Homestead Update!

This Summer hasn’t gone as any of us expected. In late June we lost our maternal Grandfather. During the weeks he was in the hospital & following his passing we’ve been traveling back & forth spending time with family & helping Grandma where we can all while adjusting to a new normal. 

Despite the shock of our new reality & the amount of time we’ve spent on the road in the last two months our garden is thriving!! 

In the Spring and early Summer, we had SO many salad greens we were starting to get tired of eating salad. 

The peas have also given quite a bountiful harvest…enough to get a meal or two out of & save seeds for next year!

At the beginning of July, we harvested the garlic that we planted last Fall. While we haven’t yet had the opportunity to try it yet we’re all looking forward to it. 

Dad has been doing a lot of research on growing onions. I think that we have finally figured it out! These are the BEST onions that we have ever grown! The onions that are in our garden are comparable to the size that we’d get at the grocery store!!

This is the first year that we’ve had any success starting plants from seed. The tomato plants that we started from seed are flourishing! We are all anxiously awaiting the day they start to turn & looking forward to all the fresh tomato recipes.

Our cucumbers are in full swing! We’ve already canned 9 quarts of dill pickles & we have enough cucumbers to do another batch & more still on the vine. 

We tried planting a couple of Gooseberry bushes as well this year. The fruit looks like a little round grape & has a texture somewhere between a blueberry & grape. We decided to make some sauce with some of the berries & it’s quite delicious over biscuits & would be quite tasty with vanilla ice cream!

We planted corn from seed that we saved last year and it too is thriving! Look how tall it is! It’s already starting to develop tassels & small ears of corn! 😁

We decided to plant sweet potatoes again this year using a few potatoes we saved from last year! 

The peach trees didn’t do too well this year & the columnar apple trees are doing okay. But the Granny Smith apple tree is doing quite well! There are several small apples on it!!

While we know that this holiday season will be bittersweet & that Grandpa’s loss will be deeply felt; we are all looking forward to Fall. The cooler temperatures, warm colors, and a  fire in the fireplace are all like a warm bowl of chicken noodle soup. 

Soon after the house will be transformed with sparkling lights, holly & pine. The kitchen will smell of cookies & the voices of crooners will fill the air. And once again we’ll be reminded of the hope that we have because of a baby born in a manger. Something all of us know deep down but this year it’ll ring a little different. Because of a baby born in a manger, we have the hope of eternal life and knowing that we’ll all see Grandpa again one day!

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Until next time, 

Bailey Sue

1 thought on “Homestead Update!”

  1. Bailey Sue, I’m sorry to hear about the passing of your Grandfather. May God continue to comfort you and your family!

    It’s nice to see how well your garden has done this summer. Enjoy all that bounty!

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