May/June 2016 Homestead Update

May/June Homestead Update

First of all, I am sorry that I missed the May homestead update! But as they say, better late than never! To make up for it, I’m combining the May & June Updates! Be sure you read the whole way to the end for an exciting and special announcement!

With the cold and rain of spring now in the past, we can finally get outside and get to work! I have been waiting for this weather to come for what seems like an eternity! May was definitely a busy month around our little backyard homestead with a to-do list that seemed like it would never end! Overall, I am very satisfied with our progress and we accomplished everything that we had planned to get done in May.

Annual Flowers

Goals we Achieved in the Month of May:

  • Planted our blackberry & raspberry patch. (We were lucky enough to get some plants from a friend that was thinning their patch!)
  • Drew up the garden fence plans & list of supplies.
  • Purchased supplies for building the garden fence.
  • Purchased seeds and vegetable plants for the garden.
  • Built the garden fence.
  • Tilled & prepared the soil.
  • Planted the vegetable garden.
  • Finished running water out to the shed for the hose in the garden.
  • Had our driveway paved.
  • Back-filled and seeded along the newly paved driveway.
  • Planted annual flowers.
  • Added some herbs to the herb garden.

Vegetable Garden 3

In May, we accomplished a lot of our “Big” projects for the summer. So for the rest of the summer we will have some smaller projects planned and finish up some that are halfway done.

Flowers in Stump

During the month of June, things calmed down quite a bit. We have spent a majority of the time maintaining what we accomplished in May! We have been spending most of our evenings and weekends weeding and watering the vegetable garden. This past weekend, my hubby built a trellis for the snap pea plants. They were getting pretty tall and were grabbing onto each other for support, so we figured we better give them something to climb. We have already harvested a lot of herbs. They are doing exceptionally well and are growing like crazy! I have already harvested Lemon Balm, Peppermint, and Tarragon. I have a feeling that I am going to have a huge amount of dried herbs by the end of the summer! As far as the vegetable garden goes, we have also gotten a handful of tart, little strawberries! Now we will continue on the “maintain” mind-set by keeping up with the garden and enjoying the harvest later on in the season!

Tomato Flower Jalapeno Pepper

I know I’ve said this a million times, but I really am so excited about our vegetable garden this year! I am looking forward to sharing with you the step-by-step process we followed to plan and prepare our garden. We have had a few bumps in the road, but I know that we are learning as we go and already have some ideas in mind to improve on our garden next year.

Pumpkin Plants Vegetable Garden 2  Snap Peas

So….the exciting announcement and the reason that I have been absent from the blog so much lately….

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We are expecting our first baby!!!

So needless to say, over the past several months I have been really feeling less than stellar. My time on the evenings and weekends that I typically dedicate to blogging I have spent resting and napping. So, now that I’m entering my second trimester I’m starting to feel a lot better and regaining my energy. I will be getting back into my blogging routine and back to a more normal posting schedule. Thank you all for sticking around and being patient with me through this transition time!

I really look forward to this new adventure that we are embarking on and I’m sure that it will lead to a new variety of topics for me to write about!

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