HOMESTEADING AND GARDENING GOALS FOR 2017

2017 Homesteading Goals

Dear Readers,

I have many new goals I want to achieve this year in the garden, around the homestead and as a blogger which I thought I would share with you so you know what is likely to be coming up this year on the blog and to inspire you to set some homesteading goals.

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The frugal organic garden. Find out thrifty tips to start an organic garden cheap. Pin it to save for later or click through to find out more.

The Frugal Organic Garden

Dear Readers,

I often hear that starting a garden is too expensive which is why people I know don’t want to grow. Other popular reasons I hear include it’s too much work and it doesn’t look good.  Today I want to bust the myth that starting an organic garden is expensive and share all of my thrifty gardening tips with you.

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Starting seeds undercover in a greenhouse

Starting Seeds Undercover

Dear Readers,

I’ve been starting seeds undercover for the last few years but usually around March.  This year I started my seeds on Boxing Day (26th December) to get a head start on the growing season for my tender plants which have long growing needs and now, in mid-January I’m sowing even more!

Yup, I’ve gone a little bonkers in getting a head start this year because I messed up so badly with my seeds last year and lost a bunch to late storms which decimated the garden.

You can start seeds right now for larger plants which will have a better start in your garden come spring or you can start seeds for indoor herbs and salads.

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wHY YOU HAVE BEEN COMPOSTING WRONG ALL ALONG

Why You’ve Been Composting Wrong All Along

Dear Readers,

2017 is here and I want to spread the word about composting and I want to change your perceptions to get you composting even more from your home.

It’s quite a challenge I’ve set myself for this year and I hope you can help spread the word about a better way to compost.

Do you already compost?  Do you compost kitchen waste, prunings, clippings, weeds and all that fun stuff?  I’m so glad that you do but did you know that there is even more that you can compost?

Read on to find out more and why I’m so controversial about my composting!

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Homebrew your very own mead with killer bee honey

How to Make Mead Homebrew Recipe: Killer Mead

Dear Readers,

Happy New Year!  I can’t believe 2017 is already here!

The long nights are here (as well as the cold and snow!) and my husband and I have been brewing a lot and I mean a lot over this last year. We hosted a large Yule party this year with lots of food and drink to fuel partygoers with something delicious, seasonal and warming.  

We also wanted to make something traditional which many of our friends had never had before (let along drink out of a giant drinking horn!) so we made mead and I want to share the recipe with you.

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How to make chicken scratch for omega-3 rich eggs

Making Chicken Food

Dear Readers,

I’ve been making chicken food for a while now to make sure that the hens have nutritious treats, especially when most scratch grains are just corn or soy.  There are many highly nutritious grains which can be fed to hens that are full of healthy omega-3 fatty acids which will boost the nutrient content of eggs and meat.

Chickens love to scratch about in the dirt and the scratch grain sold in stores is not chicken food but a treat to encourage this natural chicken behavior. Read More

GETTING A GARDEN READY FOR NEXT SEASON

Preparing the Garden for Winter and The Next Season

Dear Readers,

Winter is just around the corner and gardening doesn’t stop here even with the first flurries of snow.   There’s plenty you can be doing in your garden throughout the winter to prepare for the following season.  

Grab yourself a nice hot cuppa tea and  read on to find out what you can be doing in your garden right now and get ahead for the next season.

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Winter tips for keeping chickens

Improving Nutrition and Other Tips for Keeping Chickens Healthy in Wintertime

Dear Readers,

Today I have a special guest post by Gabrielle Yoder from ChickenCoopGuides.com.  

Chickens can experience many different health problems in the winter if their keeper does not keep a close eye on their behavior and habitat. You can keep healthy winter chickens by taking a few simple steps before cold weather sets in and then following through on different strategies as the season progresses.

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TOP 10 HOMESTEADING BLOGS

My Top 10 Homesteading Blogs

Dear Readers,

Today’s post is a share of my favorite places to go for inspiration and information.  Blogging is quite a social thing for many, especially those who work at home but it takes a phenomenal amount of time for a blogger to write a post, take the photos, video, edit the video, publish the post, network, market and all the other stuff in between!

Today I want to share my most admired and favorite blogs for you to check out too.  Some are well established and others are just getting started. Read More