Homesteading with Jackie Clay

Our Provider green beans are going nuts

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These wonderful beans sure live true to their name. I planted about 75 feet of them in a single row so our friends could have them. After all, they sure help us out. Well,...

Harvest is starting, big time!

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Slowly, the earliest tomatoes ripened, then more of them, now the mid-season vines are cranking out tomatoes by the basket full. After all, we planted more than 200 tomato plants this year. I'm kept...

Rain, rain, go away. We want to work!

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This is a strange year. Again. Last year, it was severe drought and this year, the rain faucet doesn't get turned off long. We seldom get three sunny days in a row. Although it...

Our tomatoes and peppers are getting ripe

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With those ripening crops, I've been busy taking out seed to save for our seed business. I always take seed from the earliest and some of the best ones. I also give them a...

We’ve had a tough week

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It started out great. My adopted daughter from India, Monique, and her family came to Minnesota and we all met at son, Bill's on Sunday for a family get-together. For a change, it wasn't...

Weeding and haying

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It seems like all we're doing this week is weeding various gardens and haying when the dew is off in the mornings. (Oh yeah, I've got to add running to town for haybine parts!)...

Weeds and bugs, oh my!

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It seems as if lately, the weeds are growing like trees in just a few days! Yesterday, while I was out dusting pyrethrin dust on a newly hatched crop of potato bug larvae, Will...

Will got another field of hay up, just before an inch of rain

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You know, it's getting hard to farm around here.  We seem not to have three days of sunshine in a row anymore.  And it takes at least three days to cut, rake and dry...

It’s hard to weed when it pours every ten minutes

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Will and I have been trying hard to get ahead of the weeds everywhere. Some days, we make great progress. Yesterday, he ran the tiller between corn and bean rows in the Wolf Garden...

Things got a little nuts around here

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Unfortunately, my handicapped, adopted son, Javid, developed a bone infection from a pressure sore he's been fighting for some time. He was in the ICU for a while, on IV antibiotics and was recently...