RootsToTable

A place I will document our journey in living off the land

Doing great! July 8, 2013

Everything is growing well. We have harvested some broccoli and will have zucchini soon. Potatoes are flowering! Yay for gardens 🙂

Nathan was very excited to get some broccoli from the garden! He ran to the house with this to show his brother and sister 🙂 He loves walking the garden with me and finding the new things that are growing. His excitement is so contagious and makes me feel like we are doing something right 🙂

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They are getting SO BIG!!! We are introducing treats to them and so far, they are loving it! The watermelon was a huge hit!

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Here is a shot from by the cucumbers. You can see the broccoli, tomatoes, peppers and various flowers we have planted throughout.

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CORN!!! It always amazes me how fast the corn grows!! Behind the corn is a spaghetti squash that I will be training to go inbetween the corn rows. I am working on getting the rows set up for flood irrigation. Right now, I just walk between to water, but soon, that will not be easy. So its blocking the ends and making a trail for the water time 🙂

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Tomatoes! I am trying a different type of support. Posts and chicken wire. I am not sure the wire will be tough enough :/ next year, we may have to buy difference fencing. So far so good though.

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Zucchini! We love zucchini so we are very excited for this! I like to add it to all sorts of things. It really does not change the flavor a lot, but it can add bulk to things like tacos, sloppy joes, spaghetti. This year, I am going to pick up a thing to make zucchini noodles, to cut down the amount of pasta I cook. But, I highly recommend shredding some zucchini and adding it to your dishes. See how your family likes it.

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We had a storm come through and the kids were super excited to see  this double rainbow 🙂

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Why hello little turkeys!! These guys LOVE my phone and whenever I try to get a picture of the group, I end up with turkey faces.

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Cucumbers! I really need to work on supports for these. I have a LOT of female flowers but no males :/ I am hoping the bees we have will bring the necessary pollen in to get some cucumbers growing on the vines.

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WORMS!! I ordered worms from Uncle Jims Worm Farm and they arrived. This was an order of 2000. I am going to make another post showing my set up and more information about this. These guys are going to help my garden out tremendously!

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ps! I upload my photos in batches from my phone, since that is what I have with me most of the time. So always be sure to check back to see if I have edited 🙂 Its just easier for me to do it this way, instead of trying to type all of this out on the phone. Thanks for reading!

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Moved outside June 27, 2013

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My husband was home last weekend, so the babies were moved outside! We got the shelter for the tractor built, and it is nice and sturdy! Its open on one end, since we are moving into summer and they need shade more than they need warmth. I have the light on outside with them still and will for another week or so, probably only overnight, since they are all feathering out nicely now. The tractor will be moved around on the grass, so they can forage on fresh stuff each day. It is also expandable, which really is a great feature!

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First time outside. They took to the grass pretty fast, scratching around in it, pecking at it.

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And who does NOT love laying in the sun??

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Garden update! June 18, 2013

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So far, everything is doing great!

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We are adding more mulch as things grow and get settled.

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Potatoes are getting bigger! Added another layer of dirt.

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My kids helped me find branches to use as pea supports. I will add some string soon. I planted sunflowers in there as well!

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Loving the dahlias I planted!

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Corn is in!

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Aww baby broccoli!  5 plants have broccoli starting so far!

 

Growing! June 17, 2013

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We gave the chicks more room today. Unfortunately, we have lost 1 chick and one poult. They will be a week old tomorrow!

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And we have a mini turkey! Little guy gets extra attention to ensure he’s eating and drinking

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Chicks and poults! June 12, 2013

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They have arrived! I ordered 35 cornish x broilers and 10 white broad-breasted turkey poults. We ended up with 2 extra broilers, which is awesome! They arrived this morning, and are settling in nicely. I am going to be keeping a tally of costs, as best as I can, so I can get an idea of what I will be paying per bird. I do have access to free feed, which I will only need to supplement protein on, so that will help keep costs down for sure! I plan on raising mealworms for protein, so that should help as well. Stay tuned for updates as these guys grow! I will be increasing the brooder size in a couple days, I want the poults to get good at eating/drinking first.

