Homestead Happenings Vol. 08

“The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land.” ~Abraham Lincoln

 

 

Outside my window

We’ve had steady temps in the 60’s for a couple of weeks thank God! We have had a bit of rain which is always nice after a planting session because it saves us time and water. All animals are rotational grazing now so I don’t see all the critters from my kitchen window, but now I do get to see children playing outside.

On Pasture

We received 100 chickens last week. Fifty are meat birds and will be with us for about 8 weeks until butchering. The remainder are egg layers. I’m so excited we ordered a couple dozen ‘Easter Eggers’ which will give us those beautiful blue green eggs. It’s been a while since we’ve had variety in our egg baskets. Mike is back to full time fence mover now that the animals are on pasture. We agree it would be much easier to let them all hang in the barnyard and throw hay at them, but rotational grazing is good for them and the pastures. But it does take time. My dad has begun a big project of painting our barn. God love him. It needs some major TLC. It’s about 100 years old!

In the Garden

We are loving spending time in the garden. So much is happening out there it’s going to be hard to remember. The days are starting to blur! Carrots, radish, and lettuce share a bed. It’s going to be a bear to weed as so much grass is already starting to grow in it. We’ve replanted asparagus, comfrey, zinnias, and peas. The herb garden is jamming with lavender, rosemary, parsley, sage, peppermint, comfrey, lemon balm, and oregano. I don’t know why my beets didn’t sprout but even if they did they share a row with tons of sprouted grass and weed seeds. That’s a bummer. The green house is also jamming with sunflowers, tomatoes, cucumber, watermelon, squashes, and on and on. Maria has really taken to getting the seeds planted in there so I don’t know the half of it. I’m just rolling with it.

In the Kitchen

I’m over the moon thrilled with our friend’s recipes for cottage cheese and cream cheese. Like, total store bought replacements. I’m actually shocked that they’re easy and I enjoy the process. I still make butter a couple times a week as well. It’s almost a new month which means menu planning time. We are still in meat conservation mode until June butcherings so for now it’s a lot of pasta and rice. But we are always blessed with a delicious home cooked meal no matter what.

Homeschool of Life

The kids are doing great and always learning something. Today we wrapped up a project for an International Fair. They chose to research Portugal. I love geography and studying other cultures. They are also spending huge amount of time out of doors now which leads to lots of natural science learning.

What we are learning

I’ve spent a lot of time lately perusing the internet and books on creating garden spaces that are both functional and beautiful.

Highlight of the week

An impromptu cookout at the home of friends from church. Sunday is the perfect day to take it easy on the homestead and just be present to those around us.

Happy Homesteading,

Angela

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