Trellising Tomatoes

Did y’all enjoy your holiday weekend?

We had our first “farm warming” party, which lit the fire under us to get our house and property in tip-top shape. Or, at least, in decent enough shape to welcome our extended family and friends. We spent the 4th doing what most Midwesterners do – enjoy barbecue burgers, potato salad, and sit around outside talking about how hot it was. Continue reading “Trellising Tomatoes”

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Starting a Garden From Scratch

When we pulled in the long driveway leading up to our new home, we were awestruck at the beautiful pasture surrounding the house. Four and a half acres of grass, only interrupted by a few rows of cedar trees following the driveway and some overgrown brush along the fence line.

A grassy pasture is every homesteader’s dream. It’s land that can be used for gardening, raising animals, or romping around with the littles. And our dream was a garden. Actually, those are all our dreams; a garden is just where we’re starting.  Continue reading “Starting a Garden From Scratch”

Missing aprons and tomato plants

We’ve been in our new home for a little over two weeks, and it feels like we’ve barely made a dent in getting the farm up and running, let alone unpacking the house. When we were prepping to move, I was in awe of how much stuff we had in our little house. Three years ago, when we had first moved in, I’m pretty sure I unpacked all of our belongings in a single afternoon. Ahh, newlywed life. But a few years of married life and two babies adds a lot of stuff.  Now that we’re in the midst of unpacking, it seems like boxes are coming out of the woodwork. Empty one box? Three more appear, minimum. But alas, we press on. Continue reading “Missing aprons and tomato plants”

Growing Cucumbers

As Phill and I continue to grow new plants and read about new gardening tricks and tips, I become more and more in awe at the complexity of nature. How amazing is it that we can take the smallest of seeds and with rich soil and the right amount of water it can grow into a towering, fruit-bearing plant?

This summer, in particular, I’ve been fascinated with our cucumber plants.

The end of March was a tad busy for us given the birth of our sweet baby girl. Trying to adjust to life with two babies (the oldest under one and a half, at the time) and the general lack of sleep that comes with a new baby was exhausting. Continue reading “Growing Cucumbers”

Classic Summer Potato Salad

A summertime barbecue is not complete without a classic summer potato salad. Because, let’s be honest with ourselves, what do we actually want beside our bratwurst and burgers? Carbs, in potato form.

This past Saturday was a productive (and hectic) day for our family.Earlier in the spring I decided it would be a good idea to run a half marathon in the fall, which meant I had to run. for multiple miles. yikes! After a taxing, but fulfilling, five miles, we got to work on our list of “to do’s” including canning more strawberry jam, making strawberry and mango fruit leather, dehydrating limes for zest, and trying to figure out what pesty creatures were taking over my squash plants. In the midst of all this, friends of ours reached out for a game night. Continue reading “Classic Summer Potato Salad”

Chaos

How easy is it to get completely trapped in the chaotic whirlwind of life? We fill our schedule with an impossible list of to do’s: working, taking care of our homes, planning meals, attempting to keep tiny humans alive. All the while, we’re dreaming of what we’d like our future to be, knowing that we are barely staying afloat to survive the present moment, let alone focus on our future.

Sound a little bit too familiar? Continue reading “Chaos”