November is coming, Fall is fleeting

 We've been busy trying to get pallets situated so that we can get the pallet shed started, along with raised beds, fences, and a few other pallet wood projects. I would really  love a greenhouse made of pallets, but I have my eyes on a high tunnel that is about to go to a lower price.  Isn't it weird that just as people need green houses, retailers put them on sale because they are considered "garden" items instead of realizing that's where they'd profit most? I'm grateful for seasonal merchandising.  The video below was recorded shortly after we tried the pallet buster (Ed made a video on it). It is not heavily edited.  I am looking forward to meeting some of you in the next few months!

Turkish Subtitles for video: July Full Arkansas Pallet Garden Tour

 00:35  Herkese merhaba. Ben Ernie Hatmaker'ım. 00:39  Bu da onlardan biri... gidip video mu koyuyorsun yoksa biraz iş mi yapıyorsun? 00:45  Bu yüzden gördüklerinizden hoşlanırsanız, bana bildirin. 00:50  Ve eğer yapmazsan, kendine sakla. 00:54  Yani kesinlikle farklı bir şey,  00:59  bu sera, 01:02  biraz küçük olan, 01:05  Bize tanımadığımız biri tarafından gönderildi. 01:12  Ed üzerinde çalışıyordu. 01:14  Döşeme için birkaç finişer koyduk 01:18  ve altında çuval bezimiz var. 01:21  Bu, yabani otları bizim için yeterince uzun süre öldürecek 01:23  PVC boruyu ya da bir kayayı ya da başka bir şeyi yere koy drenajı devam ettirin. 01:32  Ve elbette biliyorsun çatlaklar olacak kaldırım taşlarında. 01:34  Eh, umarım kaldırımlarda değil ama finişerlerin çevresinde drenaj da meydana gelebilir. 01:41  Bunu gördüysen, 01:43  o bir sinekte swatting bendim. 01:46  Her neyse, um, 01:48  İçinde yürümek için bir yapı gibi 01:51  ve onu biraz rüzgara karşı sabitledi. 01:54  Şimdi sera plastiğim

4th of July Garden


The onion bowl

 These onions are a wee bit old, so I surely hope that they grow in this raised bed soil. They aren't the only onions I'm growing from bulbs. In a few days, I'll show the inground garden where I have a plot of onions. 

Arkansas Birds during the Polar Vortex

 Cardinals, Blue Jays, White Crowned Sparrows, and even a Downy Woodpecker! We had some Carolina Chickadees visit to eat. They were some bold little birds that would come within inches of my hand to get the goodies first. The Chickadees left as soon as the snow started melting.

A Few Homesteading Goals for 2021...continued

 The last post, I let you in on some of the misguided goals I had previously shared on Youtube. The biggest one that pretty much had the axe in the heart was the quail.  Most people don't know (mainly because I never share that side of my life) that we have a family group of livestock...and some of our family members have quail and other animals separately from the main family group. Because we don't have the new house set up yet, we didn't want to do any livestock at the new place either. It just didn't make sense to have critters out there we couldn't protect, and we didn't want to add any more habitats for animals at the "old" homestead family compound. So the quail idea tanked... for 2020.   Even with everything pandemically going wrong with the world, I'm not giving up on living life. You have to keep pressing forward, right?  With that said, I will  share here ( more of what's going on in our lives that I don't share