Category Archives: Garden

Transplanting Day

Today we transplanted all our starts into the greenhouse. It went pretty smoothly and took less time than expected. If I didn’t know better I might think we were starting to figure this out. The kids worked hard and were a big help.

Last weekend we planted seeds and they’re already starting to come up. We’re starting to get ready for the outdoor garden too. That will get planted the first part of June.

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Posted by on May 5, 2012 in Farm, Garden, Kids


Planting Day

This day came at least a month after we had hoped but, at least it came. Today we were finally able to get plants in the ground. The kids were a big help and didn’t complain TOO much. We planted 4 varieties of tomatoes and peppers, cucumbers, carrots, potatoes, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, beans, peas, melons, and basil. We used the flower beds around the house for lettuce, spinach, and squash.

As usual I totally underestimated the amount of time it would take to construct the hoop house and get plants in. At least we’ll get some benefit from it at the end of the season. I still have some odds and ends to finish up but it’s functional, Yeah!!!

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Posted by on June 4, 2011 in Garden, Kids


Finally Poly

It’s been a struggle. Work, wind, rain, snow, and mechanical breakdowns have all conspired to frustrate our attempts to erect the hoop house. But today, the Lord was with us. With the help of my trusted assistant (that’s my wife) we were able to get poly attached to the ends of the house and so far at least it’s still attached.

We hope to get the main sheets of poly on this weekend and finish hauling manure so we can plant. I still have to address the mechanical breakdowns I mentioned. The tractor’s fan belt broke and the flat tire I’ve been airing up each time I used it finally gave up on holding any air at all. A new belt is on order and the tire is off and ready to be dropped off at the tire shop.

The cows are all quite happy now that they have green grass to eat. They’re not much interested in hay any more. I’ve been moving them every couple of days to a new strip of pasture and they’re doing their job as grass harvesting machines. They watch intently as I setup a new grazing area for them and then all I have to do is call them and clap my hands a few time and they come running. That’s the fun part 🙂

The kids are nearly done with school for the year. They’ve been counting the days. Joy has already planned summer camps, swimming lessons, vbs, and historical tours around the state. Cousins will also be coming in July. I think they’re going to have a great summer.

Tonight we grilled some salmon and and asparagus and played catch in the yard, it was sweet!
Spring is an awesome time on the farm. I’m thankful daily that I’ve been trusted with caring for this place and everyone on it.


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Posted by on May 23, 2011 in Farm, Garden, Kids, Weather


Starting seeds

Sunday was seed starting day. The kids helped mix soil, fill trays, and plant some of the seeds for the garden.They really liked the different sizes, shapes, colors, and textures. They liked complaining about the veggies they’re going to have to eat too 🙂

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Posted by on March 14, 2011 in Garden, Kids



This year we took a much more active role in procuring our Thanksgiving day meal. We were invited out to our friends Ivan and Ann’s ranch to help slaughter turkeys. Our “payment” was a huge 33 pound bird. It was interesting and I enjoyed getting first hand experience with the process although the weather made it challenging. We took lots of coffee breaks to warm up. My mother flew in from Anchorage to spend the holiday with us and that was great. She helped with the dinner and pumpkin pie and the kids really enjoyed seeing her again. The meal was fantastic, I think the turkey was the best ever although we hardly made a dent in it. We also had homemade bread, homemade cranberry salad, green bean casserole, and potatoes from our garden. We put up a lot of freezer bags of leftovers. We certainly have a lot to be thankful for this year, God has been very good to us indeed.

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Posted by on November 30, 2009 in Garden, Kids


Potato Harvest Day

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Our winter weather finally relented and it’s been a beautiful fall weekend. Yesterday I was able to get all our hoses, lawn furniture etc put away and today we’re finally harvesting our potatoes, carrots and onions. The kids were a big help and it was fun watching how excited they got with each new cache of potatoes. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on October 18, 2009 in Chickens, Garden, Kids


Dog Attack

This week a dog from the neighborhood climbed the fence and got into our yard. She attacked one of our chickens as well as our dog. Jack needed stitches at the vet and we’re trying to nurse the chicken back to health. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on September 12, 2009 in Chickens, Garden