Our Garden 2020

Hey Guys!

This was our second year of having a garden, and so i thought i would share my notes on how things went, that way next Spring when we plant again i’ll have something to look back on and who knows maybe my notes might help someone else out.

This year we planted:

  • green beans
  • peas
  • tomatoes (roma)
  • broccoli
  • strawberries
  • raspberries (bought an already started plant & it died without giving any berries)
  • radishes
  • zucchini
  • cabbage
  • cilantro
  • bell peppers
  • watermelon
  • pumpkins
  • onions
  • jalapenos (they never grew)
  • cantaloupe
  • spinach
  • lettuce
  • carrots

We started our garden at the beginning of April, which was way too soon for some plants (pumpkins) and way too late for other plants (watermelon, tomatoes).

Radishes are always super easy to grow and they are ready to harvest very quickly. If you are just starting out growing things and you want to have an easy victory, plant radishes.

We bought broccoli that was already started, yet i was surprised at how well it grew. We were able to harvest it pretty quickly (beginning of June).

For our strawberries, we also bought them already started so they were also ready pretty quickly. However, the plant ended up dying pretty quickly too. When we bought it, i just transferred it to a bigger container, next time i think putting it into the ground might be better.

Green beans did really well, i will definitely grow them again. Our peas didn’t do well this year, not sure where we went wrong there.

Tomatoes are just now starting to grow, and they are growing very tiny. I think we needed to start them sooner and also needed to spread them apart more.

Zucchini did really well. It was easy to grow. Just from the 9 zucchini plants we had, we got well over 30 zucchinis.

Watermelon and cantaloupe are still growing, we probably should have planted them sooner.

Pumpkins didn’t grow as big this year, and they were ready to be harvested sooner.

Spinach, lettuce, and cilantro were all easy to grow. Super tasty too!

I believe we planted our onions way too close to each other, so they didn’t grow that big.

Bell peppers are just now starting to grow, probably needed to start them sooner.

Carrots were another vegetable that didn’t grow that big, perhaps once again we planted them too closely.

Our cabbage grew really enormous, however they got infected with bugs so we ended up feeding all of them to our chickens.

As you can see there was sort of a pattern here this year, we planted things way too close to each other. I believe that and the weather (we had a really cool spring and beginning of summer) played a major part in how things grew and didn’t grow.

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Chickens Update

Hey Guys!

I’m not sure if you remember, i did a house/life update back in 2018, where i shared our chicken coop my parents built for us and i shared a picture of my favorite chicken Hazel. Since then i haven’t shared anything regarding the chickens, so i thought now would be a good time to give a chicken update.

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We first got chickens back in June 2018. We ordered 10 female Ameraucana chicks. When i picked up our order, there were 12 chicks inside the box. *Apparently if you order 10, they send you 2 extra just in case some of them don’t make it during shipping.* All 12 chicks survived shipping.

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They started growing really fast, and it was so much fun to watch them grow.

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My parents built an amazing coop for them, and they were all doing really well. With the exception of Hazel, who was born with a crooked beak which caused her to have trouble eating & drinking.

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Hazel instantly became my favorite chicken. She was always so happy to see me. She would run up to me and want me to hold her. So, when she passed away in October of 2018 i was devastated.

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Right now, we have 6 of the original 12 remaining. We lost the other 5 chickens due to the weather & our dog Bear.

The 6 that remain, lay beautiful blue/green/pink eggs every single day. We are very happy with our girls.

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In March of 2020, we bought 8 meat chicks in hopes of filling our freezer during these crazy times (covid 19). We lost 1 chick a few days after bringing them home. So we were down to 7. We decided butchering chickens isn’t for us, so we were just going to keep them and let them die naturally. Right now, we only have 2 meat birds remaining. It’s true what they say, they do die easily from heart attacks & broken legs.

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In April of 2020, we also decided to add more egg laying chicks to our family. We ordered 20 chicks, and they all arrived safe and sound. Although, we did lose 1 a few days after they arrived. They are doing great, and they just started to lay eggs.

So, if you are doing the math, we currently have 27 chickens!!

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Raising chicks has been so much fun. My 4 year old especially loves our chickens.

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That’s it for my chicken update. I hope you all enjoyed hearing about our chickens. Until next time, take care!

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Moving To The Country

I’ve always lived in a city, or a small town. Never out there in the country. Moving to the country had always been a dream of mine, and finally back in May of this year that dream of mine came true. However, I was completely unprepared for how different life in the country is to that of life in the city.

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Here are a few things I have come to know about living in the country…

  • Internet service can be frustrating. Even finding an internet provider was tricky for us, we finally found one, but their system is based on sharing. So let’s just say it can get very slow at night when all their customers are on it at the same time. Our family jokes that once the farmers are done with work, they hop onto the internet and go on Farmers Only dot com. So anytime our internet isn’t working, you can hear somebody in our house say “Ugh, Farmers!”. Then you will usually hear someone else start singing the jingle “You don’t have to be lonely, at farmers only dot com”.

 

  • There are so many flies. Never in my life have I ever seen so many flies before.

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If you live in the country I highly recommend having these amazing Fly Stik’s and tons of fly swatters around your house. We have purchased 5 fly swatters so far since moving to the country and right now we have 3 remaining. 2 of them broke from how much action they were receiving.

But seriously can I talk to you for a minute about how great these Fly Stik’s are. Just look at this up close picture of one of them covered in flies. This was taken just the next day after hanging it up. That’s how fast it worked!!!

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  • The sunrises & sunsets are breathtaking.

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, then you know how much I love to share these beautiful sunrises/sunsets. Back in the city we had so many houses and buildings blocking our view.

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  • The air smells fresher. Which is totally weird because we are surrounded by farm animals, but I swear there is something about this country air. It just smells fresh. Back when we lived in the city, in a subdivision, if we went outside we would smell our neighbors cooking, or their laundry, or their dogs/cats, or the occasional skunk. But out here we just smell the air, unless it’s a windy day then we smell the stench of farm animals. Surprisingly we haven’t had any skunks, yet.

Those are just some of the things i have noticed since moving to the country. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog post. Take care!

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