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 🙂


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


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


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 🙂


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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!



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!


Progress! May 21, 2013

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The trip definitely took time from getting the garden more ready, but I have been working on it the past 2 days. I cannot wait to be done with row building!


But I am ready for peppers, tomatoes, carrots, broccoli and one row of cucumbers. Should be picking plants up this weekend and hopefully get my starts out there.


Back from our trip! May 20, 2013

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We had a GREAT time in California for my sisters wedding and our little vacation on the coast on the way home. I was honored to stand by my sister as she was married and I am so excited for her on this new journey! We took a detour on our way home and stopped multiple times on the California and Oregon coasts. We took the kids to Ocean World in Crescent City and Wild Game Safari in Bandon, OR, where we pet a baby bear! I took so many pictures and we saw a lot of sea life. The kids had a blast and we cannot wait until we can get back!

Now that I am home, its time to get this garden whipped into shape! I am also planning on when I will be ordering a new batch of meat chickens, probably mid June. I have 5 rows in the garden and a short wide one for the carrots. The rototiller we were using died half way through, so it looks like shoveling the rest will be in the works. Thank goodness we were able to plow it with the tractor first! I also started putting up fencing, I plan on using hot wire and chicken wire, and other natural repellent methods to keep the rabbits, deer, antelope and birds out! Lets hope I am successful and do not lose much to them.

I cannot wait to get back into this blog and get to growing food! I hope everyone has had a great May so far! We are finally enjoying SUN and RAIN! The rain is desperately needed for the farmers crops all around us.


Dirt and rakes and straw, oh my! May 3, 2013

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The weather was so nice yesterday, that I started getting the garden rows done! I wanted to put down how I am making my rows this year, so if it works out well, I will remember what I did 😉 I have read quite a bit about using mulch in the garden, and one of the blogs I had read (I found it! Old World Garden Farms) talked about how they mulched the garden and brought dirt in to put on top to make rows. I didn’t want to have to bring in dirt, so we plowed the ground and I am just going to really mulch it. The blog talked about how having straw in the rows is really beneficial to the plants, as it helps contain moisture, gives the roots room to move and it breaks down over time, so it adds nutrients. This sounds great to me! I am also hoping that next year, I will not need to till, since we are doing all of this now! So here is what I am doing:

First, I take my hoe, and make a long trench where my row will be placed. I take handfuls of straw, and fill that trench in.


You can see it filled in here:


I take my rake, and pull dirt from side of the trench to cover the straw


And then I pull dirt from the other side to make the mounded row


Here are two rows done, and I will be putting straw on the paths in between. I am using my rake width as the guide on my row spacing. Its approximately 14″ wide, so I think I will be good. I should be able to easily walk down each row, except maybe in the tomatoes.


And around here, we garden in our PJ’s! My youngest loves to help and so he was getting me straw with the pitchfork.


I cannot wait to see how this helps my garden grow this year! I did not mulch last year and I regretted it. We had SO many weeds that they overtook everything and I spent more time weeding and my plants suffered some. So far, the tilled area isnt really growing any weeds, so I am hopeful that I will not have the same problem, especially since I am going to mulch it heavily. I think I have enough straw haha

ETA: The blog I linked to has a LOT of great gardening information, as well as canning/freezing info! I have enjoyed spending time reading it for sure 🙂


a day of SPRING!! May 2, 2013

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Our weather has been SO up and down the past week! We have had warm and sun, rain, wind, snow, snow, wind, sun UGH! But today, it was just plain gorgeous outside. 63 degrees, no wind, sunny. So, of course, we spent a lot of time out in it, soaking up those glorious rays! Here are a few pictures from our day 🙂

I got myself a hair cut this morning. He used a diffuser on my hair when drying it and WOW look at the curls! My hair has decided it wants to be curly, so if I work it a little, I can make it super cute. Love it!


We live where the antelope play, and I am really excited we have some near our house. I cannot wait until the babies start arriving 🙂


While taking pictures of the antelope, I apparently spooked a pair of these birds. I am not sure what they are? Any ideas, leave me a comment! I am guessing a type of quail or grouse?


I was in the corrals near our house, with my camera luckily! I caught one of the young bulls getting himself a drink of fresh cold water.


And I really think these two pictures of my youngest really show how our day was today 🙂



p.s He got a hair cut too!

I also have gotten the first row in the garden done! We finally got the rototiller back up and running, so hoping by the time we head off to California next week, I will have it fully rowed and ready to be planted when I get home!


Broken ground… March 31, 2013

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We broke ground on the garden yesterday.  So exciting! I have a BIG bale of straw to mulch with. Hoping to keep those weeds at bay! A few pictures of our day ♥ we were given the use of a tractor and plow, and I am so thankful for that!



There is a huge composted manure pile. Love being on a cow ranch!




Finally have a tentative plan March 27, 2013

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So, Ive been searching for garden planning software for awhile and finally found what I needed! This site is really cool and I just spent far too much time playing with a garden layout. Its free for 30 days or $25 for the year. I do not know what all the perks are just yet, but I am pretty happy that it gives me the layout tools I needed to easily get this garden planned out.

Here is a link to my garden rough draft:

Here is a link to the website:

And I am doing companion planting, so I used a few different charts, but I liked this one the most:

Have you gotten your garden planned out yet?? I would LOVE to see your garden if you decide to try the planner. Just leave me a link in the comments!