Farm update

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Bullet Journal

I just got home from spending most of July at the Florida house welcoming our newest grandson into our family (in the exact same spot that Mateo was born) more on that tomorrow.

It’s been a while since I have done a farm update.  We have added 2 members of the human kind to our farm family (more on that later also 🙂  and life is good.  Busy and different but good.

This summer we added a big new field of row crops and I feel like converting everything to long rows now.  They are so pleasing to walk through and easy to maintain.  We have easily 3 dozen different veggies growing in the garden and 3 huge beds of potatoes.  An official herb garden instead of having my herbs scattered around our homestead and I painted a barn quilt to go on the side of the henhouse.  We have once again added more rabbits, a breeding pair of meat rabbits and are planning pigs and bees in the spring.

The Tolouse goslings almost have their honk.  I am expecting it any day and they seem to have taken on the role of duck security guards.  They puff up their little chests and create a circle around the ducks which is so funny.  The ducklings are feathering out and spending most of their time in their little kiddie pool.   The new chicks have learned their place in the pecking order and stay clear of the older hens.  If the older hens are inside the henhouse, they are out in the yard.  Everyone seems to be settling in perfectly fine save for a hen that gets a little annoyed once in a while with all the new additions to her henhouse.  We added portable and very lightweight electric fencing which everyone has learned to use and avoid including Mateo.  I find my kids sitting nearby watching to see if any of the new chicks run into the fence which is actually a pretty funny sight to see.   It is so good to know that predators cannot get to our animals anymore.  Good for this mamas mind.

We will be starting some fall seedlings sometime in the next few days and so continues the cycle.  It’s so good to not need to buy all of these things at a store and so good for farm kids to keep busy with.  They love it.

Christopher received a recurve bow for his birthday with a homemade wooden target.  I plan on making him a leather quiver for Christmas and I love to see these boys out in the woods practicing.

The weather is getting so nice and cool in the morning and evenings here and its a nice reminder that we are almost out of the heat of summer which is not my favorite.  Soon enough fall will be here and we will get to spend more time in the woods which right now are a crazy jungle of trees, vines, brambles and weeds.  Soon, very soon.

For now, I will enjoy morning breakfasts of eggs and greens (though they got a little bug eaten but still yummy) and tea on the rocking chair on the shady porch but I know that pumpkins and squash are coming and perhaps hot chocolate sometimes instead of tea.

How is life in your neck of the woods?



11 Responses to Farm update

  1. Maddalena Coppi September 22, 2017 at 3:28 pm #


    I'm just writing in to say that I hope your relatives in Florida and Cuba are doing all right after all of the hurricanes. Much love to you and your beautiful family. I always look forward to your posts. They make me smile.

  2. Pamela Lees September 10, 2017 at 1:54 am #

    Hi. Just wanted to say, I'm praying for your Florida family and peace for you! Can I ask you, how do you determine when to plant in your garden? This summer, we started tomatoes, peppers and basil, but many of theses plants won't set fruit before frost kills them. Should l d I just use the approx dates on the back of the seeds? Have you ever overnighted these types of plants? Their heat lovers, so don't think they'll last. Thanks for sharing. I love your garden/homestead posts.

    • farmishmomma September 26, 2017 at 4:38 pm #

      Hi Pamela, sorry for the delay in answering. My comments program has not been showing me any comments at all. So the best thing that we do is we work backward. We look at our first estimated frost date and then work back however many weeks it recommends and then see if you need to start seedlings inside to plant out as soon as it is safe to do so. You can extend your season by making a simple wood frame or even hoops with plastic sheeting to make hothouses for your plants that need heat. And for the most part we just experiment a lot. If I think I can get away with planting something outside of what the package recommends then I will give it a go. Failures are the best teachers. Just make sure to start a journal so you remember next time what worked and what didn\’t.

  3. Penny August 10, 2017 at 8:57 pm #

    Glad to see you have posted again. It is so interesting to read about your life. I live in England on the coast and it is very different..but still good.

  4. Jwa August 9, 2017 at 10:59 am #

    You’ve come such a long way with ur blog. I was just introduced to you by a mom’s group on fb abt creating your own toothpaste that u wrote back in 11′. Ur website is very very very encouraging for me as a new mom to an 8 month old boy & a stepmom to a growing 15 yr old. Thanks for being u.

    • farmishmomma September 26, 2017 at 4:40 pm #

      Thank you Jwa! I keep expecting life to give me time to share more and I still hope to but being busy is just part of having a big family so I do the best I can but reading your comment made me smile

  5. Kate McAuliffe August 8, 2017 at 12:30 pm #

    We are moving down your way. We have spent this summer selling one house and trying to find another. Northern. Kentucky will hopefully be our home soon. I am looking forward to reading more about your summer adventures.

    • farmishmomma September 26, 2017 at 4:41 pm #

      Hi Kate!!! How exciting. I\’m so sorry I didn\’t see your comment. Without me knowing, my comments app was not showing me any of my comments. What part of Northern KY are you moving to?

      • writingmom8 September 27, 2017 at 10:26 am #

        We are just south of Cincinnati. About 30 minutes south. We moved down to attend Our Lady of the Assumption in Walton.

        • farmishmomma October 3, 2017 at 10:00 pm #

          That\’s awesome!!! I hope you love it there

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