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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Garden Prep

Posted by Life is Awesome Here On 3:43 PM

It's been just over two years since we have moved to our new property and it's been a pain to get it under control. We planted our garden in the same place where it used to be before us but the soil there is not ideal. Some years back someone brought a bunch of soil mixed with gravel and dumped it in that corner and over the past 5 years it has been a constant battle with removing the rocks and slowly adding layer after layer of compost to improve the soil. Each year I want to just remove a layer of dirt and bring some fresh soil to the garden. I think we should have done that the first year, but now there is so much compost, and good nutrients that have been added there that plants grow pretty well.

The radish has already sprouted and we are prepping the rest of the garden for the spring to come. Rain or shine the work got to go on or else we will fall behind and than it's a rush and things don't ever get done the way you want it when you are in a rush. So this year I have decided to start early and prep the garden ahead of time. After two years of gardening on the plot it's time to rotate some plants and clean up the old cedar fence walk ways between the beds. When I was putting them in our friends were smirking at me and now they think it's a good idea and would not mind them in their garden, they definitely make it easier and neater especially with all the rain we get here, and best of all you can get some free old cedar boards on Craigslist and they will last you for good 4 to 5 years.

  If any of you have any Ideas on how I could improve the soil faster please let me know I'd love to see this soil get nice and healthy.

Monday, February 8, 2016

New year New plans

Posted by Life is Awesome Here On 11:40 AM

As the 2016 rolled in many people had goals and plans and so did we. Our new born son has turned 7 month, and is up and crawling around so it's time to go outside and get our garden, and yard cleaned up before he will be walking and getting in all the mud. Although our plans are simple but they are not easy to accomplish. Living on 1 acre inside city limits have there own challenges. With our home situated the way it is we need to have all the property manicured since it's all visible, from the main road.

So we started with a new pathway to our Garden, Sauna and playground. Good thing there is Craigslist, we were able to score a deal on some pavers at $50 for 133 pavers. It should be enough to make the pathway, we wanted to have it low maintenance so we decided to grow grass between them that way we can just mow it with the rest of our yard.

One thing is for sure though, no matter how small the project is and how inexpensive your purchases are they add up and before you know it you are spending hundreds on just a small portion of the yard.

As a start that is where we are and I hope to update you on our progress and where we are at transforming our acre property to a small city farm in Vancouver WA.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Our Homestead

Posted by Life is Awesome Here On 1:12 PM

Since we have moved to a new place I wanted to take a bit of your time and show you what we have currently. I decided to call our place Mishchuk Garden, humbly referring to our last name :))) As our project evolve with time I hope to have an impression not only on our life but on people who we are connected to. Some people ask us why are you guys doing this? is it even worth it? and my 4 year old son told us that we can just go buy the food in the store, why bother with all this gardening. You know it's not the same, the food that is growing in your garden is always much more healthier and is full of flavor. This post I'm going to share with you what we have going on now and invite you to follow us on our journey of developing this 1 acre in to a true Garden.

Our Garden, we planted here for the first time, the soil has lot's of gravel in it so our main efforts for the next few seasons will be focused on improving the soil.

Raspberry rows, we currently have 5 rows of raspberry, when we moved here they were growing all over and had no system going, in late spring we had to move them around and replant them into rows, this year we had a small harvest and the plants are not very vigorous after the replanting shock.
Our Chickens, we currently have 7 hens and 1 baby duck. We had a pair of ducks and 4 ducklings that hatched, unfortunately a raccoon got in and killed all except 1 baby duck, she is the only survivor till next spring.

This is our chicken house, OK I know it needs a lot of work, maybe in the next few year we can get it updated, but it does keep them dry and safe for now.
The rabbits home. as you can see we have replaced part of the covering over the rabbits and have another side where we plant to have quail. This was about the same condition as the chicken coop eventually we will get it done.  

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Our Tomato Garden

Posted by Life is Awesome Here On 8:53 PM

33 lb of Tomatoes 
Tomato Harvest has begun, and although some people are just starting to get their tomatoes we have been enjoying them since the first week of July. There are many things you can do to promote an early start to your tomato harvest, and one of the most important things you can do is to plant an early variety. The other as important is soil prep and sufficient Nitrogen for the plant to have a healthy start.
There are other factors that come in play as well from pinching off suckers to having a good trellis system. Many things come to us through trial and error and that is how I have come up with my system as well. Raising tomatoes on a single rope and wrapping the tomato around it, I found to be the best method for production as well as taking care of the plant itself. When I had my tomatoes in planter boxes I build a 10' tall trellis across each box, now that I have more room we have a frame from a carport that had no tarp and we just tie the ropes to the frame and down to the plant. This is a simple yet effective way to trellis your tomato. I'm posting a short video of our garden and specifically our tomatoes you can see how our tomatoes are growing and we will have more posts on this. Enjoy the video, feel free to ask any questions.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

I'm Back

Posted by Life is Awesome Here On 9:20 AM

After an extensive time off from writing on my blog, today I decided to renew this blog and share with all of you the exciting things that are happening in our neck of the woods.

