Over the last couple weekends, we have focused on hauling mulch. It is a strenuous task because we do it all by hand; shovel the mulch into a cart, pull the cart to the other side of the property, dump the cart, rake the mulch... It takes forever. That said, on Saturday, we mulched the … Continue reading Back to Eden Update #3: Fall Preparations
My son and I have been working to establish the Back to Eden beds along the back of the house and prepare them for spring herb planting. We finally figured out that a greater number of spadefulls of mulch goes faster than trying to rake mulch loose and shovel fewer larger loads with a snow … Continue reading More Fall Preparation
There are several things to consider before you begin the process of raising livestock for your own family consumption. What are my county zoning restrictions? If I live in a subdivision, what are my subdivision land restrictions? Can I process my animals on site, or do I have to use a USDA or FDA regulated … Continue reading Being Informed: Legal Issues on the Homestead
Well, June creeped up on me fast! It's a miracle to me how God gives us 24 hours in a day and I still manage to never have enough time... Hmm... Think I may be the problem there. Anyway, poor time management skills aside, I stuck some more seeds in the dirt yesterday. I planted … Continue reading Back to Eden Update #2
It's been absolutely buzzing around the homestead lately, unfortunately, literally... We finally decided to get our own yellow jacket pesticides as they're beginning to take over the south side of our property, and that's just not okay. We put it off initially because of our honey bees- we were concerned they'd be innocent victims of … Continue reading Busy Busy Busy!
This year in gardening was largely experimental for us. This October marks our first full year on the homestead, and so far we have only had a spring and summer garden. We decided to forgo a fall garden simply in favor of letting our ground rest and compost before spring planting. That said, I discovered … Continue reading My Top 5 favorite Heirloom Garden Plants
I have been hang drying sage in the kitchen and it was finally time to put it away today! For anyone interested in herbalism even if it's just growing kitchen herbs, I highly recommend the book, "The Herbal Medicine-Maker's Handbook: A Home Manual" by herbalist, James Green. It's a very pleasant, conversational, and enjoyable read, … Continue reading Herb Preserving
My in-laws came down to visit for Independence Day weekend. While they were visiting, we had a great time playing with the kids and being outdoors. We reflected on our freedom and Independence living here in America, and we celebrated with good food, good conversation, and some yard work! Why not, right? My husband and … Continue reading Terrace Garden Update
It's Pickling Day! I say that, but I'm only processing 3 quarts. I'm pickling none the less! We've been getting about 3-4 cukes per week from our two space master bush type cucumber plants. I chose that variety partially on a whim and impulse buy from Walmart, and partially because I didn't want to mess … Continue reading Pickle Time!
The garden is still going strong. Last week I pulled out the peas for seed next spring, and they're continuing to dry inside. I let them dry on the vines, but with all the rain we were getting, I didn't want them to mold, as some were beginning to. I also pulled and dried some … Continue reading Back to Eden Garden Update #3