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Post by PATRICE IN IL on Fri Mar 20, 2015 3:03 am

Congratulations on your land purchase. Sounds like you'll be able to get a good sized garden planted this year.

Sorry to hear your church suffered frozen pipes. Sad That new on demand water heater should work very nicely for the church. Smile
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Post by Rohn on Fri Mar 20, 2015 9:04 pm

Getting that land and putting in a new garden sure sounds exciting! Hope it all does great for you. I am enjoying keeping up with your garden journal.
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Post by Farmfresh on Fri Mar 20, 2015 10:12 pm

Boy you have been working hard! Remember to take at least some time out to smell the fresh spring air and soak up the sunshine.
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Post by Harvey_Birdman on Sat Mar 28, 2015 2:23 am

This week has been very busy. It is our shift change week at work, and it feel so that I have been off work all week. so I have had plenty of time to get a few projects done in, and out of the garden.

In the garden I; Planted 75 onions, fixed the pull rope on the tiller, tilled almost all of the garden before the rain set in, and I got my Stark Bros order, and got it all planted.

Outside the garden I; replaced the ceiling fan in the living room, completely remodeled the kid's play room, and almost have everything ready for my son to be born. Spent some time playing with the girls in the yard. And tonight is date night.

Here is some before and after pix of the playroom. I painted over the wall paper, replaced the ceiling fan, and replaced the carpet with floating floor. This was the last room in our house to have carpet. Me and both my girls have bad allergies, so we are glad to see it go.

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Post by PATRICE IN IL on Sat Mar 28, 2015 2:40 am

Cute room, I'm sure the girls love it! Sounds like you have been busy, I'm glad you've accomplished so much inside and outside.
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Post by Farmfresh on Sat Mar 28, 2015 4:07 am

What a bright and cheerful space! I love the transformation!
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Post by 12acrehome on Sat Mar 28, 2015 5:47 am

you may not have worked for your employer, but you certainly have put in a good weeks worth of work my friend.

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Post by Harvey_Birdman on Sun Mar 29, 2015 12:57 am

12acrehome wrote:you may not have worked for your employer, but you certainly have put in a good weeks worth of work my friend.

That is for sure. I need to go back to work to recover from my week off.
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Post by PATRICE IN IL on Sun Mar 29, 2015 11:12 am

Smile LOL
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Post by Harvey_Birdman on Thu Apr 02, 2015 2:26 pm

Nothing new on the homestead. It has been a tough few days trying to readjust to night shift, but I am really looking forward to the next few days off. All of my family are supposed to be in for the Holy Day weekend, and I am excited about Resurrection Sunday services. If the LORD doesn't change my mind I will be preaching on the veal of the Temple has been removed. God is so good! This is my favorite time of year. I love celebrating what Jesus done for me on the cross. If he had stopped doing for me when he saved me, I could never thank him enough through all of eternity, but he just keeps on doing for me every day in so many ways I can't even start to count them. We truly do serve an awesome God! This time of year always makes me stop and think about all he has done. I love to see all of creation resurrected from the cold hard winter, to me it is just a picture of God's plan for his children.

I have read, and know that we all have pains, and problems, but we need to reassure each other of God's promise that "ALL things work together for GOOD for those who love God and are the called according to HIS purpose."

I want all of you to know that I truly love each one of you, and count it a blessing to know you, even if when never meet in person on this side. One day we will meet in our true home, once this pilgramage is over.

God bless you all,
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Post by Farmfresh on Thu Apr 02, 2015 4:51 pm

Thanks for that reminder Harvey. We all need it every now and then. This old world tends to weigh us down and keep the blinders on so that we don't tend to constantly thrill in the Victory that we have already won.
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Post by PATRICE IN IL on Thu Apr 02, 2015 7:47 pm

Thanks for the reminder Chad. It's all too easy to get wrapped up in our own daily problems and forget what Jesus did for us. I hope you enjoy this week's upcoming festivities. I hope you have a Happy Easter!
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Post by Harvey_Birdman on Fri Apr 10, 2015 9:40 am

I got a little done today, not much it topped out at 86* today. HOT HOT HOT! It was supposed to rain, but it never did, it was just hot cloudy and muggy. That is better than cold and snowy any day.

I did get the lawn mowed, I tilled up the rest of the garden, and planted asparagus. Not a very busy day, but progress. I was glad it didn't rain. The ground was still pretty wet, I had to clean out the tiller tines several times.

They are calling for rain tomorrow evening, so if the ground dries up enough we are going to plant taters. I will let you all know how that goes.

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Post by Harvey_Birdman on Sat Apr 18, 2015 8:48 am

Well, last Friday my taters did get planted, but not by me. My dad and a couple of guys from church planted them for me while I was at the hospital nervously standing by while my wife was busy giving birth.

