It’s been a busy week here, AGAIN! We are fully in summer mode and trying to work on the outside of the farmhouse. The exterior walls, the yard, the front deck, and more. There is always something that needs to be done but each step we take gets us closer to our dream place and it’s a great feeling!
We finally saved up enough for a lawnmower and added an older but trusty John Deere mower to our farm. The weeds and the grass were getting a little out of control!
I’m so happy our entire garden is finally planted! I had to keep on expanding it and expanding it until everything fit and I think the final size was around 75×30 feet (not including the fruit trees). That means there is more than double the square footage of our house inside the garden. My plants are already popping up and growing very quickly, I’m trying to find all my jars and get ready for harvesting when the time comes! The sad little blue building at the back of the garden is going to get a face lift next spring and become a greenhouse.
My entire garden is looking really well so far but I’m extra impressed with my onions. They are looking excellent already and I have a feeling we will have a great harvest! I ordered starts this year from Dixondale Farms, I’m pretty sure I will be ordering from them again next year! Of course when I say my garden is growing well that means the weeds are out in full force as well. We picked up one of these Weed Cultivators and it works really well if your soil is easy to work and sandy like ours.
Our little tractor has some work done in the past few weeks thanks to my hubby and she’s running like a top again even though she’s over 70 years old. We found a cultivator for it and are about to start work on our pastures soon. I never thought I’d say this but I’m very thankful for our tractor!
I picked up this cookbook on Ebay last week and I’m really enjoying it so far, I didn’t even know it existed! The tagline on the book reads, “Original recipes gathered from the pioneer families at Wayside, Kansas, the site of the original Little House on the Prairie.” Yes, I love shopping on Ebay for fun unique things!
The house reno didn’t make much progress again this week since we’ve been so busy outside but small things are still happening…slowly but surely! Here’s a pic we took through the last old window left in the house looking into the mudroom. I love the light I put in there!
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What’s been going on around your homestead this week?