if you’re getting started homesteading in any home

Want to know if you’re cut out as a homesteader? These hints will help you determine if homesteading is for you: You roam the countryside gathering ideas for your ideal plot of land. You’ve got a raw plot of land and you can see what it’ll be…someday. You read and research chickens. You’ve got chickens,…

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fresh from the homeschool homestead: building my own fruit orchard

Not far from where I live, there was a large fruit orchard that existed along the same river I live beside. There are a lot of trees between there and here: douglas fir, spruce, hemlock, birch, pine, and cedar. I have a three-acre homestead on the edge of the Kootenay River that houses more coniferous…

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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? Fresh from the homestead: we call it Giverny of the Mountains… Here are 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…

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