Over the Past Two Weeks:
Happy New Year! I wasn't awake for the changing of the calendar, were you? This morning I'll be writing down my "yearly inventory" of livestock, fruit trees and perennial plants, my New Year's ritual. I have several homestead goals for 2016 and am integrating the tasks into my calendar so that I won't forget all about them before February even begins.
I have some exciting plans in the works here on the blog too, beginning with the Back to Basics Living Bundle later this month. This bundle of e-books, online courses and more is a great resource for anyone wanting to get back to the basics, whether you live down a dirt road or in a city apartment. The event will kick off with a free 15-day Back To Basics Living Challenge beginning January 10th. You can read more about the challenge and sign up here. I'll also be reviewing some of the materials that are included in the bundle, which goes on sale January 18th. I'm excited!
Hubby and I have continued to work on the "new" shed, laying the side rails and erecting the metal "ribs" or framework. We've installed the walk-through door and the roll-up front door. Of course, things never go back together as easily as they come apart, so we had to make adjustments a few times, but it hasn't been too bad.
The after-Christmas storm dumped more than seven inches of rain on us and then everything froze. 2015 was Oklahoma's second-wettest year ever; even though it didn't rain often, when it did it rained a lot.
Hubby smoked and then roasted our Christmas turkey this year. It was delicious, and I was thrilled to have that part of the cooking done by someone else. I've made a gallon of turkey stock from just half of our turkey carcass.
Remember the little survey I asked you to take a few weeks ago? Someone said she uses the square foot garden method and asked if it's ok to garden all year round, or should she let the ground rest? I asked this question on Facebook and several folks gave their opinions on the matter. You can read the conversation here. Feel free to join in!
My Friday Find:
A great resource for growing and using herbs, from Stone Cottage Adventures.
My hope is to inspire you, and to encourage your homesteading plans and your dreams of a
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