Keep or not

With every homestead there comes s time when you decide to continue on with a certain type of livestock or to go a different route. For me I have decided that I will not be continuing on with the coturnix quail.

I’ve had fun with them for the past five years. But as of right now they do not serve a purpose on our homestead. The quail I do have will live out their lives. I want to work more with my mearns quail and the girls ( chickens ) when we move ( and we are looking at land as I write this) then we will be getting some other breeds of chickens I’ve had my eye on for some time now.

If anyone does need advice on quail or help I will still be here and will answer the emails just like I always do.

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Spider mites

Bringing in a new plant is fun an exciting… until you find out that one new plant has spider mites!

Annoying little bastards! There are many different ways people say to get rid of them.. there is the biological control such as ladybugs, lacewings, and predatory mites,I have tried the ladybugs in the past for my rose bushes they did a great job. There are also some who say essential oils work.. I have not had any luck with this or with making the pepper extract. I have also tried neem oil this did not work either some have said they had luck with it.

The dish soap – mixing 3 tables of dish soap with a gallon of water and then spraying it on the leaves. I also have not had much luck with this in the past. What I’m going to try this time around is rubbing alcohol – soaking the cotton ball in the Rubbing Alcohol and then wiping the leaves then a few hours later rinse of the leaves. Some say do one part water and one part rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle.

Then there is always the other way of bagging up the plant and tossing it in the trash and then staring over. There are many other ways to try an get rid of spider mites do research and find what way would work best for you there are some other ways I didn’t list. Remember to always check your new plants before bringing them into your garden!

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Seed binder

I normally keep my seeds in a large basket. I wanted another way! So I went online and did some research and I found a cool way to keep the seeds the way I want.

A seed binder!

I found sleeves that you would normally use to save post cards/ photos to hold the seeds.

In the sleeve pack I got came with 50 sleeves. Some people like to alphabetize their seeds I think that is awesome and maybe someday I will do that also. Right now I have my seeds in what order I’m comfortable with.

Here is a video of everything in the binder ( not the seeds I have harvested from my own plants I couldn’t fit those in) please excuse my chipped nail polish it’s hard to keep nails done when your doing lots of outside work! #seedbinder #ineedmoresseds #mjbackyardingwithkids #homesteading #gardening #seeds #reallylikingthisway #pleasefollow #pleaseshare #thankyou

Re using

We have been busy going through items. Donating items or if we can reuse something on the homestead seeing what it would be resued for. I have a bunch of towels that are ripped and have holes.

I decided to cut them up and reuse them for my paint brushes and for cleaning around the house.

I might dye them black that way they won’t show stains from the paint and from being used for the cleaning. Show me some of your items that you reused.

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Fall for fall

Wow can you believe it’s September? Last month was a busy for myself and my family, Didn’t get any house projects done but did get to do some vendor events. I enjoy doing the events it’s fun to get to see what others have made and get to meet new people. Also in August I took a tumble down the stairs. Giving myself a hematoma in my arm and some colorful bruises.

One of my girls ( chickens ) has gone broody. She is a blcm ( blue copper mearan)

She is also taking the other girls eggs and the fake eggs I have in there as well. At lest she is liking the new nesting mats I’m using 🤣. I might have to break her if she doesn’t snap out of being broody. ( yes the eggs are taken from her ) #pleasefollow #pleaseshare #thankyou #mjbackyardingwithkids #homesteading #gardening #chickens #eggs #broody #fallingforfall #fall

New pads

I’ve been wanting to try these new nesting box pads for the girls ( chickens).

They are made out of plastic. It’s very stiff! They are washable they do take a while to dry I would suggest ordering extras so switch out with while ones are drying. They are a little hard to trim make sure you have good sharp scissors.

So far I like them, My girls like them as well. I was worried they wouldn’t like them due to how stiff they are but so far no issues it does say that if your poultryis not liking them to try putting some bedding on them to help them get use to them. For me I didn’t do that I wanted to see how the girls would take to it. The ducks however do not like them. My ducks kicked them out of their nesting areas and kicked them off the top of their roof they they to roost on. Which is fine I mostly wanted them for the girls nesting boxes. #nestingbox #newpads #mjbackyardingwithkids #sofarworking #washable #pleasefollow #pleaseshare #thankyou

Grazing

This week I decided to build some grazing boxes.

I’m doing my grazing boxes different than most do. Normally you would build a frame then the grazing box would use the dirt on the ground to grow grass, wheat, barley, the list goes on to what you could grow. What makes mine different? I put a backing on my grazing boxes. I will be bringing them in during the winter that way I have fresh growing throughout the winter.

For this box I’m using hard white wheat berries. I have 4 more of these to make for this season. The others will vary in size. In those boxes I will be planting some alfalfa, grass, and winter kale. I’m liking this idea for the girls ( chickens), quail, and the ducks. I know what some might say you will have to redo those in a few years. I’m okay with that these are not hard to make and in the long run this will work out for us very well. #pleasefollow #pleaseshare #thankyou #mjbackyardingwithkids #chickens #quail #ducks #grazingboxes

A lot

A lot of work has been going on, on my little homestead. We changed things around for our growing purposes. Instead of growing just in the growing season and then doing a big harvest and then getting it canned. We are going to grow year round now. I will be always planting something. With doing this way it will mean I have more time to get things canned, more food will be growing for the livestock and my family.

I have 8 purple bell pepper plants going right now. In a few weeks I will start some more an so on. I have some tomato plants started for this way. It’s slow process switching over to doing this but in the end it will work out better. #pleasefollow #pleaseshare #thankyou #hobby #backyarding #mjbackyardingwithkids #homesteading #gardening #harvest #harvestallthetime https://www.facebook.com/MJkidsandchickensblog/

Almost time for school

It’s almost time for us to start school! This will be our 9th year doing school at home. I decided to change curriculums, I think masterbooks will be a good fit for us. No computer needed! Which is perfect for homesteading life. With these books it’s reading a page then a work sheet/ assignment to do. I have also added for them to learn the anatomy of animals. This evening I spent writing out #4 and #5 sight word cards

I have almost everything, just need some note books and some more index cards and we will be ready! I’m having #4 and #5 start that last week of July. The older kids will start the second week of August. #5 is excited to start school, he ran in this morning asking if today was the first day of school. 🤣. #school #mjbackyardingwithkids #homesteading #homeschooling #largefamily #20212022schoolyear