Winter work

We started the "negative yardage" dance early this year. You know, one step forward, three steps back. We had gotten outside on a warm day last week to clear off some trees and brush, which was excellent and much needed. Except that then my husband ended up getting an outrageous poison ivy rash that was … Continue reading Winter work

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Quince Bush Maintenance

We have these crazy beautiful bushes that I initially found to be crazy ugly. The problem with flowering plants is that if they aren't tended at least semi-regularly, they get a bit out of hand. That's what happened to these quince bushes. When we first moved in, they were scraggly overgrown shrubbery that I intended … Continue reading Quince Bush Maintenance

Shaggy Maple Update

Hey Folks! We have lots of new and exciting things coming down the pipe for 2019. First, and most importantly, we're having a series of 3 FREE workshops this summer on Back to Eden Gardening, Permaculture basics, and Sustainable Gardening. One in May, one in June, and one in July. Registrants can have their very … Continue reading Shaggy Maple Update

Outside Work

I'm a firm believer that God gives you what you need, when you need it, and you just have to receive it. Today, we were given clear, 60°F weather; perfect for getting some of the outside work done. We had some pesky cedar trees between us and our neighbors that were harboring cedar apple rust. … Continue reading Outside Work

Gardening in December?!?

My most favorite thing is planting new plants and watching them grow. This usually makes for a bleak winter time because everything goes to sleep and doesn't wake from it's slumber until the spring. This is not true for my Back to Eden Garden. I have some sort of greens growing just about all year … Continue reading Gardening in December?!?

Electricity and Other Unfortunate Inventions

It's "joked" about amongst my husband's coworkers (our pastors and church staff) that we're all just one light bulb away from being Amish. I say "joked" because it's not far off from the truth. We don't have social media and, honestly, if I had my way, you'd all be reading this via handwritten newsletter. Unfortunately … Continue reading Electricity and Other Unfortunate Inventions

Rushing Winter Prep

It. Is. Cold! Last year we had a much more mild transition from fall to winter. This year, we had a ton of autumn rain and it snapped cold pretty quickly. I'm already having to break up frozen chicken water! Good grief. So much for living in the south. Anyway, with all the rain, my … Continue reading Rushing Winter Prep

More Winter Homestead Preparation

Our place is really beautiful in the fall, but Oh. My. Lanta. I almost haven't had time to enjoy it!! We have been outrageously busy here. This past weekend we had a wedding in the family. Our oldest was the ring bearer in my husband's cousin's wedding. It was pretty, and fun, and we saw … Continue reading More Winter Homestead Preparation

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