A Week or Two in Pictures (3/12 – 3/27)

We started the week off with a gorgeous – HUGE – full moon.

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After a bout of cool weather, Spring hit and the temperatures have been lurking somewhere about the 50-60° range. It’s been so warm that I’ve moved my seedlings outside along with my citrus trees.

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One of my lemon trees has been doing especially well and is covered with sweet smelling blooms. I attempted to hand pollinate some of the blooms but after moving it outside, I’m hoping that the bees will take over the job for me. I just realized yesterday that I had an orange tree. My citruses were all left at mom’s for the year or so I was transitioning to Robb’s house and included a lime tree. One tree died and I was so certain it was the orange. I was sad to discover that it was my lime!

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Robb and I went down to the beach last weekend and had a great time, depsite the rain. We ate at Two Roads Tavern, picked up donuts from Duck Donuts, and had a fun time at the Manteo Aquarium. For more of a recap and a review of Two Roads Tavern, visit The Edible Coast.

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This past Sunday was a great day for outside chores. We messed with the chicken coop (the chickens received new straw under the coop and new pine shavings inside of the coop), planted Swiss Chard and Brussels Sprouts, and generally enjoyed the good weather.

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Our newest chicken, Ipsy, is the chicken on the left hand side (below photo). She is a Silver Laced Wyandotte and as you can see, she is missing quite a few feathers on her backside from an overzealous rooster. Since I’ve brought her home, she has already put on a little more weight and I can see feathers starting to grow back.

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The straw from the chicken coop gets put into the garden to give the plants an extra boost.

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We officially listed our house for sale! We are going by the route of “for sale by owner” and I am confident that I can get the house sold. We are determined to move forward with finding a place with more space so we can grow our homestead.

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I tried to get a nice picture with Belle as we were all relaxing on Sunday, this is the one that came out the best. She saw the camera and just started acting like a diva.

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I decided to make fish tacos on Sunday, so I made a fresh pico de gallo. Unfortunately none of the produce was from our garden but hopefully the next time I make it – it will have all homegrown items (except for lime… sadly).

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Our delicious Alaskan halibut tacos with cilantro, pico de gallo, coleslaw, and a lime crema. What a great end to a busy weekend!

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Garden Update 8/26: Or That Time I Chopped Down A Tree

So in my last garden post, I mentioned that I thought my apple trees were past the point of no return and needed to be cut down. Well, this weekend, mom and I ventured in to town and noticed that one of the stores had just brought out their selection of apple trees. In the pouring down rain – and I know people were wondering what is wrong with us – we stood out there picking out two trees: a Winesap and a Honeycrisp.

I also purchased an Arapaho Blackberry on sale from another shop (they had raspberries on sale as well, but they had thorns and I’m searching for thornless). After loading them all in the truck, we got home realizing that we should probably go ahead and cut down/burn our two infected apple trees. Only problem? All we have available to use was a pruning saw and an axe. Not an issue, I say. Let me tell you – if you have never cut down a tree by hand, I definitely recommend that you try it because you gain a lot of appreciation for our ancestors who built their homes out of hand cut logs. It was a job.

With mom helping *some*, I managed to cut down a tree on Saturday and the other on Sunday. My hands are still sore two days later. But you know what? I actually ended up enjoying it, though Saturday about broke me. It was hot and muggy that day, while Sunday was cooler with the occasional sprinkles of rain.

Chopping away.
Chopping away.
One down, one to go
One down, one to go
The blackberry is all nestled in to its spot, and I ended up planting the fig that I had potted up earlier in the year.
The blackberry is all nestled in to its spot, and I ended up planting the fig that I had potted up earlier in the year.
Pulled these today - mostly peppers are all that's left producing in the garden right now: Jalapenos, Cherry Tomatoes, Hot Cherry Peppers, Scotch Bonnets
Pulled these today – mostly peppers are all that’s left producing in the garden right now: Jalapenos, Cherry Tomatoes, Hot Cherry Peppers, Scotch Bonnets
Our newest additions to the yard. After these, I'm only allowed to plant one more fruit tree and I already know it will be an apricot.
Our newest additions to the yard. After these, I’m only allowed to plant one more fruit tree and I already know it will be an apricot.