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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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 the 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. Can you homestead in any home? But I don’t…

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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…

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inHabiting the homestead

Flowers in season, my favourite, baptisia. Also the deer’s favourite. But I haven’t seen them since Violet. I’m told they might be nesting, they’re not afraid puppies, even really big puppies. The chicks are chomping at the beak to get out of the brooder. I sit on a stump by the brooder with the computer…

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life on the homeschool homestead

What is it like to homeschool and homestead? This is life around here. I share about life in the homestead kitchen, the garden, the fruit orchard, the chicken coop, and the land. Did I tell you I’ve been a practicing bread maker? This has been a fairly new endeavor. I’ve tried it before, but not…

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