We've been pretty busy here!
We got our rabbits!!! :) We decided to get a male and female so that we not only have them as fertilizer but also for breeding. We can sale their babies for 10 bucks a rabbit! Their names are Flopsy Bunny (the female) and Peter Rabbit (the male). Why no we haven't been reading Beatrix Potter, why do you ask? ;) So far they love the hay we made ourselves- I'll tell you how we did it later on. They also love dandelions! We have those in abundance around here! I've read that they love sow thistles too but have yet to pick one and throw it in their pen. I did pick them some basil leaves and they loved it. Between all the organic stuff we're picking out of the yard and the pellets we bought at the food store, they choose, hands down, the yard stuff first. In the summer time, I plan to do mostly organic and in the winter a majority of pellets with hay mixed in. We have some sunflower seeds and carrot seeds that we're going to plant for them and some lettuce that we have seeding right now. Once those start blooming, well, our rabbits will be in for a treat! I'm planning on picking up some radishes to seed and possibly some beets too.
Our puppies are doing great! The girls have them so spoilt! I kid you not they want to be held all the time! They're just as bad as Elizabeth. I don't mind Elizabeth, I LOVE holding her, but I don't care to hold a puppy all the time! No matter how cute the little critter is!
We're getting chickens sometime before next Friday. The girls and I are so excited about that!
We also have a worm bed in the making! I'm going to buy some fishing worms to add to the ones we already got from when I cleaned my mamas stairs. My 2yr old LOVES worms! I think it's because they remind her of caterpillars. I'll hand her one and she'll walk around holding it. Then put and down and forget where she placed it and we'll find the poor thing lying somewhere dead because the sun fried it. My 3yr old will sit and observe them but she won't hold them. Snails are more her thing. My 9 month old doesn't get the chance to mess with any of it. It would just be a snack to her! YUCK!
We have some vegetables seeding right now. Tomorrow I plan to get out there and till the ground with a hoe. It has to be done soon. Actually it should have been done but my mother kept telling me to just wait because a man from down the street was going to do it but he decided he's allergic to work. :( That's alright I'll just praise the Lord for giving me a chance to get muscles :)
I have some herbs planted too! I have two types of Basil (which we use to keep bugs off us while working in the yard), some Coriander, some Thyme, some Peppermint, and some Chocolate Mint. There's many more I want to buy and add to my herb garden. This serves as our healthy tea (the mints), our fresh herbs to cook with, and our medicine. The thing about herbs is that you can do it no matter where you live- in an apartment, out on a farm, etc.
We found a local orchard! That's exciting! Last year we went out of our way to go to an orchard. We'll get our fruit from the orchard and will can it. When my husband and I finally get a place (an update on that to come) we plan to plant our own fruit trees and bushes. The great thing about the orchard is that they also sell honey! Wwwwoooo! Local, fresh honey! Oh and we'll be buying from the farmers market too and canning from there. It'll just add to what we'll be harvesting from our own garden. See what comes from our garden will be eaten by us as well as my grandma and her family. So we'll be feeding quite a few off our garden. I'd like to get away from buying from Walmart completely! If anything, just buying my staples (flour, sugar, etc) from there.
How we made the hay, if you can even call it that, is really quite simple. When my husband got through mowing the yard the girls and I went out there and just kind of kicked/spread the grass clippings around. We then let the sun do the rest of the work-drying it out. It took about 3 days or so. When it was good and dry I went out there and raked it up into a pile. I placed it in a hole in my mother's flower garden. The dogs had dug a huge hole there so we placed it there. It holds it for now and I just get out, daily, the little bit I need. It'll also help the flowers so it's kind of liking "killing two birds with one stone."
House update: As of now we're still at my mothers. We're still looking for a place to rent/buy but are having a hard time finding something that will fit our need and is in our price range. We're weighing our options and praying for wisdom. We'll see where the Lord directs us.
That about sums up our little homestead. Between studying the Lord's word (via reading the word, books on various Christian topics, and listening to sermons), taking care of my family, helping my mother, and homesteading I stay pretty busy. Thanks for reading! :)
Much love in Christ Jesus <3