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Better Bee Ready!

For the last few years Bob has been talking about getting honey bees.  We’ve had a problem with pollination in our  garden, so that is one reason we’d like to have them.  Of course the honey would be an added bonus.  We purchased some books last year, but never ordered the bees. We do not have any bee equipment either…

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Some excitement and the best farm dog ever!!

As promised by weather forecasters it is snowing. I posted yesterday about preparing for snow and colder temps, and mentioned how I’d be relaxing with a good read today.   But the morning seemed to have it’s own excitement .  This morning I was in our sunroom looking at the beautiful scenery of the snow covered woods out back and…

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Colder temps, and a bit of snow!

During fall cleanup we bagged lots of leaves and stored them in our greenhouse. Our intent was to use them as bedding for our chickens instead of straw. Why buy when we can use what we have. That day has come. Snow is expected tomorrow, not much just an inch or two.  Our temp. this morning was about 40, but…

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New Year, New plans!

Happy New Year everyone! I trust all had a wonderful Christmas and will have a blessed New Year. One thing I love about Jan 1 is that it’s a new day, new month, new year, and a great time to make new plans.. I love sitting down and reflecting on what I have that I do not need and what…

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What’s cooking in your kitchen?

I  bought too many apples over the last few weeks. The kids weren’t eating them fast enough, and for some reason I just kept buying them.  I ended up with 12 lbs. of apples, and had to do something with them before they went bad. When we had our horses on out back, it was easy to use extra’s up. Now I…

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The temps have dropped!!

It’s beginning to feel a lot like winter!!  A few days ago our days were 70 degrees, and sunny. I took advantage of the nice days and finished cleaning out all the raised beds, and bagged as many leaves as I could. More on that later.  16 beds done out back. There is room for 4 more on one row,…

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I Don’t hate autumn….I’m just sad to see summer go!!!

I have been known to say I hate this time of year….I don’t really hate it, but I do hate to see summer come to an end.  I was thinking about how many times I fine myself dreading the end of summer and wondered why. Autumn is a beautiful time of yr.  I found myself silently listing the things I…

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Get your feet wet!

When you picture a homesteader, what do you see??  Someone who lives in a run down cabin, no electricity, or running water, only eating what is grown or raised on their land??  This may sound funny, but I believe many people who might like the idea of becoming more self sufficient, see homesteaders this way.  This is NOT a clear…

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Dorking chicken

Reflecting, where did this all begin?

Today is a beautiful fall day. Mild temps, sunny, a great day for continuing to clean the garden beds.  As I worked I began to think back to where my desire for gardening and homesteading began.  My parents had a small garden at one time, mostly tomatoes More of a hobby garden than anything else. We did not live in…

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Autumn Chores

I can hardly believe it’s that time of year again. Time to trim bushes, clean out raised beds, and winterize our animal pens. I have to admit I am sorry to see summer come to an end. I enjoy our gardening season, and usually by this time of year, I am already planning next years garden. We have more beds…

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