It has been quite a hot spell this week with temperatures almost in the 90’s everyday. Therefore, I have not bothered the bees because they are already hot and I’m not one to anger already angry insects that sting.
I’ll start off with our tiny harvests! I picked a ton mulberries off the neighbor’s bush to make a pie! (Unfortunately, it turns out that I am not a huge mulberry fan! But, it wasn’t absolutely terrible!)
The garden has seemed to enjoy this warm up! The tomatoes are full of blooms, as well as other plants!
While I was in the garden, I found a chicken behind me checking out everything!
And the solar panels have been making tons of energy with these sunny days! Already over a megawatt by the middle of the month!
We are hoping to be harvesting some more from our tiny homestead this month! Are you harvesting anything from your garden??
March was quite a mix of gross snowy weather and beautiful weather! Seeds have been started and we have been forging and sewing up a storm! So, here’s how it is going:
1. Zero waste our home! We already do a good bit to avoid creating trash, but there is always room for improvement! We are going as package free as we can this summer and have been trying to make some yummy copycats! So far the crackers were a success! And check out those unpaper Birdseye towels that we will be adding to the shop!
2. Declutter 20 items per month. Last year I decluttered 2016 items from this house. This month we cleaned out the boy’s bookshelf to make room for a new shelf. At least 50 things out of that room this month!
3. Create only 12 bags of garbage per year. Americans are super wasteful. We are going to try to only produce one 13 gallon kitchen trash bag per month! We are just now starting bag 3 in April!
4. Merge crafting and homestead business. This month we attended our first craft show as Llewellyn Homestead. We made a few sales and met a lot of nice people! And on top of that, our gardening aprons are for sale at a super cute local business! That’s so exciting for us!
5. Create a summer kitchen. We will be turning a spot in the garage into a nice canning area. (And continue preserving our harvest!) **coming before canning season!**
6. Expand the garden. We did get the onion sets and kale planted this month! Lots of little seedlings are living under the grow light for now!
7. Grow some different plants. Luffa gourds were so fun to grow last year and we are growing them again! We are adding so many different plants that I will have to wait until they are growing to show them!
8. Make a chicken viewing area. In the warm months, I love sitting by the garden and watching the chickens and bees. But, I normally sit on the ground. We are hoping to make a nice seated area in the spring! And now we will have some adorable quail over there too!
9. Green up my school. Schools create an absurd amount of trash! My class recycled 115 pounds of plastic bags since the start of the program in January! And now I’m trying to get people to recycle those millions of magazines that are sent to schools! (And the secretary at our school started recycling the copier toner! Who hoo Stacey!!)
10. Track our solar panels. This month we reached a Megawatt! That’s 1,000 kilowatts!! So far we are loving those panels!
11. Continue beekeeping. Last month the bees had the joy of snowstorms and 70 degree weather odd weather! But they are doing great and we will be getting another hive this month! And I’m going to be putting out some swarm traps to catch some bees!
12. Travel more with the family! We managed to visit so many places last year and have some major traveling ideas for this year! We didn’t do much this month, but we have been thinking of all the places that we need to visit! (Maybe somewhere for Easter?!?!)
Creating less waste and buying less stuff can really be hard when celebrating life’s events. I knew the boy was going to be getting more stuff, so we started getting some of his less used things out if the house. (Like over 100!)
First we went through his astounding collection of stuffed animals. These lucky guys already found a new home!
Then, we sold a few things on a yard sale site that were basically brand new!
On to the party, we tried to keep it low key. I made the boy his cookie cake! I used this amazing recipe: http://www.fourmileridge.com/giant-chocolate-chip-cookie/
And we ate off of my real plates and drank out of non disposable cups. It was perfect! An amazing part was that my garbage can wasn’t filled to the brim with birthday stuff! It was a great weekend!!