Homesteading Memories Part 2.
The second half of our homesteading story takes place after we had a flood at the bottom of our property and had to rebuild and start all over. We converted a small barn into a tiny home, started our seedlings and moved all the animals to a new space. We built tiered raised bed gardens incorporating the german method of “hugelkultur" and our garden grew amazingly well! We had fresh eggs every day, too many actually, so we gave away a lot to neighbors.
Gardening was one of our most rewarding experiences while homesteading. We had so much fun planting our seeds and watching them grow in to beautiful veggies! The kids loved the hands on experience and our daily ritual of gathering eggs and tending to the garden. Not having running water was tough at times but we had plenty of rain and always had rain water on hand. We based what we would eat that day on what was ripe and ready from the garden. It was a glorious few months of abundance when the garden really took off during the summer.
We made memories that will last a lifetime and have changed our perspective on things. We want to homestead again and we are looking for the right time and place to set down permanent roots.
As winter neared we felt it was time to move on and my husband accepted a job in Alaska and here we are! We miss the homestead but we have amazing memories and experiences that continue to inspire us in the direction of living simpler and healthier lives.
“Grow a typical garden without irrigation or fertilizer.” – Paul Wheaton
That’s a pretty big claim from a pretty big guy. Towering at over 6 feet tall, Paul Wheaton, The Duke of Permaculture, is credited with introducing hugelkultur to gardeners on this side of the pond.
» Stacey Arnold delves in to this unique way of lessening (or even eliminating) irrigation needs. Checkout her article “Hugelkultur” at sbsmags.com.
Some Tree and Shrubs Are Best Pruned in Winter
- by Neil Moran
This is a good time to prune trees that don’t produce sap in late winter and shrubs that don’t flower in spring. I like to prune in the late winter or early spring because there isn’t much else to do, at least not outdoors. You also don’t have to worry about bugs infecting wounds at this time.
Pruning, when done right, leaves plants looking natural. And like cutting hair, it takes a little practice to learn to prune properly. Here are a few tips …
» From “Some Tree and Shrubs Are Best Pruned in Winter ” by Neil Moran at sbsmags.com
Resolutions for a Better Harvest
- by Jan Riggenbach
I didn’t wait for January to make resolutions for the New Year. While the memory of the successes and failures of the recent season was still fresh in my mind, I made a list of resolutions as soon as I’d put my garden to bed for the winter.
Here are just a few of those resolutions I’ve made over the years that have resulted in more fun, less work and a better harvest …
» From “Resolutions for a Better Harvest” by Jan Riggenbach at sbsmags.com
Why Can’t You Make Your Own Crackers?
When you’re the baker, you have complete control over what goes in to your snack. Jim Long shares three of his favorite, easy to make cracker recipes in his article “Fun with Herb Crackers” at sbsmags.com.
A levada is an irrigation channel or aqueduct specific to the Portugese island of Madeira. They were created from the sixteenth century to carry water across the island from the mountainous west and northwest of the island to the drier southeast, which is more conducive to habitation and agriculture
The total levadas network extends over 2150 km in this island 57 km long, 23km wide in the widest point.