One of the things that makes our homestead unique is the fact that we don't use conventional growing methods. Everything up to this point has been done by hand. Why? First, we aren't independently wealthy and my husband works a "day job". We would love to turn this place into a full-time business, but realistically, … Continue reading Homesteading is Hard!
I have a to-do list that never seems to progress to a to-done list. On my docket for this week is kitchen deep clean, dishes, laundry (always laundry, but my husband folded at least 4 baskets full this weekend!!) and dusting. I'm not particularly fond of dusting, but my son loves it, and it desperately … Continue reading Living Your Seasons Well
I thought I'd take you through what we have going on in the gardens this year. At this point, we have 5 distinct areas which we are cultivating: Terrace Back to Eden Garden Hugulkultur swale/fruit trees The Berry hedgerow The Orchard Market Garden terraces half-finished seems to be our trademark... We're working on improving that … Continue reading What’s in the Garden?
I've been asked lately how I "do it all" with the kids and starting up our fledgling family business. Which brings up a couple things: 1) I rest heavily on my Heavenly Father. God orders my days and gives me the same number of hours in a day as everyone else- it's all about how … Continue reading A Peek into my Planner
We're currently engaging in all of the bureaucracy involved in selling at our local farmer's market. There are a lot of permits to acquire for live plant sales and seed sales. That said, the more fun part of the job is happening now: harvest! I was out early this morning harvesting mint, parsley, sage, and … Continue reading Preparation for Fall Market: herbs and seeds
Yep, I'm already working on my fall garden. Our spring planted veggies are still not fully ready for harvest! But such is life if you want to stay on top of things. So that involved screening composted soil from the chicken run. I tell you what, this is year 2, and that stuff is amazing! … Continue reading Fall Garden
I had some suckers growing on my peach and cherry trees. Naturally, I thought, "hmm... I wonder..."So I cut off the suckers and decided to see if I could root the cuttings.I frequently do a lot of things intuitively in the garden; whenever I see something that just doesn't look right or seems...off... And although … Continue reading Fruit Tree Cuttings Experiment
We have been so busy around here with the addition of Baby #3 that the Shaggy Maple Homestead business has gotten moved further down the list of to-do's. We're still planning and preparing our business for launch, but what exactly that will look like is still in the works. At this point in time, at … Continue reading Shaggy Maple Update
we were lost in the woods, but not lost to God.
It's that time of year again. Every time the orchids bloom, (or really any of our garden flowers) I find myself enraptured by God's incredible creative power. Just look at the beauty in creation! And to think that even something this unique and beautiful is marred by sin and pales in comparison to its original … Continue reading Orchids in Bloom