This Week on the Farmstead – May 29

Another great week has come and gone at Stone Family Farmstead!

Harvesting Zucchini on the Farmstead - Stone Family Farmstead

First of all, all of us but Danny got the stomach flu! That was a bummer! I haven’t been sick so many times in one year in a long time, let alone in the same month! The upside was that I was able to see if my fire cider and elderberry tincture would work for cold and flu! I am happy to say that both worked pretty good for me, but I’m learning that if I want them to work really well, I need to make sure to start taking them consistently at the onset of a cold or flu for best results. I’ll share more about those, as well as the recipes I use, sometime before the season changes again–which seems to be when people start getting sick (or when the temperature changes, I should say).

Ok–now for the cool things that happened:
Naomi and Willow of Stone Family FarmsteadThe goats started sleeping outside! They are big girls now, and are enjoying it quite well. The first night they were crying at Todd and I while we were working outside–I think they were wondering why we weren’t putting them to bed in the barn. They’ve gotten the hang of it now, and are back to prancing on and off their slide.

New Fence - Stone Family FarmsteadTodd put up one side of the enclosure for my garden area. Once this is job is done, I’ll be able to allow Lucy and Ethel to roam the gardens and scratch at the compost again.

Green Beans - Stone Family FarmsteadI think I mentioned before that I planted some green beans in pure, non-composted manure. It had been composting in garden #2 for about a month, but I got this wild idea to dig holes in the manure and fill them with peat moss and plant the seeds in that (so it wasn’t really just uncomposted manure). The plants are coming up nicely, but I won’t be surprised if all I get are beautiful lush plants with no flowers or fruit. I hope I AM surprised!

Mayer Lemon Tree - Stone Family FarmsteadOur Meyer Lemon tree is back in business! Last year the fruit came in right around the time we moved in, so we’ll be expencting a huge harvest in October. Anyone for lemonade?

Basil - Stone Family FarmsteadMy basil plant is back! A while back I had this (and a few other herbs) planted in the ground near the bunny run, but because the soil is so awful here, they didn’t do well at all. I transplanted them in pots and moved them to a new location and they are all coming back nicely.

Canned Beans - Stone Family FarmsteadI added some canned black beans to the pinto beans I canned a couple of weeks ago. More food on the shelf!

Homemade ACV - Stone Family FarmsteadI am trying my hand at homemade apple cider vinegar again. I use it so much around the house and farm, it would be great to be able to make it at home. At around $5 a quart, it’s totally worth it!

A few other cool things that happened: We are harvesting more zucchini this week (see photo at the top of this post), Todd switched back to working days (which is awesome–now he can get proper sleep!), and I got the house clean! Yay!

How has your week been?

Shared at Maple Hill Hop, The Art of Homemaking Mondays, Tuesdays with a Twist, Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop

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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. Very nice. I love your place and animals. Good luck on the vinegar too. Keep up the good work.

  2. Hi Kristi. I think I just figured out you have a new blog. Is the old one gone? Glad you are already getting things in the soil. WIll have to look through to see your new place in pictures.

    • Hi Elaine! Yep, the old one was sold last month so I could pay for this one, and cover any expenses surrounding it. We are starting to get into dairy goats, so this one was opened for when we need to sell our goat kids next year. I decided to go ahead and blog on it as well, which feels really nice to do again. 🙂

  3. So much excitement! Glad y’all are feeling better. It really helps us appreciate when we are well.

    Your garden looks great! We love homemade lemonade!

    Thank you for joining us at The Maple Hill Hop this week!

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