worth of goals…which is a bit of a goal in and of itself! I wanted to start with homesteading, but
thought I should touch on what homesteading is to me.
we live on a very modest ¼ acre lot.
Now, that does not mean that I have ¼ acre of land to “homestead.” No, that also includes our very large
driveway and house.
always meant making ourselves, and our home, a producer instead of a
consumer. It is so easy to consume in
this day and age, not as easy to balance that out with producing some of our
needs (and wants!).
how much longer these particular hens will be with us. We love our ladies, but it has been a cold winter of not many eggs and a very high cost of feed. I know that we will get chicks again, but I
am not sure that new layers will be this year.
This year I would like to get meat chickens.
Actually, I would much prefer being a vegan. My husband is not this way, and so I am
trying to provide more meat dishes. The
problem is, and part of the reason I don’t eat a lot of meat to begin with, the
way the animals are raised as well as food safety concerns. I am not a fan of the whole big agribusiness
model. I believe in small, local
farms. Ones that know what is going on
with their animals as well as the land the animals (or vegetables) are on. We have several providers of meat in our
area, and it is all delicious and happily raised. But, I am at the point where I want to take
it a step further. I feel like raising
our own meat would be a good choice if we continue to eat meat. I also think that it is a good skill to learn
for the future (for my husband and I, as well as our children).
ourselves. In fact I can guarantee that
won’t happen. So it will be baby steps
(I love my baby steps!), raise the birds ourselves and then hire someone to
help us process them. Then maybe next
year I will be able to get up the courage to do it myself.
garden. It produced a lot of food. I was able to eat a salad out of the garden
every day as well as make many meals with what we had just outside in our
backyard. My kids loved to pick the
vegetables, and I realized that if I plant anything that turns out purple
(tomatoes, beans, peppers, cabbage, carrots), they will eat it. Not to mention, my wonderful husband built me
several garden boxes to make the garden more organized, and much prettier!
the weeds take over halfway through the summer.
I need to be more diligent about pest management (this is me wishing I
could spray the crap out of those cucumber beetles and squash bugs, but instead
pick them off and squirt soapy water on them).
Expanding the garden will also involve expanding some fencing. We need to fence off the garden due to some
friendly wildlife that has decided to move nearby (and to protect against rogue
chickens). Someday I would like to have
the entire backyard fenced in, and not be as concerned about the garden
fencing, but I am not sure that will happen this year.
ate came from our garden. I also was
able to save several pie pumpkins and winter squash, all of which have been
feeding us well through this early winter, and will continue to feed us for a
while longer. I want to plant potatoes
this year. I planted some a few years
ago, not a lot, and they were absolutely delicious. We obviously don’t have the space to dedicate
to a lot of winter storage vegetables, but some would be nice!
start inside, the greenhouse still offers ones I had not thought of, or look
interesting and I want to try. One of my
first goals, this month really, is to go through my seed catalogs (all of which
arrived in early December), and figure out what I am going to plant, what I
have, and what I need. I will be sharing
more of that here as well.
year in regards to our little homestead.
We are limited somewhat in what we are able to do because we live in
town, and my husband’s desire not to live on a little farm! But, the kids and I do what we can. They love
the chickens, they love the garden and planting seeds, and I believe these are
all good activities for the kids to be involved in.
thinking about what you might change in your garden, or on your homestead this
year? Do you have improvement projects
you have been putting off? We certainly
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