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Learning to Live With Good Enough

As much as this blog allows me to celebrate everything that’s going well for us, there are a lot of things that I wish could have gone a little differently this past year.

This was my first year out of school and my first opportunity to have a full-time job that lasted for more than the summer months. It was also my first year of marriage and the opportunity to fully pursue the “homesteading dream” that Ian and I have talked about for so long.

It was a year full of sky-high expectations, so maybe I shouldn’t be surprised that I ended disappointed with myself.

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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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DIY Seed Starting Table from Recycled Materials

One advantage of being snowed on the mountain for the past few days was that Ian had lots of time to work on some homestead improvement projects. First on his list was making the garden shed usable for me to start seeds in a few weeks by building a seed starting table.

Yes, we could have bought a folding table from Walmart very cheaply, but where’s the sustainable living spirit in that? Besides, Ian had so much fun reclaiming the old chicken coop on the property a few months ago that he was eager to start another construction project, but with the goal of only only using found materials already on the property. We didn’t want to spend a dime.

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