Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
I've decided to jungle a little more! After I weeded, I spread corn and squash seeds randomly over the area. Then I covered the seeds with a fresh layer of mulch and watered thoroughly.
Soon I'll have loads more squash and corn.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Take a look at how much our corn, tomatoes and beans are growing! This area was experimental, using a jungle technique. I really wasn't sure how well all these plants would grow together, but was happily surprised!
The jungle technique does work well and allows little light for weeds to grow as promised.
I will definitely use this technique all over my lot!
Would you look at these vegetables?! I planted them a couple weeks ago. I was trying to get crops in, one small area at a time. As I had planted late, I really wasn't sure if it was worth it.
Look at how cute they are! They're making every effort to grow despite all the excessive rain.
It sure brings me renewed hope for my homesteading dreams to see them so healthy!
Friday, June 26, 2009
What do you think? As I got ready to pull more weeds and spread more mulch, I decided to start with the front lounge. This room has really been bugging me as it is so unfinished!
One bucket full of pulled weeds and one of fresh mulch, it's slowly becoming the nicest room on the homestead. Stop by soon to see it when it's finished!
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Today I tried to move it to weed under. It was in no shape to be moved! There was no point in trying to resusitate, so we declared it DOA and carried it to the curb to be hauled off for scrap.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
I chopped potatoes, onions, zuccini, red bell peppers and sausage into a fry pan and cooked until tender.
Then I scrambled in 6 eggs and some shredded cheese.
Tummies full of veggies!
Matthew was so delighted to be chosen to bring in a garter snake and name it 'Matt the Snake'.
Kudos for making Matthew a part of the Nature Center!
When we bought this property the alley portion of the lot was strewn with debris! Railroad ties, chunks of concrete, glass and poison ivy were everywhere.
Slowly, this year, I have pulled the concrete back from the fence, planted rugosa roses, moved the railroad tied to start a curb, mulched heavily and verbally threatened the poison ivy!
Next I need to level off a space just outside the railroad ties, but inside my blue string. In that spot I'll anchor the cinder blocks to create a solid curb.
When the alley turns to ice this winter, no one will slide into my fence!!!
Monday, June 22, 2009
Kudos again to Chris McCullum at Oakwood Cemetery for his willingness to give so much time and patience to Matt.
It's something all community leaders should do.
It is so nice to wander outside and see that, yes, we will have fresh, safe fruits and vegetables again this season! As we watch this country spin further and further out of control, the basic necessities of life seem more and more precious.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
First we stopped at Citgo gas station and Matthew went in and bought the wiper fluid on his own.
Then he learned to pour it into the right receptical. A little at a time he is learning to be self-sufficient!
Monday, June 15, 2009
I am knitting hats again this year. I only have 7 finished. That is not good! There are, obviously, more than 7 homeless people in Joliet.
Last year I gave a free hat to anyone who asked. This year only the truly homeless get a freebie. I've decided to charge everyone else $4.00. That will cover the materials to make that hat plus 3 more.
The Farmer's Almanac calls for snow in October this year... Brrr... That's early! Not much time left.
I've got to go knit! You do your part, too.
Today I am not at the homestead; I'm at work. This is the little apartment off my office.
I am needing to get better at growing vegetables in pots, so I'm using available space here.
With both Russian and Mexican scientists forcasting another ice age, and this summer being decidedly cool, I realized that I'd better get a move on and get ready!
How ready are you?
Sunday, June 14, 2009
As we are only able to afford to fence a little at a time, we have added the mini fence. Along it I placed pieces of cardboard. On top of the cardboard I sprinkled vegetable seeds and covered with mulch.
The mini fence is helping to keep the neighbor kids out of the yard when we are home. The vegetables should provide a friendly edible fence until we can finish the permanent fence.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
I've never seen Matthew so proud of himself as he was riding around in the rain!
He took the practice very seriously. He avoided every puddle and stick on the little gravel roads!
Many thanks to Chris for taking time for Matthew and boosting his confidence like that!
Hi! Glad to see you! Step out back a minute so I can show you what I did.
As I can not plant another rose until we put up the fence panel that will go in front of the gate, I decided to make use of the vertical surface and plant vining vegetables.
Can't you just envision eggplant winding it's way up the latticework?
A Yummy Fence!
Thursday, June 11, 2009
I spent a good hour on the far corner. I pulled weeds, mulched and planted more vegetables.
Although it is a neverending chore, I really enjoy it. It is so satisfying to see even a small area transformed into a mini paradise!
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
Did you ever want so desperately to be 'normal' that you cried about it?
Did you ever crave carbohydrates beyond a reasonable desire? Did you ever eat enough for two grown men and feel starved? Did you ever confiscate all the junk food in the house and eat it secretly?
And so is our little world. Trying desperately to achieve something you and I take for granted.
If you know someone like this, can you take the time to be extra patient and supportive?
This corner was really bugging me so I spent some extra time on it. I pulled weeds galore (I may have to build an extra composter!).I planted a few tomatoes to disuade the groundhogs, then I scattered a few seeds. I mulched around all existing plants and over the seeds. I watered thoroughly.
Now to sit and wait for my seeds to sprout and hope the groundhog feels unloved!
Stop by again soon!
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
We were so happy to relieve her of them. And, she was so happy to have them gone.
What a great freebie!
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
It is so nice to have such a strong and willing helper!
And a blessing to see him try.