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,…

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…

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…

Homesteading: The Plan – Why

As I wrote in the first part of this series, Homesteading: Getting Started , we consider the “why, when, what and how” of homesteading. Today we’ll look at one of the list items on the plan – “why”. Be sure to check out the links at end. If you are considering homesteading, the “why” is…

Fall Garden Update

This is my first serious attempt at a Fall garden. I prefer it over a Summer garden, though I did plant just a few Summer things. I want pumpkins this year. Specifically, I want PIE pumpkins this year. I thought a crop of bush beans for preserving would also be a good idea. Then I’d…

Homesteading – Getting Started

Homesteading is a lifestyle of self-sufficiency. It is characterized by subsistence agriculture, home preservation of foodstuffs, and it may or may not also involve the small scale production of textiles, clothing, and craftwork for household use or sale. You’ve got the itch but don’t know where to begin? I can relate. Everyone’s circumstances are different….

Growing Techniques – The Garden

When we first moved to our four acres from the suburbs, we had some great expectations. I was raised in the country with an orchard and garden and many acres that needed maintained so I knew how much work it would be. We had visions of a huge, bountiful garden providing us food, ripe, juicy…

It’s a Beautiful Day on the Farm!

After nearly a month of rain in May we had a short drying out period before Tropical Depression Bill hit us. We received more heavy rain for about three days. The sunset last Thursday evening was a little taste of brighter things to come. Over the weekend we mowed and weed eated until it was…

Too Much of a Good Thing

The rain did not stay gone for long. Normally, this would be very welcome rain water for our garden, grapevines, peach trees, and our fields of green. However, we all know that too much of a good thing can be a bad thing and that is where we are at today. Oklahoma has received record…

Lambsquarter – Nutrient Dense Food, Medicine and More

Cultivation Lambsquarter grows wild and we have an abundant supply here. I recently harvested a bag full of young leaves from our garden. It is comparable to Spinach in many ways. Compared to Spinach, Lambsquarter is higher in calcium, protein, and fiber.  This link compares raw Lambsquarter with raw Spinach in detail. The young tender…