Better late than never, no?
Motivation for some things have been low lately (i.e. blog and household chores).
Refocusing balance and allowing myself some more grace.
Focusing on little things and just enjoying summer have been priority. That, and tackling some pretty daunting projects.
There will (should) be another blog Friday, but here is the update for last Friday:
Let Them Eat... Corn
Hubby has found a new passion for gardening and amongst other things, he has found a passion for corn.
Sweet corn, popcorn, feed corn… all the corn.
Corn is not the devil y’all. Everything in moderation.
This year he started with sweet corn and has learned quite a few lessons. The first crop is half as good as the second crop and he thinks it is due to over-cultivating and planting too far after cultivating.
Our goal is to have a little corn stand to sell, feed our family throughout the year by preserving corn, and maybe feeding animals – wild and livestock.
It was questionable whether the corn would be even lively enough to produce this year, but it looks as if we will have a few productive stalks!
Gotta start somewhere! Celebrate the successes and not the failure.
Driving to our house we pass cornfield after cornfield and ours is SO sad looking in comparison. BUT IT IS OUR FIRST YEAR, so we give ourselves grace.
Plus, corn has helped build a bridge into many other endeavors on our farm… funny how life works?
... and Strawberries!
Oh, my poor strawberries.
I have HIGH hopes for a prolific strawberry patch. They are like the candy of the garden, and VERY versatile.
Our first batch of strawberry plants was put into a small greenhouse that blew over and most of them died, including our pine berries. Then when hubby cultivated the garden he miscalculated the size of the tractor and ran over the surviving berries.
I purchased 12 more Everbearing plants and got them growing. Found another pine berry plant in the ground and low and behold some of the squashed plants survived!
Ever-bearing plants are good for having strawberries all summer. They produce a few fruits here and there June to frost.
Next year the goal is to get some June-bearing plants in the ground so we can get a surge of berries for jam season with Rhubarb and possibly even freezing.
Heres to my little patch of berries.
By the way: yes, I need to mulch. There is a lot of purslane and chickweed growing that I plan to collect and preserve for herbal remedies. I will mulch, but for now… let the medicine grow!
Priorities: Food > Comfort.
Who ever said chickens hate the rain?!
We always leave the coop locked up during the rain and snow because, well, chickens don’t like wet or cold.
This past weekend we cleared the barn of all the crap that has collected over the last (almost) decade. The barn is cleared. Let me repeat:
The. Barn. Is. Cleared.
As we took a rainy day to clear the barn to prepare for our spring lambs, we left the chicken coop open.
Much to our demise the chickens were drenched rats in the rain scavenging bugs and grubs. They went in the coop to dry off in waves, but there was always chickens out foraging.
This winter I had done the same thing and was surprised at how many birds would venture the bitter cold to eat whatever grass they could find.
Lesson learned: don’t make decisions for your animals.
Let the Pollinators Pollinate.
The pollinators are FLOURISHING!
I have had many ‘visions’ for my front garden and by no surprise to myself, I have a new vision.
I will use this space for annuals and perennials I’m a fashion that will hopefully be beautiful and beneficial. Combining plants that benefit pollinators and perennial herbs for both pollinators and our family. The struggle will be getting the visual appeal correct, but time will tell.
The bees in the video were LOVING the snap dragons and allium. It is so fun to watch them maneuver the flowers accordingly. The bees know to climb into the dragons gently and scurry over the Alliums hitting each mini flower in the process.
I have said it once and I will say it a million times until we get bees: one day we will have bees. Not for awhile, but it WILL happen.
All in God’s timing.
I Get it From My Mum.
After Independence Day, it is hard not to scowl at the ‘back to school’ supplies that fill the shelves.
Its still summer, let us enjoy. See you after August fir….. OH ARE THOSE MUMS?!
Why, yes… I’ll take two!
Muted, bold fall colors just sweep my heart away. The maroon mums caught my eye this year and kicked my house planters to the curb.
By the curb I mean I found two galvanized planters and transplanted my flowers to them and moved them to the patio. Of course I wouldn’t waste beautiful flowers. Who do you think I am?! A monster???
The patio flowers really liven up the place and the mums look small in their current state. With due time I pray they will be filling out their space in time for fall.
Who can resist some fall flowers?
I have also heard that mums can be planted into the ground and will behave as a perennial… hmm… I may try that! I have some ‘perennial’ mums, but they look different so I assumed they were, well, different.
Late or not… we have been busy and getting SO much done. I cannot wait to share some things we already have been working on with you next week.
Nothing feels quite as good as accomplishing some stuff. Helps to see the goals a little clearer, all while feeding the soul.
If you ever have any questions, or ideas for future blogs, comment below or shoot me an email!
From the farm,