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: 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 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 plans: next spring

My homestead plans for next year. Every year I learn a little more about my outdoor space (mostly the soil) and also what my family will actually eat (fewer vegetables than me). The abundance of parsnips, eggplants, and spaghetti squash only dazzle me, not my family. Next year, I’ll grow more peppers, jalapeños, and carrots…

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