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.

*Stock photo provided by Unsplash.*

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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House/Life Updates

Hi Guys!

It’s been awhile since i’ve updated on how things are going with the new house, animals, etc. So today i thought would be a good day to share all that.

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My parents visited last month and while they were here they built us an amazing chicken coop!

My girls are so spoiled!

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*This photo was taken before the chicken coop got painted red.*

Speaking of the chickens, they are all still doing really well. Hazel, our crooked beak chicken, is struggling to gain weight. However, we think we have found a better way for her to eat and she seems to be doing well.

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A few months ago i shared with you all our new family members, well we have since grown…

Introducing…

Jasmine

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She is about 5/6 months old.

And also introducing…

Charlie

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He is an 8 weeks old black lab.

We have added on grass to the backyard, and we have also fenced part of it in.We have a pool and a trampoline back there. We love living out here in the country.

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That’s all the updates for now, thanks for reading!

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Welcome To The Farmhouse

Hi Guys!

I have really wanted to just sit down and share with you all the after pictures of all work we have done to our new house. Ever since we signed the papers and got the keys to the house we have been super busy with projects going on, on the inside and outside. So i think what i will do is share what has been done, and why it was done, along with what we are still wanting to accomplish.

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I’ll start with the inside first.

What has been done:

  • new paint on the trim/base/doors/woodwork,
  • new paint on the walls
  • new paint on the ceiling
  • new paint on the cabinets
  • new carpet throughout house
  • added some base that was missing in the upstairs room
  • deep cleaned entire house
  • fixed 2 toilets that weren’t working properly

Here are some before & after pictures of the interior

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In case you are one of those people asking why? The house looked move in ready in the before pictures, so why did you spend so much time/energy/money on painting everything and ripping out/replacing carpets??? I’ll explain a little bit.

Well, our house is in the country. In the country mice are very present. We bought the house with the knowledge that mice were present/or had been present in the house.

So our first plan of attack once we got the keys was to see just how bad the problem was, is it a current problem or a past problem, and then go from there. There was a ton of mice droppings in our garage and some throughout the house. However we haven’t seen any live mice in the house, yet. So it appears to be a past problem, but it was needing a good cleaning up from.

We felt like for the safety of our children, giving them a fresh clean house was absolutely necessary.

So that’s what’s been going on inside the house.

Future plans for inside the house would be to maybe either replace the current hardwood floors, or just give them a makeover. Not sure yet if/when that would happen. We also would like to redo the master bathroom’s shower and tub, once again not sure if/when that would happen.

That’s about it for inside the house.

Here’s what has been done to the exterior:

  • backyard has been scrapped
  • 2 corrals have been scrapped
  • topsoil has been layed down near the house

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We really needed to scrap the yard it was filled with nasty weeds, especially a ton of goat heads. Oh, how i hate goat heads!

Here are the plans for the yard:

The 2 corrals that we had scrapped are going to be used for a chicken coop. We plan to seal around it with wire fencing, and built a little something in there for chickens.

The back half of the backyard we will eventually use for growing fruits and veggies. That will happen next year.

The front half of the backyard we will lay down sod and put up a fence, that way little babies and future puppies won’t be able to escape. That should happen within the next week or two.

The front of the house, we are still debating on what we are going to do with it. So no plans as of yet for it.

We do plan to eventually build a shop somewhere on the property. And there is talk of building a little school house also on the property. We’ll see what happens though.

I hope you have all enjoyed this little update on the house and that i’m not completely boring you with non-stop blog posts about our new house. I promise to get back to my regular content soon.

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