Speaking of the Ranch, we have enjoyed some upgrades this past weekend. We now have electricity! And, do you know what that means?? Warm showers! Out there, where there is more dirt, dust, mud, and sand than anything else, a warm shower makes a world of difference at the end of an exhausting day. Next time we're out there maybe I'll take a picture of the shower set up so you can have a good laugh, but for now, you'll just have to take my word for it...it's something else! I'm sure it was meant to be a temporary solution for the previous owners, but they abandoned ship and left it as is. Since we haven't had time to work on that yet, we also are using it in it's temporary-middle-of-the-house-open-to-everything state. Like I said, it's warm, it's clean, and that's all that matters for now.
Steve also set up an outlet for the camper! We can now use the lights and fan (although the current fan bit the dust) and the A/C or heater if we need it. The kids enjoyed a movie before bed even! Crazy how fancy a little electricity can make you feel ;)
We didn't get as much accomplished as we had hoped this weekend. The plan was to organize the inside of the house, which is full of building supplies and such, that didn't happen. We planned to put in some posts for garden fences, a swing set, and the chicken coop upgrade, but we only got one post set, and it was too dark to take a picture of it. We planned to move the camper and put it closer to the house and the power source, and that did happen! We moved it and not only did we get it hooked up, we made a little patio and Steve even hooked up the satellite.
It's hard to tell from the picture but another thing we were able to finish was clearing out the weeds around the house. Even after this picture was taken we pulled more out and took out that tree of thorns up against the white shed.
For my birthday I picked out a bunch of plants from a local nursery. They didn't have much, but I like what we picked out. They are supposed to get citrus trees in late this week, so hopefully we can snag some of those too.
|Philodendron, Robellini Palm, Washington|
Palm, can't remember, and a Camellia
We planted most of them, but I'm still unsure where to put the camellia. I don't know what specific kind it is and some varieties grow to 2-4 feet, and some varieties grow as big as 16 feet...that's a pretty significant difference! Not to mention it needs partial shade, and that can be hard to find around here. I'm thinking I'll put it on one of the corners of the house, but I'm going to think about it a bit more before putting it in.
The garden is moving along. Waiting for seeds to sprout is worse than waiting for Christmas to get here...it feels like they will never get big enough to plant. The only thing really taking off is the pumpkin seeds. Others are slowly coming up, but not the ones I'm most excited for, the tomatoes.
On January 14 or 15 I planted a lettuce mix, beets, carrots, and swiss chard. I seeded those directly into the ground, and they are doing well. I'm hoping to see bigger growth in that bed next week. We'll see though. The ground has been really hard. Our sand is really fine, and beneath the few inches of sand is a really hard slippery clay. I think with the next bed I will try to mix in compost and peet moss and see how that works.
January 20th and 21st my mom, the kids and I all planted some seeds in seed starter trays. We planted pumpkins, purple tomatillas, red cabbage, golden cabbage, luffas, orange-green-purple-yellow bell peppers, green tomatillas, mortgage lifter tomatoes, amish paste tomatoes, thessolaniki tomatoes, black krim tomatoes, gardeners delight tomatoes, german chamomile, calendula, bee balm, and lavendar. I ordered all the seeds from Annie's Heirloom Seeds. There's also one more, but I can't read what I wrote...note for next time, use sharpie.
I still have some purple potatoes, onions, and a lot of herbs to plant. Once the garden is fenced, I am also planning on buying some okra, squash, and cucumber plants.
Still so much work to do to get the garden where I want it to be, but seeds are growing and that's exciting! I can't wait to harvest some food. It's been too long since I got to have my very own garden.
We have lots of projects planned, and they all take time, and money. Can't wait to have a garden fence, a chicken coop, and a swing for the kids, but we also have a building that needs an all new metal skin around it, and that will be quite the task! Who knows what will come next, but I'll keep you posted.
I'll leave you with our last upgrade to the ranch this past week, and that is...........
Just one lonely egg, but hey, it's an egg! One of our americaunas (makes green eggs)is laying one a day...except yesterday, she didn't want to take time out of her busy day of exploring the world outside of the coop to lay an egg. Hopefully the other two follow suit soon.
Until next time friends!!