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    Challenging Months

    I love fall, but in truth, it’s the most challenging season of the year for me. I’m ready to hunker down for the winter, exhausted from the activities of the last six months, but I still have another month or so with lots of work to do. We’re wrapping up harvest season, we’ll be butchering soon, hunting season is coming, and we have lots to do before winter. The school year has also started, and we’re trying to adjust to our schedule and get the house back in order. Between winter prep and school, September, October, and November are challenging months! The gardens are so close to being done. Our…

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    Emergency Plans

    Over the last year or so, I have discussed the need for an emergency plan on more than one occasion. For many people, the great toilet paper crisis of 2020 is the first time they’ve ever had to consider the need for a plan when an emergency strikes. In a world of modern convenience, it’s not necessary to plan very far ahead, but the last year and a half or so have shown us that maybe that’s not the best plan of action. I know that coming up with a plan can be overwhelming, so today I wanted to give you some tips for working your way towards a solid…

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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…