This Week on the Farmstead – August 7

Hello and HaPpY fRiDaY! to all of you, dear friends! Grab your cup and set a bit while we shoot the breeze!

This Week on the Farmstead, August 7 - Stone Family Farmstead

This has been a crazy busy week, and I’m so thankful that my energy has been up lately because there have been lots of chores to do in preparation for a really big week that’s coming up soon (more about that later). In all of my busyness, I’ve not been able to take photos for everything I’ll be talking about, sorry about that!

Family and Personal News

Like most weekends lately, we had Kieran last Friday. We’ve decided to make it a weekly thing to have our grandboy on Friday nights for sleepovers. We have so much fun with him that we want to spend all the time we can with him in between all of the farm stuff we have going on around here. Here’s a couple of really cute photos I snapped of Kieran.

DSC03475Kieran loves to help out with feeding the chickens. He thinks it’s hilarious when they eat from the feeder.

DSC03478Not happy that Grandma makes him wear a hat outdoors. Aw well, sorry boy.

DSC03480He’s such an ornery, adorable thing.

Remember I mentioned a really big week? Kieran will be staying for 8 days with us while his mama and daddy have some much needed time off to just be friends and have a good time together. We are planning a trip to Knott’s Berry Farm, and later that week, to the beach. We are fully equipped with our camera and lots of beach toys!


This week, I worked on getting a few things started and finished in the kitchen. I soaked some beans with a splash of ACV for 24 hours in preparation for canning. Soaking that long does wonders for de-gassing the beans, which is great news for everyone involved. *snicker* I was able to get 16 pints canned up for the next month or two. (Yeah, we do eat that many beans!)

adding ACV to the water helps when soaking beans - Stone Family Farmstead

I started a gallon and a half of kombucha tea, which should be ready to be flavored next week with my fantastic strawberry syrup (see tomorrow’s blog post for the syrup recipe–it’s fantastic stuff).

new batch of kombucha - Stone Family Farmstead

Speaking of strawberry syrup, I made a batch for next week’s kombucha, as well as our lemonade and iced tea. Yep, I really did make it out of of our strawberry tops! The other halves of these strawberries are in the freezer, waiting to be turned into wine.

making strawberry syrup - Stone Family Farmstead


Remember the citrus tree that Todd planted last week? It’s looking a bit haggard. We are not sure if it’s because Bella dug the ground up around the roots, or if it’s because of the bricks we put around it to protect it from Bella. In any case, it’s not looking great, and we are hoping it will bounce back. Everything else is doing as well as they have been the past few weeks.


Our honeydew plant is still completely overrun with aphids, so it’s coming out of the garden very soon before the aphids notice that there is more food to be had just 5 feet away. Sadly, there is a really nice melon on it, but I can’t risk it with all the new peppers and tomatoes we’ve got growing.

We are still harvesting a small bit of squash from the one plant that wasn’t affected by the mosaic virus that hit the other side of the garden. Wouldn’t you know that there are two new squash plants coming up in that side of the garden? I’ll wait and see what happens with them, but I do have plans for that side.

Speaking of plans, I’m getting ready to plant seeds in the ground and in pots on Sunday. I’ll be planting more zucchini, as well as watermelon, pumpkin, spaghetti squash, and other fall crops. I’m excited to see how things grow here.


The chinchillas and rabbits are still indoors, and happy as little clams to be avoiding the heat. On Sunday, we did have a hot day when the electric company decided to do some pole upgrades. It got up to 95 in here, but thankfully, we get a lovely breeze on our patio in the hottest part of the day. It was a saving grace for all of our little guys until we could use our swamp cooler again.

Speaking of swamp coolers, we got a free pump sent to us to replace the broken one on the cooler in the barn. We will be fixing that sometime in the next few weeks, which means we will keep the guys in our living room until after Kieran leaves. It works out well this way because we’ll be picking up another chin this afternoon, and he’ll need some time to get acclimated to our home and to us.

Well, I suppose it’s time to get going. I have a full day ahead of me. Stay tuned to the blog tomorrow for my “Easy Homemade Strawberry Syrup from Your Trash” post–it’s a GREAT recipe, and so delicious! If you don’t want to miss that one, make sure to subscribe by clicking the graphic below!

Next week, there is a good chance that I won’t have an edition of “This Week on the Farmstead”, as I’ll be knee-deep in Grandma things to do. If I can duck in and say hey, I will, but if I don’t, look for me on the 21st!

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Kristi Stone

Kristi Stone

Honestly? I'm the author of this blog...sometimes. My family and I live in Sunny Southern California on a one acre hobby farm where we are working diligently to one day produce our dairy, eggs, and produce. That takes A LOT of work, so if you don't hear from me as soon as you'd like, give me a shout out in the comments and I'll chat back as soon as I can between the garden, goat kids, chickens, husband, human kids, and playing with my grandboy, Kieran. And in the mean time, if you'd like to see more frequently what goes on at our farm, please feel free to join my Facebook group (see the right column) where I am more active. I'd love to get to know you! 🙂
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  1. You’re amazing and what a busy farm gal you are. I’m slacking outdoors it’s been so hot. I did harvest carrots this morning so I guess that’s something and I’m getting ready for more seeds to go in the ground for the fall season.

    It’s so awesome how involved you are with your grandson. What a blessing for him to have a positive example. You’re planting seeds in his soul. 🙂
    Enjoyed this article – I’m in the middle of a final edit for my book and this was just what I needed. Hope you have a great weekend!

    • Thanks, Carole, for so many kind comments! I do enjoy hanging out with my grandboy. I do hope he loves it here as much as we love to have him here. 🙂

      Can’t wait to see your book! You too!

  2. Citrus don’t really like lime. f there’s mortar still on those bricks, it could be leaching into the soil.

    Otherwise, bricks are a good chicken-proof mulch.

  3. Wow, lots going on around your place and that little boy is adorable! Thanks for sharing at the Weekend Blog Hop at My Flagstaff Home!


  4. Looks like things are hummin’ along! You’re already starting your seeds, good for you. I have so little ambition right now that I may wait until the beginning of September. Enjoy your grandma time!

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