Tag: homestead

It’s that time again…

Time to trim back the oak trees again.limbs-back limbs-front

The shop is still full of firewood, so this time, we rented a 12″ wood chipper and mulched it into two 5 foot tall mounds of mulch.

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Wood chips are a valuable resource and we are fortunate to have a constant supply. It is key to improving our soil quality.

I have been wheelbarrowing it out of the coop, into the planters, around the trees and along the fence. It is labor intensive, but once it’s in place, the mulch does all the work. It keeps weeds down, improves the soil, encourages earthworms and beneficial organisms, holds in moisture, adds carbon…all kinds of good stuff.

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I mulched the plants running along the fence: red hibiscus, sweet potatoes, gandules, papayas, tomatoes, pomegranates, passion fruit vine and Colt’s Poinciana tree.

It is rainy season again too. We had 4.5 inches in one night and 3.5 inches a few days later. The pond overflowed and the field flooded, as it usually does with lots of rain. No worries.

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I like it when the field floods. It’s fun to watch all the birds.
birds-0915We saved these tadpoles from becoming bird snacks.

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The tadpoles have joined our mealworm friends on the back patio. When they become frogs, we’ll let them go to eat mosquitoes.

We use the mealworms as lizard and chicken snacks. The lizards are entertaining to watch, and they eat bugs (mosquitoes)…so we bribe them to hang around.

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This month, we continue to plant beans…Cow peas, pinto beans, garbanzo beans, lima beans, lentils…when gardening, it doesn’t get much easier than cow peas.

These are the Purple Cow Peas I planted 2 months ago, aka Black Eyed Peas.

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You can eat the beans whenever! I eat them right out of the pod when green or purple: they’re good on salads.

Or, like Gandules, you can leave the pods on the plant to dry. Dried peas can be cooked or planted.

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Chicken Little Cocoa

Fruits of our labor!

We average 10 eggs a day. You can tell which one came from a young chicken, it’s the perfect size for baby Jax…

Eggs

We love harvesting the fruits (and vegetables) of our labor.

Lemon Grass and Mint for tea, rosemary, sweet potatoesBasket Harvest

Fresh Turmeric

Starfruit

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Cotton Candy fruit, so good…(aka Muntingia)

Gandules

Moringa, Mustard, Cotton Candy fruit, Goji berries, Mulberries, Sweet Potatoes

Pineapples

Coco Plum

Bananas

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 We raise chickens.

We grow food.

We grow hundreds of edible plants

And pollinator plants.

We hunt for bugs and fish.

We collect seeds.

We raise mealworms

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