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The mantle at our new house. (The grass is from our front yard.)

The mantle at our new house. (The grass is from our front yard.)

It’s been WAAAAYYYY to long since we’ve posted on here!  So, since we posted last a lot has happened to our family, one of which is our move from Texas to Oklahoma.  We are no longer in the suburbs, but in a more rural area.  So, Suburban Homestead Blog doesn’t fit too well now, although our brother, Joel, is still living in the suburbs, and is planning on growing a garden in his yard.  (We’ll see if we can get him to blog on here about his gardening adventures!)

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So, now that we are in a rural area, and have a larger yard, we’re planning on planting a large Back to Eden garden.  We haven’t been able to do it yet, but we do have a large pile of mulch sitting in our yard, waiting be used!  (We got it for free from a local tree service!)  One thing we have done since moving here (we moved at the end of July) is clearing the flower beds on three sides of our house.  They were filled with jasmine, a very invasive crawling vine, and rocks and other stuff that you would never expect to find in a flower bed!  (Yes, like wiffel balls, old work gloves, bottle caps and just plain trash…)  In those flower beds we put mulch to keep the weeds from growing, and some of them we hope to use for growing edible plants.

What else has been keeping us busy and keeping us from blogging?  Well, the main thing that has been keeping us is the fact that we don’t have ready internet access (as we had in Texas), so we have to go to the library or somewhere away from our home.  We’ve also been very busy with church activities (it was a new pastorate position for our Dad that brought us here to Oklahoma), school activities for those of our family still in school, and just settling in to a new home, town and state.

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One of the cleared flowers beds by our front porch.

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Swiss Cheese Ivy

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We still have plenty of herbs in pots and portable planters.

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Abby’s little succulents sit in a window sill by our back door.

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A cold frame in which we hope to grow lettuce.

Oooo, something that we have had the opportunity to learn since moving up here is canning.  An older lady in our church has taken the time on two or three occasions to let us help her can different things, including: homemade salsa, pickles, tomatoes, pears, pear honey, and muscadine jelly.  So, in addition to learning the actual process of canning, we’ve also learned how to make salsa, pear honey and jelly.  It’s been great fun and a good skill to have, plus you get to enjoy the yummy products!  🙂

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Dill pickles!

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Oh my! This salsa was THE BEST! (And, yes, we already ate it all!)

So, don’t expect too frequent posts up here, but I’ll try to post as often as I can.  Be sure to check out the Back to Eden film, if you haven’t already, and watch it.  It’ll be very helpful for your gardening adventures, I’m sure!

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Garden Snapshots ~

Just received some photos from home, of our wonderful garden.  My favorites are of the produce we’ve gotten from our plants – there’s noting quite like garden fresh produce!  They harvested most of the onions, and boy are they big!  Mom said that a tomato the size of a tennis-ball (approx.) fell off the vine while still green.  They took it inside, and it’s ripened up nicely.  (See the photo below with the peaches in the window sill.)   Our little fig tree – yes, the same one that we transplanted and hoped wouldn’t die – is growing nicely, and even has some little figs on it.   God has indeed blessed our garden greatly, especially with plenty of rain of late!  Rejoicing in the abundance of nature and the God of nature!

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Peaches (foreground), and a purple tomato (background).

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Our little Brown Turkey fig tree. I’m sure it won’t be little for long!

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See the tiny figs?

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Onions, onions and more onions!!

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This tomato is gigantic!

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Even with the tomato cages, the tomato plants are taking over!

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Loaded with yellow pear cherry tomatoes.

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Our little cantaloupe vines have gotten bigger.

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Red bush beans (or maybe purple).

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We really need to give some of these guys away. Want some radishes?! 🙂

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The beans haven’t done as well as I’d hoped. Only one row came up (out of two), and not even the whole row. Need to do some replanting.

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Finally got another layer of potato boxes put on. Hopefully there are lots of potatoes beneath the soil. 🙂

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The lettuce is officially dying (if not dead). Texas summer has arrived.

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What? A caladium growing in the middle of the herbs? There must’ve been a blub hiding in soil.

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The remaining onions.

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A lone [almost] ripe raspberry.

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Grandma’s peach tree is loaded. And they’re almost ripe!

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Several have chosen the ground as a better home.

 

Garden Update

While I was back at home for a couple days, I got out into the garden, and was able to snap some photographs of it.  Enjoy!

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Virtual “Gardening”

Golden radishes!

Golden radishes!

As you may know, I (Phoebe) am currently out of town, and unavailable to tend to our Back to Eden garden.  But, thanks to my wonderful family back at home, I’ve been able to “garden” virtually.  🙂  Through pictures, and a couple live Skype video chats, I’ve been able to experience our garden in a whole new way!  Unfortunately, it’s not quite the same – you can’t pick up the water hose, and give the garden a good spray down, or dig your hands down deep into the earth.  But, even still, I’ve seen the garden grow, from afar!

It’s pretty awesome.  The tomatoes are growing big and strong, and blossoms and tiny tomatoes are already showing.  The onions are big, and it’s almost time to harvest them.  One has already been harvested, and it was about the size of a baseball!  (I’m so excited!!)  The radishes are growing well, too – we need to get some more seeds planted, so that we’ll have some later in the summer.  Unfortunately, the peppers aren’t doing too well (as reported from my family!), and some of the herbs aren’t doing well either.

But, overall, it looks like the garden is doing great!  I’ll get to see it in person tomorrow – maybe, just maybe, I’ll have enough time to make a short video.
In the meantime, you’ll have to be satisfied with these photos.  🙂

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My dear Mom and Dad. Not quite sure what they were doing with this garden-fresh onion, but it’s a cute picture, nonetheless! 🙂 Mom was a gardener long before I was, and really instilled in us the importance of gardening. She also made it fun!

These babies are gettin’ big!

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A red radish.
Some unripe raspberries.

Some unripe raspberries.

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Tomato cages are a must-have when growing tomatoes!

Our little raspberry patch.  It's so cute, isn't it?!  :)

Our little raspberry patch. It’s so cute, isn’t it?! 🙂

I believe this is the yellow pear tomato plant.

I believe this is a yellow pear tomato plant.

Lettuce gallore!

Lettuce galore!