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Homestead Journal: Spring is Here!

March 23, 2017 – 3:30 pm

Our Nanking Cherry bushes in bloom.

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything. We’ve been working like CRAZY on the homestead getting ready for spring. Over the winter we had a lot of trees cleared to make room for growing more food, so we’ve been prepping these areas for planting.

Preparing the new blueberry patch.

I have 20 blueberry bushes coming next week which will need to be planted right away. We’ve had truckloads of compost brought in to amend the hard clay soil- not a cheap investment but necessary for what we’re doing. We were blessed to have a few truckloads of woodchips dumped at my grandfather’s house for FREE from a local tree trimming service so we’ve been bringing that home by the trailer load to mulch the garden with. Lots of scooping and spreading going on around here!

Tomato plants growing under lights in our kitchen.

I have a lot of plants growing under lights indoors just waiting for the last spring frosts so they can be transplanted into the ground. The “Green Lint” cotton I’m growing just for fun is doing well, so I’m excited about that! It’ll be neat to clean our faces with organic green cotton balls! I’m also growing Indian Shot Canna Lilies from seed and they’re looking beautiful. The seeds of these particular Cannas were used for ammo in the past because they’re so hard and perfectly round. I thought it would be fun to grow an ammunition of sorts for the boys to play with.

We gave all of our chickens away to some friends. We’ll be rebuilding the chicken coop and reworking the run area to have two separate grazing areas, so it worked out better for us to re-home the hens until we’re fully ready for a flock again. To be honest, it’s been kinda nice not to have to worry about taking care of the chickens for a while. My mother-in-law is generously supplying us with her excess fresh eggs in the meantime.

New front yard raised bed garden being filled.

The new raised bed garden in the front yard is slowly being filled with good soil, and I’ve been transplanting herbs around the fruit trees to begin building permaculture guilds. I’ve also planted two mulberry trees, a goumi bush, a flying dragon citrus, and two mayhaws in our new food forest area. We’ve planted a cover crop of rye grass and Austrian winter peas to add nitrogen to the soil and to hopefully keep weeds down until we’re ready to plant more in this area.

Root crops planted under leaf mulch.

So far in the garden I’ve planted potatoes, peas, carrots, radishes, turnips, and beets. I transplanted cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and brussel sprouts a couple weeks ago, but once again I managed to plant too soon and the cold killed them off (even though these are cold hardy crops. Go figure). So unfortunately I’ve lost all of my brassica seedlings. Didn’t I do the same exact thing last year?! One day I’ll learn.

I finally gave in and had to visit the podiatrist to have an ingrown toenail cut out, which has been extremely inconvenient. Hobbling while pushing a wheelbarrow really slows you down, but I guess you just have to do the best you can. Hopefully it’ll heal soon so I can get back to full speed ahead!

On a more personal note, we’re still taking care of my grandfather full time. He’s doing well physically. His mind is going ever so slowly. Today he picked up a napkin, held it to his ear, and said, “Hello? Hello? Hello???” Then he handed it to me and said, “Here, maybe you can get an answer.” Some days you just have to chuckle.

Happy Spring to you all! I wish you a great gardening year!

 

 

Old Fashioned From Scratch Pancakes. Delish.

February 21, 2017 – 3:12 am

I love this from scratch pancakes recipe because it’s quick, easy, and uses simple ingredients that I always have in my pantry. Thick, fluffy, and perfect every time.

Homestead Journal: Awesome Neighbors, Getting Work Done

February 20, 2017 – 3:58 pm

Sometimes my husband and I daydream about buying a huge plot of land out in the middle of the woods far away from any signs of civilization. It’s a romantic vision. Peace. Quiet. Privacy. Freedom.
Sure, …

12 Ways To Save Money Eating Out. How My Family of Six Can Eat Out for $20.

February 11, 2017 – 5:00 am

12 tips to help you save money eating out at restaurants, and real life examples of how my family of six saves BIG!

Homestead Journal: Clearing Out

February 7, 2017 – 8:42 am

January 30th, 2017
We’ve been so busy outside these past couple weeks. The weather has ranged from cloudy and freezing to sunny, spring-like mid-60’s. One of our major goals this year is to clean up the …

Raising Pheasants For Meat on the Homestead. Is it worth it?

February 7, 2017 – 7:35 am

Here’s our experience raising pheasants on the homestead. Are they worth raising for meat? You decide.

Homestead Journal: We’re Snowed In.

January 11, 2017 – 5:08 pm

We’ve been snowed in for going on five days now…

Today I did something crazy. I cancelled our internet.

January 3, 2017 – 6:34 am

 
It’s the beginning of a new year, and I’m ready for some long overdue changes.
Today, I gathered up my nerve, dialed my internet service provider, and summoned the words I’d been meditating on for months …

The Best Way To Store Fresh Radishes To Keep Them Crisp

December 7, 2016 – 9:58 am

Fresh radishes will get rubbery if left out too long. Here’s how to store fresh radishes to keep them crisp and ready to eat for several weeks! Fridge or no fridge.

Firewood Storage: Why We Built A Woodshed

November 28, 2016 – 2:29 pm

How to store firewood to keep it dry and ready to burn… and why you should consider building a woodshed.

How To Can Venison

November 28, 2016 – 2:00 am

Canned venison is delicious, and a great way to have pre-cooked meat on hand at all times.

Simple and Delicious Deer Jerky Recipe

November 23, 2016 – 1:00 am

I’ll share with you my favorite way to marinade venison to make delicious deer jerky. You’ll love how simple and easy it is!

Heating With a Wood Stove vs. a Water Stove

October 26, 2016 – 8:17 pm

The pros and cons of heating your home with a wood stove vs. a water stove. Which is best? I’ll help you decide.

Raising Freedom Ranger Chickens For Meat

October 24, 2016 – 12:48 pm

Our experience raising Freedom Ranger chickens for meat, and why I would recommend them for your homestead.

From Gangs To Goats

October 14, 2016 – 10:43 am

I recently did an interview with Tim Young from The Self Sufficient Life, which I must say was my absolute favorite interview of all time- hands down. He touched on things I’ve never talked about …

How To Install A Permanent Clothesline. Metal vs Wood.

September 9, 2016 – 8:35 am

An easy, step-by-step guide to installing a permanent clothesline. Plus, why we like metal t-posts better than wood. (Disaster story to follow!)

A Garden Bad Guy: The Hammerhead Worm

September 9, 2016 – 5:50 am

If you find a hammerhead worm on your property, it could mean bad news for your garden! Here’s what you need to know…