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And we have plants! May 26, 2013

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I went to a local plant sale on Friday. Picked up tomatoes, peppers, broccoli,  cabbage, herbs and flowers. And was given a giant aloe! I am really excited about the aloe, as I have been using it on my face lately, with good results. But I am having a hard time finding aloe in the stores that is just aloe, and felt guilty pulling leaves off my tiny aloe plant. So I will be separating this one up into other pots and hope they all thrive!

If you would like to check out the companion planting list I have decided on using this year, check out this great site: http://www.ghorganics.com/page2.html

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Got some electric fencing up, hoping to deter little critters (and no, I do not mean my kids! hehe) from coming into the garden. I am going to pick up some bone meal as well, as I have read it is a good deterrent when you sprinkle it around the perimeter of the garden. I will be adding another row or two of the fence once I have gotten it extended to where the corn and squash will be and figure out a gate!

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Peppers on the outside row, and tomatoes on the next one. Along with petunias, marigolds and nasturtiums!

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Yay for baby tomato plants! These were buried all the way to below the bottom of the row. This should give me a nice root system, which will help with growth. I need another 15-20 plants though.

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Broccoli! I have planted some mint with these and more flowers as well, but did that yesterday, after I had taken this picture. I had a LOT of white cabbage moths last year, and lost all of my cabbage and had lots of caterpillars on my broccoli. I am really hoping my companion planting will deter them! I will cover them if necessary though. The chickens LOVED the caterpillar filled cabbage though 🙂 So it wasn’t a total loss.

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Cabbage and then the pea rows! I am hoping this works ok, I have not really found many references to cabbage near peas. Fingers crossed!  I planted some sunflowers and lots of nasturtiums with the peas. The cabbage has some mint (you can sort of see it in the middle of the row), along with a petunia and I sprinkled some egg shell on the row. I will be mulching all around the plants as they grow up, but need to wait until all my flower seeds sprout.

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I soaked my pea seeds for 24 hours. This is what they look like after that. Its a great way to shorten the germination in the ground and get sprouts a little faster. I will soak the corn and squash seeds as well.

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My cat actually loves being in the garden with me. He is a talker, and was talking to me at this point. And that milk jug is holding my crushed egg shell. All of the veggies other than the peas have gotten some sprinkled in the holes before I planted.

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I am so excited the garden is coming together! It rained last night, so I need to go make sure everything is doing great! And see how muddy it is, as I have more rows to create and I need to finish planting the peas. I take most of my garden pictures with my phone for now, as I send updates to my husband in ND. Once I get my camera charger back from where I left it in CA, I will get some with my camera 🙂 This works for now, I upload the photos from the app on my phone and come back on the computer to edit and add all my jabber 🙂

 

Potatoes! May 24, 2013

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The sun was shining and I took full advantage and got my potatoes outside! I think they were ready, as they were trying to grow OUT of the box! Some of them had shoots 10-12″ tall! So I constructed some cages out of chicken wire, and hauled them outside. As the potato plants grow, I will add dirt and straw to the cage, until it is full. This should give me potatoes all through the cage. Potato plants will get tall and produce more with this method, at least, that is what I have been told 🙂

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Here, you can see one cage with straw lining the bottom, and the other one with straw, and then a couple inches of dirt on top of it.

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The photo above just shows an empty cage. I went ahead and wired the bottoms as well, thinking it would prevent anything from digging INTO the cages.

Now they all have straw!

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Here you can see, they are ready for potatoes! I stopped at this point, as it was still a little cool, and let the soil warm up for a bit. We had a plant sale to hit up and some errands, so it was a great place to take a break.

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AND I was hoping the garden would dry out a little bit. I put the potatoes in an unmulched area, so it was a tad muddy from last nights rain! I think I should get gardening boots too

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In this one, I planted all the potatoes, if you look at the one on the right, you can see where some of the shoots are on the dirt. Since they have not been outside yet, I mulched lightly around them, which is what the photo on the left shows.

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Look at me! I can grow inside! 🙂 They were more than ready to be planted!

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All planted and watered! I am hoping for lots of potatoes to put in my basement for the fall

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Peek a boo baby potato plant ♥ One of the mounds we ended up needing as well! We have 4 potato cages and 3 mounds! With 4 different types of potatoes

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I am so excited I am finally able to get things planted! I cannot wait to see how my potato towers/cages do! I did end up having to plant some in a few mounds, so I am hoping I do not lose them to something. I had more seed potatoes than I thought!