Happy Monday, ladies! It is getting warm around here, and I must say this is one of my favorite times of year. Oh, the flowers are so lovely! Flowers are one of my favorite things ever, and seeing them in bloom everywhere just makes my day.
I would love to share a quick homestead update with y’all, but first, I have a couple of giveaway winners to announce! Andrea and Darlene, you have won a copy of The Total Money Makeover. Please send me an email with your mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will get those to you shortly. I hope this book blesses you like it did my family!
While there are so many homestead things that I’d like to accomplish, we’ve decided to concentrate on two main things this year…goats and a raised bed garden. Our chicken set up is sufficient, so we are leaving that be for now.
This past month we have spent so much money on our buck set up. It’s been painful! We used mainly t-posts for fencing, because wood is so expensive. As weird as it may sound, we found wood posts to be cheaper at our small local store than in big box locations.
My husband was able to build our buck house for $212.00. We used existing corner posts that we had, and then just purchased siding and roofing materials. It is a simple, three sided structure, but it works!
We are mounding our potato plants with a pile of top soil we found on our property. Some of the perennial herbs I had from last year are doing fantastic! All of our tiny starts have now been transplanted into the garden, and are starting to really grow. I placed an egg under each tomato plant for fertilizer and they are taking off!
I purchased tomato stakes and bamboo off of Amazon for trellising. My husband helped me put a pretty neat trellis system together yesterday with zip ties. I also planted gladiolus bulbs that my daughter gave to me for Mother’s Day throughout the garden.
Outside of the raised bed garden, I did start a small pumpkin and watermelon patch. I’ve been wildly unsuccessful with both pumpkins and watermelons in the past, but I’m not giving up!
In other news, we hung birdhouses that my children painted around the property, along with my new “See Rock City” birdhouse. I love them so much!
Homesteading and gardening has filled my heart with such joy. It has brought me closer to the Giver and Creator of all good things.
I hope everyone is having a lovely May! Are you working on any outdoor projects?
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.
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2 thoughts on “May Homestead Update + Giveaway Winners”
Your garden looks great! I have a lot of work to do in mine yet. I let too much go last year and didn’t clean it up as I should have in the Autumn and now I have made more work for myself. I may plant a smaller garden to get the permanent beds set up. I love growing in beds, it makes it so much easier for me. Good luck with your pumpkins and watermelons. I am sure you will be successful with them. Each year is a learning experience on what grows best where.
Thank you so much, Darlene. I’m sure you will get your garden up and going in no time!