Tuesday, April 12, 2011

This week on the homestead

Finally had a break in the rain long enough to get some lettuce transplants, some more kale, peas, onion sets, cauliflower, and carrots planted.

Our greenhouse has been working great, we've had nights below freezing but the stuff is growing strong.

We got the rain barrel hooked back up today also, just in time for a thunderstorm. It should be about full with today's rain. I have plans of making another one out of a trash can to catch the runoff. Last year the one barrel was enough for the small garden behind the shed but since we have raised beds this year I think that we're going to need more water.

The tomato plants are growing, growing to fast in fact. We already put them in bigger pots, and might have to again one more time before its time to transplant them into the garden.

Talking to our neighbor the other day, he told us that he's not going to be planting very much this year, so if we wanted to use the left over space to go ahead. He said he's getting too old to use it all. So we are going to plant some tomatos, green beans and potatoes in his garden. We told him he can pick whatever he wants to eat and he seems happy with that, and the fact that his garden he's worked on so many years will still be used.

The rabbits are doing good. We should be having some kits today hopefully. After they get bigger we are going to move them from where they currently are in the shed over to the front of the side shed door, this will allow us to keep the side door open in the summer to help keep it cooler and makes it closer to the compost pile and bins for cleaning out the trays.

This door will eventually open up to the rabbit cages.

Projects that we have planned for this week:
Clean out the front flower bed
Turn front yard into a flower bed and mulch
Build new rain barrel
Plant the hops
Build a trellis for the grapes


  1. so productive! You have a beautiful garden. Where are you located? My transplants all died - too cold up here on the pacific northwest I guess. Boo!

    I would love to raise rabbits for meat - is that what you're doing?

  2. Thanks, we're in Pa. Sorry about your plants, that's disappointing. We're hoping ours make it this year, last year we fried them.

    The rabbits are for meat, we're just getting started.