Pioneer Woman at Heart

One Flourishing, Frugal and Fun Family!

One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

Adopted Motto

"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~

Friday, May 13, 2016

Homestead Happenings

The last two years have been not so good with planting new bushes, and grape plants.  Between having those two trips south, then a flooding of rain, most new plants we planted died.  And after two to three years of attempting to grow blueberries, we know we cannot (limestone).

Since then the new red raspberry bushes are taking flight (thankfully).  The cherry tree looks great too.

I've purchased three new grape plants (for jams/jellies, juice and wine) and we are using Grit Magazine's "plan" to put them in (for a starter arbor).

Grit magazine has been having some very useful information lately, but this article was from 2013.  I located it online, when I had lost our paperwork on how we were going to put in a few plants.  It's always smart for us to see what grows well first, before we spend the money and put in several. 

Anyway, we'll see if the $2/each red catawba grape plants will succeed here or not.  They were on clearance, and the last three plants they had.  

I also, in between downpours of yet more rain, planted a new rosemary plant, and a new red rose bush.  It was a huge muddy mess, but the jobs are done.   I really need to get my new herb seeds in, but the ground is so very, very wet.

The potatoes are all up, but the west side of the garden has standing water. The peas will most likely need replanted.  I'm not sure if I have enough to re-plant and fall plant now.  I guess we'll see when it dries up (or somewhat dries up today).  I was sinking in the ground, just walking dogs.  It's that saturated right now.

I still want to add two more trees, but that may happen next spring.  If the root cellar is dug, we can use any leftover dirt to build up our back stop for target practice.  Throwing that little tidbit out to Hubby kind of raised is eyebrows.  We'll see.   We have some plans for that project too. Mother Nature seems to be in charge.  Once again. 

The sun is shining, and rain is not in today's forecast (Thank you Rain Gods!).  I am praying that by evening I can weed the herb garden easily and get some seeds dropped. 

Happy Homesteading!  I've got errands to run today (of course on a sunny day, hmpf).  Public schools have required yet one more vaccine for 12th graders.  I have one entering next year.  I'm torn between having her get it or not.  I do not like vaccines.  Especially when they are new.  

Thankfully, I have a dog babysitter todayMaybe she can do some more training with them for me.  King still jumps up on us, and that's not conducive to having family or guests over.   


Mama Pea said...

Grapes are a fruit we definitely want to try here, but the list for this year is so long they will have to wait at least another year. Strawberry jam is my hubby's favorite and if we had Concord grapes for me to make grape jam that would be my very favorite.

Sending pleas to the rain gods to take it easy on you. It's impossible to garden successfully with the wet conditions you've been experiencing the past year or so. Drat!

Pioneer Woman at Heart said...

Mama Pea, Concord was my first choice too. We had three last year, but they all died. If catawba grows, we may try concord one more time here as well.

RB said...

Here we are wishing for rain, and you've got it all. Isn't that the way it goes.
What on earth would a 12th grader need a vaccine shot for?
For King, try this little trick. When he jumps up, give his toes a sharp pinch and firmly say "Down." It'll take a few tries, but don't give up. It often works, although I know of one dog that still jumped up, but instead of putting his paws on someone, he'd stand on his hind legs and would hold his paws away like he was in a hold up. LOL Anyway, it's worth a try. Don't give up.
Hope everyone's having a good weekend, and a safe one too.
God bless.

Pioneer Woman at Heart said...

RB, in out state it's a meningitis vaccine (required state wide to attend public school). Thanks for that tip with King. He does the sweetest "high five" and very gentle, but when he jumps up, he's strong.

RB said...

I had a 110# male Lab long ago that would knock me down and then sit on me for some reason I never could figure out. Then I'd be stranded with him on top of me licking my face until someone would come to get him off. A friend taught me the toe pinching technique when the sharply jabbing my knee up into his chest when he jumped technique didn't work (he was just too big for that to work), so maybe one or the other might work for you too.
God bless.

Pioneer Woman at Heart said...

Thanks RB