Getting Ready for Spring!

I did some more prep work in the garden. Finished up the wattle trellises for the peas, so it's ready to go when I direct sow the peas in a few weeks. I like it; wattling is cathartic and the end result is quaint and rustic. I know I've already mentioned it, but it reminds … Continue reading Getting Ready for Spring!

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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

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

Back to Eden Update #3: Fall Preparations

Over the last couple weekends, we have focused on hauling mulch. It is a strenuous task because we do it all by hand; shovel the mulch into a cart, pull the cart to the other side of the property, dump the cart, rake the mulch... It takes forever. That said, on Saturday, we mulched the … Continue reading Back to Eden Update #3: Fall Preparations

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