Homestead Update

We've reached a standstill with preserving our harvest. As I'm sure many of you have as well, we've encountered a mason jar shortage. That means all those honey jars and pasta sauce jars I've saved over the years are being put into service. And praise God I bought brands that are compatible with regular mouth … Continue reading Homestead Update

Homestead Update

Oh guys... I have so many 1/2 started posts... Truthfully, this is our busiest time of year between reviewing the kids' lessons and prepping for new material, working out in the gardens, taking care of the animals-- our days are full, but in a good way.I've actually contacted a landscaping contractor to come help with … Continue reading Homestead Update

Homestead update

We packed up my husband this morning with homemade doughnuts, fresh-picked blueberries from a friend, and goat paraphernalia and sent him off to retrieve our dairy goats! We've been reading The Hobbit as a family, so the kids thought it amusing that Papa was headed out on a "perilous adventure" with all his provisions. We … Continue reading Homestead update

Homestead Update

Well, we're as busy as ever here. Had visitors last weekend so this weekend is catching up/jumping back into regularly scheduled things.We had a nice and uneventful Father's day. That particular holiday usually finds someone sick or injured in our family, so it was nice that nothing terrible happened this year- yay for no stomach … Continue reading Homestead Update

Project Raspberries (and Blackberries, and Currants)

Well so much for skating through this summer just doing maintenance. I really hadn't planned on doing a berry hedge rescue mission. But such is life, right? You can see in this pic the nice, neat line of weed killer that began along my neighbor's side of the fence... And just decimated my fruit bushes... … Continue reading Project Raspberries (and Blackberries, and Currants)

French Drain= Fenceline Swale Solution

For the last...2 and a half years? I forget... We've been fighting against runoff from our neighbor's place. Technically, it's from the cattle pasture on the other side of our neighbor's place... I digress. Anyway, with the latest storm and flash flood, we (almost) lost our potatoes, tomatoes and peppers, kale, rhubarb, Fennel, Lavender, Swiss … Continue reading French Drain= Fenceline Swale Solution

Lunar Planting: Gardening by the Moon

In the lakeway region of the Smokies, I have the benefit of being rural enough to see the stars and moon at night. Over the course of the last year or so, I've been paying a lot more attention to the "sky clock" as I like to call it. The moon is all at once … Continue reading Lunar Planting: Gardening by the Moon

Homestead Update: Some Sad News, and Some Happy News

Well, I'm a little sad. It's just been getting warm enough to pop open the bee hive to check on how they're doing... So, I popped it open for a looksee and, as I feared, the hive was empty. I'm mostly upset because less than a week ago we were seeing plenty of activity. I … Continue reading Homestead Update: Some Sad News, and Some Happy News

Homestead Update

Family Well, my Ingrid is 9 days old. Just like peas-porridge-in-the-pot. We are settling in to "new normal." Settling never feels peaceful to me. Settling is transition, and transition for us means chaos. And by chaos, I mostly mean a lot of toddler whining and crying and managing behavior. Fortunately, I've had family and good … Continue reading Homestead Update

Homestead Update

Where to begin? Let's back on up to last Monday. Monday We had 2 of our 3 get sick. My youngest boy got HFM virus. Yay... So my hands are raw from washing and cleaning and sanitizing. Then my daughter was running a fever and vomiting. I actually suspected a UTI over the flu, and … Continue reading Homestead Update