This weekend was full of all the reasons why I put so much into this lifestyle that we are wanting to live.
Remember the mushroom spawn that I spread in a raised bed back in early May? Well, the mushrooms have finally popped up for harvesting! (Best find of the weekend!)
Also, a few of the birdhouse gourds had fallen on the ground. So, I decided to go ahead and pull them from the dead vibe and start the drying out process.
And the garden is still producing so much! I really am not sure of what I’m going to make out of all of these tomatoes at this point!
We had our last produce sale of the season, but it was unfortunately a flop. So, I gave a lot of produce to family and friends!
And now onto all the crafting that has been going on around here! The Mr has been busy beating on metal and blacksmithing lots for our upcoming craft show!
And I have been sewing up a storm too! I’ve been working on unpaper towels and napkins. Also, I have sewing up reusable wet jet refills. Now to hope that the customers at the craft show enjoy a more zero waste lifestyle!
I officially got tired of my crazy long hair this weekend, and decided to get it cut off! 14 inches to be exact and I’ll be donating it to a wig making organization. I figure since it grows so fast, I might as well use it for something!
I hope that you all were able to enjoy your weekend and that your garden is still flourishing!
This week brought on the start of the school year, which is year 13 for my teaching career. Every year feels like I’m starting a new job. I’m hoping this year goes well!
And on to gardening! The strawberry bed had gotten so unruly and to be honest, I don’t get a large amount of strawberries. So, I decided to clear out the bed and I’m going to plant a cover crop and hopefully make the soil even better.
The cattle panel trellis that goes from one raised bed to the other is looking great! There are always lots of big yellow luffa blooms on it and the luffas and birdhouse gourds are growing fast!
The trellises in the yard are looking great!
And I love growing sunflowers! This year our tallest is around 10 feet tall! The pollinators are enjoying the blooms and the chickens will enjoy the seeds this winter!
This weekend is going to consist of lots of canning because we have a ton of tomatoes that need to be preserved! The end of the month update will be coming soon!
This year will be my 13th year teaching for the same county, so that’s starting to make me feel old! But that’s not the exciting part! We were featured on a page about gardeners from around the world! If you do Facebook, it’s on Humans who grow food and it’s the same on Instagram!
And on to more exciting times, the Mr and I celebrated our Anniversary! We are getting pretty close to being able to say that we have been together for half of our lives! Oh my! But, even though we were on opposite shifts, I still had a chance to make some apple pies to celebrate!
And onward to more exciting things, the pollinator garden that my students planted in the Spring is looking gorgeous! Everything is blooming! I can’t wait for them to see it!
We have been producing a surplus of veggies, so I started setting up a stand. The first week we had one customer and I felt like we should just not bother, but the Mr reminded me that I should keep trying! So, 3 weeks later and we are getting several customers! Even the mail lady messaged me that she loved it! Yay!
And now for some garden pictures:
Next up is our mystery pumpkin! It volunteered from a monster sized pumpkin that I was given last year, I’m looking forward to watching it grow!
Overall this weekend has been one great one! (Even the pup would agree!)
So, I definitely feel like this homestead is moving in the right direction! Keep blooming people!
In case you didn’t notice (haha) there was a solar eclipse today! The boy and I made pinhole projectors out of cereal boxes and enjoyed the show! It didn’t get very dark here, but it was kind of eerie! I thought maybe the chickens or bees would act differently, but I didn’t notice anything! The solar panels did notice the eclipse though!
And check out the colander during the eclipse!
Our neighbor’s garden has been growing very well! So, he gave us 4 buckets of leftovers for the chickens and all of this for us:
I started picking our harvest this morning, but it was too hot! This was all collected just from our yard! (Not the big garden!)
And our one and only luffa is getting pretty big!
And here is the whole harvest from today! That’s a little over 15 pounds in cherry tomatoes alone!
And we have our first cayenne pepper growing!
And I will finish the post with a bee on our pretty orange sunflower!
Have a great week and keep blooming where you are planted!
It has been raining every other day here, so it’s hard to get into the garden to gather our harvest. So, when I went outside I was pretty surprised to see a watermelon that might actually have time to be harvested before the weather changes!
I have been picking what feels like millions of cherry tomatoes every time I go in the garden! I’m thinking about just freezing some for later use.
I know that I posted a picture of an okra bloom earlier in the month, but it’s hard not to share them. They are such a beautiful bloom!
The later planting of the popcorn is growing tall! I’m hoping that we will get to harvest this too before the weather change!
After forever, I’m finally seeing some pumpkins growing! They had male blossoms since early summer and just started getting female blossoms.
Another late Fall harvesting plant, sweet potatoes, are growing well! The vines are growing everywhere!
I have never seen the birdhouse gourds grow this large before! My neighbor said that we will have eagles trying to live in these sized gourds!
And here is our big ol’ harvest today!
And after getting all of the veggies picked and grass cut and raked (it was sooo tall!), I was able to sit and relax with the Sherman dog!
At some point tomorrow we really need to can some peaches anc work on processing the tomatoes!