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My garden got a little…grassy

My garden got a little…grassy

Seriously? Summer’s over? Hmm…well lookie there. It is. And, well, talk about getting derailed! We did in such fine fashion this year, I’m not sure you can even call us suburban homesteaders right now! You might remember that I went back to work after staying home with the kiddos for several years. It was glorious … Continue reading

Wakey, Wakey…Hibernation is Over!

Wakey, Wakey…Hibernation is Over!

Well, let’s just say suburban homesteading in the winter is…well, it isn’t, actually. Doesn’t seem like there’s much to do during the winter if you’re not living off the grid, or raising animals, or building chicken coops, or whatever real homesteaders do in the winter *wink*wink*. Actually that’s not entirely true. Because we live in … Continue reading

The 1 Year Mark – The Year in Review and 2013 Goals

Well, we’ve officially been “experimenting” with homesteading for one year. ONE. WHOLE. YEAR. {wow} We had incredible set backs this year: an unexpected move and an even more unexpected injury to our youngest child. Along with that, I’ve gone back to work. So as I sat down to contemplate what we accomplished this year, I … Continue reading

The Canning Sessions: Herbs

The Canning Sessions: Herbs

As the summer growing season is winding down, our minds are turning to the winter. We had canning and winter eating in mind when we planted our garden. Unfortunately, not everything worked out for us this summer. So we don’t have a lot to put up. We ate most of what actually grew. And it … Continue reading

The Canning Sessions: Pickles and Squash

The Canning Sessions: Pickles and Squash

It’s time for “puttin’ up” for the winter! (Did I pull that off? Is that the right word? he-he…) We’ve been doing small batch canning as much as possible this summer. Today was pickles and yellow squash. I used a Garlic Dill Pickle recipe from my fellow Ohio homesteader and blog friend Old World Garden … Continue reading

8 Steps To (Sub)Urban Homesteading

8 Steps To (Sub)Urban Homesteading

When we first began this Homestead Experiment, one of our biggest questions was how, exactly, were we going to accomplish this while living in a suburban environment – one where we have limitations like no bees, goats, chickens, turkeys, or pigs?? What else is involved in this homesteading thing? At times this summer it felt … Continue reading

Good or Bad?

Good or Bad?

These are critters we’ve observed around the homestead this week. We’re pretty clueless, so we’re asking our readers and fellow homesteaders: These spotted beetle-thingy’s  (yes, I just called them “thingy’s”) are clearly eating our green bean plants to the point of death. Any idea what they are? And what do I do about in them … Continue reading

The “Chef’s” {that’s me!} Herb Garden

The “Chef’s” {that’s me!} Herb Garden

I love herbs. I love cooking with herbs.  I love tea made with herbs. I love smelling herbs. I love herbs. Since I have a slight obsession with herbs, it was positively necessary to plant some herbs. I also have a slight obsession with Pinterest. And, uh, don’t forget that I’m not off the grid. I’m … Continue reading