Many things have changed since my last post. We have moved to a new place where we have more land and now we can grow our homestead even more, of course it will require a lot more work now since we are starting all from scratch but it's always fun to get things changed to your liking and see it take shape just how you in vision it. So this post is going to be short and to a point, all I'm saying is that I am back and will be sharing what is going on with our place. I hope that this will also give you all some ideas how you can become more self sufficient and have more of a wholesome life.

Till next time.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Aromatherapy Bath Bombs

Posted by Life is Awesome Here On 2:34 PM

This is a great project for kids as well as adults, the best part of this project is that you can have the kids do all the work and you enjoy a great aromatherapy bath, who does not like that? With short days and extra time at hand in the evening now is the perfect time to do this with your kids or by yourself. I found the recipe online and there is only 3 different ingredients not counting water.

Citric Acid can be found in any store usually in the canning or baking section usually next to your baking soda. Citric acid is a weak organic acid. It is a natural preservative/conservative and is also used to add an acidic, or sour, taste to foods and soft drinks.

Baking Soda is usually easily accessible from your kitchen cabinet and is said to be a great detoxification bath ingredient. Detoxification Baths are intended for drawing toxins out of our Bod, according to Dr. Graham Simpson and colleagues in the book, "Spa Medicine: Your Gateway to the Ageless Zone" The authors describe a two-week series of detox baths that involve using a 1/2 cup of baking soda in a tub of water that's a comfortable temperature. The detoxification bath method consists of soaking in the bath for 10 to 20 minutes twice a week, with at least two days between each bath. 

Bath Balls Recipe

  • 1 cup Baking Soda
  • 1/2 cup Citric Acid
  • 15 drops of Essential Oil
  • Water in a spray bottle

  1. Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl using your hands some people use a mixer I found that it makes to much dust and it's sufficient when you use your hands.
  2. Slowly add Essential Oil to the dry mixture, 1 drop at a time mixing it in slowly with the dry ingredients.
  3. This part can be a bit tricky, because if you add to much water the mixture will start fizzing and it will be a large volcano project. Using your spray bottle mix the mixture while adding one spray at a time. 
  4. Form, you can form the fizz balls using your hands or finding a form that can be used. I used Easter eggs as forms as well as just using hands to make them in to small balls.
  5. Store your finished Bath Balls in air tight container and use 1-2 balls by adding them in to your bath tub.

Petition for Tesla Motors

Posted by Life is Awesome Here On 2:34 PM

Many of you have heard of the new high end electric vehicle Tesla, and if you have not heard of it than you should definitely look in to them. Besides the innovating technology that they bring to the market they are changing how cars are sold to us by selling vehicles directly with out a middle men. I think it's a good idea to let car manufacturers sell directly especially the ones that are trying to create something new and different than what is out there. Well some people don't think that they should be able to do so. There is currently a petition to the white house asking them to allow Tesla to sell to all 50 states directly, I would like to ask you to take a minute and go out and sign your name for the petition.


Sunday, December 30, 2012

Power of Lemon

Posted by Life is Awesome Here On 8:51 PM

After making this at home I read an article about the health benefit of Lemons, it's one great supper fruit that people should consume more. I want to share this article with all of you so you will know the power of lemon and in case you are  wondering what's on the picture, it's a great way to consume lemon in a lemon tea or just take a spoon in the morning. I take 4-5 lemons and blend it in a blender seeds, skin and all,  than I take honey and add it to lemon to taste, but don't make it to sweet kind of defeats the purpose of having a healthy supplement. Next time I will add something special to this but I want tell you just yet. :)   The following article was taken from earth in common.

