Sunday, May 3, 2015

Tree Removal

For months we've had a very old, tall dead tree in our front yard.  It stood near the corner of our home and the idea of taking this tree down was frightening. We knew it needed to be removed, finding the time and the actual right way to do this was the issue.  Here and there branches fall and my husband would say, "I can take it down today, let's get it over with."  I responded with, "How are you going to do this?"  I cringed at his response and ended the discussion.

We've taken down trees before and do 90% of all our farm work.  We really work hard pretty much by hand because we don't own any fancy equipment. This project seemed bigger than us.  Deciding when to hire someone for a job can be a humbling experience. The location of this tree was the main concern.  I love my husband but his tree take down skills sometimes scare me, some might say those skills are a little red neck.  I finally decided to hire someone; let me share the do's and don'ts of getting a job done.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Fresh Quail Eggs

It's that time of year when the quail begin laying eggs again; gathering up these little treats becomes a challenge.  This is when you walk carefully through the quail coop looking for a dip in the tall grass with hopes to find a nest full of eggs.  The eggs are actually pretty easy to find, it's a matter of paying attention to detail and noticing where the quail move from as you walk.

Quail eggs are a little larger than the size of a small Cadbury Easter egg candy.  I'm referring to the ones that come in a package of twelve.  If you think cadbury eggs are good wait till you try quail eggs?  Have you eaten fresh quail eggs?

Friday, April 24, 2015

Beginner Gardeners - Direct Seed Planting Tips

Welcome new and beginner gardeners, I'm continuing this series with Direct Seed Planting Tips. This series began in February, I wanted to inspire new gardeners and share insight to the gardening process that eliminates the feeling of being overwhelmed and frustrated.  After reading many comments and articles on why new gardeners fail it seemed like an important series to begin. There is a simplistic side to gardening that can improve your experience; it begins with being realistic about your goals.  If you missed the first two articles you can find them here.  Starting Small and Plans Planting, Moving Forward.

Today we're moving forward with direct seed planting.  If you're garden is already planted well pat yourself on the back.  Good job!  The rain has been plentiful here so planting has been sporadic.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Collecting Rain Water

We're in the rainy season and everything has turned green.  It's the perfect time of year to collect rain water that can be used in the garden at a later time. Collecting water will help conserve expenses during the summer.  Last year I started with this 100 gallon container; it worked well and for months I kept thinking a second container would be even better, We get heavy rainfall in Texas and it doesn't take very long to fill a tub so last week I added another 100 gallon container.  This weekend it rained a lot and I've got 200 gallons of water on hold.