Now on to today. I had a little helper in the garden most of the day (my 6 year old) We planted 52 cabbage Family plants, but I lost track of how many of each (cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts.) We also planted 2 rhubarbs, and 4 tomatoes.

I am beat. She really worked me hard today. lol. cat She made me put the cat smiley face on here. lol.

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Post by PATRICE IN IL on Sat Apr 18, 2015 9:19 am

Congrats on getting so much planted with your big helper. Wink Part of the fun of gardening is finding surprise plants that were not on your garden plan.
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Post by Harvey_Birdman on Sat Apr 18, 2015 9:48 am

PATRICE IN IL wrote:Part of the fun of gardening is finding surprise plants that were not on your garden plan.

True, I found a stash of my dads seeds from 2006 that he must have put up, and forgot about. About 10 packets in all, a wide mix of stuff. I Don't know if any of them will come up, but I am going to plant them, and see what I get. What a Face

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Post by Harvey_Birdman on Mon Apr 27, 2015 4:30 pm

Late update:

Friday I got the grass cut, and planted most of my garden. It is a little early, but everything I planted was seeds, and the threat of frost will be over before any of them start to come up. I planted corn, lettuce, more kale, squash, honeydew melons, cantaloupes, and cucumbers. Now all I have left to plant is the bulk of my tomatoes, peppers, beans, carrots, and likely some second crops of things I have already planted. I may come across some other things, but that is all that is in the plan for now anyway.

Oh, I almost forgot, I was given some Boysenberry plants. I just have to decide where to plant them. This has became a more common problem since I started adding more perennials to the homestead. If an annual fairs poorly in one spot you can just move it next year, but that is a bit tougher with perennials. I think I have 15 plants in total, but that can grow to dozens in just a couple of years.

I have some melon type plants that came up, and I couldn't for the life of me remember what they are. I know that I through out the seeds and rind of something in the spot, but for days I could not remember what. Then it hit me. It was from the girl's Jack-o-Lantern. So now I have a bunch of pumpkin plants. I don't know if they will survive. I didn't discover them until after they got damaged from frost. It could be that they are from a hybrid, and will not produce anything worth while, but I am going to see what comes of them either way.

I tried something different with this first planting of corn. I planted 2 rows about 20 inches apart, with a row of summer squash going down the center. Kind of my take on the 3 sisters style, minus the beans. I don't like planting beans and corn together, but that is just me.

That is all for now, until next time;

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Sounds like you are going to have a huge garden this year.
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Post by Harvey_Birdman on Tue Apr 28, 2015 5:23 am

I have increased my efforts this year, because of the war on coal. The company I work for is one of only 2 coal companies still mining in this county. The other company has given their employees 60 days notice, and will be shutting down soon. The company I work for Has cut the production hours, and are planing to extend all of the Holiday weekends this year. With all of this I have no choice, but to try and provide as much for my family as possible. We can't afford to trust that we will have jobs tomorrow, or that the stores will be open, or that our money will be worth the paper it is printed on. I think we should all strive to make leaps and bounds toward being self sufficient. The time of learning, and trying a little each year is over. Now is the time to jump in, and trust God to provide the increase.

RANT OVER What a Face

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Post by Farmfresh on Tue Apr 28, 2015 6:29 am

I am thankful that you are smart enough to make provision... no matter what the future holds Harvey.
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Post by Harvey_Birdman on Wed Jun 24, 2015 10:44 pm

WOW, I haven't updated this in nearly 2 months. The garden is doing great all except my cabbages which are holier than Swiss cheese. I have sprayed them repeatedly with neem oil, and it helps for a few days, but it is a constant battle. I want to stay away for chemicals, so I am planing on building some mesh covers to put on them if I ever find the time. It has been very busy the past several weeks, and I have been spread thin in all directions. I am still alive, and bless, just very tired and busy.

I have a few tomatoes and peppers setting on, lots of cukes, and bunches of cantilopes. If half of them ripen we will have to get creative in ways to eat them, and give lots away. Everything is coming in real good.

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Post by Farmfresh on Thu Jun 25, 2015 8:40 am

For future reference the cabbage butterfly seems to avoid kale. My brussel sprouts and bok choy are swiss cheese too, but the kale only has a bite or two. Also the swiss chard seems to be pretty bug free as well.

If you need those crops it makes sense to plant things that bugs tend to leave alone.
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Post by PATRICE IN IL on Thu Jun 25, 2015 11:45 am

Glad your garden is doing well. For your cabbages try the fabric row cover that has hoops already built into it. Just push them into the ground and weight it down.
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Post by Harvey_Birdman on Thu Jun 25, 2015 7:12 pm

Thanks.

Yeah my kale has little to no holes in it, and it is looking great. I plan on picking a batch in a couple of days.
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Post by 12acrehome on Fri Jun 26, 2015 5:18 am

neat idea, pre-fab row cover

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