Around the Farmstead Week 4

by Merissa on April 21, 2017

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Around the Farmstead Week 4

Now that spring is truly here (not counting last week's snow...), the busy work has picked up at a tremendous speed here on our farmstead. The first part of the garden is in and my big plan, the planting of the perennial, is underway. Here's a little glimpse into our week...

What We Are Reading...

I found a great deal on the Magic Treehouse series on a local swap group so we've been continuing to read them out loud, although our reading times are fewer now since we are playing outside every day. I think we might start on The Mouse and the Motorcycle just for something different for a while.

I've been going back through one of my favorite gardening books, The Organic Gardener's Handbook. So many good practical tips in this book! I've also been gleaning some ideas from Building with Secondhand Stuff. So many projects in this book use items that I already have laying around.

What We Are Making...

I wasn't feeling well over Easter so my meal planning went a little off the rails, but since I'm feeling better I'm back on track. For Easter we just ended up making Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, and Chicken Broth Gravy, with Pumpkin Pie for dessert. Simple but delicious, and nice and low key since I didn't feel like cooking much.

For the rest of the week, we ate the leftovers, spaghetti and meat sauce, crockpot roast, refried beans, and a fried zucchini and sausage skillet meal.
butterfly

What We Are Doing...

Every day has been busy! I took the boys on a field trip to a local fish hatchery at the beginning of the week and they loved learning all about the tagging of the fish. Our caterpillars finally finished their metamorphosis journey and we released all 5 healthy butterflies this week. It's kind of a bittersweet thing to do! If you haven't done it before, I highly recommend trying the Insect Lore Butterfly Garden with your children. Hands on, visual learning will always beat out textbooks in their eyes 🙂

broccoli

We built 8 raised garden beds in the past 2 weeks. We ended up going with rough cut cedar so that we can install hoop frames over the beds for extended season gardening. I only have one framed bed set up but we've planted broccoli, lettuce, spinach, carrots, and peas. It's been fun to see little green things coming up from the ground so early! I also planted some blueberry bushes and 2 plum trees.

This weekend is another busy one for planting as we plan to get in more apple, peach, and pear trees. Plus we are putting raspberries and strawberries in the raised beds and constructing a grape fence to plant the vines we bought. As you can tell, my plan this year was to work on the "long term". (Which is why my veggie garden this year will be small.) Start building the beds (we will add a few more next year), double the orchard we started last year, and plant the perennial fruits (berries). I am looking forward to the years to come when I can harvest all this wonderful fruit along with my garden veggies!

Just a reminder...if you are getting your garden started soon you need to check out the sale I'm having on my Gardening and Preserving Journal. I've started using mine for the year and it's been so helpful already, I'm so glad we have it! Right now for a limited time, we have the journal priced at only $9.99...33% off!

What have you been making, reading, and doing this week?

 

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1 Jackie April 21, 2017 at 2:22 pm

It’s lovely to see different posts from different countries. I only have a very small garden, about 20ft – 35ft, however I cram as much produce in as possible. At the moment we have 5 fruit trees and different fruit bushes, the only problem I have is making sure that when things die back in the Winter I have to make sure my husband doesn’t dig things up as he thinks they have died!! Then we grow our own tomatoes. thanks again for your posts, best wishes from Cambridgeshire, UK.

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2 Amy Higginbotham April 21, 2017 at 8:40 pm

Yum! How wonderful to walk out to your back yard and eat plums straight from the trees, not to mention making plum preserves. When do you anticipate the trees to start producing fruit? Are there any “need to know” instructions for planting fruit trees (i.e. don’t plant near…)?

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3 Merissa April 21, 2017 at 8:46 pm

I know it usually takes a few years to begin producing fruit but the trees we got are at least 2 years old already so they have a head start. We planted peach trees last year and I got 3 peaches! We do have a guest post here about Fruit Gardening:

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