Keyhole Herb Garden

This silly thing has been in the works for 3 years. I had initially planned this space to house the bulk of my medicinal herbs. For whatever reason, it never truly worked out. I ended up with a ton of weeds, or a series of higher priority projects. It seems that this may be the … Continue reading Keyhole Herb Garden

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Resurrection Garden

In the last 4-5 years or so, I've been disappointed and confused as to the utter lack of celebration of Easter in Christian circles. Christmas is wonderful, Advent is great, and we wouldn't have Easter without them. But I submit the holiday that bears the most significance in the Christian faith is Easter. The Birth … Continue reading Resurrection Garden

Work Day!

Oh, gracious... It's been a nice, but exhausting weekend. Frankly, I woke up this morning already ready for my afternoon nap. But, there's work to be done! I have a ton of luffas that need processing, seedlings to be thinned, chickens to be fed, and I'm hoping to get some garden paths built. I was … Continue reading Work Day!

Black Oil Sunflower Seeds vs Corn for Chickens

We use Black Oil Sunflower Seeds (BOSS) for our chickens instead of corn. Especially in colder weather, I supplement our birds extra protein, where most people supplement more grain, usually corn. I have a few reasons for doing it differently. First off, BOSS is roughly 17% protein, 44% fat, 24% NDF (fiber)ยน Corn, however, is … Continue reading Black Oil Sunflower Seeds vs Corn for Chickens

Inspiration

I have a list of individuals who inspire me. Either by their endeavors, beliefs, or character, these people motivate me toward pursuing excellence in my own life. It doesn't matter what your passions, goals, or skills-- there is always going to be someone out there doing a better job. At the very least, they may … Continue reading Inspiration

Springtime Potager discoveries

With the potager cleaned up, I set to work identifying current plants. There were a few things planted there that I loved, for no particular reason. Some of them include primrose, day lilies, honey suckle, and today I found this beauty... Periwinkle! It's an attractive (though somewhat aggressively spreading) ground-covering ever green. This is the … Continue reading Springtime Potager discoveries

Monday, Fun Day

Okay, so weed-eating and mulching isn't exactly fun... But guys!! Guys!!!! It's practically spring! Look!! The daffodils are blooming! Finally! What feels like a forever-long winter is finally breaking into beauty and new life as Spring makes her long-awaited appearance. Me and the Hubster had a conversation in the car last night. He got me … Continue reading Monday, Fun Day

The Good, The Bad, and the Rainy

This is what our weather forecast is like for the next week (and beyond) Rain, rain, rain, and more rain. To be clear, in East Tennessee, anything higher than 15% chance means, it's gon' rain. So what does that mean? It means every homestead task just got a little (lot) suckier. Chickens still need to … Continue reading The Good, The Bad, and the Rainy

Budgeting My Time

Oh boy... Has anyone ever had the experience of sitting down to do your financial budget only to look up crying and ask yourself, "How did this happen!? Where does it all go!?!?" I did that, but not with money. I had this experience with my time. To make a long story slightly less long, … Continue reading Budgeting My Time