Monday, July 11, 2011

Barn Hop-July 11

Our chicken tractor is finally finished and is now the home of 12 2-week old chicks.  We have 9 Cuckoo Marans and 3 Buff Orpingtons.  We will most likely cull all but one or two of the roosters as they grow and leave the pullets to grow for layers.  This chicken tractor won't be their home for long as Jeff is ordering about 50 Cornish Cross birds in a few weeks that we will be adding to the freezer after they have grown.  The guys will have to get busy building a coop for the layers soon.  This homesteading business is never-ending work, but oh, so rewarding!  Here is the link for full directions for making this chicken tractor.

The garden isn't producing as much as we would like, but it is an improvement from last year.  We are getting cucumbers in abundance and the girls are going to can bread and butter pickles this afternoon.  Our basil has done well and we have been making pesto for the freezer.  This morning the dehydrator is full of basil as well.  We are daily getting a handful of strawberries and a cup or two of blueberries.  I just keep adding them to our freezer stash. Tomatoes are slowly coming in.  I will most likely be purchasing more for canning purposes.

Last week was spent working on school plans as we gear up to finish up our school year.  Yes, we school year round, but have taken too long of a break as we have been doing gardening and home repair jobs. Time to get back into the swing of more academics in our day!  The children have already been working hard at it this morning while I have been doing laundry and gathering from the garden.

 We have found a greenhouse for sale on-line.  I am trying to talk Jordan into parting with some of his money to purchase it.  It's a great price and Jordan has a big interest in working in a greenhouse.  However, he is more interested in keeping his money in the bank!

That's what's going on around our little homestead this week.  What's up in your neck of the woods?

1 comment:

Rose said...

I am so glad I found your blog! My husband has spoken of making a chicken tractor for years...hasn't happened yet. You know how that goes. We still have to put them up at night as we have a real problem with predators and have had to try our best to terror proof our barn.

I wish we were making pickles. It has been very cool and windy, produce and fruit is 2+ weeks late everywhere. My tomatoes aren't even 1 foot high yet. I did manage to get 4 qts. of strawberries in the freezer and made up a batch of jam with berries from last year. I am hoping to get the canner in full swing before the middle of August.

I have also come across more blogs that actually plan a menu for the week! I need to do this better. I plan a couple of days in advance. I really need to have a plan, shop the ads and stick to it. Thanks for your inspiration.

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