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It’s not even hurricane season, and here we are facing our first tropical depression. After a long drought, I can’t complain too much about the rain. My plants are certainly happier, and I don’t have to water. But we’re now on day 3 of this all-day, drenching rain, and I’m ready to get outside. We are getting some breaks in the rain, which I’m taking advantage of to do outside chores. I had to empty a nest box full of water in one of my Serama cages, and bedded coops and cages with fresh shavings. Everything will need stripped and bedded again once the rain stops. I’ll need to rake up the goat pen so the ground can dry out, and clean out hooves on the goats and horses to keep them from getting fungal issues in their feet. There’s no doubt about it, rain causes a lot more work around the homestead.

In the garden, I’m trying to stay on top of the weeds and bugs. When I can, I go out and pick stink bugs off of the greens and throw them in a bucket of soapy water. I’m putting down used feed bags and weighing them down with cinder blocks to try to smother the weeds. I still need to get out there with the weed whacker and at least get everything mowed down. Then hopefully we can get some more raised beds built. My focus this time of year is more about maintenance so that I can get plants in earlier in the fall, but there are still some things I want to plant for the summer. And I’m hoping to get a little more life out of my tomatoes before they succumb to the summer heat and rain.

How are you preparing for summer? Building garden beds? Harvesting the last of your spring crops? Let me know in the comments.

Now on to the hop…

Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday and is for all things homesteading: real food recipes, farm animals, crafts, DIY, how-to’s, gardening, anything from-scratch, natural home/health, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, natural remedies, essential oils, & more! Basically anything related to homesteading.

Blog Hop Hosts April 2018 - Simple Life Mom

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Ann – Live the Old Way (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram)

Bonnie – The Not So Modern Housewife (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+ | Instagram)

Jessica – The Faithful Farmwife (Facebook |Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram)

Kelly – Simple Life Mom (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+ | Instagram)

Liz – The Cape Coop (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram)

Natasha – Houseful of Nicholes (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram)


from the Last Homestead Blog Hop

Each week we take turns choosing three posts to feature. Each post will be shared on all social media platforms by all of the hosts! Here are the features from Last Week’s Hop:

Homestead Blog Hop Feature - Kitchen Tip - Homemade half and half recipe

1. How to Make Your Own Half and Half from Vickie’s Kitchen and Garden

Homestead Blog Hop Feature - 79 Ground Beef Recipes

2. 79 Amazing Ground Beef Recipes from My Fearless Kitchen

Homestead Blog Hop Feature - Tent-Life-for-the-Summer

3. Tent Life for the Summer from Hostile Valley Farm

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Homestead Blog Hop every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

Guidelines for this Get-Together:

  1. Click on the “Add your Link” Button below and add a great image of your project or recipe. Make sure you link to the page of your family friendly post – not the main page of your blog.
  2. Link up to three posts each week.
  3. Try to visit at least a few other blogs at the party. Be sure to leave a comment to let them know you stopped by.
  4. Link your post back to the Homestead Blog Hop. If the hop isn’t linked to your post then you cannot be featured. All featured posts will be shared on all hosts’ social media channels.
  5. Please link up posts that you haven’t linked to the hop before. You are welcome to link old posts from your blog.
  6. By joining the party, you are giving the hosts permission to use one photo from your post with a link back to your site if it is selected as one of next week’s Features.
  7. This is a family-friendly link up meant to inspire and motivate the homesteader in all of us.

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