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This Week on the Homestead: Catching Up With the Season

1. Getting back in the rhythm

With a new baby in our lives, our day to day garden operations have been thrown for a loop. We are just starting to find that rhythm again when it comes to the garden. With a little love being thrown its way, the garden is beginning to come back to life for the fall season. The nice rain we got this evening probably didn’t hurt either. The break in the temperatures just offers further encouragement to get my hands dirty. There’s pretty much always dirt under my fingernails this time of the year.


2. Our seedlings are taking off

This is the bright spot in our garden (literally). We have broccoli, cauliflower, collards, and onions growing rapidly under lights inside. Really, it was too hot to start fall crops, so we were forced inside, but it’s also letting us play a little catch up. We are sowing lots of greens in the garden beds that should come up quickly. Let’s just say a couple weeks from now our gardens are going to be looking a lot different.


3. Mulch madness has begun

Motivated by the recent drought, we have already started mulching our fruits and perennials. Our plants struggled through the brutally tough summer, and a nice layer of mulch will help them recover and get better equipped to ensure the winter. We actually may finally finish off the infamous mulch pile very soon.


4. Planting perennially

After snagging a nice assortment of plants on sale this spring, I planted most of them in pots as the garden beds were already full. They all filled out their pots nicely and were more than ready to be transplanted. With empty garden beds all around, we found some perfect locations for the blackberry, raspberry, and black currant. We, of course, had to balance them out by adding more and more comfrey plants. It should come as no surprise that I am already scoping out the next wave of plant purchases.


5. We have mushrooms!

We were gifted our first shiitake mushroom log for Christmas this past year. We watered it occasionally throughout the past year. To be honest, I had pretty much forgotten all about it until recently when I noticed a tiny bit of growth on it. By the next day, small mushrooms were forming. We are harvesting everyone we see now, and it has me extra inspired to start inoculating enough logs to feed us year round. As easy as these logs are to manage, this is going to be a staple on our homestead for years to come.


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  • Reply
    September 30, 2016 at 11:40 am

    Wow, good for you guys! I know after my first was born I was in such a daze that getting out to the garden was an almost impossible task! The poor tomatoes suffered mightily that year …

    How long is your growing season? I’m jealous that you can start fall crops in the actual fall! I have to start ours in the middle of summer, because our first frost is only a couple of weeks away 🙁

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      this natural dream
      October 4, 2016 at 8:12 pm

      I love this outlook. She definitely knew the word “no” before making her appearance- pregnancy had me craving the worst foods… I consider myself good with pain so it came as a surprise to me when I was ready to throw in the towel. More than anything I was just sad to have let myself down. You and all the other women I know (my mom included) that gave birth without medical assistance are complete rock stars to me. Being told the first time takes longer as your body goes through the birthing motions still rings in my head from that day. It gives me hope I might achieve my goal in the future. Did you by any chance take specific natural birth courses prior to having your girls?


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