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Homestead

Homestead. A home, outbuildings, gardens, barn, hen house, gardens, orchard and other means of providing a person’s needs.

In 2016 our homestead consists of:

  • Five chickens, all bantams. We have two Buff Silkie roosters and two hens, and one White Silkie hen.
  • 19 Ducks. We raise Fawn & White runners and Khaki Campbells. They’re housed together so there are crosses.
  • One-half acre of garden
  • 40+ apple trees. All but three are wild. Three are excellent producers. Some are too young to produce and others are overgrown and being pruned back into production.
  • Three plum trees. We have American, Kaga and Toka.
  • Two pear trees. I don’t remember the variety.
  • Hazelnuts. Two domestic and one wild.
  • One American chestnut. We had two but the voles girdled one and killed it. I’ll replace it this year.
Become More Self-Sufficient – Modern Times

Become More Self-Sufficient – Modern Times

Become More Self-Sufficient Take note – this is not about becoming self-sufficient. This is a list of tips to help you become more self-sufficient. There aren’t many of us in this world who are truly self-sufficient. Don’t set yourself up for disappointment. Do what you can as you can and make the best of it. Enjoy the process and usually the work, and be proud of what you can do for yourself. Did you know most grocery stores carry less…

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Weekend Work – Late July on the Homestead

Weekend Work – Late July on the Homestead

Weekend Work Great weekend! Not that it was fun though we got a lot done. We’re sacrificing a lot of time this year for weekend work. The list of things that need to be done is long but we’re knocking items off at a steady rate. My favorite part of the work was harvesting garlic. So excited about the garlic! We set up two of the three bear baits on Saturday. Steve’s is the hardest. It’s a rough, uneven, bramble-filled,…

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Rainy Day on the Homestead – Welcome Rain

Rainy Day on the Homestead – Welcome Rain

Rainy Day Gratitude – it’s a rainy day. It’s been so long since we’ve had a rainy day that the ground is arid. I spent a short time on the tractor Monday morning, tilling the new perennial garden site, and had to shower right after to wash away the dust. The outlet of East Musquash lake isn’t running because the water is so low. Friends had to take their boats off the water lastĀ  year because of the lack of…

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Peppers Love Coffee Grounds – Gardening Tip

Peppers Love Coffee Grounds – Gardening Tip

Peppers Love Coffee Grounds We are a no-food-in-the-trash household. Not even coffee grounds. I save coffee grounds year round to use in the garden. They’re a great soil amendment. Coffee grounds add organic matter to the soil and provide food for earthworms and the rest of the micro herd. Did you know that peppers love coffee grounds? For more tips on growing peppers, follow the link. Peppers like nitrogen and coffee grounds are full of it. You can mix the…

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Baby Weasels – Slinky’s Back

Baby Weasels – Slinky’s Back

Baby Weasels About a month ago a short-tailed weasel bounded past my feet and into the barn. “Slinky?” I thought so. It doesn’t seem like a weasel that didn’t know me would come so close. I sat a long time on the back porch observing Slinky last winter. She trusted me enough to come within inches of my leg. She tipped her head when I spoke, and she studied me as much as I studied her. Sometimes I’d look down…

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Whole Grain Wheat Bread – Fresh Ground Flour

Whole Grain Wheat Bread – Fresh Ground Flour

Whole Grain Wheat Bread I’ve been kneading to make bread. I’ll stop for a moment while you groan at how punny I was. Okay. I’ll stop now. I did need to make bread. I threw away what was left of a store bought loaf yesterday. You know those days when all you want is a piece of toast with a little butter or jam…or both? That’s what I want. It’s chilly and drizzly today. Having the oven on for a…

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Hello Moose! – Ms. Moose Comes to Call

Hello Moose! – Ms. Moose Comes to Call

Hello Moose! Well hello moose! This cow moose strolled through the orchard and dropped in for a photo bomb. She’s wandered all over the homestead. Like the deer, it’s good to see them after a long winter and know they survived the snow as ticks. I have pictures of a porcupine that wouldn’t stand still and pose, and an uncute baby coming up soon. Uncute…that’s a nice way to put it.

Good Morning Mrs. Moose

Good Morning Mrs. Moose

Good Morning, Ms. Moose Good morning, Ms. Moose. Thanks for strolling through. It’s good to see you looking ever so pregnant and healthy. Ava started woofing her “there’s something here” woof early this morning. We haven’t seen signs of a bear yet but that’s what I was hoping for. I followed Ave though the backyard, to the high tunnel, to the woods, to the food plot where I pulled the camera cards, and back to the edge of the woods….

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Bison – Yearlings, Sparring & Hey, Don’t Get Too Close

Bison – Yearlings, Sparring & Hey, Don’t Get Too Close

Bison Steve and I went out last night for our second Woodcock Singing Ground Survey of theĀ  year. We ran the Danforth survey and when in Danforth, I want to see the red stag and bison. Seeing the bison is a rare thing, it’s happened only twice. We’ve been out past the farm that raises these animals dozens of times and until last night, the bison were near the road only once. “The smaller red stag are over here,” I…

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Oh Spring – Spring 2017 Has Arrived!

Oh Spring – Spring 2017 Has Arrived!

Oh Spring Oh spring! It’s about time! We’ve been waiting! And now we’re making the best of it. It snowed a bit overnight, enough to cover the ground, and it was cold enough for the open water on the pond to freeze, but the sun is out and the new snow is gone. The old granular snow is almost gone. Springs are bubbling out back, the last of the spring birds have arrived, and Johnny Jump Ups are blooming. They…

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