Homesteading with Jackie Clay

Due to the cold spring, we’re behind in planting

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Behind, but daily getting more planted. We now have all of our tomatoes in the ground! Yea! Not all of them are mulched, staked, and caged, however. But we're slowly getting there — while...

Oh my goodness! Where are the days going?

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We've been hitting the gardens hard every single day now that the weather's changed into warm and dry. We are planting about 76 tomatoes every day, plus doing some corn, squash, and assorted other...

Nice weather equals busy us

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We've finally got nice spring weather with temperatures in the sixties and even seventies. So, guess who's working until dark every night? We're behind as spring came late for us. We even had a...

We had a wonderful, but wet Memorial Day weekend

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It started out nice and partly sunny, so we were able to get a lot of outside things done, getting ready to plant the gardens. As David and Elizabeth didn't have to work, they...

Spring is hitting us like a ton of bricks

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There's so much to do every spring but we've not really had "spring" weather, it's been cold and rainy. Now the temps are warming up and a little sun is out some days, so...

We’ve finally got spring. Again.

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After seemingly a month's worth of cloudy, cool days and rain, it is finally starting to feel more like May. My daffodils are going totally crazy. The first ones I planted have multiplied and...

I’m five flats into planting squash seeds

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Despite being busy with the typical it's-really-spring outside tasks like cleaning out flower beds, getting the six gardens ready to till and manure, mowing the lawn for the first time and getting Ava's pony...

Why are there only so many daylight hours?

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Now it's spring for sure and things are popping around here. Our daffodils are in full bloom after sitting under snowbanks for months and boy do they look beautiful! Our friend, Heather, came late...

We all had a very happy Mother’s Day

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As in our past, which has now become a family tradition, we spent the morning of Mother's Day at Byrnes Greenhouse in Zim, Minnesota. We meet up and visit while picking out a cartload...

With warm weather, we’re kicking into high gear

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I've been transplanting peppers and tomatoes for weeks now and the greenhouse is starting to fill up with Styrofoam cups of plants. And boy-oh-boy do they ever love that! They're growing like weeds, nice...