Lemons for Health

Lemon is widely grown all over the world. Lemon grows in abundance in India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Mexico and West Indies. Unripe lemons are green in color. When they are matured, the color is changed into yellow. Lemon is a must in the kitchen. It is a universally favorite fruit.
Benefits, Qualities and Uses of Lemon
The Ayurveda has regarded lemon as a valuable fruit and admired its properties. Lemon is sour, warm, promoter of gastric fire, light, good for vision, pungent and astringent. It checks the excessive flow of bile and cleanses the mouth. It dislodges phlegm (cough) and expels wind from the digestive tract. It helps in digestion and removes constipation. It prevents vomiting, throat trouble, acidity and rheumatism. It destroys intestinal worms.
Though lemon is acidic to the taste, it leaves off alkaline residues in the body. This is why it is useful in all symptoms of acidosis.
Lemon-juice is a powerful antibacterial. It has been proved by experiments that the bacteria of malaria, cholera, diphtheria, typhoid and other deadly diseases are destroyed in lemon-juice.
It also contains some vitamin A. Natural vitamin C is much more effective than the synthetic one. Vitamin C of lemon-juice is very effective because it is combined with bioflavonoids (vitamin P). In addition to Vitamin C, lemon also contains niacin and thiamin in small amounts.
One should not take concentrated lemon-juice. It should be diluted with water before taking it. Pure lemon­juice contains acid which is injurious to the enamel of teeth.
The body is well cleansed if lemon-juice mixed with cold water and honey is taken on an empty stomach early in the morning. Warm water may be used occasionally to get relieved of constipation.
Lemon-juice prevents or restrains influenza, malaria and cold.
Lemon-juice gives good relief in fever. Lemon-juice mixed with water is useful in quenching the thirst of the patients suffering from diabetes. It gives immediate relief in abdominal disorders. Lemon acts as a sedative for the nerves and the heart and allays troublesome palpitation.
Lemon is especially appreciated for its Vitamin C value. When Vasco da Gama made his voyage round the Cape of Good Hope nearly two-thirds of his crew died of scurvy. But at present the recurrence of such a disaster is no longer possible owing to the widespread use of lemon. Innumerable boatmen moving in sea have saved their lives with the use of lemon.
Vitamin P in lemon strengthens the blood vessels and prevents internal hemorrhage. It is, therefore, extremely useful in high blood pressure, in which cerebro-vascular accidents commonly occur.
The most valuable ingredient of lemon, next to vitamin C, is citric acid, of which it contains 7.2 per cent. Lemon contains more potassium than apple or grapes, which is beneficial to the heart.
Lemon is very much useful in maintaining the health of the teeth and the bones. The vitamin C content of lemon helps considerably in calcium metabolism.
Lemon has been used for many years in gout and rheumatism. Lemon-juice is a diuretic. It, therefore, gives relief in kidney and bladder disorders. It has been used in destroying intestinal worms. It prevents vomiting and helps to cure hepatitis and other innumerable diseases.
Lemon has been proved to be a blessing for mountaineers. In the cases of insufficient oxygen and difficulty in breathing lemon comes to their rescue. Edmund Hillary, the first man to put his foot on the top of Mt. Everest, has admitted that his victory over Mt. Everest was greatly due to lemon.

Why I drink Shakes

Posted by Life is Awesome Here On 9:28 AM

Well this year is almost gone, we have few more days left and so much was left uncompleted.  As we age it seems that time runs faster and faster; when I was a teenager I could not understand how time flew by for my parents when it practically stayed still for me, but now it's all clear. With this year coming to a close I already have things planned for next year, my Google calender is filling up with trips to Ghana, Family Vacations and meetings.

Being busier as we age forces us to make some hard choices and it's not a surprise that our health tends to starts going downhill and the quality of food that we consume becomes worse as our schedules get busier; we tend to eat dinners later at night, eat more fast food, and less fruits and vegetables. That is the reason why I decided to start having Shakes and Juices to supplement my meals.
With all the holiday food and fast-paced life these meal supplements are a great way to stay on a healthy side and feel better at the end of the day. Not long ago, I came back from a steak dinner party that was late in the day, after going to bed tired I could not fall asleep I just felt like my stomach was over filled and it was working hard for most of the night to process all the meat that I shoved into it.  In the morning I got up and made myself a shake for breakfast, I was filled and felt great for the rest of the day. So if you feel like you need to feel lighter on your feet or you have no energy - than it's time to drink some shakes. We will be posting some of our shakes that we drink to give you some ideas of what to make.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Click here to support Homabenase water project (Ghana) by Dimitry Mishchuk

Posted by Life is Awesome Here On 8:11 AM

Hello friends this January I'm planning a trip to Ghana and need your help raising money to get there please take look at the inclosed link and see what we are planning to do there and support me in anyway that you can.
Click here to support Homabenase water project (Ghana) by Dimitry Mishchuk

Monday, September 24, 2012

Tomato trellis update

Posted by Life is Awesome Here On 1:32 PM

Tomato are about 9 feet tall
This years tomato trellis experiment was a partial success  When we try new things we always learn something and that is the case with me and my trellis system. You have read my previous post about how I build my tomato trellis and my desired outcome from them was achieved with a great harvest all season long.
With that said I must say that there were a few things that I learned along the way that I will need to change come next year. And for all of you who will decide to give a try to this system I would like to share them with you so you will not have the same outcome as I had this year. With that said let me stress that over all I was extremely happy with this system, we had great harvest of clean, easy to pick tomatoes as well as a simple low maintenance system throughout the whole growing season. Now to the changes that will have to be made.

