Rainy Day Chores: Vlogtober 3, 2021

It’s a wet mess outside. I’m well as pleased with the rain, though, because we need it. Here’s a small peek into what chores are like on a rainy day.

How to Treat Common External Problems in Sheep : Hoof Problems (Shepherding Series Installment Four)

Last month we laid the groundwork and frame for discussing the external common problems faced by shepherds and sheep. To read that post – Click Here. Following that framework we are starting off with Hooves. To watch the accompanying video please Click Here. This month we are heading into the actual problems and how IContinue reading “How to Treat Common External Problems in Sheep : Hoof Problems (Shepherding Series Installment Four)”

First week of Spring or “Let the Games Begin”: This Week March 22 – 28, 2021

It’s three in the morning on Sunday. I am listening to the steady downpour of rain on the tin roof and wind. The entire week has centered around this one day. Every day preparation for this storm and next week when we are not able to bring in supplies to the farm by kyack likeContinue reading “First week of Spring or “Let the Games Begin”: This Week March 22 – 28, 2021″

The Most Important Two Questions I Ever Asked Myself as a Woman Homesteader

It’s no secret to anyone who homesteads that a traditional skills lifestyle can be challenging. Winter, spring, summer or fall there are chores to do, livestock and plants to tend, and housework that seems to never end. It can be exhausting and overwhelming. Sometimes that exhaustion is overwhelming to the point we want to giveContinue reading “The Most Important Two Questions I Ever Asked Myself as a Woman Homesteader”

Homesteaders Need a Day Off

Gd worked six days and the took a break. No matter if you believe in this story of creation or not, the fact that a rest day is built into an entire culture is pretty amazing. However, on a Homestead or farm it’s very tempting to work seven days a week. Chores like feeding animals,Continue reading “Homesteaders Need a Day Off”

Protecting Tender Volunteer Seedlings from Frost

As we approach our last frost free date the temperature has hit upwards of seventy degrees for over two weeks with over cast days in the forties and fifties. This herald of fine spring weather has spurred some lovely volunteers to sprout in the garden. I’ve found over the years that my volunteers are someContinue reading “Protecting Tender Volunteer Seedlings from Frost”

Planting Peas

Peas are not one of my favorite things to eat. However, they sell well at the farm market, and they make a wonderful secondary feed crop for the sheep and cattle over winter. Thankfully, we can get two crops in for both the table and the hay loft. This year I’m growing a generic gardenContinue reading “Planting Peas”

Planting potatoes in Our Ruth Stout Bed

It’s finally warm enough to plant our potatoes! Red Pontiac are my absolute favorite potatoes to grow and eat. This is my third year growing them in a Ruth Stout bed. I try to disturb the bed as little as possible. In a few days well add a shallow topping  of mulch to kill offContinue reading “Planting potatoes in Our Ruth Stout Bed”

Calling in the Sheep

I was hoping to do a meaningful farm update this week, but I’ve been ill. Actually, I’ve been ill and struggling to keep up with everything for a few months. My body is finally at the point I have no choice but to rest. I do have Monday’s Musings coming out tomorrow. But, today, IContinue reading “Calling in the Sheep”