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

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Black Consort Currant Cuttings

I'm in full-out winter-prep mode. I'm thinking through fall 2018 and spring 2019 plantings already!! So, I worked on our berry area today during naptime. I pruned back the currant and raspberries/blackberries this past weekend. So, I had 5 currant cuttings to plant. The little buds are leaf buds. But, the big fat buds like … Continue reading Black Consort Currant Cuttings

Fall Garden

Yep, I'm already working on my fall garden. Our spring planted veggies are still not fully ready for harvest! But such is life if you want to stay on top of things. So that involved screening composted soil from the chicken run. I tell you what, this is year 2, and that stuff is amazing! … Continue reading Fall Garden

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

Compost Bin Update

We finally got around to completing the compost bins' frames. Yay! There was a hiccup in our measurements though. My husband measured and cut the boards to the dimensions I specified, but I hadn't made clear how they were going to be put together, so long story short, we ended up with rectangles rather than … Continue reading Compost Bin Update

Homestead Project #3

Compost bin!  As always, gardening is a year round thing for us. If we aren't actively growing, then we are germinating, stratefying, or composting. Today our focus is composting.  My husband is building a bin. Yay! I built a reclaimable bin last year, which aside from being successfully reclaimed by the construction crew that kicked it over … Continue reading Homestead Project #3

Building a Reclaimable Compost Bin

My family and I live in a rental home currently and doing any major planting or building is frowned upon. That said, we are contractually responsible according to our lease for the maintenance and beautification of the property. With that in mind, I set out to design and build a "reclaimable" compost bin. Ideally, I … Continue reading Building a Reclaimable Compost Bin