SMH Back to Eden Demonstration

It's Fall!! and that means we're building another Back to Eden terrace (our final one in this garden) and we thought we'd take the opportunity to make it a teachable moment. We'll cover the basics of permaculture land works, B2E site preparation, planting, cultivar selection, pruning, and more! Join us for a demonstration/master class/tour on … Continue reading SMH Back to Eden Demonstration

Back to Eden: Barrenness to Abundance

This is the start of our 3rd year on this property. Lately I had been really discouraged about all the things we need to do, and the things we haven't been able to accomplish (goats, windows, roof, doors, floors, kitchen, bathrooms, etc...) But then, I happened across an old picture of the place before we … Continue reading Back to Eden: Barrenness to Abundance

Gardening Lies You’ve Been Told

I recently pruned my cherry and peach trees. Yep, I did a soft pruning in October. One of the biggest lies is that you can only prune your trees in dormancy. That's like saying you can only trim your fingernails while you sleep. Here's the thing about pruning- if you had a broken bone, you … Continue reading Gardening Lies You’ve Been Told

Operation Poo-Purgation: Phase 3

Today is clean up day. Yesterday the plumber came out to remove the obstruction from the drain... He found: A pair of toddler underpants A wash cloth And a dog collar, complete with tags. (We had been wondering where that got to after Cyd's bath) So... After about $1600 in damages and clean up, I … Continue reading Operation Poo-Purgation: Phase 3

Operation Poo Purgation: Phase 2

Well, the septic tank was pumped yesterday. Hooray! While it desperately needed to be done, it did not completely solve the issue, and we still have poo sludge coming up from the basement commode. So, we scheduled a plumber to come and snake the drain. Originally it was looking like it would be 2 days … Continue reading Operation Poo Purgation: Phase 2

Operation Poo-Purgation: Phase 1

Operation Poo-Purgation is underway! We had the plumbers out on Tuesday. They determined there was not a blockage in the drains (thank goodness, and miraculously so with toddlers who love to flush random things...) But, that meant our septic tank was full and in need of pumping. The first major task at hand was location … Continue reading Operation Poo-Purgation: Phase 1

Black Consort Currant Cuttings

I'm in full-out winter-prep mode. I'm thinking through fall 2018 and spring 2019 plantings already!! So, I worked on our berry area today during naptime. I pruned back the currant and raspberries/blackberries this past weekend. So, I had 5 currant cuttings to plant. The little buds are leaf buds. But, the big fat buds like … Continue reading Black Consort Currant Cuttings

Work Day on the Homestead: Part 2

Well, we called the insurance company, got a claim started for the damage to the basement bathroom/living area. Called a plumber (and left a message) to take a peek at what might be causing the overflow, and the clean-up company came out to take pictures and measurements of the affected areas. The bad news is, … Continue reading Work Day on the Homestead: Part 2

Not How I Wanted to Spend my Day…

We finished some of the outside work (halfway is our specialty) and set our sights on the basement. We planned to gut the room that saw damage after the pipes burst earlier this spring and get started on renovations to move our school room and laundry room downstairs... Let me preface this by saying we … Continue reading Not How I Wanted to Spend my Day…

Work Day on the Homestead

One of the biggest challenges of homesteading with 3 small children is... homesteading with 3 small children.It's almost impossible to get a job done without interruption making it take 4 times as long.It helps a little to have my husband home helping, but we rarely end up working on the same task to completion. Usually, … Continue reading Work Day on the Homestead