and I can’t grab my own- sooo we will have to see! I already have a plan for either Fall Chicks or next Spring chicks- probably next Spring.

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This happened this weekend. We had to expand the coop so the big girls and the teenagers could get along. It was not working, and it is so not fair that they did not have enough room. We added 3 pallets long and one pallet wide for now! That helped the girls tremendously- Spaz was not taking very well to new hens to the coop. The teenagers are half of their size, and the only time she pecks at them now is if they are in her way or when she doesn’t want them in a section of the coop. I am just very glad that more space gave them some harmony! A lot less stress on me too! The inside of the pallets are covered with chicken wire, and the top of the coop is covered in netting. We removed a section of the coop and still have it so if I need to section them off to do some work we can. It is not the prettiest addition, but it makes me and the girls happy! The only thing we had to do to expand the coop was buy some t-posts, chicken wire, and we bought a bunch of netting for projects! Low cost and frugal is the way to be! Show me your coops!

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I still need names for the 3 cherry eggers- and the 3 golden comets. The Comets I can tell apart- but the cherry eggers I can not just yet. So help a sister out! Spaz is my all white hen, and Violet is my hen with the black and white.

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Love it! And look at all the colors!

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My babies are growing by leaps and bounds! Expect more and better pictures this weekend if the weather cooperates! And by the way these lil suckers are hard to catch!

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Sorry for the blurry picture- it was raining and I take them all on my phone! The girls got to enjoy some cantaloupe today! Spaz ran the teens off- but now that they roosted in the coop for the night- the teens get to enjoy some too! My cantaloupe was almost bad- so I shared it with the girls- we try not to waste anything! If I can feed it to the animals- that’s better than composting or in – dare I say it- the garbage!

Enjoy! If you have littles, or chickens, how are they doing? Any tips!

Garden Update- May 16th

I know this is late- but it has been so busy lately! School is ending and I have so many things to do and take care of! There is certainly not enough time in the day!

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The strawberries are doing well, I will have to clean the herb bed this weekend, and move the flower pallets and the strawberries up front closer to the garden.

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The potato bag is filling quickly! This experiment hopefully turns out well! I hope we have a lot of potatoes when it is full! Every time we see green we cover it!

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Don’t mind the front yard- it needs cleaned up some this weekend, but the flowers are doing great!

I finally got everything for the most part in the garden. We transplanted the cucumber plants, and I hope they do well. The rest I am leaving in pots- I am scared to transplant them!

 

So here are the pots, they need some organization and some more soil in some! But look at those! I am so excited!

wp-1494984092520.jpgThe cherry tomato plant had one little baby! Tooty was so excited she ate it right away! I can’t wait to have more produce! So exciting!

How does your garden grow?

May Seed Shipment

I am a little behind on my seed shipments, although we have been busy planting seeds and the garden, I am working on planning our spot, and starting some more seeds!

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I am not fond of hot peppers. I am excited about the other seeds, and need to keep starting some! Stay tuned for a seed giveaway!

Thanks Mike the Gardener- I love my little package I get every month! Something to definitely look forward to!

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Garden Update-

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Our potatoes have been growing! I am having to add soil every few days!
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The one lone strawberry plant is growing by leaps and bounds!
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The cucumber plant was growing great!
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Look at all the baby squash! I hope it can grow well in the container!
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Maters are growing!

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Mini Farm-

 

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Hey, what are you looking at?

 

So I wholeheartedly believe I am starting a mini farm! I absolutely love my animals! The Golden Comet girls have really come into their color- and they are all 3 different feather patterns- so I am about to name them! The cherry eggers look the same- but they are beautiful- so I may have to color band their legs so I can name them! Be prepared for the list! If you have the same breed and they all look the same- how do you tell them apart? I love the pictures of Spaz and Violet- and then a goatie update! It makes me happy to take their picture! It appears they are photogenic! Help me with some Farm names yall!

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New Addition to the Homestead-

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See the speckled looking one? That is my rare breed! Any one can tell what it will be?
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Look at those colors!
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This one is my favorite! What are you doing crazy lady?

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Here is what we received in the mail on Wednesday May 10th! I am so excited! I ordered 5 Araucana/Americauna’s, 5 White Jersey Giants, 5 Delawares, and 5 White Cochins. They sent a rare breed chick as well. Sad to say they did fine- but when I woke up on Thursday morning, we found one had passed. I think it was one of my Cana’s, and I am so sad, because that is what I really wanted! We will have to see how this goes! The rare breed is the speckled one- and I am very interested to see what it is! Any guesses? I am also supposed to have all females, so I need more names! I am thinking about buying the color bands so I can tell some of them apart!

I can’t wait to watch these babies grow! I will be posting weekly updates!