Its been a while since I have taken time to talk about the homestead. Busy with working and life has taken much of my online time, which can be a good thing or a bad thing.
I did not have the garden plowed this year. We have had a lot of rain, then none and now a lot again.
I did plant a few tomatoes, bell peppers, corn, cucumbers, squash and green beans.
I got one good batch of tomatoes but the rain grew the grass up and almost over the plants, allowing pests to attack the plants, they died.
The squash made a couple messes but they just did not make, the rain?
The corn is short but it does have corn, I am watching it.
The rabbits ate the green beans. Seems like the deer or rabbits are always feasting on the green beans!
The bell pepper are doing okay, small but making.
The cucumbers bloom but I have yet to find one.
I had an awesome blackberry patch this year! I picked daily for a while then every other day, always a pint but up to a gallon a day.
I made several cases of no seed blackberry jelly so far, I froze the rest till I can make more jelly or just home can them for pies and such.
I did pretty good with the honeysuckle and roses, I made cases of jelly also.
The chamomile did okay and I got a quart jar dried.
I did get a case of poke salad home canned and I still have plenty to pick or just eat.
The rain. Yes we need rain and I get that but I have so much grass! As soon as I mow it rains and then I have to do it over again.
Seems I am mowing to keep control of the fields more than anything else.
The bushes! not the ones you want to grow but the privet, those useless invaders. I have piled them to the road for pick up each moth and there are more and then they grow from the base, it seems to be an endless fight.
The rain brings bugs, allows them to breed, so I have had more than one red bug this year.
Since I am not tending a garden I am learning more about what lives in my yard, what I can use for many different wild foods and how to make money with what I do have.
I am also learning what I can grow in a flower pot and what I cant. How the herbs do better or not in this hot Alabama sun.
And while I do have some down time, due to the rain, I have went back to writing the book I have worked on for a while now. I can say that I have more than a couple chapters finished.
Plus, I am making raised beds for the fall garden, not there yet but I am hoping it will help as far as the grass part goes.
I am making new products for the online store as well as making progress with the physical store. To visit just click on : Sunshine`s Homestead Creations
Life is never perfect and not every year all your plant thrives, its all trial and error, we learn from each season of each year about how the weather will allow the plants to thrive or not. If its Gods will to have a lush garden full of vegetables or you skip a year.
This year its Gods will for me to skip the summer vegetables on my homestead and help some other homesteader out by buying from them.
How is your garden growing?
Photos by Andria Perry