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Your Country Lifestyle Will Be Different

It’s Cheaper to Live in the Country… or Is It?I have heard this so often I could gag. No! It is not cheaper to live in the country! If you are extremely handy and good at repairing things, if you have a double, triple green thumb and everything you plant grows in leaps and bounds, if you ...

Canned Hamburger Dill Pickles

I've canned bread and butter pickles many times, but this year I decided to give dill pickles a go. I always thought dill pickles had to be fermented in a crock or something like that, but it's not true. They can be canned just like the bread and butter.I checked my grandmother's 1939 ...

Everything But the Kitchen Sink

Does anyone else use the cooking philosophy that any recipe can be changed pretty much in any way? That's my cooking method through and through, especially at this time of year; we're starting to run out of certain vegetables from our freezer and cold cellar. We ran out of onions two weeks ...

Storing Pumpkins and Winter Squash

Last summer we only grew about 200 pounds of squash and pumpkins. I say "only,"because the year before we hit 290 pounds! For the last five years, we've been in the 150+ pounds range for this crop.We've tried every storage method you can think of. We tried putting them up as is. We tried ...

Building a Driveway Gate

The journey to building our home on our new homestead will require many projects. One project I recently completed was building a driveway gate. I researched designs on the web and other various other places, and I came up with a plan for a double main gate across the driveway, each side ...

Mountain Night

As our children grew old enough to look after themselves for a few hours, my wife and I began a routine of going out on Saturday night for a date night and some “us” time. This has now been going on for over a decade. We both look forward to this time and rarely miss a week. We feel like ...

Downsizing Our Stuff

Our journey to a homestead has continued in earnest lately. Our primary focus right now is preparing our current home to be sold. There are many small projects to do, like patching sheet rock, painting, and replacing broken floor tiles. But the one project that we’ve really been focusing on ...

Fried Stuffed Squash Blossoms

I have always wanted to try to do something with squash blossoms. What held me back was simply that I didn’t know how to distinguish between male and female flowers. I was afraid to pick flowers that might turn into squash. Come to find out, it’s easy to distinguish between the two.To ...

Land

My dad was a minister. When I was very small, we owned 40 acres in Troupe Co. Georgia. I remember a couple of things about the old farm. He had issues with our cows getting sick. I think they called it “Black Leg”. Also, we owned an old mule named “Jack”. My oldest brother actually ...

Dragging Poles, Encroachment and Native Azaleas

When you clear a lot of trees, large or small, it’s a lot of work. When you have little or no equipment, it’s even more work. This past weekend, we finally had a day to go work on our little 5 acre property. We’ve had a really busy spring (check out my blog Grandchildren, Vacation, ...

Grandchildren, Vacation, Retirement and Graduation

We haven’t worked on our land now for over a month. It’s amazing at the things life can throw at you. I spent the winter planning and dreaming about the work I would get done once the weather got better. It certainly makes sense to do as much as one can before the hot summertime gets here. ...

Our New Homestead

This is where our huge garden is going to go.Dear Reader,We finally did it. It took months — maybe even years when I think about it — to find our own place and now it's happened. We bought a few acres of arable land, with plenty of water and a few outbuildings in need of repair. We're ...

Pinto Beans and Cornbread

Although my wife and I are fortunate enough to have many choices, sometimes we just want a batch of pinto beans and cornbread. (A slice of raw onion, on the side, of course is included). If you’re not from the South, perhaps you weren’t raised on this meal as we were but let me tell you, ...

We’ve Always Known

We always wanted land on which to build a homestead. But then, some stuff happened:Decades of work and learning, Trying to build a career, make money and raise a family, Working in gardening, eating fresh vegetables (too much most of the time), Loving the smell of freshly tilled soil, the ...

12 Herbs That Your Poultry Love That Love Them Right Back

1. BorageBorage is an herb which contains phyto-nutrients such as flavonoids, resveratrol, carotenoids and glucosinolates, minerals such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, zinc and iron and is high in vitamin C and A. It also contains a special Omega-6 fatty acid called GLA which plays a vital ...

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