As we wrap up May, that’s when the homestead really starts coming to life. The bees are buzzing, wild birds are hatching, flowers are blooming, plants are growing and wheat fields that surround us are only weeks away from harvest. Building a homestead is a busy life, there is a lot of work to be done that is true, there are endless fences, plants and animal care. However this is the time of the year you can really start to appreciate all the hard work.
This month we added 32 baby chicks to the homestead, because I guess you can never have to many fresh free-range eggs. We finished up another homeschool year, (4th grade, 1st grade, and an early kindergarten). Let me tell you, none to soon for this homeschool mom. With baby number 5 just around the corner the break from school work is nice. Not to mention that gives us more time to get gardens planted and thriving, well as much as I can given the preggo situation!
I am not going to lie this year I am scaling back on somethings in the garden this year, pregnancy, new baby all that is just to much. However what I do plant I try to get the biggest bang for my buck with companion planting to make my gardening life easier. Potted plants and a wrap around porch are taking place of much of my normal big garden. Well all except greenhouse plants and of course melons, because you just can not have summer without melons right?
- have a baby
- relax and recover (as much as possible)
- have a birthday for a 7-year-old
- pick the up new animals we have been waiting on
- veg out on garden foods
- have some water fun
- take fun summer pictures
I know that if odor were visible, as color is, I’d see the summer garden in rainbow clouds. -Robert Bridges
Something to take away
This is the time you can start to see the beauty of it all. The beauty in teaching your kids how to plant the food they will eat, how to care for the animals they raise. The amazing experience that it is to watch a baby chick grow. The excitement of watching little melons form on the vine. That is the beauty of life, the little things. Those little things we work toward all year but when summer rolls around we start to see all the hard work pay off, and it absolutely wonderful. The kids don’t once think about how much “hard work” the garden is when they have watermelon juice dripping from their little faces. Nor do they consider the “work” of caring for the animals when they have sprinkler to run through and the ducks decide to crash the party. No that’s all fun and childhood memories, and the memories make it all worth it♡♡♡
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