Tuesday, March 31, 2015

A new Find

Found this guy in an old shed on the property, don't know where he came from, but now he sits in front of my other cabin..

Friday, March 27, 2015

Garden Update Part 2

Tomato plants are now double their size since last photo and are now blooming.

Should have some tomatoes soon

New roll of carrots just coming up

Here I have a mystery plant found in some greens..

Garden Update Part 1

Been working in the garden a lot, everything is now planted so it is just maintenance, but I found one of my worst enemies, spider mites. I decided to mix one of my proven remedies made with water and soap and oil and have been spraying the leaves of my plants. I have now gotten them under control, but without some leaf damage.

My greens were really attacked by the mites

Squash now coming up 

Onions coming up fast 

Watermelon plants now up

Mystery plant found among greens that looks like watermelon

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

New Septic System

Workmen started work on the new septic tank for my cabin pictured here in this large hole they are digging. Tank will be 750 gallon capacity which is good for 5 years for two people. They will also start on a new drain field. They expect to finish by this Fri/Sat and inspection by LCRA (local water authority). I may be able to abandon the out house soon...

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Herb Garden

Decided to focus some attention to a place to put the herb plants, so I built this structure that is about eight feet by four feet covered with chicken wire. I have already started some herb seeds inside in small starter pots. Made this thing from scrap wood from the property.

Friday, March 20, 2015

A Look at the Garden

Some plants are really taking off...

Greens and lettuce really growing now

Kale coming along

Jalapeno peppers starting to grow

My pear tree really taking off (had no leaves when I planted it)

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Screen Door

I added a screen door to the new cabin, of course I had to cut it to fit, but now I can let this nice cool mountain air in and keep my view. Yeah, I know I put the handle on the right and the hinges on the left, I wanted the door to be a "lefty"..

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Fire in the Night

Sitting around a fire and having a good night with good drinks, good food, and good company, this is the life...

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Working on the Garden

I got the tomato plants in the ground today and also planted some onion bulbs, about 20 tomato plants and about 40 onion bulbs. Next will be another roll of carrots tomorrow.

Monday, March 9, 2015


Received over two inches of rain that produced enough runoff into the creeks to create this little waterfall in one creek on the property over a small cave.

Friday, March 6, 2015


Finally...the jet stream pattern makes a change and instead of diving south, flattens and keeps the polar air in Canada starting later next week. For now, winter retreats and this intense cold disappears just when I have had enough of it...

Rocking at the Cabin

I was out on the front porch of my small cabin in my rocking chair admiring the view before I took a walk in the woods..

The March Freeze

The arctic invasion made it into central TX and dropped the temperature here to 22 by morning today. I did not expect it to be that low, however, I immediate took a look at my plants in my garden. Frost was everywhere and on the plants, so as soon as the temp was above freezing, started watering all the small plants. The greens and carrots I planted can usually make it as long as the temp does not stay down in the low 20s. They are looking okay so far and think the hydration I gave then will help insulate from the cold, and today it will be sunny and warming into the mid 50s. A warmup is coming all next week, so I hope that is the end of this kind of arctic cold in March.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Monday, March 2, 2015

New Cabin

Have decided to rent this nice mini cabin for $200 a month, have been cleaning it up and doing some small renovations which I will continue doing in the next few weeks. It is located down the road from me further in the woods so it is a nice secluded place to spend time at. I think it could make a great guest house/work place/nice hangout. I have my rocking chair already on the front porch with my 22 rifle...maybe I will bag some small game while I enjoy some "drink"...