The Eight Year Self Sufficient Meal

This evening, I had another 100% self sufficient meal… It included some Italian sweet sausage, some garlic and asparagus in a light homemade butter, with a shiitake mushroom….. The significance is all these things were planted many years ago. The asparagus was planted 8 years [Read More]

Keep Close to Nature’s Heart…

Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean. John Muir 1838 -1914 I find that seeking out moments with nature have to be not only on [Read More]

Free Organic Materials, Labor Free…

Keeping up with the Jones, well that has benefits that I like… Most suburbs have little trees, then comes country suburbs where they have trees but have a desire to keep their lawns spotless and perfect. In my neck of the woods, where the Deer [Read More]

Winter Grains For Green Cropping in The Spring

As the weather gets cooler, the leaves start to die, the trees begin to fall asleep for the coming winter months. Daytime temps are a hit and miss as the weatherman tries to get us ready for the day ahead. The morning sun beams through [Read More]

Stocking Up The Pantry 2012…

As the garden keeps giving, I keep on putting food up. Because I use several methods of storing food, I use the methods that best suit our needs and I know the food will get used. While the pantry fills, taters sit at the bottom [Read More]

The Haters, The Lovers, The Seekers…..

As I sit in comfort of my plush chair, the fire is keeping this space warm and the smell of the fire reminds me of childhood days of living on the farm. I know that wood I split was well worth the effort as I [Read More]

From Downspout To Sap Out, Interesting Useful Idea

While winterizing this year, confident in my acquired skills of maple syrup making, spotting and marking of maple trees on my own property (more than four I have tapped in the past). Thinking of my resources on hand to start building my sugaring supplies, not [Read More]

Keeping On Getting Back To Normal, Love Fresh Food

Hello SS folks, long time no post… However as I mentioned after my return from the coast, I am presenting you with the photos of the homestead and where I am at with things. So we are doing great, and the weather has been bad. [Read More]

Seeds Are Selling Out Early This Year, Better Get Yours Today!

Did you ever think that seed sources would be running out of seeds? I have always thought. What if this was the year that the chit hit the fan? So like always, I bought my seeds early this year. However, there are a couple GMO [Read More]

The Pioneering Flower Beds, Hatched Log Style, Re-Purpose Removed Trees

So I was thinking of how to use more trees that I needed to cut down and use. If they were hardwood, I’d saw them up for firewood. Pine has lots of sap, and it builds creosote and can cause a fire in your chimney. [Read More]