Fresh from the Homestead: Tomatoes
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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 … Continue reading

the ole homestead in May 2020
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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 … Continue reading

homestead in any home
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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 … Continue reading

homestead: chick princesses
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homestead: chick princesses

Well I hope all six of them are princesses anyway. I am willing to call a rooster or two George and Louis, but I am unwilling to call one Archie. And sadly, no rooster may stay, and I’m pretty sure it’s not a myth that roosters don’t make great soup, so not sure what we’ll … Continue reading

homestead plans for next year
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homestead plans for next year

When I start tiring of watering the garden each morning (and praying for rain twice a week), I know I am at the end of August. I have a kitchen island filled with peaches, tomatoes, oregano and zucchini. I just filled the freezer with bags of raspberries, strawberries, apricots, peaches and rhubarb. The garden is … Continue reading

homestead update
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homestead update

Give me less heat, and I will go outside. Even my sunburn turned tan is begging for a reprieve. I easily could water twice a day (but I don’t)–feels all anti-earth and stuff. Having said that, you can’t feed a family without watering the garden. You will find me inside enjoying quieter things, like writing, … Continue reading