One Month In – Busy as Bees

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Our Homestead.

WE MOVED IN! And without further delay I am back blogging.

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I had taken lots of videos of our first day, first projects, and tutorials for the YouTube channel and they were all lost. Yes. Lost.

How? Oh, well I was relying on OneDrive to upload my photos (it did that) and videos (it did not do that) and so then I manually shared them to OneDrive – or so I thought. I deleted them off my phone to make room for an impromptu video. I go to edit and upload videos. Gone. So if anyone knows how to recover videos from either my phone or from some mystery place in OneDrive that would be great!

Whilst on one of the truck runs we spied another truck pulling duty moving house…I guess he got moved really quick with it all stacked like that! How NOT to haul your stuff! Or perhaps one mattress and a couple of boxes at a time was a bit cautious of us?

The second day in our house and I was busy putting things away when the doorbell rang. It was some of our neighbors across the trail bringing fresh scones and jam! They were very nice and offered any help we might need. As one friend put it “people just don’t do that anymore!”

If that wasn’t hospitable enough of the country neighborhood, that same weekend we were invited to go eat with a couple of the other neighbors who were already getting together for food and drinks. They invited us, complete strangers, into their home for food and we found both of those families are really nice too. Win.

 

We have been super busy this first month. Moving all of our stuff from storage with our truck (9 trips!). Not that we have an insane amount of things but for example, one bed was one trip. Putting things away, cleaning, assembling new furniture we had done without for quite a while, oh and you know….PLANTING TREES!

We ordered trees from Stark Bros and our seeds from Annie’s Heirloom Seeds. We also got a few trees from a nursery about 100 miles away from us.

We are now the proud parents of: 2 Mulberry, 2 Pomegranate, 1 Granny Smith, 1 Fuji, a 4in1 heritage apple tree [Golden Russet, Roxbury Russet, Snow (Fameuse), and Summer Rambo] , 1 Jujube, Desert Gold Peach, 1 Nectarine, and 1 olive. 

Here are the trees from Stark Bros soaking before being planted and in the bucket are the cane fruits. 3 raspberry, red and green gooseberry, and 3 muscadine grape varieties. The trees and perennials from Stark Bros came bare root with the exception of the olive which came in a small pot. Below you can see from left, the 3 grape canes along the south facing fence to our back yard area, the red gooseberry is already leafing out, and the east facing fence with berry row that wraps around to the north side.

I also ordered 75 strawberry plants, rhubarb, horse radish…..I can’t wait for those to start growing!

I have also broken ground for our vegetables and I post more on those later. For the most part I am trying to companion plant and intercrop. So with the grapes I have bush beans, in front of the berry canes will be small beds and stepping stones with more bush beans, kale, marigolds, and some herbs. Around our trees this year will be pumpkin and watermelon and these should offer shade to the ground and trap moisture. Also to trap moisture the trees have a thick mulch of chipped vegetation from a local source.

The more plants you have mixed together, the less of a problem pest and disease are and you make the most use of the land you have – especially when some crops mature and are harvested at intervals and at slightly different times to the companion crops.

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Of course, companion and intercropping needs to be planned out. As does spacing for the purpose of saving heirloom seeds. This is where our survey map, graph paper, and an eraser come in handy! More later on the mapped areas for this year!

There are more things to write about but I will address those in subsequent posts – there is a lot of catching up to do! You can expect to see the first two rows of many tomatoes we are testing this year. 2016 is the year or the heirloom tomato! We are testing 32 varieties to see which ones we like the most to continue to grow.

Furthermore: seed starting, season planning, soil amendments, composting, local resources, wild foods, and much more.

You can also follow along at :

https://www.facebook.com/oldsoulhomestead/

https://www.youtube.com/user/likewatyasee89

Until next time, thanks for reading!

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Always on hand to “help” and patrol!

 

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