Another radish recipe for all that #GROWHarvest
our experimenters are reaping the benefits of! This one seems like a collaboration between Janna, a grower and blogger, and Ionut, one of our #GROWersofInstagram
- an experimenter you’ve surely seen reposted on our feed.
Image © Janna
Ducked into town to give the girls to Grandma for the day and printed off some new ukulele lyrics 😊 Dashed home so tim and I could make the most of a bonus day of work but then we were all a quandary because we wanted to have a special dinner (without anyone cooking 😆) but didn’t want to drive back into town for a curry out. We were saved by our neighbour Rowan who bought us “off grid Uber” - two plates of the meal he made his family, a kahawai fish fought by our friend Ben. We ate it so gratefully and talked about life and stress and how the only important thing is love. Yknow?
I’m off to my Moon Circle tonight and thinking about this Kabir poem:
THE moon shines in my body, but my blind eyes cannot see it:
The moon is within me, and so is the sun.
The unstruck drum of Eternity is sounded within me; but my deaf ears cannot hear it.
I’m turning everything off for the weekend so I can feel the moon in my body a bit more. If you need me call Tim. Or our neighbours, or Ben. 😆
Day 7 // Thrifty
I decided this year I wanted a no expense garden. So I didn’t amend the raised beds with anything I didn’t have. I didn’t buy seed. And I didn’t buy fertilizer. Or really anything. I had seeds I saved from previous crops and a little leftover azomite, etc.
Alas, the chickens kept eating my corn and seedlings as fast as I could plant them. So I did end up with one expense. I bought chicken wire and we used pvc to make these handy dandy raised bed fence panels.
I’m still feeling pretty thrifty though. Because not only will they last forever, but I can use them for so many things. Like a chicken/rabbit/goat/duck tractor to move around my yard or garden if I want them to eat in a certain area. Or a play yard for a baby. 🤔
Hey guys!! We will begin officially taking orders for our t-shirts tomorrow, but before we do, I wanted to share with y'all how our little logo came about. I based it off one of our earlier hens, Willow! She was such a beauty and I'm proud to have her as our mascot!
Thank you guys for the continuous support! The Homestead has blessed us so much in this sense. And the coolest thing is, our community is steadily growing. ❤
#chickensofinstagram #homesteading #tshirtfundra
I got one really weird egg (left) and one of my usual eggs (right) today. I’m not sure what’s going on with that one on the left but it’s wild looking. And also has chicken shit. Because apparently everything is better with chicken shit 🤷🏼♀️
Pumpkin soup weather - giant dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of nutmeg. Pumpkins are such good value to grow - if you have the space.....
First watermelon I’ve ever grown myself 😍!! .
Fun fact.. Did you know in Japan they grow square watermelons. They put it in square cases as they grow on the vine to mold the shape into cubes. It’s a way to save space in their fridge and stop from rolling 🙌🏼💡!! #FactOfTheDay
"And you shall wash your clothes on the seventh day and be clean, and afterward you may enter the camp."
Our crop of brown paper lunch bags is coming along nicely.
Ran into a couple of the indigenous on Malibar Island. Huge Malibar Spinach and a fun day!! #blessedbeyondmeasure
Nothing like it!💜💜 Hens moved to their new to them coop on the other side of the property, still training! And Faverolle chicks placed in the nesting box instead of the on the ground of the tractor, also still training. And everyone has fresh water for in the morning!💪🏽🙃☀️🔥
Day dream • everything I create, every action I take is guided. I ask for support in all things. First and foremost support from within, from life.
One of the guidances I’ve felt a lot since moving from NYC to the mountains of NC is to follow my “craft” instincts. If I had it my way I’d hand make everything in my house or buy every item I haven’t learned how to make from someone who I’ve watched hand make it in their studio or space. That is literally my dream and I do believe I will be living that life sooner rather than later. Not because of the stuff so much but because I am fed so deeply by the intention behind things. Like every time I use an object I feel it’s origin, it’s history, the way I received it, what it means to me, what it offers me. It may sound crazy but it’s all alive to me. It’s all information that I’m interacting with and being fed by.
Not totally sure what my point is other than to share that part of me because somehow I trust and know that those passions are totally connected to what I am here to share + help guide others in. They’re a part of intuitive living, to listening to the wisdom in everything. Slowing down to work with your hands, to understand what it takes to make the objects we use in our every day life connects us more deeply to the rhythms of nature and the rhythms within us. And that connection is what feeds us. So to feel it tangibly influencing every moment feels so powerful.
In summary: this is just a post to share that my current daydream is that I buy 10 acres of land build an indoor/outdoor studio where I can become a master at dyeing fabrics with nature’s dye, collaborate with clothing designers, make macramè, dye that too, buy all the wool socks, dye those too. Dye every article of clothing that we own, buy all the linen and dye it too. And then learn how to make all our dinnerware on a potters wheel and then make dances in my naturally dyed clothing, film them and share them with you, invite musicians to come create music and dancers to come create dance, grow the most beautiful garden filled with wildflowers, veges, and of course a garden to grow and harvest all my plant dye materials. ✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✌
When the hubby gets a late night craving for bread, we all win! He whipped these up and now we’re eating them for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I don’t know if there’s much else in the world that’s as good as fresh baked good right out of the oven.
I decided to try to clone 2 of my tomato plants. I figured it’s too late in the season to start seeds so this method will get me another 2 plants that will hopefully produce through the fall. I snipped off a sucker and placed it in water. I can already see roots forming and it’s only been about 5 days. Has anyone else tried this to get more plants?
My kids are snacking on apples they picked off a tree in our yard. They may have fought like wild animals over identical plates of food 10 minutes later but at this moment every decision we made with moving, every struggle and question seemed worth it! My kids eating food we grew in our little homestead is 100% a dream come true! #homesteading #gardeningwithkids #growyourfood #momlife #appletree
Our 2nd year with full on gardening has been a success so far! Our garlic, potatoes, Spanish and yellow onions seem to be in their final stages. Our peppers and tomatoes have seemed to develop a little bit of blossom end rot BUT we are being proactive in fixing that! Cucumbers, beans and peas are doing great and producing lots of produce! Looking forward to start pickling and making salsa and many more things!
#countrylife #garden #fruitsandveggies #homesteading #selfsufficient
Thursday & baby goat cuddles. Yesterday we ended up going to the lake to cool off and I did not end up making salsa with all my garden goodies. Tonight the salsa making party is on!
Yesterday, we got our first trash can delivered. The county finally recognized our address & we have trash service! All the little things of our construction site becoming a home is all slowly coming together! I just so excited about our weekly trash service now !
All these tiny grapes! Can't wait.