Friday, August 22, 2014

Garden Update


This week I only have a short update of our garden!  Enjoy the photos and have a great week in the garden.












How's your garden growing?

Each Friday I share photos from our garden with an update about what we're doing, what's growing, and what we're eating.  I invite you to come play along, I love seeing what others are trying.  You can join the fun in 2 ways:

  • If you blog, I welcome you to write a post or share a post from that week about what's growing in your garden 
  • If you aren't a blogger, I invite you to join my gardening flickr group and share photos of your garden from this week
  • And last - if you don't want to blog or share photos, just follow along and check out all the links and photos and maybe share a comment with your own gardening experience from the week

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Backyard Farming Connection Hop #94 and 95

This week is a double week since we're heading off on an end of the summer family trip and will be away from the internet, so link up this week and come back and link up next week!

This week's features:

From Oak Hill Homestead: Dealing with Ticks on Livestock


From Apriori Farm, The Chicken Fodder System



I want to know what's happening, in your garden, on your homestead, in the barnyard, and in the kitchen.  Whatever is in your backyard farm and home, I would love to hear about it.

Each week I will share some of my favorite posts on the Backyard Farming Connection Facebook page.  And in case you haven't seen, I have a 'featured button' so if you've been featured in the past, grab a button.

For details on linking up visit the hop page.

Backyard Farming Connection


Backyard Farming Connection

Friday, August 15, 2014

Garden Update



Everywhere I look in the garden these days there are more and more colors bursting into view: red tomatoes, purple cosmos, yellow squash, the orange of ripening pumpkins, and everywhere the green green green of a fully flourishing August garden.  There are so many treasures tucking into small places and under leaves, and it is a daily adventure to pull up the root vegetables to see what's actually happening below the ground.

So far the onions have been a success, the garlic a failure, the carrots a thumbs up, and all the potatoes looking good from above ground!  We recently spent some time cleaning out the old root cellar in the basement of our 200 + year old farmhouse.

There is a small, enclosed space in the basement complete with old wood shelving to store cold storage in the basement.  There was already an assortment of old things down there , but it didn't take long to get it cleaned and ready for use this fall and winter since it isn't hard to imagine that in just a few short months, the greens of August will be replaced with the whites of winter.





How's your garden growing?

Each Friday I share photos from our garden with an update about what we're doing, what's growing, and what we're eating.  I invite you to come play along, I love seeing what others are trying.  You can join the fun in 2 ways:

  • If you blog, I welcome you to write a post or share a post from that week about what's growing in your garden 
  • If you aren't a blogger, I invite you to join my gardening flickr group and share photos of your garden from this week
  • And last - if you don't want to blog or share photos, just follow along and check out all the links and photos and maybe share a comment with your own gardening experience from the week

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Backyard Farming Connection Hop #93

We've been lucky this year with high germination rates, healthy plants, good harvests and relatively few bug and predator problems.  Suddenly this week we've been finding more evidence of uninvited guests sharing in the bounty.  One of the biggest problems in the Japanese beetles.  To help with this we've added a trio of Muscovy ducklings to the homestead - stay tuned for some amazingly cute photos!!

This week's feature from Lady Lee's Home: 7 Crops you can Plant in the Middle of the Summer



I want to know what's happening, in your garden, on your homestead, in the barnyard, and in the kitchen.  Whatever is in your backyard farm and home, I would love to hear about it.

Each week I will share some of my favorite posts on the Backyard Farming Connection Facebook page.  And in case you haven't seen, I have a 'featured button' so if you've been featured in the past, grab a button.

For details on linking up visit the hop page.

Backyard Farming Connection


Backyard Farming Connection

Monday, August 11, 2014

The Beauty of Clothpins (and a giveaway!)

