Making Greenhouses out of Lemons

In a previous post, I talked about our failed attempt at an overly large chicken coop. Forwp-1460736813359.jpeg
about a year we had the pieces in the yard. It was a kick in the teeth that we spent the money and time on these things and weren’t going to get anything from it. One of our sayings, especially recently, is that we have more time than money. Continue reading “Making Greenhouses out of Lemons”

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Canning Butter

Michael and I have recently been buying up butter when it was on sale. Last time we canned butter (around 2010) it was $1.50 per pound normal price. The butter we recently purchased was $2.50 per pound on sale from $4.00 per pound. That is a HUGE difference, and why we bought up what we could afford.

Also, you can buy canned butter online, but the cost is even more prohibitive at over $8 per pound. Continue reading “Canning Butter”

Composting As a Matter of Survival

I was getting ready to post about my own compost experience when I found this wonderful forum post by a gentleman going by Forerunner at Homesteading Today. I love his writing so much, that I am trying to contact him to get permission to repost more of his writing here. He has so much knowledge of composting that I hope to learn a great deal as well. Continue reading “Composting As a Matter of Survival”

Orchard Planning

In an orchard there should be enough to eat, enough to lay up, enough to be stolen, and enough to rot on the ground. ~ Samuel Madden

There is something inherently satisfying in growing your own sustenance. As urban “homesteaders” we take it somewhat for granted that we will always have enough, like the quote says. If our gardening efforts fail us, we can run to the store. Also, we don’t have any productive fruit trees right now, so we can purchase fruit as well. My first attempts at growing fruit trees a few year back failed due to lack of knowledge about proper fruit tree planting techniques. Continue reading “Orchard Planning”

Garden, in the Beginning There Were Plants

I have been trying to get to this post since we first put our plants in the ground at the end of February. All the projects and things we have going on, and I really wanted to do my garden justice with a really nice review of our plan… so realize that this is a retroactive post, and I will post a more recent update soon. 🙂 Continue reading “Garden, in the Beginning There Were Plants”

Storage Food Taste Test – Live Prepared

Michael and I had the luck to come across a huge sale on a brand of food storage we had not heard of before. National Geographic – Live Prepared. Full price for their 72 hour kit ($50) comes to around 131 calories per dollar.

I updated the table to reflect a reported 30 day supply for each brand accounting for the variety of entrees vs breakfasts, and the foods used in these taste tests. Your calculations may vary. Continue reading “Storage Food Taste Test – Live Prepared”

Failed Chicken Coop and Rabbit Keeping

My husband and I have many failed attempts… Just about everything we do, we seem to have to do twice (or 3 times) till we get it right. That’s one of the reasons for this blog, to help people stumbling through this same process. Or at least get a good laugh. 🙂 Continue reading “Failed Chicken Coop and Rabbit Keeping”

Food Storage Taste Test – Augason Farms

Back AGAIN!!! 🙂 Taste test number 3 – Augason Farms Stroganoff and Pasta Alfredo

Just to recap, we began this taste test for a few reasons:

  1. I wanted to augment our canned goods with more variety. Keep things interesting in case this was all we had to eat.
  2. Add greater longevity/shelf life to our food stores.
  3. Possibly find an alternative backpacking food to assist with our food rotation.
  4. Because of all the above, I wanted to stock something that tasted good (or at least good enough)

Continue reading “Food Storage Taste Test – Augason Farms”

Reasons to Homestead (Urban or otherwise)

There are many reasons someone might want to homestead. I probably wont be able to cover them all, but I’ll do my best.

Whether you choose to move to the country and start a small farm, urban homestead in your backyard or on your rooftops, or join a community garden/city harvest group, you are looking for something more, better or healthier.

If you are on the fence about the whole “homesteading thing”, let me outline a few reasons why you might want to give it a try. Continue reading “Reasons to Homestead (Urban or otherwise)”