It’s been kind of a rough week here on the Homestead. We are unfortunately mourning the loss of a family member who we were all very close to. So, instead of succumbing to the sadness, my husband told me I needed “dirt therapy”. I have heard the term before, even just recently from a… Continue reading When Life Gets You Down, Give “Dirt Therapy” a try
its that time of year it always seems overwhelming but with some persistence you can reap the rewards
As summer begins to wind down and the warm days of August begin to get shorter, we are blessed with the fruits of our hard labor. Plans made in February have now come to fruition. If we are lucky, large bags of produce begin to come in from the garden. In some years we have failed crops, which have turned into lessons. This time of year is a busy time and it is easy to see why our forefathers would have a party or festival after harvest time ends. A few times of year will test your resolve as much as harvest season, that is why it is important to not only have a plan, but to posses the skills needed to make the most of your harvest. Another consideration is space for your freshly grown food. Early on we would often run out of freezer space and/or mason jars. …
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Change is never an easy thing. There are so many unknowns, and sometimes changing can feel like giving up. It is important when growing things to experiment and learn. Whether it be moving a crop to a new location, or changing soil additions we are always experimenting on the homestead. Sometimes we try a new… Continue reading Ditch Your Sets For Huge Onions
Why would freezing kale for the winter be a test of a marriage? Let us explain….
We live in the Northeast and our winters can be very long, and for an anxious gardener, it can be tough mentally. So as soon as possible, we like to get our hands dirty and get our cold weather crops in the ground, those that can tolerate a cold spring and even a little frost, such as spinach, collards, broccoli, some lettuces and of course, kale.
We jumped on the kale bandwagon a few years ago. We were curious about this proclaimed “super food”. We already loved spinach and all the ways it can be used, so why not try kale? It was love at first bite. We use kale in many ways, sautéed with a little garlic and olive oil, raw in salads, creamed kale, used to stuff pork loin and venison roasts…
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dont waste a rainy day
We have all been there. The forecast calls for rain all weekend, and there are a million things that need to be done outside. You just feel like throwing up your hands and sitting in the house all day, but thing are a little different around here. A rainy day is an opportunity to have a little fun and get things accomplished at the same time! Maybe straighten up the garage a little, or even get a little shop time in with no time limit. It is not very often that you can turn on the music and take all day to do a project. Especially not in the spring, summer, and fall. So we took on a little woodworking project you can build on a rainy day and on a budget. The Adirondack chair, iconic the symbol of country living, and camp fires. We built this one for around…
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