The boys and I have been working here and there on the front yard.
I planted some flowers today.mits starting to come together.
These lilies are under my blue spruce
The tree above,Jason and I thought it had died. When it was beginning to bud, we had a hard freeze then snow. It looked sick. Jason cut back the grass, I spread Epsom salts around. The tree has made a come back! I am hoping it grows and spreads out. Our hope is that it will grow and provide shade in front of the house.
Jason worked on the bathroom. He hung the sheetrock and taped it. He will do the muddling next weekend. One step closer to being complete.
Here it is, the middle of May, and the weather forecast is for "frozen mix"
We burned my garden area this weekend, hubby and son #3 used the neighbors rotatiller to mix it.
I was going to plant this weekend, glad i did not. I had to move my chicks back into the hen house. I know they have feathers, but I'm not too sure the little box i have is warm enough for them.
I do have to laugh, we live in what is considered a high plains desert. We have our secondary water (its canal water, its is what is used for watering lawns, agricultural uses) on, but have not actually turned on the sprinklers, or the AC for that matter. Several of my neighbors have been using their water religiously on their lawns. Late this morning the clouds opened up and it poured. There was so much water it was standing in places. We do plan on taking out areas of grass, and using rocks and gravel instead. I would rather use the water for my trees and garden instead of the grass.
I am hoping this weekend to plant my garden. I am planning on putting in tomatoes, jalapenos, zucchini, onions, and carrots. I want to do lettuce, but I think I will put this in containers and place it on the north side of the house, so it gets mostly shade. I was going to plant potatoes, but the doctor I work with is friends with a farmer in Idaho. I got 50 pounds of potatoes last year for $12 a bag. I canned most of them. They have been great to use in dinners. Pressure cooking them is the way to go. I dont have to worry about mice getting into them!
Well, I was working a second job, them quit. They were under the impression I should work 60+ hours a week, and yo yo shifts.( example, work 2 to 1030, have a day off then work 5 am to 5 pm). No thank you.
We are preparing to p,ant in the garden. Hubby and son #4 got a propane torch to take care of the weeds.
It was a big weed infested mess prior.
I am hoping to plant this weekend.
Here are my chickens. The one on the left, with the three red hens is a rooster. He is super sweet, not very loud.
The black chicks are my newest additions. They are sex links. They are about two months old. I have had them in the hen house in a pen the last 2-3 weeks. The lousy thing is, Tuesday our temperatures drop to the low thirties. I will have to move them back inside the hen house. Silly weather.
I now have 14 chickens. I enjoy my flock.
My house faces east west, I finally decided to plant some shrubs. My hope is that they will fill out and help block the sun, which will help keep the house cooler.
This Friday we will get some more dirt, then apply Mulch to the top. I may add another row of bricks. I still haven't decided.
Well, I had intentions of updating this blog every week, ha ha ha
Then life threw a curveball at me.
Things have just been busy. I started a second job. I like it so much, I am quitting my first job. Too much drama and non sense.
Here at the house, we have numerous projects going. We began work at installing a chain link fence. Work is currently on hold though due to the weather. This is the first time since 2011 Utah has not had drought conditions. We have had so many gray, drizzly days I have felt as if I am in Seattle.
Hubby did get the garden tilled. We will do it again before we plant.
I got a rooster. He is pretty, not aggressive. He is almost 2. He is amazing with my hens.
I will need to take some pictures of him.
Hubby cut down 6 big trees in the back. They were some kind of elm tree. They were spindly, would leak sap, loose beaches every time it as breezy. I'm glad they are gone. We are planning on putting a shed back there, along with some fruit trees. We have a large pile of limbs. We plan on renting a chipper to take care of them. We will then spread the chips around our lot. Our soil is sandy, so I try to compost to help improve it.
We also decided to do a small remodel project, because we just didn't have enough going on...
We had a large closet in the laundry room. The back side of it was the boys room. We closed off the laundry room side and opened up the boys side.
This closet easily quadruples the space they had. I am very happy with it. I sprayed the texture, once it was dry I applied the first coat of primer. We are hoping to have it done by this weekend.
Today was beautiful. It got up to 52 degrees. Thus morning was the first morning in I-don't-know-how-long that the hens water wasn't a block of ice. I enjoyed the sun. Cleaned out my henhouse, put in fresh bedding. The snow however, is almost up to my knees. It made it challenging trying to work in the backyard.
The mountains (Wasatchs) are so pretty with all the snow!