you know you’re a homesteader when…
foraging / gardening / homesteading

you know you’re a homesteader when…

Certain clues give away your homesteader status? You’ve got a raw plot of land and you can see what it’ll be…someday. There is always room for another chicken. Outdoors is just another room in your home. All poop is useful for the garden. Anything that can be foraged should be foraged: reduce the grocery bill. … Continue reading

homestead hacks: weeds, flowers & how to use them part 2
foraging / gardening / homesteading / well-being

homestead hacks: weeds, flowers & how to use them part 2

Purple coneflower, aka Echinacea purpurea, also known as my favourite floral centerpiece, is a natural pollinator attractor, a medicinal and a cottage garden staple. This year, I’m using it for more than my floral centerpieces. The benefits are too impressive. University of British Columbia research suggests that regular consumption will reverse or alleviate inflammation. I knew … Continue reading

homestead: chick princesses
chickens / homesteading

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

landfatuation
home design / homesteading

landfatuation

Landfatuation: a new term I’ve created, not yet found in my English dictionary. Land and infatuation…Landfatuation: the description of awe, wonder and anticipation at a piece of raw land and all that it can become, like a blank artist canvas. Directly ahead of me is a young Douglas fir. To the right, a more established … Continue reading

an interview with Isis Loran: garden blogger and homeschooler
gardening / homeschooling

an interview with Isis Loran: garden blogger and homeschooler

Peering into the lives of other homeschoolers is just plain interesting. It also gives us ideas for our own homeschools, our own children and families. It leaves us with a feeling of pride: this is our community, this is who we rub shoulders with, these are the benefits to homeschooling. I have the pleasure of … Continue reading

homestead plans for next year
gardening / homesteading

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