Gardening Lies You’ve Been Told

I recently pruned my cherry and peach trees. Yep, I did a soft pruning in October. One of the biggest lies is that you can only prune your trees in dormancy. That's like saying you can only trim your fingernails while you sleep. Here's the thing about pruning- if you had a broken bone, you … Continue reading Gardening Lies You’ve Been Told

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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

Work Day on the Homestead: Part 2

Well, we called the insurance company, got a claim started for the damage to the basement bathroom/living area. Called a plumber (and left a message) to take a peek at what might be causing the overflow, and the clean-up company came out to take pictures and measurements of the affected areas. The bad news is, … Continue reading Work Day on the Homestead: Part 2

Garden Puttering

I always assumed old men puttered about in the garden. I found myself picking up the habit today. I decided on a fall garden bed at least of some radishes and spinach. We'll see how they do as they're two of the crops I've never really had any luck with. I planted some parsnips as … Continue reading Garden Puttering

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

Back to Eden Update #2

Well, June creeped up on me fast! It's a miracle to me how God gives us 24 hours in a day and I still manage to never have enough time... Hmm... Think I may be the problem there. Anyway, poor time management skills aside, I stuck some more seeds in the dirt yesterday. I planted … Continue reading Back to Eden Update #2

Busy Busy Busy!

It's been absolutely buzzing around the homestead lately, unfortunately, literally... We finally decided to get our own yellow jacket pesticides as they're beginning to take over the south side of our property, and that's just not okay. We put it off initially because of our honey bees- we were concerned they'd be innocent victims of … Continue reading Busy Busy Busy!

The Homestead Waits for No Mama

Yesterday at church, my husband and I noticed something- we were 2 of about 10 choir members who showed up. Yikes! Our director, our pianist, and numerous members were all sick with the flu! Fast forward from yesterday to 8:00AM this morning... I woke with chills, aches, and a fever. When we went to wake … Continue reading The Homestead Waits for No Mama

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

Land Stewardship

Part of being a Christian is the good stewardship of God's blessings and resources. We've been fortunate in always having God's provision for our family and we respond in faithfulness by using it well. So my goal then had always been, but especially now as our family grows and money has to stretch further, to … Continue reading Land Stewardship