It's seed starting time...for the Autumn Harvest! We put a few seeds in the dirt last week ~greens and cucumbers~ and they've popped up! Looking forward to this Fall when we will continue to enjoy fresh veggies.
We love this book by Elliot Coleman, it's all about extending the harvest and getting the most out of your growing seasons.
Here's one of our favorites...
Cucumbers are delicious! We enjoy them in slaw, have fun making pickles, and love them in a fresh juice!
Y'all have a blessed week, and enjoy the summer garden bounty and the ongoing planting season!
The West Ladies
Hope y'all are having a wonderful summer! We are just tickled with our new home and are having so much fun unpacking & fixing it up! We've been staying cool on these hot days by keeping the windows open at night & shutting them in the morning before the temptature outside warms up, trapping in the cool air. Thankfully the house is well insulated & stays fairly cool-in the late afternoon, just when it starts to warm up inside it's beginning to cool down outside & the windows are opened up again! We have a couple of small battery fans that we can run at night-the O2Cool Fan runs off of D batteries & comes with an adaptor so we can plug them in when we turn on the generator. For now we run our generator in the early mornings to juice, do a couple loads of laundry, charge up the computer & the battery for the screw gun ( that also powers a light) & run the well pump. Our water tank is 20 feet or so above the house on a hill in the woods & gravity flows to the house- there's plenty of pressure! The spot where our house was moved had been overgrown with poison ivy for years so Mom found this amazing recipe to eradicate it & has been faithfully spraying the noxious weed every time she sees it sprouting up! Poison Ivy Spray 1 gallon of white vinegar 1 cup of salt 2 tablespoons liquid dish soap Mix the salt into the vinegar until it dissolves, then slowly stir in the dish soap. Pour into a sprayer. This works even better if you spray the poison ivy while the sun is out! It may take several applications over time- it is a battle, killing poison ivy, but this is a good natural recipe! Our garden was a field for years with clay soil and a verity of weeds,a few good and a few not so good! We built raised beds for early crops-the potatoes, cabbage, other herbs and flowers we planted in the ground then surrounded with cardboard & mulched with hay. In the part of the garden that we didn't plant in veggies, we sowed a cover crop of buckwheat! It works wonders for keeping weeds down and it reseeds nicely, when we turn it back unto the soil it will feed the new garden spot with wonderful nutrients, it looks beautiful & our honey bees love the blooms. Hope y'all enjoy these pictures!
opps! it's a bit dark- the buckwheat is blooming white in the back. Comfrey in the front.
Fresh from the garden!
A good weed & one of our favorites! Lamb's Quarter is a nutrient packed & grows all over! Find a recipe in our cook book!
How thankful we are to be able to tell y'all we moved in our new home June 2nd!!!! It is so wonderful to be in a house again, & even more wonderful to be in one that is our very own that was built & made possible with the help of so many! Thank you all for the prayer, love, encouraging words & support that you showered upon us this past year!
We're still setting up furniture & unpacking so here are a few pics taken before the boxes came in!
Decided on a tile counter top. Since this pic, we've put up some shelves to the right & left of the sink.
Awesome door before applying tung oil.
Awesome door after applying tung oil- (from The Real Milk Paint Co.) Now isn't that amazingly awesome?!
This is the second coat. The first we made with fresh milk this we made using powered milk.
Very pleased with the homemade milk paint! We hope to write more about it soon! The floor finish (Rubio Monocoat) looks great although we didn't realize it was a matte finish! As long as it cleans well- we'll let y'all know!
Potatoes are making! Last night we robbed a few for dinner!
gardens a' growin'
Check out The Real Milk Paint Co. we love their awesome products! While it wasn't easy dividing our time between the house & the garden, we are so happy we did! It's such a blessing to be able to pick fresh veggies for a meal or greens for juicing right out the door! Hope y'all are enjoying this abundant season! With thankful hearts, The West Ladies
Hello Everyone!! We hope you all are doing well and staying warm this winter! So excited today that the web server decided to cooperate with our internet provider.... for the last 2 months we couldn't post a blog from home at all- thanks for being patient as you wait for updates! Thank you all so much for all the encouraging words and kind comments! We love to hear from y'all and when we think about the prayers and help we have received from you, we are humbled & send up prayers of thankfulness & blessings on you all!!! We have had a few beautiful days and were blessed to be able to get a lot of work done inside and out of our new little home this past Saturday!! Yeah! Two friends and neighbors came and pulled boards from tin from an old building and they did a great job. The tin and boards needed to be cleaned up and out of the way for our future garden projects and we will use the old barn tin roof for a well house roof. There should be enough two by fours and other reclaimed wood from the old building for the frame of the well house. A friend Steve and his son worked on the window trim, they used the reclaimed wood from the old barn, he called it Shadow Box, its really nice they did a great job as you can see by the pictures-hope to get better shots soon!
We have lots of exciting ideas for planting this spring! We will be starting from scratch on this little home place as it hasn't been cultivated or planted in many years!!! I started a small compost on the new garden site- we put our kitchen scraps in a bucket covered with a lid & take it every time we go to work on the house & empty it into the circle of welded wire. On days we don't have scraps we add leaves, paper or manure, sometimes cardboard as worms love it! A few weeks back, I saw my red wigglers (a type of earth worm) in the compost! Yeah! Since we haven't got our water system going yet, we set empty barrels and buckets out under the roof of the house & barn, we didn't need to wait long for rain here in our middle Tennessee! Wow did they fill up fast!!! With just one good rain we had more than enough water for watering plants, putting out fires, washing hands and other various needs!! We are so grateful for the rain! Can't wait to make soap with this soft water! We hope to use mostly rain water for watering the garden this summer and its wonderful for washing you're hair too! Many of our herbs have already been moved to the raised beds we made at the new home place, some are still in buckets and pots, they seem to be hanging in there!
We have set up the campfire so we can make coffee, tea and vittles to have something warm on these colder days while we are working on the little homestead. We are so thankful for all the work that has been done on the inside and outside of our house- it's been a real blessing! We have a ways to go - but are closer than we were! Moving-in day will be exciting!!!
Here are a few pictures we thought you might like, as you can see the garlic is coming up! Its a small patch for us but, hey, it's a start!!! Come June we should be harvesting beautiful bulbs of garlic!
Well, need to get these pictures on for y'all!
Watch out!!! Cecilia's got the nail gun!!
She's pretty good at this! Hubby's helper- he cuts the board she nails it!!!
Shadow box window trim with barn wood!
The coffee's on! We love our stainless steel percolator- we've had it for over 20 years- & also use it for teas! Another off-grid blessing!
& now it's hot!!!
Scrubbing the last of the pine boards!!!
See the garlic? The rain barrels & tubs are under the porch roof on the right!
Cecilia made this tiered skirt on our treadle sewing machine & passed it on to Mamma- she loves it!!!
Removing boards from an old roof- the tin & wood will be used for the new well house.
Tools are battery powered or we use the old generator!
So thankful for willing hearts & helping hands!!!
Don't you love Mamma's outfit- learn all about making aprons & tiered skirts on The Art of Sewing DVD! It's still on sale along with other DVDs & books. Thank you all again for caring, praying and all the encouragement you've given! Many Blessings, Vicki