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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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    Animal Update

    Eighty-five. I think that’s the number of animals we have on the homestead right now. That might sound like a lot, but we’ve had more than that in chickens alone in past years. Yet it’s the most diverse group of animals we’ve ever had. Since June is done and gone, I’m about due for an animal update. On June 23rd, the last of the animals we intend to add to the homestead for the year arrived. Our Cornish cross. Thirty birds that eat through feed like no chicks’ business. These little cuties will get big and ugly in no time flat. They outpace the rate of feather growth around the…

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    What Day is it?

    As usual, we’ve been pretty busy in recent weeks. I’ve had a few restful days, and I have needed every single moment of them. My thoughts have been deeply enmeshed in gardening, animals, and housework, to the point that I nearly forgot about three different scheduled events. I continually find myself thinking “What day is it?” Since I last wrote, I built a rabbit hutch with a run for the kids’ rabbits. Adam’s bunny, Sonic made a surprise reappearance by the produce stand while I was working on building the new hutch, and thankfully, the kids were playing by the stand and noticed him! We set a live trap the…

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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…