Homesteading with Jackie Clay

Our drought has finally broken

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After all summer of fighting drought, we are finally receiving regular rain. Last night we got nearly ¾ of an inch. The pasture is regrowing and I have to mow the lawn, which is...

The grasshoppers are gone

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Suddenly, as in almost overnight, our grasshopper plague has ended! I hadn't even noticed until Will mentioned it. No more clouds of grasshoppers flying up in front of us when we walk in the...

Well, our last seminar was a big success

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We had a wonderful group and although it did rain one day pretty hard, we switched up our schedule and went right ahead indoors. Due to a few folks' emergencies, our intended fifteen attendees...

We had really dense smoke for two days

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When I got up at 5 a.m., everything was orange. The trees, the grass — everything. The smoke was so dense I thought we had a fire nearby. You couldn't even see across the...

Busy, busy, busy!

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As if we haven't been busy enough, getting ready for our weekend seminar, the two long rows of Provider green beans I planted for Bill and Kelly, got ripe much faster than I'd expected....

We’re having to reduce our watering

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Although our gardens sure need it, we've had to reduce our watering as the hole below David's cabin will only support ½ hour running of two sprinklers once a day now and our barn...

Our drought is getting very serious

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We still haven't had a good rain. Some nearby towns have put outdoor use (watering lawns or washing cars) water restrictions in place and a few people's wells have gone dry. The trees in...

We are enjoying the cool day

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After a summer with temperatures in the high 80s and 90s, it was such a relief to have a nice cool, windy day today. Our friend, Heather, came over and picked some zucchinis we...

We’re still fighting the drought, but the gardens look great

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Despite soil that feels like walking in the desert, all our hard work watering and mulching the nine gardens is paying off. Yes, we're really, really tired. And if you've ordered seeds recently from...

Harvest time is now upon us

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Despite the drought and super high (for us) temperatures all summer, our crops are finally rewarding us with their first bounty. Today I picked a basket full of nice ripe tomatoes of many different...