what my homestead looks like in May 2020

I would have been in my garden anyway, with or without self-isolation, but I’m thankful for it even more now. I’ve got a reason to be outside: it is presently the most impactful self-care strategy I have in my physical world. The spa has nothing on the great outdoors. Mornings walking around my gardens with…

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Fresh from the Homestead: Tomatoes

Can I tell you a secret? I’ve been gardening since my second daughter was born and I still don’t know the secret to perfect tomatoes. (I think the secret sauce is living in Italy with that anciently fertilized soil, but anyway…I live in the new world.) I seed tomatoes in mid-February. Roma tomatoes, appropo… Recently…

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the ole homestead in May 2020

More time = more projects. But I was outside at this time last year anyway. Without daily trips to town now, I simply have more time to do those projects. Every morning I take a cup of coffee to the henhouse to release the chickens, give them fresh water and feed, and give them kitchen…

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Fresh from the Homestead: Gardening for Newbies

May I introduce you to my May garden? We call it Giverny of the Mountains… Here is the fruit orchard and vegetable gardens… Two reasons I’ve given my homestead a name: I opened a bed & breakfast last May (and hope to reopen it soon? another year?) I have always loved Claude Monet’s chalky blue…

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fresh from the homestead: soil building

I’ve been in a state of soil building the moment I stepped onto the raw mountain land that I considered purchasing In order to do that, I did a little land watching. I paid attention to where the thimbleberries grew in a grove. There was enough sunlight to grow something on this rocky mountain. That…

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homestead in any home

The classic term “homesteading” had something to do with the government offering pioneers land for development. But here we are, with motivation to be as self-sufficient as possible, since our grocery stores reveal occasional lapses of items we’re accustomed to purchasing. So let’s get homesteading. But I don’t have any land, you say? Gotcha. I…

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