Bringing Chaos into Order

Part of my brand of creativity is organization. Many don't think of organizing as creativity, but it is. Think about it from God's perspective- the first three days of creation were spent organizing! Separating the earth from the sky, gathering the waters together, separating day from night. God brought chaos into order. (Genesis 1:1-16) That … Continue reading Bringing Chaos into Order

Catching Strawberry Runners

We decided to propagate our strawberries for a greater harvest next year. But, we aren't really sure if we like them where they currently are. While they successfully bloomed and fruited in their current locale, we know a place in full sun would be more beneficial to them. So that means we have 2 options. … Continue reading Catching Strawberry Runners

Planning for Spring 2018

Here are the things I need to address this winter: Bees- order 3lb package locally Chickens- decide on breed for flock expansion and set up brooders Garden- what to plant and where; seed start area Goats- build shelter; fencing; milking stand; water and feed; medical preparations; get goats Fermentation- start brewing ACV; kombucha; kefir These … Continue reading Planning for Spring 2018

Homestead Name and Logo Reveal

My husband and I have been praying on starting a business to help sustain our animal feed costs.  The answer I got came from Proverbs 31:18: She sees that her trading is profitable and her lamp does not go out at night. That among other passages of scripture and much time in prayer led us … Continue reading Homestead Name and Logo Reveal

Back to Eden: Soil pH

This is the end of our first year doing the Back to Eden garden and I wanted a tangible way to guage the results of the soil condition. I decided to test the soil pH with a very rudimentary and simple experiment: vinegar and baking soda. The concept is simple; alkaline soil will react in … Continue reading Back to Eden: Soil pH

Year 1 Evaluation of Back to Eden Experience

I wanted to evaluate my first year experience with the Back to Eden garden. I decided to break the experience into sections: preparation, planting, productivity, weeding and watering, overall experience. My rating scale is from 1-10 with 1 being unsuccessful and 10 being absolute success. The effort to reward ratio will be covered in the … Continue reading Year 1 Evaluation of Back to Eden Experience

More Fall Preparation

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

The Not-so-perfect Storm

We're in the Smokey Mountain region of this great nation and we were promised some brutal storms. Well, we ended up just getting a ton of rain. Which on one hand is great, because of the drought conditions this past summer/fall. On the other hand, we had quite a bit of water damage to our … Continue reading The Not-so-perfect Storm

Homestead Update: Chicks, Beds, and Veggies

Lots going on here lately! 7 of our 9 baby chicks come tomorrow, the other two will be here Friday. The brooder is set up, but we're debating using a bigger box.  We'll see once they get here. Finally got the temp to settle at about 95°F under the heat lamp, until about 3:00pm when … Continue reading Homestead Update: Chicks, Beds, and Veggies