  1. The wire that I used between the two posts sagged from the weight of the tomato plant, there are two solutions that can be done to fix this problem. One of them is to use a piece of wood instead of the wire, preferably the same size as the posts. The other solution is to have a tension wire from the top of the post that will prevent it from bending, in my case it will be hard to do that in all the boxes as I have walk ways that are next to them so I will have to use the first solution.
  2. My twine that was used to run the tomato plants on apparently was not strong enough, with constant watering it started giving way on some of the plants and they fell to the ground. In the beginning of the season I fixed a few of them but now with the season coming to the end I have decided to just live with it. The solution is obvious just use a stronger twine next year and the problem will be solved.
Well that's it for the problems with the my trellis now here are a few more images of them and feel free to share your thoughts and ideas.

Friday, July 20, 2012

New Cottage food Operation Law in Washington

Posted by Life is Awesome Here On 3:58 PM

It's great news for all the Washingtonians, the new law will allow all the small home bakers to sell their product legally. The following is an article from the local paper where it talks a bit about the new law. Thanks to The Colombian.

After reading this I have decided to get my license and start baking more, since one of my issues was that I had large quantity of bread left over after each bake, now I can bake it and sell it legally. Here is a link as well if you would like to obtain a permit in Washington state. http://agr.wa.gov/FoodAnimal/docs/CottageFoodApplicationPacket061712.pdf

Business prospects are a whole lot sweeter for Washington's home-based bakeries, thanks to Felicia Hill.
The Hazel Dell cake maker and stay-at-home mother of two will be honored Monday in Olympia for helping cook up a new state law that allows small, home-based bakeries like hers to operate legally. For her work last year outlining the rules behind Washington's Cottage Food Act, Hill will ceremoniously receive the first legal permit to sell low-risk foods made in the home.
The Washington state Department of Agriculture expects more than 1,000 potential small businesses across the state to apply for permits to sell baked goods, nuts, jams and jellies at farmers markets and through other direct-sales avenues. The permit is available for bakeries that generate no more than $15,000 in gross sales annually.
"They really wanted it to be a person-to-person transaction, from me, the baker, to the person who is going to eat it," said Hill, who testified before the state Legislature three times last year on the growing cottage food movement, with its hyper-local emphasis.
Hill also stuck around Olympia to hammer out stipulations of the law, pushing to raise the original $5,000 gross-sales cap to $15,000. The increase could help unemployed and underemployed Washington residents generate money to live on, one of the key purposes of the law, according to Hill.
"Ideally, an appropriate amount would be $30,000. That would give someone the ability to live comfortably," said Hill, who has vowed to push for the increase next year.
"I have had numerous people thank me and say, 'This has helped us to possibly start a business,'" she said.
Although the law was signed by Gov. Chris Gregoire last year, the agriculture department just started accepting permit applications this week.
Washington is among three states to recently enact a cottage food law, putting the rule in place just before South Carolina and Colorado, which both passed similar legislation this year. In all, 26 states now have cottage food laws, breaking away from traditional models of production in which food is sold to consumers who have little or no idea where it came from.
"Knowing the person who made your food is not that common anymore," said Hill.
Her business, FH Cakes, bakes and sells peanut-, gluten- and dairy-free cakes. It's a specialty she developed in 2008 after trying to order a peanut-free bakery cake for her son, Luke, now 6, who has a severe peanut allergy.
"I could not get a guaranteed safe cake," Hill said.
She decided to make the birthday cake herself, taking a few classes that uncovered her hidden talent for whimsical cake design. The artful and allergen-free cakes quickly caught on among family and friends, said Hill, who sold her cakes "under the table" for about one year.
She wanted to grow a legitimate business to supplement husband Jeff Hill's income. But Felicia Hill found it prohibitively expensive when she attempted to follow the old Washington state law mandating that bakery businesses operate from a commercial kitchen. The overhead of leasing a commercial kitchen wiped out her modest profit. It would have dipped below the bottom line with child care, which Hill did not want to consider.
"A lot of this stemmed from the fact that it was very important for me to be at home with my children and not have somebody else take care of them," she said.
So, Hill researched the cottage food industry, work that ultimately led to her support of the Cottage Food bill introduced by Sen. Phil Rockefeller, D-Bainbridge Island, whose daughter is an artisan baker.
Hill anticipates every state will have some type of cottage food law at some point, enabling artisan food makers to channel their energies and earn income.
"This could help get our local economy get back up and productive," Hill said.

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