Category: Homesteading

Living with bees

The sweet taste of honey will soon be filling our honey pot, so living with bees works for us. Hubby spent the morning checking on the hives and after a rocky start, that included losing about 1/3 of our hive, things are looking great. Our hives are improving and look very promising for a fall harvest. The blackberry blossoms have all but died but the corn is tasselling and there is an abundance of sunflowers that are providing nectar. They finally started to pull comb in the upper hives, hubby saw the queens and they were laying eggs and...

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The battle of the Colorado potato beetle…

I am not sure how these little pesky beetles know just where to find a feast but they have found it in our potato plants! This is truly going to be a war of the wills…and hopefully I will win. In my quest to not use any pesticides this will truly be a battle of the all-natural and I am not sure which of my plans will work but I am going to go through my list this year until I find a way to conquer them. My first plan of attack was to plant a marigold at the...

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What to do with an abundance of fresh cilantro?

Extra Cilantro I am not a fan of cilantro as my hubby is but I still can’t stand to see something go to waste, so out to the herb garden I went to pick as much fresh cilantro as I could before it started to bolt. Once cilantro starts to produce flowers its leaves lose their flavor so it’s best to keep a close eye on them and harvest them quickly. Since it has a strong flavor and I don’t use that much of it during the year I cut it all back except about 1/3 of the plant...

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The many faces of compost

On our farm…with a nephew who works at the Zoo…a truck load of elephant compost is just what the soil doctor ordered. Our sandy soil always needs amending and I can’t make compost fast enough for our big garden. On Friday my nephew and I both had the same day off work so we kept Craig’s truck and drove into the city to the zoo. With him working at the zoo I have gotten to visit the back side of the zoo many times and it always amazes me how they make everything little thing work. From herding in...

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Off the grid plans

We have spent a lot of time talking about the benefits of building our house totally off grid. After a shocking $187 power bill last month for power to light our 5th wheel, run the washer in the barn, the security light that helps guide my way to the barn plus a small space heater we ran about 15 days last month in the greenhouse our decision to go off grid was finalized very easily this week. I had already come to the conclusion that dryers, dishwashers and microwaves will not find a home in our new house and...

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Tracy at Our Simple Homestead Hidden away in Central South Carolina is a little farm where we call home. Surrounded by pine trees, chicken farms, and lots of sandy soil we live a very simple lifestyle by the grace of God.

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