Category Archives: homesteading

Canned Goods

Just fired up the dehydrator. The smell of garlic and tomato is still on my hands. Got me in the mood for a little Greg Brown…. Do you have any memories of helping someone in the kitchen growing up…even if … Continue reading

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Ten things to keep in mind when starting a small orchard in Iowa

I met with a young man this afternoon who wants to plant 100 apple trees on his acreage.  I invited him to our property  this afternoon to go over some basics. I knew I could pass onto him in 30 … Continue reading

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Spring Potato Harvest

Last year it happened by accident. This year I did it on purpose. I left some of our potato crop in the ground over the winter under heavy mulch. Some of the potatoes  turned to mush and some of them … Continue reading

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Better than Pumpkin Pie

Last Fall, during the busiest part of harvest, I still had several smaller pie pumpkins left over.  I hated to just throw them away  but I didn’t have much time to mess with them either, so after doing a little … Continue reading

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Heritage Chicks are here!

I got a phone call 6:30 AM Thursday morning from the post office.  Our little peepers were in!  Come and get them 🙂 Our new Chicken shed in transit.   Found a John Deere wagon running gear on Craigs list for … Continue reading

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The Wonderful Machine

We started reading the Little House on the Prairie series together  last week.     I prefer to read a good book instead of watching brain deadening TV.  We just finished the first book Little House In the Big Woods, and came … Continue reading

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