Welcome to this week’s homestead update.
The other day, my neighbor asked to borrow my trailer to take his mower to the repair shop. It was full of compost, so I couldn’t do it right then. I felt very sorry about that. After all, he’s done all kinds of stuff for us. He plows the driveway when it snows. He lets me use his tiller. He’s even used his skid steer to pull out a nasty bush for us. This was the first time he’s ever asked for anything from me. Yes, I attempt to do things for him, but he’s been doing the farming thing for quite a while and he has all the “toys” that comes with farming. So I went over with a 6-pack of my home brewed Kolsch and let him know that I’d get the trailer emptied. So the other day after work, my son and I built another garden bed. I used all that compost except for 2 wheelbarrows full. I spread the rest around a couple of the trees in the yard.
The grapes are coming in nicely. Five of the six plants have a lot of leaves on them. The last one only has a couple of leaf buds right now, but that will change. The raspberries are also growing well. Three of them are big and bushy. There is one that is not growing at all, I’ll contact the company that sold them to me to see if they have any sort of guarantee. The gooseberry plant is looking great. The berries are getting big. I spoke to the lady that I got it from to see how to tell if they are ripe. I have to wait until the seeds are visible through the skin or it turns purple.
I’ve been building a bike rack for the camper. When I get it built, I’ll make a post over on my camping blog. I bought four upright bike racks similar to the one in this picture. I assembled all of them the other day. Today I built up the cross bars on top of the camper. I made those out of steel conduit. I think I should probably pain them and I’ll put some Great Stuff in them so they don’t rust from the inside out.
Of course I had to mow again this week. With all the rain, the lawn has to be mowed every week. It is a pain, but it has to be done. That’s all I have to report this week. What happened on your homestead this week?