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My Garden Sucks. And That’s Ok.

I really didn’t want to show these pictures.

I’m cringing even now as I move my cursor to “publish”. In a matter of seconds, I’m going to kill whatever sense you had that I am a competent individual who can be trusted with important tasks.

But THAT illusion needs to be broken. I can’t pretend otherwise.

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Putting Up the Garden Harvest

It’s been a crazy busy summer over here! (Can you tell? My blog post frequency has plummeted.) I’ll be back at it in full force soon, especially since I have very exciting news to share in the next few days.

In the meantime, I’m ready to give a new garden update. Only this one is a little different, and it’s the most exciting one yet! That’s because I’m finally able to move away from focusing on the plants themselves and instead enjoy the bountiful food they are producing for us.

There’s just one problem. I haven’t cooked a meal in three weeks.

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April

Monthly Garden Update for April

April has been an action-packed month for us. The garden is producing, the hummingbirds and butterflies are back and the dog(s!!) are getting covered in ticks. And it’s time for a general property update. Lots of projects have been started at our homestead- some expected, some a complete surprise. Below is a series of photos that highlight some of these changes.

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Homestead Iron Gardening Tools

Odds are, if you’ve found your way to my website you are aware of how damaging a consumer culture is for the environment. If this is a new concept for you, please do the world a favor and watch the video below. I’ll wait.

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Getting Started with Shiitake Mushrooms

Mycelium Magic: Getting Started with Shiitake Mushrooms

Growing some of your own food is an important early step in homesteading: growing your own mushrooms puts you on an entirely different level of self sufficiency. For beginners, shiitakes are a simple mushroom to learn to cultivate. And they are delicious! Rich in ‘umami’ flavor, shiitakes have an outstanding meaty texture when sauteed, broiled, baked or grilled. Popular in Asia for centuries, they are quickly gaining traction in American markets. Beyond taste, shiitakes are also gaining recognition for their health benefits.

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