On the Homestead Late April 2020

I just posted photos a few weeks ago. But already our landscape has changed so much that I wanted to share a new update. Also, frankly, this is the first spring we’ve had that was near perfect in terms of plant development. We’ve had a few hot days, but they remained at or below 80F. We…

On the Homestead April 2020

Recently, we talked to some homesteading friends about how strange it is to be so insulated from most of the impacts of COVID-19. It’s like watching a movie. Yet, we know it’s real. We still have non-homesteading friends and family stuck in the thick of it. And unfortunately, there is no way we can insulate…

Homestead Time

I updated the design of this blog yesterday so that it would load faster on my computer. With the new layout, I noticed a trend with my posts. I start a lot of them with some variation of “It’s been a busy time on the homestead…”. When I saw that, I realized that I am…

On the Homestead December 2019

I’ve been quite busy since my last post on this site. Things on the homestead are going great. But, I got a little carried away with an unexpected project. Gardening Book Project I’m writing a gardening book! If that statement seems shocking to you, it was to me as well. I mean…I had ambitions of…

On the Homestead August 9, 2019

The last few weeks have been a busy time. Between writing and video deadlines, upcoming projects, turning the garden to get ready for fall planting. going to dinner parties, throwing our own dinner party, and that trip to Nashville I wrote about in my post on Soilphilia the time has flown by. Now, I look…

Soilphilia and Earth Overshoot Day – July 29, 2019

I confess… I am an unabashed soilphile. In other words, I  have a bad case of soilphilia. Now, soilphile and soilphilia may not be actual words that other people are using yet. But I hope they, or something like them, make their way into our human vocabulary. Personally, I think a love of soil is…

On the Homestead July 3, 2019

We have a rule in our house that we only turn it on when the temperatures are over 85 degrees Fahrenheit and it’s excessively humid. Well, it’s been on for about a week and there are no signs of us being able to turn it off during the day anytime soon. Summer is here and…

On the Homestead June 2, 2019

We had 19 consecutive days of heat over 85ºF in May with no rain. Keeping our cool season crops growing was the biggest challenge in the garden. Thankfully the Chinese cabbage matured just in time. So, we harvested about 60 heads of that. We made two five gallon batches of ferments and ate a lot…

On the Homestead May 1, 2019

It’s a busy time around the homestead.  So, I don’t have time to write a formal post today.  But, since a picture is worth a thousand words, I figured I could write you a long essay in just a couple of minutes. These were taken today on the homestead. The Greenhouse Vineyard and Homestead Viewed…