Tag: gardening

What Does it Mean to be a Homesteader Anyway?

Alright. I’ve got some things I need to get off my chest. It always baffles me when I’m on a homesteading forum or FB page and I see people shamed by others for not being a “true homesteader”. Seriously, what does that even mean anyway? I’m gonna keep it real here friends. Unless any of

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6 Tools I Can’t Live Without in the Garden

I try to do as much as I can by hand in the garden. This is partially because I try to live as frugally as possible. But it’s also because I’m unwaveringly stubborn. Just ask my wife! When we first started our market garden, I had grand delusions of farming 3 acres with only a

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We Don’t Do It Because It’s Easy

When you’re dreaming about farming or homesteading, it’s easy to be consumed with the exciting things. Baby chicks. Fresh eggs. Pulling the season’s first sun ripened tomato from the vine. Sun drenched fields of green on still summer days with cotton puff clouds softly floating by overhead. You know, the things we usually take pictures

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Things Are Changing Around Here

We’ve got big plans for this year. The farm is growing. We’re going to finally make some more upgrades to the house. We’re getting even more intentional with our market garden. And I can’t wait to share all of these things with you guys. But one thing I’m really excited about is how we are

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Do You Ever Feel Like an Impostor?

There I was. Standing in the barn with both hands firmly wrapped around the legs of a squealing three week old male pig. I held it up as the vet made an incision across each testicle, beginning the castration process. And the first squeal sent Charlotte charging at us. I had dreaded the moment most

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Our Homestead Goals For 2019

I’ve been thinking a lot about goals lately. I always get a little anxious this time of year. Winter provides a little break for us, since the ground is frozen and our outside activities are limited to caring for the animals. But its a bittersweet kinda break because winter is my least favorite season. So

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5 SMART Goals To Implement In the Garden Next Season

It’s important to set goals.  When it comes to our market garden, I try to have a few clear objectives to work toward each season.  We grow on 3 acres, partially for profit as well as for our own consumption. Every year, our desire is to get better at what we do. Better systems. Better

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Where We Buy Our Seeds

I seem to always have my mind on spring. It doesn’t matter if it’s in the middle of winter, or at the end of summer. The next spring planting is never far from my thoughts. I love every minute of the researching, planning and organizing that goes into our garden pre-work each year. Plotting out

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Our Biggest Mistakes In Market Gardening

  Starting a market garden sounded like a good idea… Raspberries. Tomatoes. Broccoli. We would grow all the things and the people would rejoice! This may not be exactly what was on my mind when we first set out to grow produce for our community. But I can honestly say the picture I had in

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Killer Homemade Dry Rub Recipes

Honestly, growing peppers might be one of my favorite things about the garden. When I sit down over the winter to flip through my seed catalogs, peppers are usually the first I go through. Searching through the all the different varieties makes me feel like I did as a little kid standing at the penny

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