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    When Disaster Strikes

    Far, far too often the word “preparedness” gets a bad rap today. September is National Preparedness Month, and the U.S. government, along with other governments world wide and at the local level take a month to encourage citizens to be prepared for varying emergency situations and disasters. Throughout our nation’s history, citizens have been encouraged to take a variety of precautions from boarding up windows during hurricanes to keeping enough clean water on hand in case of power outages, to victory gardens and other wartime mitigation measures, and even suggests you have a go bag for scenarios like wildfires where you need to go, quickly. If you just type “National…

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    The Harvest Begins

    Two and a half bushels of potatoes, 5 onions, a bushel of turnips, 15 carrots, several peppers, two tomatoes, and a handful of herbs. That’s what I harvested yesterday. Plus the veggies I picked for my mom from her garden, to lend a hand. My back is a little sore today from that work… as well as the work from several days before that, canning carrots, harvesting garlic, harvesting and canning beets. I believe I mentioned the carrot harvest and canning in my last post. After writing that entry, I went outside and harvested all of our garlic. I haven’t taken a count of how many bulbs I pulled just…

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    It’s August!

    It’s August! We’re already over a week into the month, and oh, what a start it has been! I’m not going to sugar coat it… this past month has been stressful for me. We recently made up a list of all the expenses we have between now and butchering time, and it’s a hefty list. They dryer isn’t working properly, we need a new chest freezer, the van needed new brakes,… the list goes on. It’s harvest time, which means canning season. I’m excited, but it’s a struggle to not feel a little overwhelmed. Everything is ready much earlier than I anticipated, which means canning season started earlier than I…

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    June Garden Update

    A belated wish of Happy Independence Day! We had a wonderful time, celebrating with family and friends this weekend. With so much work to prepare for the big day, I’ve been a little too preoccupied to sit down and write my June garden update. Heads up, this is a picture-heavy post! I’ll keep future garden updates more condensed, but there’s a lot to show this time! After spending nearly the last 6 years figuring out how we wanted to transform the homestead and set up our gardens, we’ve finally begun to make the progress that we’ve been striving for. The secret garden is finally beginning to look like the vision…

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    Streams, Gardens, and Animals

    Well. If I thought we were productive the last time I wrote, it’s nothing compared to what we’ve been up to the last two weeks! We’ve worked on streams, gardens, and adding animals to the homestead. I didn’t expect to get so much done, but I am thrilled with this latest round of progress! On Mother’s Day, we made major changes to the landscape around the property. I wanted to finish working on the flower beds in the Secret Garden, but I started to poke around at the stream because I was trying to decide if I needed to change the length of two of the beds based on where…

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    Big Changes

    By the end of June, I think this is going to feel like a whole new homestead. There are some big changes coming this spring! In the last month, we’ve made several major decisions. We ordered a tractor, we’re getting pigs, and we ordered chickens and turkeys! The tractor is going to (hopefully) allow us to take care of some bigger projects this year. Recently, I mentioned that we ordered a greenhouse as well, so things are really taking on a different feel! The decision to buy a tractor was sudden, and yet not really. We have talked about it sort of off-handedly in the past. We didn’t have the…