Life on the homestead, laughter with family and living the good life. Pictures of the past few years that are some of the best and many that have never been posted on our blog before. Come along as we take you on a tour of our home life!
Easter Sunday 2010. We had a picnic up on the hill behind our house, under the apple trees which were in full bloom. It was a lovely day!
Part of our spring garden, May 2012. Beets on the right and cabbage on the left.
Doing laundry. April 2010.
Hannah working Cambria, a filly we trained and sold. July 2014
Jasmine with a bucket of bright zinnias. October 2012
One of our favorite things to do, riding! Thanksgiving Day 2011
Cecilia trying her hand at some archery while we were visiting in Texas. Summer 2013
Beautiful queen anne's lace. Summer 2013
Red apples from our trees. August 2013
Hannah on her way to snare some logs out with Shenandoah. March 2013
Green bean trellis, May 2012
Jasmine enjoying a laugh, April 2011.
Yellow rose and bumblebee. May 2013
Cecilia working the horses. August 2013
Mom with her beautiful bright fall zinnias. October 2012
The West Ladies in the Mojave Desert, California. June 2013
Cecilia with a big eared friend. Mule Days, Columbia, Tennessee- April 2011
Sackett, our blue heeler. She loves to hang out by the saddles. July 2014. The Best of the West's is to be continued on our other blog- The West Ladies at Home
Well the weather has been a little rough here that past few weeks, we have had a few freezing cold snaps, ice storms and snow fall. But through it all the little seeds and plants we have started in the hoop house have survived and are even beginning to thrive thanks to the sun coming out and some warmer moist air moving our way. Also because we made a hot frame in the hoop house, it added extra warmth and insulation for the less hardy plants that like heat better.
We first put down cardboard, then wood shavings, then mulched hay, then some potting soil on top. We divided the bed with little pieces of wood to plant in different sections.
After planting, we covered the bed with several pieces of plastic and row cover to keep them extra warm and moist. We made sure to check to see if they were dry often, making sure we kept them watered but not flooded or soaked.
In just a few weeks we had little green plant babies popping up!
Yay! Their growing!
We also made long row beds to plant other seedlings that had sprouted and needed transplanting to a bigger place. Once again we started with cardboard and newspaper, then added the other layers of mulch and soil.
Ready to plant!
A few weeks later the arugula is doing well. Growing like crazy.
The lettuce is almost big enough to eat now!
The ice and snow makes little drifts around the hoop house, making it more insulated. We are so glad that through the cold the plants did well! Before too long they will be ready to plant out into raised beds in the garden! To learn about our other homestead adventures, click here and visit The West Ladies at Home