Chicken Chatter: Deep Litter

Every Winter I use the deep litter method in the coop. Instead of regular cleaning and replacement of straw, I lay down a thick layer of straw and leave it. I will add some straw on top periodically throughout the season. The litter begins to decompose creating a great compost to add to the garden…

Easy Breezy Mornings

I awoke about 4:30 am and succumbed to the fact that I will not be returning to sleep. Since I prefer to get up around 5:30, it was pointless anyway. That one extra hour would have been nice but I’ll not cling to it. I had about two hours to myself before sunrise then I…

Garden Journal – Organize Now!

It seems I never stop thinking about the garden; how to optimize production, create better soil, reduce maintenance, handle pests issues, what to plant, etc. I also think about keeping good notes every year. I have tried to do this with a spiral notebook but I usually end up abandoning it. There are many times,…

Tiny Home Yule Tree

Sometimes I’m feeling it and other times I’m not. This is one of those times where I’m not. We prefer a simpler celebration which is more of a recognition of the Yuletide, Winter Solstice, and the rebirth of the sun. Sure we engage in gift exchanges and time with family but it’s conservative and low-key….

Ayurveda tips for stress free holidays

I have dabbled a bit in Ayurveda. Much of its focus for well being is on digestion and seasonal diets according to one’s dosha (or constitution). I have followed John Douillard since I began studying Ayurveda. Here he offers some tips for dealing with stress, diet, and digestion during the holidays Average Reading Time: 5…

Homestead Buzz: Winterizing Bees

Liquid Feeder As autumn settles upon us and winter is at its heels, it is time to prepare food for the bees to give them another opportunity to create more stores for winter. Since it’s getting colder, the feeder must be placed outside of the hives otherwise it can cause condensation and that is a…

Autumn Morning Walk

Some photos from my walk this morning. The sun was just rising and it was a little misty.

The Great Mulch Project

I have big plans for the garden. First, I’m going to lightly till as soon as the grass is dormant. Then I’m going to mulch and let it over-winter before sowing a cover crop in the Spring. I’m also integrating hugelkultur. But, back to the mulch. I have an abundance of leaves out here. I’m…

Relish (or Attitude of Gratitude)

Daily Prompt: Relish This is my very first response to a daily prompt. Food for thought? When I saw this prompt I was not considering the popular hot dog topping, but rather what it is that I enjoy immensely. There are many things that I relish. I have to say at the top of the…

A Journal

I have decided to add a new page, a place where I will share quick snippets of our daily homestead activities. Like many of the other things here, it’s an experiment. 🙂 I hope you enjoy it. Here is a link to the page, but you can find the tab in the upper right-hand corner…

Hibiscus sabdariffa – My Latest Obsession

I have lately been obsessed with Hibiscus sabdariffa.  I ordered some dried herb for a bitter that I was making and one day I made iced tea with it. I added some honey to sweeten and it was the perfect cool down on a hot Summer’s day. I was intrigued by this plant and set…