Progress on the tiny homestead

It has been HOT…. So I have been avoiding going outside except to water early in the morning or in the evening, but the plants are loving it!  We have seen so much growth in the past few weeks. 

The Apples

The apple trees looked like twigs when they were planted and now have leaves!  I was so afraid that they wouldn’t grow.. We planted them a little late and it was very dry. We have been watering them daily and they are thriving. 

apple trees right after planting
New leaves!

The Cucumber

Our cucumber plant trails up the quail coop. It has been doing well so far. It has many flowers, but only one cucumber..  We are hoping for more so we can make pickles!  

In an attempt to use more of our vertical space, I hung a planter made from an old shoe organizer on the quail coop and planted more cucumbers in it. Hopefully they will grow up the coop, providing the quail with more shade in the process. 

Getting bigger everyday!

Shoe organizer planter before soil.

I cut the shoe organizer to fit the space that I wanted and then stapled it to the wood on the quail coop. This type of planter is great for herbs or smaller plants and it’s super easy to make!  The canvas provides excellent drainage as well. 

The Quail

The quail have been beating the heat in their makeshift pool!  Surprisingly they actually get in it..  We added a few more water bottles since we added four more girls to our flock and we now have more eggs than we know what to do with!  We average 75-80 eggs a week from our small flock of 16…

When the new girls came to us they had no feathers on their heads and they were in rough shape… It has been a few weeks and they are finally starting to look like the rest of the flock!  Their feathers are growing in and they are looking better every day. 

The quail in their pool!
One of the new girls

All in all, we are seeing good progress so far!  We have a long way to go, but we are making steps towards our goal of living a sustainable life day by day. 


4 Comments Add yours

  1. Those quail are soooo cute!! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. emmaherrick says:

      Thank you! I love those little guys 🙂


  2. bernecho says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Love the shoe organizer planter. Are you a Zone 3 for USDA? What elevation are you?Mimi


    1. emmaherrick says:

      Thank you! I am in zone 6a for USDA at an elevation of 456 feet.


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