Sun and warmer weather — 11 Comments

  1. Good Morning Ms. Jackie:
    The solar array is really taking shape. I know you will enjoy the power from it.
    On a separate note, I was waiting for the Keurig to brew my first cup the other morning and a question occurred to me. What could used K-cups be used for? We usually make 6-8 cups a day. I knew the grounds were good for the garden so I opened one up to see how much trouble it would be to get them out. The grounds are held up off the bottom by a fine meshed cloth “sack” which is glued to the cup. I thought about containers for starting seed. Uniform size, hole in the bottom, bottom watering, etc. The small size concerned me. Wondering if you or any readers had any thoughts or experience.
    Thanks for a very good blog,
    Lively Creek Farm

  2. Hi Jackie! I was wondering if you were going to post about the set up on the solar panels, what products you used to achieve charging, ect. I am very interested in that. Thanks

  3. Jackie and Will – if anyone deserves for things to be easier, it’s you two! Love those solar panels – Merry Christmas to all!

  4. We absolutely HATE debt! Even though we sometimes have to get loans to buy land, tractors, vehicles, etc. we NEVER mortgage our home 80 acres, which is paid off in full and has been for years. Just in case. The other stuff; well, if push comes to shove, we can stand to lose it and still be okay. Congratulations on the venison. David hunted at his brother’s and never got a look at a deer close up enough to shoot. But we’re not sad as we butchered three steers and kept a quarter. Plus I have tons in the pantry I’ve already canned up. We’re happy campers! We’re still in process on the outdoor boiler, but it’s coming much closer. The concrete hardened in the pad and the lines are ready to hook inside the house. It’s getting there.

  5. Just a thought.
    You mentioned the Simplicity as a small riding tractor and I know that John Deere made several versions of a very small lawn tractor that had tilling capability.
    There no doubt are many others out there that not only could be used between the rows such as corn but also used to till in green houses and perhaps even hoop houses.
    New ones are out there but what would be a good used one to look for ?
    This subject might make a interesting article.

    • Hi Reg,
      Most tractor manufacturers make sub-compact garden tractors; Kubota, John Deere, New Holland, etc. I’ve never used one before, new (can’t afford!) or used (still can’t afford most!). So I’m not a person to write this article. Maybe at some point, after I’ve had some experience. Right now we’re trying to figure out how to rescue Bill’s old Simplicity which has sunk into the ground over the years; tires are still up tho…..

  6. You have an amazingly productive garden, despite less than ideal soil. I canned old lentils last week on a snow day using your instructions, and made your pumpkin soup, a favorite. We’re always looking for ways to make gardening easier here too as we age (60 & 57).

    • I had to laugh at your comment; “less than ideal” soil. I’ll have to remember that when I’m standing shin deep in clay mud in the North Garden! Seriously, though, our gardens are so productive due to us adding literally tons of rotted manure each year. Not only does it provide fertility but also loosens the soil, actually building soil and it feeds the microbes. So we get production while each garden improves.

  7. Hi Jackie – We are creatures of sun and light aren’t we! Wonderful to see the solar panels go up. On a more mundane note, what is the name of the new website – itching to see what you have available! Happy Christmas and blessings of the holidays!

    • Yes we are! We’re tickled to have the last three up now. Ta da! And Will didn’t fall off the extension ladder. I have 911 on speed dial…. Our website is or you can simply click on the Seed Treasures box in this blog to quickly access it. I think you’ll be surprised at all the new varieties and photos. Merry Christmas!

  8. Having seen all that you do it truly amazes me. Debt is a yoke to be avoided but on some purchases inevitable–ie land, house, equipment. It would be great to never talk to a banker. We had extremely good luck in getting 10 deer in the family and the largess was given to others– with keeping what we needed. We’re on a warming trend here and it makes outside work very tolerable. I’m still looking for the “perfect small tractor” for the smaller work. When you hit 70 any work saver is appreciated. I always look forward to winter as a time to recover, plan, and rest up (somewhat). I really applaud Will’s work that cannot be easy. Did you get the outside wood stove working?