The first crops are coming up — 7 Comments

  1. Thank you Ellendra. I will plant some low bush in with my blue berries when I get a pasture empted of critters and put a larger garden in there.

  2. Nancy: Highbush cranberries are actually a type of viburnum. They tolerate a wider range of soils than lowbush, or “bog” cranberries, but they do have a stronger flavor. Try some before you grow. They can be tamed down by mixing with other fruits, like apples. Might make a better mixed-fruit leather than they would craisins.

    Lowbush cranberries require acidic soil, much like blueberries. This is most likely the kind you had.

  3. Jackie, I am always inspired by reading your blogs. I like the new trellis and ponds! Isn’t it fun to see something that could be trashed and find a way to use it creatively? Hang in there, lady!

  4. Thanks for taking the time to answer my question. I was thinking that it was very unlikely that the chickens would settle down. I can keep them seperated all summer but when the fall comes they’ll have to move to the freezer.

  5. If you ever have any algae problems with the pond just use some barley straw. They sell Barley Balls and Barley Pads also. It works great,is natural, and safe for fish and plants. Just be careful not to use too much as the decomposing straw can use up all the oxygen.

  6. Jackie, the fish pond and trellis are just beautiful! I am always amazed at what you all come up with and how inventive you are with ‘junk’ finds…always an inspiration that keeps my mind reeling with new ways to use old stuff we no longer want for it’s original purpose. Thanks, I’m looking forward to pics of the pond after your plants have grown too! You need to make some little toad houses with some broken pots to tuck in.

  7. I do not like raisans,(I think) so when I received some dried cranberries from Backwoods home office after I sent them some almonds, I was not inclined to try them. But I did and ate the whole package. They are wonderful!! I want to plant some cranberry bushes but don’t know which is the best for west central Illinois. High or low bush. Any ideas? And what is the difference? Will not garden this year as we are only home about 3 weeks in the summer with the almonds. I want to stay home but the almonds will finish the house insulation and do the other things I want to do here. New fencing and barn repair and every thing so I will keep at it for a couple more years. I am going to quit when I am 65 which is only three more years. THEN I will stay home and garden. The farm will be paid off and we will have our outside wood heat and self made bio-gas for cooking and dryer in the winter. The wood furnance we want will burn rotten wood, rotten square bales hay, corn, square bales of corn stalks. About any thing. I am very excited about it.