Category Archives: Homesteading

Garden Update – June 2017

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In addition to our What are We Growing? page, I thought I would post a more detailed listing of what exactly is in my vegetable beds this year.

For those of you who are up to date, I cut back on my desire to experiment and grow “it all”, and focused on really pumping up the quantity of the varieties we love to eat, both fresh and preserved.

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Garden Planning Tips

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I absolutely love garden planning, to the point that I tend to start thinking about next year before I’ve even put this year’s garden to bed. I even find myself slightly disappointed in the lack of “work” there is to do in planning these days – I’ve honed in on those tried-and-true varieties, and really gotten the layout of my vegetable bed down to a science. Really, it plans itself nowadays! Continue reading

Homestead Update: A Greenhouse

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One project that has been underway since March on our property is the building of our very own greenhouse – shed. This combination building was really an exciting project for me, as I have dreamed of having a greenhouse for years. With our growing homestead, we needed a space to organize the gardening tools, yard implements, our chicken bedding, feed and tools, as well as our new assortment of beekeeping equipment.  Continue reading

How to Keep A Garden Journal

I’ve been keeping a garden journal for several years now. Some years were more detailed than others, or I kept more frequent notes, and other years I only jotted down my varietals and a few early weather notes. Since moving to our current property, I’ve “upgraded” my note taking to include all homesteading things: wildlife sightings, chicken and bee keeping notes, gardening, weather, seed starting, and even our canning totals!

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Keeping a log or journal can seem like a daunting task at first – how do you get started? What do you need? I’ve found that over the years my needs have changed, and being open to adapting and changing your format is key to a successful journal.  Continue reading

Installing Honeybees

Our honeybees arrived in Connecticut just in time for Earth Day. I picked them up on Saturday afternoon, two 3-lb packages, each containing roughly 20,000-30,000 honeybees! Continue reading

How to Choose a Location for your Beehive

While my husband and I are still very much novice beekeepers (ahem, to date, we have only had our hives for three days), we hungrily read books and articles, scoured the web for beekeeping blogs, watched YouTube videos endlessly, and took a local Beekeeping 101 course. Eager to learn all we could before the arrival of our new neighbors, one of the biggest decisions we had to make was where to place the hives.

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Honeybee Hive Set-up

Yesterday I prepared the site and setup the beehives for the honeybees we have coming at the end of next week.

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Happy hives!

Keeping honeybees has been a long time dream of mine, and I am so excited to finally be embarking on our own beekeeping journey! I cleaned, heat treated, and repainted our hive bodies back in February, during a nice warm period we had. Since then, we have ordered the few extra pieces we needed, and are now feeling ready for our new friends. Continue reading