We bought our property in July of 2019. It was quite a disaster, but we knew what we were looking for and knew what we could do with it. After all, we had been searching for nine years for our perfect slice of heaven. Land. check. Livable house. check. Pond. check. Barn. check, kind of... … Continue reading How could one little barn make me so happy?
Wouldn't it be wonderful to grow your own grapes? Make delicious jelly? Healthy grape juice? FREE wine? The answer is YES! We ordered bare-root seedless Concord grapes and planted as soon as the ground would allow. Here in TN, that was January. We soaked them for a few hours, measured out a straight-ish line, and … Continue reading Heard it Through the Grapevine: Wine, Jelly, and More
THE GREENHOUSE IS HERE! I've wanted this Palram Mythos 6x8 green greenhouse since I can remember. Every time I go on Wayfair, it's not on sale or sold out. Seriously, it's been a few years since I fell in love with it. This is the advertised photo. So pretty! This year, I was anxious to … Continue reading Greenhouse Adventures!
I admit it. I've been very negligent of the blog since 2020 began. If you know us, you know we bought our farm July 2019, and you know we had a million plans and ideas. I swear, I had great intentions of keeping everyone informed on how we were doing, what we were raising, showing … Continue reading Crazy Busy 2020
Of course, one of the main reasons one moves to a farm is due to some good memory or good experience with such a lifestyle. One of my fondest memories as a child was visiting my great grandmother's home. It wasn't grand, as most small farms aren't, but as a child, I thought the place … Continue reading What Will They Say About Us?
I was sitting in the farm office yesterday and heard the loudest, insistent squawking coming from the backyard. It sounded like when one of the hens lays an egg and cackles to let everyone know, but it kept going and going and going. I realized it must be coming from my new rooster, Earl, so … Continue reading Earl 1 – Hawk 0
First, what is a homesteader? The term means different things to different people. Most folks agree with the basic premise that it means living off the land, but the amount of "land" and the amount of "living" varies. Some think it means going completely off grid, while others think it means having just a garden … Continue reading Homesteading: How to Know When You’ve Made it
We’ve suffered a major loss on the farm due to hawks and lepto. I’m sure you know hawks like to grab little ones such as chickens and bunnies, but perhaps you don’t know what lepto is. Short for leptospirosis, it is a nasty and often fatal bacteria that comes from the urine of cattle and … Continue reading Losses on the Farm: Hawks and Lepto
The most important thing you can do on your homestead to protect your livestock is install some good fencing! And, this not only goes for goats and horses, it's for all of the animals in your charge. Sadly, our new farm has zero fencing, and I can speak for everyone involved when i say, "Fencing … Continue reading Labor on Labor Day – or – Fencing Sucks
So, you've found the perfect piece of property and are raring to build your homestead! You have plans and goals and timelines. You need cows and sheep and fencing, a chainsaw, an irrigation system, and a new pair of boots. Wait! Stop! Take a deep breath and come down from cloud nine for just a … Continue reading New Homestead Dos and Don’ts