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,…

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…

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…

Homesteading: The Plan – How

Previous posts: Getting Started, Why, Where “The Journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” In our case, we were dealing with a layoff and couldn’t keep up with the mortgage. It was then we asked ourselves, “why are we in this over-priced house on a tiny lot, living beyond our means?” I…

Homesteading: The Plan – Where

You want to homestead and have created a plan and have your reasons for homesteading (the “why”).  Next on the list is where will you homestead. You are probably imagining  several acres with crops and chickens and all sorts of farm implements to start homesteading; that you’ll need to sell your urban or sub-urban home…

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…

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….