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Epidemic of Anger

Someone is ruining the world.  I can feel it in my bones, so deep down that I know it must be true.  It makes me so angry.  So angry that I just want to unleash rage upon the source of... Continue Reading →

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The Abundant Homestead Garden

Sometimes I see these stunning images of other people's gardens that are so full and lush. Everything is covered in mulch. Flowers and blooms abound. Plants are loaded with perfectly ripe fruits and vegetables.  The scene declares "abundance" as plainly... Continue Reading →

Behind the Garlic Curtain

Back in early October, I planted a lot of Garlic. Below is a rundown by variety with photos detailing that garlic harvest. But first, let me tell you a little about our growing conditions. We had totally absurd weather this year.... Continue Reading →

The Legacy of Pigs

Every time we raise pigs, I am astounded at the amount of damage they can do to a landscape.  If left in one spot too long, they devour and devastate even mature forests. Pigs will happily graze grasses, weeds, saplings,... Continue Reading →

What’s Really Important?

What's really important? This is a question I ask myself often. Matt and I also spend a lot of time talking about it together. It might be the central question of our lives here on the reLuxe Ranch. More and... Continue Reading →

reLuxe reCap: Guns and Homesteading, Crowing Hens, and Gardening – Week of March 19 – 25, 2018

Another weird weather week on the homestead. Twice we got snowed in one day and thawed out the next.  It was difficult to get much done with all the variations of weather but we did do a few things. On... Continue Reading →

reLuxe reCap: Gardening and Goat Lessons – Week of March 12 – 18, 2018

The Annual Vegetable Garden Even though it is barely the middle of March, it feels like we are late in getting our garden going this year. This is probably because most of February was so spring-like that it nearly fooled... Continue Reading →

reLuxe reCap: Planting Hazelnuts, Four Meals from a 2 pound Pork Shoulder Roast, Slope Scoops, and Our Weekly Cheese-Making Routine – Week of March 5 to 11, 2018

This past week was very winter like.  We spent much of it doing indoor activities like planning and writing and dreaming about the spring that started in February and disappeared in March.  But we did get a bit done outdoors.... Continue Reading →

reLuxe reCap: Strawberry Bed-Preparation, Potato Planting, Goat Wrestling, and Preparing for Peaches (with Dormant Spray for Brown Rot Recipe) – Week of February 26 – March 4, 2018

I really want to use this blog to keep better track of what we've got going on at the homestead.  So, you might see more of these reLuxe reCaps in the next few months as we get busy with planting,... Continue Reading →

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