Sunday, May 18, 2014

Has it really been two months since my last post!?

     Wow, I can't believe how long it's been since I've posted!  I haven't forgotten about you, it's just been really crazy around here lately.  I think of two new articles I should write every day.  There are so many details I want to share, but just have not had time, energy, and inspiration all at once.

     Our first child is due tomorrow, and the nursery still needs trim and carpet.  The foundation work is 98% complete, but I still have some return ducts to put back in place, some siding work, finish grading the yard, and a few other odds and ends. 

     We got 8 trays of seeds started and a bit of maintenance done on the gardens, but we are resigned to hold off on experimenting and focus on just maintaining what we have and growing things we know we will eat. 

     The chicken updates I have been meaning to write for the past few months has grown into an encyclopedia, but here are some highlights. 

     Chickens got better at digging and decided they like the neighbor's garden this year so we had to increase control and build a fenced off run for them.  We let them out in the late afternoon when we can keep and eye on things.  We use the electric netting to guide them when they are out.  We also re-homed 10 out of 26 birds to cut down on work and food bill.  We added a dustbox to help the chickens maintain better health when Winter got hard.  We had great egg production all winter long with no lighting! :)

     Forest garden project is limping along.  We are off to a good start, and have added things here and there, but it is going to take time before things really shape up.  Still, it's nice to have less lawn to mow.

     Oh my asparagus!   We are getting asparagus as big as 1" around that is still delicious and tender.  Unreal.

     Like I said, there are millions of details I want to share, but trying to balance a modern life, with wisdom from the past and hope for the future has not left any time for writing or photography.  I do see getting back to blogging regularly, but it may be a while with sporadic posting in the meantime.  I would like to improve my css skills and migrate over to Wordpress eventually.  Blogger has been good to me, but the text editor leaves a lot to be desired.

That's it for now, hope you are having a great Spring.


  1. Well its about time! Say hi to the wife and little one for me.

  2. Time, energy, AND inspiration? Who has that? Enjoy your new little one. It doesn't get REALLY crazy until they're toddling. Spring is going full speed here in union grove as well. Asparagus is starting to get away from me! 5 new chicks to freshen my flock. Rabbits got a few of my new hazelnuts over the winter. After last year's crazy fruit tree crop, I have very few peach & apple blossoms. Interesting. Trying straw bale gardening for the first time. Strawberries. In straw bales. Ha! About to try 1 more time with blueberry bushes. If this doesn't work, it was NOT meant to be. Having little kids inhibited me from monitoring my soil acidity and it totally got away from me. 2 of 4 bushes actually died. I swear I can do this. Jung has blueberries on sale right now. It's a sign. Have a great spring!