Homestead Blog Hop #174

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop! First of all, yes, Almond had her babies. She had twin doelings. This goat really spoils me with all of the girls...

Homestead Blog Hop #173

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop! Well, still no goat kids... I think I may have a case of spring fever because I've been spending a lot of time...

Homestead Blog Hop #172

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop! Things are picking up here at the homestead, and spring is in the air. The gradual increase in daylight hours...
Raising ducks is a beneficial and rewarding experience. Not only are they healthier than chickens, but they tend to be better layers than many breeds. They may just be the ideal poultry for beginning homesteaders.

Beginner’s Guide to Raising Ducks

I have been pleasantly surprised by how much I've enjoyed raising ducks. My experience with ducks was extremely limited growing up. I had one...

Homestead Blog Hop #171

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop! Good news, my bout with the crud is over and so far no one else has gotten sick. Contamination avoidance for the...

Florida Edibles to Plant in August

Woohoo, Floridians can start gardening again! Welcome to August, the hottest month of the year, but we have gardening to keep us optimistic about fall. So, I think UF may have overlooked the fact that you can't transplant seedlings in August if you don't start the...

Florida Edibles to Plant in July

The planting recommendations from UF for July actually surprise me as I've been told to start tomato seeds on the 4th of July. Otherwise, you can see that there isn't much gardening happening in July. I'm not doing anything this month because of my schedule and the...

Discover Your “Naturehood”

We're lucky enough to live in the woods. It's a wonderful experience for both the adults and the kids. I find the atmosphere relaxing, plus the trees help keep our electric bill down. We can also forage a variety of wild edibles from our own backyard. For our kids,...

Florida Edibles to Plant in June

As you can see, there isn't much that can be planted in June. As a gardener originally from Ohio, this is the time of year that throws me off the most. While my friends up north are posting pictures of their newly started gardens, I'm harvesting what remains before...

Cast Iron Cornbread

I may live in the south, but I'm still a Yankee when it comes to cornbread. I like mine sweet and moist with lots of butter. While this recipe could be made in a 9" x 9" baking dish, it really is best in a 10.25" cast iron skillet. The skillet gives it that nice...

Why Every Rural Homestead Should Have a Pig

I'll admit, I had my reservations about raising pigs. Being a country girl from rural Ohio, I've grown up around hog farms. My uncle was a hog farmer for most of my life. My brother even raised a couple hogs for 4-H one year. The only things I really cared to know...

Florida Edibles to Plant in May

May is a big gardening month for Florida, but it's important to get an early start. This is the month when we start most of our summer garden. We're limited by what we can grow in the summer because of the heat and humidity. While the guide says that tomatoes,...

Florida Edibles to Plant in April

I know, it's the end of the month, and I'm just now posting about April edibles. It's been a very busy month for us. Good news is these plants are heat tolerant and can still be started now. We are already seeing highs in the high 80s, and will soon see temps in the...

Homestead Blog Hop #80

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop! Last week was our county fair, and this week I'm just glad it's over. Don't get me wrong, we had a lot of fun, but it was exhausting. Our fair is a bit different from what I'm used to, so there was definitely a learning curve. We had...

Homestead Blog Hop #79

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop! This is fair week. If you've ever been involved in your local county fair, I could probably stop right there and you would know the chaos that is my life this week. Hubby has never shown at a county fair, never been in 4-H or FFA. He...

Homestead Blog Hop #78

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop! Spring brings change and that's certainly been the case around here. Don't get me wrong, change can be a good thing. Scary, but usually good, even if we don't realize it at the time. The changes around here have been all good for the...

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