One of the best parts about our quirky (but totally normal to us) way of life around here is everyday is like a life science lesson! Yesterday our wine cap mushroom spawn finally arrived!
So, what is spawn you might ask?! Well that’s exactly what the homestead lesson with the crazy boy was yesterday! It’s wood chips that have been inoculated with spores from the winecap mushroom and allowed to start mycelium growth! In easier terms, it’s like the roots of the mushrooms that your putting in an area to get them to grow there! That’s exciting stuff! Bill Nye would’ve been proud of that lesson!
So we took that spawn outside and broke up pieces and basically made layers of spawn with straw and lots of water. Fungi like things wet and decomposing material. I love teaching that little knucklehead of mine about all things science-like!
Now on to the rest of the garden! It’s been raining, a lot! And seedlings are loving it!
And I’m pretty excited about our volunteer pumpkins! My friend’s dad gave us the gigantic pumpkins that he grew last year for the chickens. Now there are huge pumpkin seedlings coming up where they ate them!
This weekend I will be crafting like noone’s business, since we have a show next weekend. Hope that you enjoy your weekend!
Could it be?!?! Our first Wednesday walk through the garden of 2017. Even though not much is going on until the end of May (our last frost date), we can see the start of a great gardening season!
The garlic is growing nicely! And I just added some compost around them to help feed them a touch
The onions and strawberries growing in the raised bed are coming along!
And I was pretty shocked to see that some of my potatoes have made their way above the soil already!
My Granny’s rhubarb is looking great!
I really thought that since the grape vines didn’t really grow last year well, that they wouldn’t come back. But look at how healthy it looks:
And the mister had taken the wheels off of an old wagon that was falling apart years ago. Well, I decide to use it for a salad garden. In it I have arugula, lettuce and spinach.
The boy was beyond delighted to find some frog or toad eggs in the tiny pond (puddle) above the garden:
I will leave you with a picture of me splitting my hive, since I found a pretty nice capped queen cup. I got the future majesty and some nurse bees to move into a new box. (this was a first and I’m hoping it turns out well!)
I hope that you are seeing lots of signs of Spring where you live!
I love, love, love running into people here where I live that actually read my little blog! Such a compliment, especially since I am far from a writer. The first thing they always are curious about is how we create such a small amount of trash. So, here’s what we do here that seems completely normal to us!
*We don’t use paper products. (Well, we do use toilet paper) no paper towels, napkins, paper cups/plates. We have our unpaper towels for both our house and lunches
*Meal planning- I plan out the meals for the week so that I only buy what I need. I don’t throw out uneaten food here.
*Be a fixer/maker. We try our best at fixing anything that breaks. I can patch/sew/repair fabric things and the mister is an amazing trouble-shooter and fixer. We also make a ton of things that others buy, like soap, all purpose cleaner and even pretty much anything that the mister can create!
*No food in the garbage: the chickens and worms get anything that is leftover that we don’t want, or pieces of peelings.
*be a baker-yes, we make a lot of our own breads, cakes, muffins, cookies and anything else that normally comes in a wrapper. I enjoy it, and definitely need to work on this more. I tend to be better at this in the summer time!
*we are non-shoppers. Shopping isn’t a hobby or exciting event for us. If something is needed, we look for it second hand. Then, if we can’t find it we buy it new. We also always take a list and use our reusable bags.
*Say no to plastic wrap! I use the reusable beeswax wraps that I made to cover up bowls and plates. We also use containers and reusable sandwich bags, so no ziplock bags are used here!
*Grow what you eat! We grow a lot of the foods that our family really likes and love the fact that our dinner traveled a whole 10 feet from our yard to our table!
*we are preservers! We grow what we enjoy and then preserve whatever we can. We enjoy our own tomatoes sauces, jellies, green beans, onions, garlic and potatoes all throughout the winter.
*we are recyclers. Our small town does not recycle a lot. We recycle what we can here. I don’t believe that recycling is the great answer with plastics, but what we can’t refuse to use we do recycle.
* we compost!! Coffee grounds, tea bags, fruit peels, papers and cardboard get composted. The mister also burns some of the cardboard too.
* We are leftover eaters. I take leftovers in my lunch a lot, in reusable containers. That means not much eating out, so no straws (they’re terrible), styrofoam cups or even condiment packages.
*reusable everything! We refill our foam soap pumps, use and make our own cotton dishcloths (that can eventually be composted).
That’s more than a handful of what we do. We are far from perfect and we are going to continue working on leaving this planet a better place! If you can think of anything else to add, please leave a comment! And remember that I look at this as a way of life and not a competition. 💚🌎
The garden is really slowing down and I have been busy clearing it out! I have harvested MANY sunflower heads!
The areas that were finished producing food have been ripped out and I planted some red clover cover crop to put some nitrogen in the soil! To my surprise, it’s already sprouting!!
The pollinator garden is still producing many beautiful flowers! The gladiolus flowers are now blooming pink and yellow. There are also a few roses and I think that the coneflowers might still flower! Maybe!
There are still a few plants doing great! The raised bed above is really taking off with sweet potatoes and butternut squash!
While the birdhouse gourd plants are dying off, I think we are going to get a few nice sized gourds!
The temps and humidity just felt disgusting outside tonight. So, I wasn’t surprised to see how much the bees were bearding this evening! They were some hot bees!
I decided to make some zucchini cake! It is super easy!! I just follow the directions for making a cake mix, add a half cup of chocolate chips and grate a whole zucchini.
When I went around to throw the football with the boy, I thought the jeep was picture perfect. My husband enjoys working on these in his spare time and he’s thinking about selling this one.
And when I came in, I worked on sewing an etsy order and then made some adorable new bandana hair ties!
I hope that your having a great week and that you are as excited as I am to be over the hump! Onward to Thursday!!!
I have this weird quality to always saying yes to helping someone else, even when I really don’t have the time. This weekend has been filled with crafting for others, holding a produce stand with the boy, taking care of a friend’s store for the day and going out for an anniversary dinner.
This doesn’t even include doing fun things like laundry, grocery shopping, canning and cleaning.
And, I managed to overfill a bucket and break the handle right off! Nice, right?
But to focus on the positives, the boy’s sale went well and he had lots of customers! He even delivered to a few close neighbors!
The chicken coop is being taken over by the birdhouse gourds, zucchini and sunflowers! I think that it looks perfect!
These pretty tomatoes grew themselves this year:
I think they are black krim, but I’m not sure!
We took what seemed like a million tomatoes and cooked them down and they turned into 3 quarts of tomato sauce! Do you ever wonder how store bought spaghetti sauce is so cheap??
I thought that I should end this post with some beautiful sunflowers:
So, basically I’m going to work on relaxing more on the weekend and enjoying family. Oh, and totally saying no when I really don’t want to do something!