Homestead Monthly: July 2016 {weasel trouble, chicks, and the great harvest begins}

Homestead Monthly July 2016

You Dirty Weasel We started out the month with sadness and heartbreak, unfortunately. If you’ve farmed for long enough, or experienced the loss of an animal to predators, then you know the feeling. The “something isn’t right here” feeling. For us, it was when Karl went out in the morning to let the chickens and […]

Homestead Monthly: June 2016 {garden boxes, blight-control, and babies}

Homestead Monthly Jun 2016

Get Growing June was the month we officially got all of the gardens planted! We have three main garden areas this year, which is one more than the previous year, and two more than the year before that… somebody stop me! We (well, Karl actually) built two, 28-inch tall raised beds last month and we (well, […]

How to Freeze Lettuce

How to Freeze Lettuce

Freeze lettuce?! You might think that sounds crazy. I think it’s genius! Vibrant lettuce, grown organically, picked fresh that very day from your own garden is full of nutrients… preserve them! Of course, a couple of beautiful lettuce heads from the farmer’s market are also worthy candidates for freezing. This all started last year in May when I […]

Homestead Monthly: May 2016 {mushroom growing, bee swarms, and homestead loss}

The Homestead Monthly May 2016

Fungus Farming At the beginning of May, Karl and I took an all-day class about cultivating mushrooms, taught by a local mushroom grower and wild mushroom expert. We learned so much, and it immediately ignited a new fire in us… a fire to grow fungus! I actually can’t believe I never seriously considered this prior to learning about […]

Prevent Deer from Eating Fruit Trees {natural organic deer repellent}

Natural organic deer repellent fruit trees

I’m pretty excited about this. As I get older, I find that the things that excite me are not…. normal. Natural, organic deer repellent that actually works? Yep, gives me butterflies. I don’t want a tropical vacation, I want sheep. And please don’t buy me flowers, I want heirloom beans and tomato seeds instead. No manicures […]

Guest Post: Everything You Need to Know About Orchard Mason Bees

Mason bee

When Liz Greene contacted me about writing a guest post, I was 1. So excited- my first guest post! And 2. So thankful- because it turns out I knew absolutely NOTHING about Mason Bees, and after learning about them, I can’t believe I haven’t been welcoming them to the homestead with open arms! Adding to […]

Homestead Monthly: March 2016 {maple update, kitchen finale, and planting all the things}

Homestead Monthly March 2016

It’s off the to the races! Or at least that’s what it feels like… This year marks our third spring on the homestead. I thought the first two were busy, but this year proves to be a doozy! We’ve got practically every hour of every weekend planned out from now until mid-summer. But it’s fun […]

Aronia & Strawberry Gelatin Squares + How to Grow an Aronia Bush

Aronia Gelatin Squares plus How to Grow Aronia

I get excited about a lot of things in life- like my first batch of homemade lard soap turning out awesome, finding a new product to keep deer away from our apple trees, or discovering Aronia berries… and even better, discovering that I can grow them myself. I love when I can grow things myself! These berries are […]

How to Get Started Collecting & Growing Rare Seeds

How to Grow and Collect Rare Seeds

If you’ve only ever grown varieties like Big Boy tomatoes and Butternut squash… you’re in for a surprise, and a treat! As folks who take pleasure from sticking their hands in the dirt, who can’t wait to eat the first fresh green bean from the garden every summer, and who appreciate things like old mason […]