Operation Homestead: Days 5, 6 and 7.

These are not my seeds but this is exactly what my seeds look like. ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s been a mostly quiet week. Our sunflower seeds are sprouting. I think we have 10 out of 18 in under a week which is amazing. The pumpkin and corn seeds we planted the other day are swelling and fit to burst (some of them swelled out of their soil lol)

Today has been a busy one though. The morning was spent pulling apart the trampoline in order to take it up to Ballan. Pulling off those springs was hard work as my shoulders are now snidely reminding me. This time at least it is just pain from overworked muscles as opposed to injured ones. The trampoline was pulled apart, the slide dismantled and the BBQ has had its wings removed and the lot was then loaded into the trailer and is now resting at the new house.

I have also gathered my supplies for tomorrows produce swapย in Ballarat. I have empty egg cartons, some strawberry jam, sourdough starter with recipes (I need to write them out tonight) and some home saved organic grey and butternut pumpkin seeds. Here’s hoping people are interested. I’m hoping to grab some eggs and maybe some fresh veggies or even seedlings and a wonderful experience. It’s my first ever swap and I am very excited. It will be just Orik and I going and hopefully a friend and her baby too. ๐Ÿ™‚ Can’t wait although the early start from here is not looking so fun. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Tomorrow is the plan to get in the last of the veggie beds so there is compost to be purchased and boxes and newspapers to be got too. Martin is also planning to mow everything (again) which is just as well as the grass really is getting quite long and I saw on a Facebook page today that the first snake of the year was sighted in Ballan yesterday. A rather cross Tiger Snake I believe. I’m really not too keen on the legless reptiles (read that as scared silly) so everything that can be done to discourage them will be done. *shudder*

Well, off to get things sorted for the morning and get some arnica rubbed into these aching shoulders of mine.

What are YOUR plans for the weekend hippies? Do share. ๐Ÿ™‚


5 thoughts on “Operation Homestead: Days 5, 6 and 7.

  1. I’m really enjoying living vicariously through your experience. I want to be doing the same. Alas, I live in a townhouse in the city.

    • I read a blog a couple of months back about homesteading everywhere no matter where you live. It was a 4 part series and they ran through setting up your homestead in an apartment, a standard town block, small acreage (like our new home) and then large acreage. It was surprising what could be done. I don’t remember who blogged it but you may find it by googling “apartment homesteading” or “homesteading in an apartment” or something like that. From memory they takes about growing a sack of spuds, a heavy fruiting tomato, maybe some strawberries and some herbs (you can companion plant many herbs with tomato plants). Maybe there is something there that would suit you?

  2. narf77 says:

    I agree…if you are willing to put the effort in to plan, you can have a very sustainable homesteading experience in a tiny appartment. I have 4 acres here that I sometimes WISH was a tiny appartment so that just for 1 day I wouldn’t have to think about doing something outside that will probably result in my gardening horizontally for a week! This weekend we have more planting out of long overdue potted plants (down from 900 to about 800 now), baking delicious things (it’s weekend and our aniversary so dieting…”forgedaboudit!” ;)). I have a new Gillian Flynn book to sink my mental teeth into and I bought Water for Chocolate from our tiny local library for 50c and might devour that one in a single hit (much like how I devour my chocolate bars ;)). Have a great day bartering. I will soon be taking the leftovers from my planting events (when I get sick of planting them out and can’t find anywhere else to put them!) to swap for seeds at our local sustainable living seed swap day. Might take some eggs…10 dozen is too much for a vegan (so NONE for me) and a poor long suffering expat Liverpudian to consume…

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