 If you've been following along here you'll know that I believe that the idea of homesteading stretches from growing your own food, to raising animals, to cooking fresh food, all the way to conserving resources and living closer to the earth.  One of my favorite ways to capture the spirit of homesteading (whether you're on a sprawling farm or a tiny plot of land in the city) is by hanging your laundry to dry. 
It's one of those simple routines that saves energy and money, adds a fresh clean scent to your laundry, and uses the sun's natural bleaching abilities.  Sure it's easy to toss your clothes right from the washer to the drier, but there is something incredibly calming and rewarding about the ritual of hanging your clothes outside.  


 I was thrilled recently when I had the chance to partner with Frabjus Lady and The Screwy Carpenter to bring you a giveaway for some amazing clothes pins.  These amazing clothespins are in a completely different category then the cheap store bought versions you're probably familiar with.

As we work to move consciously through our days I'm always seeking ways to bring pleasure and beauty into every part of our days.  Something as simple as using beautiful tools can change a a daily chore into a relaxing, restoring part of your day.  These clothespins are a simple work of beauty and are made with maple and finished with linseed oil.

They are each made by hand and use a heavy duty spring that won't rust or slip sideways like the cheaper versions.  For years I've used clothespins to hang children's artwork and those little fingers are constantly causing the pins to break.  These heavy duty clothespins are not only sturdy, but can hold much more weight then the cheaper versions.  To learn more about how they're made and their history, hop over here.




One of the last things about clothespins are their versatility.  When you invest in beautiful, long lasting tools, they can used for years in a variety of different ways: hang your laundry, put up artwork, organize your mittens, hold a page in a book, secure cords, or even improve fine motor skills in a child.  If you're looking for more ideas check out: 20 Awesome Uses for Clothespins, or get some more ideas on Pinterest.


 Today in partnership with Frabjus Lady and The Screwy Carpenter I invite you to enter to win you own set of these beautiful clothespin.  There are 3 chances to win and the winners will be announced on Monday August 19th.  For more information you can also follow along with the Lady and the Carpenter on Facebook.


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Friday, August 8, 2014

Garden Update


Just as I headed out last night to snap some photos, it started pouring buckets, but luckily I was rewarded with a tremendous view after the rain cleared out.  The garden seems to be in a bit of a lull this week - the copious amounts of beans and berries are slowing down, and the tomatoes are just getting ripe.  Even the zucchinis have been coming in at a bit more manageable pace. I know within just a few days I'll be up to my elbows in sauce and other tomato goodies, but for now I'm just enjoying a couple days out of the kitchen.




One thing that seems to be doing exceptional are the gourds - they may actually take over the chicken coop soon and are making their way across the yard and out into the fields.  There are a few other treats that are just coming into season shortly: brussel sprouts, husk cherries, tomatillas, and our next batch of lettuce.







And of course there is the guy who helps keep it all going around here!


How's your garden growing?

Each Friday I share photos from our garden with an update about what we're doing, what's growing, and what we're eating.  I invite you to come play along, I love seeing what others are trying.  You can join the fun in 2 ways:

  • If you blog, I welcome you to write a post or share a post from that week about what's growing in your garden 
  • If you aren't a blogger, I invite you to join my gardening flickr group and share photos of your garden from this week
  • And last - if you don't want to blog or share photos, just follow along and check out all the links and photos and maybe share a comment with your own gardening experience from the week

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Backyard Farming Connection Hop #92

The kitchen has been heating up this week as we work to preserve all the goodies coming in from the garden.  Still we're finding ourselves with more than we can possibly eat and preserve and even give away, so we're thinking of putting a little stand out front.  It's summer and we're busy, but we're soaking up every minute!

This week's feature: from Urban Overalls: 10 Ways to Use All that CSA Produce


I want to know what's happening, in your garden, on your homestead, in the barnyard, and in the kitchen.  Whatever is in your backyard farm and home, I would love to hear about it.

Each week I will share some of my favorite posts on the Backyard Farming Connection Facebook page.  And in case you haven't seen, I have a 'featured button' so if you've been featured in the past, grab a button.

For details on linking up visit the hop page.

Backyard Farming Connection


Backyard Farming Connection