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Found this funny photo of the chickens while I was going through the pics on the camera. Thought it would brighten up your weekend.

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Chickens In The Tipihood

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There are lots of advantages to growing a vegetable garden. One of the major advantages is that you get to control how your vegetables are grown. We grow exclusively without inorganic fertilizers or pesticides. Another is saving money! Have you seen the prices in the grocery stores lately? Growing your own vegetables allows you to harvest them at their peak of ripeness.

Our new motto is, “The garden dictates our diet.” For example, just the other night we noticed that we had quite a few spinach plants that were getting ready to bolt. So… we had to force ourselves to eat a big plate of spinach and other mixed greens salad drizzled with homemade blackberry vinaigrette dressing topped with homestead fresh boiled duck eggs for dinner. On the side we had some raw turnips and radishes. Don’t you feel sorry for us?

As we harvested the spinach plants and since the weather is still cool enough we went ahead and planted some more spinach seed for a succession crop.

So far this spring we have eaten several kinds of lettuce, spinach, Swiss chard, basil, oregano, cilantro, parsley, radishes, turnips and turnip greens, mustard greens, and strawberries.

Mustard & turnips

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Turnips

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We also have planted pole beans, bush beans, soybeans, corn, beets, cabbages, bell peppers and jalapeno peppers, carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, sun chokes, onions, garlic, horseradish, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, zucchini, cucumbers, melons, sage, yarrow, borage, and several varieties of tomatoes (Amish Paste, Black Krum, Riesentraube, Hazelfield and Sugar Lump).

Beans, onions, lettuce and hot caps

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Corn w/ Blaze in background

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Garlic

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Potatoes

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The asparagus patch that we planted last Spring is doing well but, alas, we won’t be able to even think of harvesting any spears until next year and then only a very minimal harvest.

Marigolds, nasturtiums, dill, and mint have been interplanted for insect control. The mustard is also a trap crop for insects and for seed to use in pickling.

Everything is growing well at this time. We haven’t had very many insect problems up to now …knock on wood. We think the chicken and ducks patrolling outside of the garden are eating a lot of insects before they enter the garden. Also we’ve seen several fence post lizards and toads in the garden so they’re probably eating the insects that the poultry miss 🙂

We are really anxious to have more veggies ready to harvest. The zucchini is just a few days away from being ready to pick. Tomatoes are starting to bloom. The potatoes are hip high. The pole beans are starting to climb their trellis. So….Good Lord willing we will be getting lots more good stuff to eat before long.

What are you growing or harvesting now?

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Flapping Drake

I just LOVE this photo that Bob took of our Khaki Campbell drake! Don’t you just love the look on its face?

The problem is that I tried and tried to think of a cute post title for it and couldn’t come up with one that I thought did it justice.

Khaki Campbell drake flapping wings.
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SO… for a little weekend fun I’m hoping our readers will help us… NAME THIS PHOTO!

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Yippee! I have a REAL clothesline!

My wonderful husband made me an umbrella clothesline. Up until now I’ve been using a 100 foot temporary line that was stretched between the (useless) electrical pole and a tree. The problem with that set up is that the long expanse of line wanted to sag in the middle when I hung too many clothes OR hung anything heavy AND it wasn’t in a very close to where I do laundry AND I had to walk through knee high brush to get to it. Not that I’m complaining.

We decided that an umbrella clothesline would take up a smaller foot print than the typical T-Post style clothesline. After looking at the ready to buy clothesline kits available in our area Bob decided he could build me one for less money. Remember — we homesteaders are ALWAYS looking for that No Cost-Low Cost option.

So he spent a little time looking at pics on the Internet and then used some EMT pipe (electrical metallic tubing – commonly known as conduit) pipe and built it! It has 4 rows of line for a total of approximate 100 feet of hanging space. Gotta love a man with skills 😉 

Homemade Umbrella Clothesline

Homemade Umbrella Clothesline

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As you can see it holds plenty of clothes. I should mention that it isn’t only good for when I wash clothes. Sometimes I just want to hang items without actually washing them. The jeans you see above are a good example.  They were already clean but after spending the Summer in storage they needed to be aired out. 

It’s time to get out all of our warmer clothes now that Fall has arrived (and Winter not far behind it, unfortunately) so I’m sure I’ll be using my new clothesline a lot in the coming weeks.

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It’s been brought to my attention that we’ve been bad and haven’t posted a picture of Blaze in a long time. So here’s an update on our homestead dog!

She’s had to make a few adjustments lately with the addition of our new chickens and ducks to the homestead. At first she was VERY curious about them and, let’s face it, she still is! Naturally she wants to chase them but we don’t let her. She seemed to be a little bit intimidated by the ducks – mostly the drakes – because they would peck at her and try to run her off from her food and water bowls so we decided to let her “herd the ducks up” now and then so she could show them who’s the boss of the homestead animals. 

Bob and I were just talking about her life as the homestead dog. Blaze is about 10 months old now. She’s healthy, trim, alert, curious, has bright eyes, good teeth, and a sleek coat. We’re probably a bit prejudiced about the subject but we think Blaze is happier here on the homestead than she would have been in “the city”. She certainly gets more exercise here – she’s constantly on the move.

She has the woods to explore which provides LOTS of mental stimulation for her. Whenever she finds something new she lets out a specific bark that means one of us should come check it out too — she’s found everything from a turtle – to a lizard – to an armadillo –  to a racoon – a gazillion bugs – AND a copperhead snake. We take her “I’ve found something bark” very seriously!

Blaze is a very smart – typical of the rat terrier breed. She is definitely a working member of the homestead!

Blaze - the homestead dog - at Hickory Hollow Homestead.
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Blaze is ALWAYS on the alert!

Well… almost always!

Blaze - asleep on the job at Hickory Hollow Homestead.
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But we still love her!

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Staring at a boring computer screen gets old! Everyone needs a change of pace now and then so why not begin with your desktop wallpaper.


Here are some images from our humble homestead. Please feel free to download them and use them for your personal use only.


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How do I save the image?


PC users:

  • Click on any image below to bring up the full size image,
  • Right click on the image
  • Select Save Picture As,
  • Choose the location where you want to save the file, and
  • Click the Save button.

MAC users:

  • Click on any image below to bring up the full size image,
  • CTRL-click (or right-click if you’ve got a two-button mouse) on the image,
  • Select Save Image As,
  • Choose the location where you want to save the file, and
  • Click the Save button.

      

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Hello and welcome to our General Store home page!


We love our new lifestyle as modern day homesteaders. While our overall philosophy as homesteaders is “no cost, low cost” that doesn’t mean we don’t still need some income 😉


Our online store (at CafePress.com) offers unique designs for t-shirts, sweatshirts, mugs, journals, tote bags, ball caps, and more!


Hope you’ll check out our original designs at the Hickory Hollow Homestead General Store!


Your purchase today will support our humble homestead. Thanks in advance for your generous support.


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Check out our FREE desktop wallpapers!


P. S. We’re always adding new items to be sure to check this page often.

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