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
When we first moved to our first and only home 23 years ago the first thing we did was plant a garden. We always loved to grow things and as time went by the garden expanded, but something was still missing. One day while visiting a friend, we realized what was missing. He had a… Continue reading Beginning Homesteading Its All About The Birds
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… Continue reading Homestead Harvesting, When the Real Work Begins
Many years ago on Father's day, I received one very special gift. It was a gift that would keep on giving. No it wasn't a membership in the "jelly of the month club", it was a small Columbia hop plant. I had brewed beer for years and always fantasized about growing my own hops. I… Continue reading The Best Father’s Day Gift Ever, Hops!!
Every year when I look through the seed catalogs, I always come across a picture that grabs my attention. A picture of a vegetable taken at peak ripeness and in perfect light. Last year was no exception, and it was Baker Creek’s catalog cover that drew me in. It’s always the same. I look at the picture, turn to Tracy and say I’m gonna grow that. So when the seed order for the year was placed glass gem was on the list. Glass Gem corn is a beautiful native american flint corn that can be used for flour or popcorn, but it’s this corn’s amazing color that makes it prized. In our area, we plant corn on memorial day weekend, so it was a long wait to get our seeds in the ground. We planted them away from our other corn to decrease the chance of cross pollination. After 2…
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