February 2021 Catch Up

February 2021 found us married for 49 years and still going strong. Our baby girl had her 44th birthday and her big brother still loves her very much!

We had eight days of snow and sleet this month in 2021 and nine days of rain. We sure hope to get that moisture again in 2022 because we are in a drought at the moment.

Some of my seeds for the greenhouse and garden arrived on February 22nd and now I’m ready for warm temps. We got some new lumber for new shelving in the greenhouse and it was a great start for growing.

Crushed egg shells for the garden to get rid of Colorado Potato beetles. It works I promise you!! Just sprinkle in the rows with the fertilizer and drop your potatoes on top of the crushed egg shells. I saved them all year!

February was a slow month and very cold and that kept us hauling in firewood and feeding all the animals extra nutrition.

Author: countrygirllifeonthefarm

I am a wife, mother, and grandmother that lives on a farm in Craig County, Virginia and I am retired. I love to cook, read, quilt, craft, garden, hunt and take long walks in the woods. I have one gorgeous teen granddaughter, a wonderful little grandson and two beautiful and caring children, boy & girl. I've been married to my farmer husband for 46 years and he's the "love of my life"!! I love doing things the "old" way such as canning, making maple syrup & cider, handcrafts and baking. I've taught myself to crochet, embroider, and quilt with help from my paternal grandmother. I could read until the cows come home. We live off the products we raise and hunt for the most part. We run 75 head of cattle on our farm, 30 chickens, three rabbits and one dog. I help my husband with the cattle, feeding the livestock, hauling in firewood, fence repair, and general maintenance on the farm. I was a stay-at-home mom to my children and then went to work when they finished high school. I was a cook at a School for At-Risk Teens and part-time substitute teacher. Then I started work at our local Farm Bureau and stayed there for 17 years. I worked at Virginia Tech for almost five years and decided to take early retirement in July of 2015. NOW, I'm a full-time farmwife and loving every minute of it! I love to read fiction and the Bible. I'm currently hooked on quilting novels and Annie's Attic mysteries. I started this blog in 2011 and have met so many interesting bloggers and have kept up with my friends through my blog. I love to hunt with my bow and rifle and with a camera. We hunt to fill the freezer and cellar but would never kill anything for the fun of it. I have friends and family all over the United States. Some of my ancestry last names are Bradley, Dickson, Hylton, and Rose. I've lost both of my parents to brain cancer and miss them very much. I have one sister and four living brothers. I was raised in Paint Bank VA and moved to New Castle VA when I married. I went to school in Waiteville, WV, Gap Mills, WV and New Castle Va with a short semester of college at Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke VA.

5 thoughts on “February 2021 Catch Up”

  1. So, it seems that someone else saves eggshells. I have no practical use for them in the garden, but put them in the coffee for the crew. It is how I have always made coffee, but have no idea why. I asked around, and tried to get an answer online, but can find no straightforward answer. I only get a few guesses.

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    1. One of the elders in my neighborhood told me that they have used them whenever there is an infestation of Colorado potato beetles in the garden. They said the shells were like broken glass when the beetle eggs hatched or came out of the ground they crawled across the eggshells and cut their underbelly and died. We’ve been using them for two years now in two different gardens and it has worked. No beetles.

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      1. Yes, I have heard of that also, but have never tried it, since such beetles have never been a problem. Eggshells supposedly deter slugs and snails somewhat, but are not completely effective if the snails and slugs really want to get over them. I could have tried it at a former garden in town, but again, snails and slugs are not a problem here. The main slugs that we see are banana slugs, which do not eat viable plant parts.

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  2. How’s your greenhouse doing. I remember seeing pictures and you had just received it.
    I put eggshells in a green plant in my office at work one time. My boss took the whole plant, pot and dirt and tossed in a dumpster. It smelled the office up and we laughed about it for years. The problem could’ve been that I also put coffee grounds in there.

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    1. When I crack my eggs, I rinse them out and set in an aluminum pan on the dryer to dry completely inside and out before I crush them. It worked great and I also used it to help my green peppers get a good start.
      Annabelle is more of a orange colored cow with a pretty white face. I raised her from a calf when her momma died delivering her. She’s given us nine calves since her first breeding and she’s such a good momma. There’s usually two or three of the other cows calves that nurse her too and she lets them.

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