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…

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…

The Flowers are Smiling

It’s that time of year in Oklahoma where the temps, humidity, and heat indices are high making for a miserable and potentially dangerous time to work outside. As we were finally adjusting to the longer work days now we must adjust to the hotter work days. That means getting as much done as we can…

Meal Worm Farming

We micro farm here. Everything is done on a very small scale: small house, small orchard, small vineyard, small flock…you get the idea. To supplement our hens’ protein and to just provide them some treats, we decided to start a meal worm farm. This is actually Deacon’s project. He began researching the various ways of…

Tearing Down and Building Up

Since we have decided to stay in the pole barn for awhile rather than build we are making the pole barn a little more comfortable and functional. Our first major project on this path is redoing the area known as our bedroom. The space is about 10 x 10.  It really wasn’t a room. It…

Then and Now

As I promised here is a then and now post. Unfortunately I do not have all the pictures I wanted to share due to our computer being out of commission. But since things are ever changing out here there will be more as we move along. We moved here three years ago. Just a pole…

Work and Rest

I am a little behind on my blog and that is because it has been very busy around here! A quick update: We lost our Golden Campine hen, Cutie Pie. While I never confirmed why she died, she exhibited symptoms consistent with one or two known viruses that kill hens. My other hens are fine….

Moving Along

We got a little stalled on our projects. However, yesterday I managed to plant a large portion of the garden. I know…it is already April and most people are just now getting gardens planted  thanks to Old Man Winter lingering on and on. It was 34 Degrees F. yesterday morning! And it warmed up quickly…

The Vineyard

Project #1 Down! Here is a photo log of it. It was so windy today. No fun to work in, but we got it done. On top of that, the whole house is dealing with Spring head colds. Yuck. But that didn’t stop us. It must get done! The TillingThe Vines soaking in water overnightRows…

Compost and Chickens

I thought I would give a little update for those who do not follow me on Facebook. Our weather has been bipolar; Arctic one week and Springlike the next. Oddly, the nicer days have fallen on the weekends. We are trying to make good use of those days. Today we began one of our higher…