Welp, it happened. My first bee sting! Not the first ever in my life, just the first from my own bees. My husband and I were out at the hive yesterday evening trying to rectify the free-form comb situation that had developed. We added more frames to give them some space as they've already begun … Continue reading Holistic Bee Sting Care and Treatment
It's been HOT lately. Sakes alive! Average temperature for these parts in May is around 71°F and we've been hitting 90°F or so the last couple days. As such, it's been uncomfortable for the season, and none of my troop has much of an appetite. I've been cooking mostly outside so as to keep the … Continue reading Carolina Snowballs in Tennessee
"Know well the condition of your flocks..." Proverbs 27:23 I've been really convicted lately by my own pride keeping me from walking in God's will. The consequences have been emotionally devastating. I have a proclivity to make decisions in haste and then ask God's blessing on them without first seeking His guidance in the first … Continue reading Meet Our New Flock
My husband and I went out to the bee hive this afternoon, not fully sure what to expect. As we opened up the hive, we were pleasantly surprised to find tons capped brood! Which means, we have a laying queen after all!!! Hooray!!! We have such a healthy hive, we need to add another super … Continue reading Brood!
This is a really difficult post to write and even as I sit here, I'm intermittently sobbing. This past weekend, my husband's parents came down to help us finish building our chicken coop. We would have been at a complete loss without my father in law because he actually knows what he is doing when … Continue reading My Only Chicken
That's what preparedness is all about; knowing how to live in uncertain times because you don't know what the future holds, all the while knowing it's God who holds the future.
Oh my goodness, springtime is beautiful! My son and I were out enjoying this fine Saturday morning and we planted some onions and radishes and carrots... Or at least I thought they were onions... Turns out, instead of the red Spanish onion seed, I had actually mistakenly planted Martha Washington asparagus along side my yellow … Continue reading Back to Eden Update
Yesterday was rough as far as dropping the proverbial ball... First, our bees arrived with no notice to us so our hive wasn't quite ready. The rush job to pick the bees up and get them installed led to me making a big boo boo when installing our queen and she escaped from the excluder … Continue reading Failures on the Homestead
Most people recommend waiting and watching your property for the first year you own it, prior to building any land works or planting anything. To an extent, we've observed the sunlight and water patterns for almost 3 seasons. But mostly, we're watching and building as we discover issues that need managing (I.e., our swales, the … Continue reading Land Works Observation
My husband and I joined the Arbor Day Foundation. People who see us cutting down most of the dogwood trees around our house may find that hard to believe, but we did. And we have a method to our madness. To start, we need more space to plant our fruit and nut trees for our "food forest" … Continue reading Forsythias and Such