Get it Growing

 

OK..so I stole the title from one of LSU’s more prominent garden advisors. But it’s cool.

 

Going into my second spring here, I have expanded my garden from three 20ft rows to five, with 3 square foot boxes at the end for misc crops. More space, but not so many more things, just more space between plants for easier care and culture. I made boxes with the wood from the little porch that used to be between the two houses, not for a raised garden, but just trying to fend off the pasture grass and weeds from encroaching.

One of the new rows was made with reclaimed cinder block and will be a permanent asparagus bed.  Talk about needing patience. After you plant your asparagus crowns in the spring, you have to let the entire crop leaf out before cutting it down the following fall. Then you can start harvesting the next spring.

 

This winter, along with greens and radishes, I actually produced cauliflower and broccoli before the freeze, and found that the Brussel sprouts and cabbage came through the first few freezes ok. Those were so fun.

I just put in onions, garlic, radishes, and salad greens to start the spring. The warmer season veggies like cukes, tomatoes, okra, and eggplant will come later.

Also seeing if I can do herbs right this year and maybe some fun projects like this old ladder that we found under the old house.  (And Randy wanted to throw it away)

The azaleas along the front fence are beginning to bloom and some of the satsumas have flower blossoms despite losing all their leaves in the freeze. Just about all our plants survived the big freezes, too, including the transplanted hydrangeas and philodendron.

 

Hoping this nice spring weather keeps up and leads us into summer.

Raising the Roof

 

 

Just a little update on the build.

 

As we get the spring started with tree fertilizing (over 100 pounds of the stuff!), cutting grass, pulling more weed trees out of the fence line, and a little landscaping, our builder is raising the roof.

The framing continues as the solid boards start to be placed on the outside.

Then the roof construction starts-another amazing phase to watch.

Next post will have the chimney under construction.

A Time to Build

Well…my blogging has not been done in the timely manner I wanted.  Yes, there were many unavoidable delays:  snow, freezing weather,snow, rain, more freezing weather, not to mention the holidays. I just haven’t kept up with my blog dates.  But our awesome builder was working as often as he could and really kicked it into gear when the weather cleared up.

Red clay was hauled from our back pasture for create the pad for the foundation after the topsoil was removed. About 15 dump truck loads worth of clay!!

Cinderblock walls will support the built up base.

All smoothed out.

Tubing for radiant heat installed. Everyone thought Randy was crazy for wanting this feature…then we had the snow, freeze, snow, etc. Who’s crazy now?

Pouring the slab. And all this equipment plus eight cement trucks slip sliding in our muddy yard. Quite the achievement.

Framing starts. Now it is looking like a house!

Framing continues including the porch joists.

I will try to be more regular with these updates, but I have to say the weather is perfect for gardening and fishing, so….

 

 

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

 

The holidays have come and gone and were wonderful. We had all three kids with us for the Christmas weekend and we joined all the Wood clan relations at Mom’s house on Christmas Day. What a group!!!

We joined an equally exuberant neighbor family for a lively New Years’ Eve party.  Fun for all.  And everyone still asks how we are liking it here, as if there is any question.

 

Those two busy days highlighted a rather quiet holiday time. We had April here almost 3 weeks and Andrew for 1, and Emily for only 2 days.  Most of the time was spent playing games, watching movies, and enjoying each other’s company and good food.

 

Hope everyone had a joyous holiday season and best wishes for a great New Year.

 

 

 

 

 

Winter Wonderland

Pictures by Randy

Randy went out and shot a few pics. I thought y’all may enjoy them.

                                                                                 

Sneaux Day

The snow pretty much ended yesterday, but not before blanketing almost everything.

 

 

 

We haven’t found out what the official tally was, but it was at least 4 ½”

A little bit of the “wonder” wore off when the power went out. Even more so when you consider that without power…we had no running water since the well pump is electric also.  But, that was ok. We had water stockpiled from hurricane prep and the little house contains a wonderful stand-alone propane heater.  We three were nice and cozy in the great room and spent an evening by candlelight. I even managed to write out some Christmas cards and marveled that not long ago everyone worked by this kind of light at night.

Power was restored this afternoon and it was nice to be able to do dishes and take a shower-ahhh, the small pleasures.  We survived and still remain totally gratefully for our new place.

 

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

 

Well, there is not much work being done today on the house-LOL.

Mom is visiting and we woke up to a winter wonderland this morning.  We are at 2 inches,  it is still snowing and forecast to go until noon!

Project Green Acres

or… Pimp My Farm.

Randy and I are trying to take pictures daily to show progress and I will attempt to get them into this blog in a timely manner.

Currently our new home is a large slab of red clay being set up for the foundation lay and pour.  Since the rain has started and things may move slow, I thought I would show y’all how we got to this point.  As we approached the new construction date we were sad that our only option seemed to be to bulldoze the old house to make way for the new one. Then a neighbor expressed interest and Yeah!! In the course of just a few weeks he had removed the porches and cut down the roofs in preparation for the move. Then the movers came and moved it right down the road.  It was an incredible event. (note: if you ever want to make ALL the traffic on your street slow WAY down all the time, tell them you are going to move your house. )

Original house

Original house without porches and roofs being cut down  for actual moving.

House going

House gone

Prepping the lot

Blessed advent to all

 

 

A Fine Dam Job

 

A Fine Dam Job!

In the beginning, Mr Keith (our Herring propane filler upper) mentioned that, “those trees need to come off the dam”, we researched it and sure enough, he was right.

 

 

Over the spring and summer, Randy worked really hard to get every last tree, bush, rootstock and trunk off the dam face and backside.

 

 

 

He employed a variety of tools and vehicles including his truck, tractor, chainsaw, loppers, shovel, and occasionally his winch and his wench (HA!)

 

 

He shaved a bit off the top to make it driveable and mowable and improved the spillway.

 

 

 

 

He got the tractor stuck a few times and only ran it into the pond once! He went swimming a few times(country boy style) and stirred up a few wasps nests and ant hills along the way.

 

 

 

Smoothed it out, graded it, seeded  it, watered it and we had a dam that is good to go.

 

 

 

All in all it was remarkable effort and makes for quite a view.

The rehab of the dam is done and isn’t it a FINE job!!  All that’s left is for the grass to grow more in the spring.

 

Another Point of View

Same view, different porch.  We have officially moved fully into the “little house”.  Randy moved the hot water heater, washer, dryer, stove and refrigerator over here from the big house—not to mention reworking the water pipes and electric service since it all worked off the big house system. The big house has moved down the road (literally less than a mile down the road) and the builder has started grading for the new construction. The red dirt in the small section to the right of the “new view” is clay moved from a section down by the big pond to get a good foundation.

Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving