Outside Work

I'm a firm believer that God gives you what you need, when you need it, and you just have to receive it. Today, we were given clear, 60°F weather; perfect for getting some of the outside work done. We had some pesky cedar trees between us and our neighbors that were harboring cedar apple rust. … Continue reading Outside Work

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Work Day on the Homestead

One of the biggest challenges of homesteading with 3 small children is... homesteading with 3 small children.It's almost impossible to get a job done without interruption making it take 4 times as long.It helps a little to have my husband home helping, but we rarely end up working on the same task to completion. Usually, … Continue reading Work Day on the Homestead

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

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

Children on the Homestead

We have 3 kiddos babies. They're 3, 1.5, and 1 month. Babies. As the Mama duck around here, you might imagine it's difficult to wrangle all my ducklings outside while I do gardeney things, and you'd be right. I took everyone outside last week, and it was the first time all 3 of us have … Continue reading Children on the Homestead

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

Terrace Garden Update

My in-laws came down to visit for Independence Day weekend. While they were visiting, we had a great time playing with the kids and being outdoors. We reflected on our freedom and Independence living here in America, and we celebrated with good food, good conversation, and some yard work! Why not, right? My husband and … Continue reading Terrace Garden Update

Terracing, Burning, and Grooming

Busy day! We picked up our last two chicks at the co-op this morning- Black Cuckoo Marans. They're doing fine with the others and we now have our full flock of 9.  I have a suspicion that one of our Buff Orpingtons is a rooster, based on size and wing sexing, but I've also never … Continue reading Terracing, Burning, and Grooming

Back to Eden Garden Preparation

I'm a huge proponent of Back to Eden Gardening. 1) It works 2) I don't own a tiller, so amending the soil without tilling is a time and money saver 3) It is low maintenance, long term 4) It's higher yield than your typical row gardening, and higher nutrition in your produce 5) It doesn't … Continue reading Back to Eden Garden Preparation