Little Gardens and Big Dreams

step0003As I’ve said before, we are in the process of moving. It’s such a long process. I can’t wait to get a nice piece of land so we can put in a proper garden. Our back yard right now is heavily treed and slopping. What’s a girl trying to get back to the land to do?

The only answer I could find is a container garden. I thought about doing tomatoes and such, but things are so up in the air right now that even that seemed a bit ambitious. Buying herb plants is about all I can do right now to settle my green thumb desires.

I already had some oregano, chives, and mint on in a pot next to my window, I got lavender, thyme, basil, and sage today. I grabbed a bag of organic soil and transplanted them into containers. I did this last year and my efforts paid off. I was able to dehydrate a lot of the herbs before the end of the season, and of course the oregano, chives, and mint overwintered well for me.

I have lots of nice plans, but I’ve traditionally not done super well with plants. Something always seems to happen. Our first container garden died when we went on holiday and our waterer fell through. Last year went better until the ducks had to be pinned in with the garden (LONG STORY) and devastated it. They ate everything in reach. My tomato plants became sticks; they had no leaves, no tomatoes, NOTHING! I’m hoping that things go better next year.

What are your pro gardening tips? How do you think beginners should start? Does anyone have a favorite gardening book?

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Why Live on a Multigenerational Homestead?

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I’m an odd duck, and I’ve come to terms with this. I have several friends that think I’m one step away from weaving my own toilet paper and going off the grid. I’m not. In fact I’d venture to say that most of the people I follow here on WordPress or even general homesteaders would find my measly efforts at self-reliance laughable. I’m no where near my goal yet, but the blog is an effort to recount my homesteading and simple multigenerational living journey. The question I’ve been getting lately is why be different. Friends seem to want to know why we’re moving this direction. Right now I think most of them just see me as quirky which is fine, but it did make me think. Why are we doing this?

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Easter the Mundane and the Divine

We had our duck for dinner. It was disappointing. I’m hoping that it’s just how we cooked him, but I’m not seeing a full flock of meat birds in our near future if this is how they turn out. If any rugged homesteading type has some tips for this, please let me know.Luckily my mother made a lovely ham too, so we didn’t go hungry. We just had a nice potato casserole and green beans along with few other sides. Our family has a terrible habit of making a ridiculous amount of food for holidays, so my mom and I agreed to cut Easter back to the basics this year. There wasn’t even dessert  although my son’s Easter basket candy may have been raided.

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Sadly, we weren’t able to go to church. The little guy had an ear infection that roared back to life early Saturday morning with a raging fever and intense pain. He was doing better today, but I didn’t want to push him. We did the Resurrection story together as a family this morning, and then he did his basket. I love how little it takes to thrill a two year old child. I paid three dollars for this little fishing pole with magnetic fish to catch, and you would have thought he won the lottery when he saw it. All in all it was a nice relaxing Easter day.

I try to reflect in the weeks leading up to Easter. I started doing a Lent devotional last year which is really weird considering my hard core Baptist background. In case you don’t know, Baptist aren’t really into Lent, but I liked how it centered my thoughts around Christ, his life, and his love for us. Easter is about a beautiful message. It’s likely a lovely idea/story to many of those that don’t believe, but it’s the word of life for those of us that do. New life is celebrated across all cultures, and I view the hatching of eggs and opening of flowers as great reminders from our Creator that life has its lovely moments and that his mercies are always ready for us. Have a happy Easter and a lovely spring.

Harrison wanted to share what he learned about Easter this year too.

Ducklings, Ducks, and Dinner

We live on a normal sized suburban lot though we’re hoping to get some acreage. When I first caught the homesteading bug, I really wanted chickens. However, our town ordinances require a permit, fee, and about four other hoops before allowing them. I was distraught because we did not have the resources to go through those hoops at that time. However, being the ever clever homesteader/rule bender that I am, I noticed a loop hole. Ducks, were not mentioned in the town ordinance therefore were not technically against the rules. I also thought that my neighbors would be less likely to complain about ducks since they’re just so darn cute even as adults. I think chickens are cute too, but some people really have it out for those birds!

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Changes

We just put in a bid on a small homestead. It’s a little over seven acres with a small yellow bungalow, and a large free standing garage just waiting to be converted into an apartment for my parents. It’s adorable. The main house was built in 1938, and it needs serious updating,but should be darling once the work has been done. The land has tons of outbuildings and cleared areas on it already. It even has established grape vines, apple, and pecan trees. To say I’m excited is an understatement.

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