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An annual Fall tradition in our community is foraging for Autumn olives. From late September through October, the bushes of Elaeagnus umbellata are loaded with ripe fruits which can be turned into jam, fruit leather, sauce, barbecue sauce, liqueur, pies,…
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This is the second winter that we are enjoying the fruit and vegetable storage capacities of our homestead root cellar. Root cellaring is my personal favorite method of food preservation because it is the least labor-intensive, and it preserves food as…
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This year’s September garden is a mixture of glorious bounty, and total crop failures. A particularly wet August and September has left the garden much more green and lush than in recent years, yielding more green beans and kale than I can keep up with,…
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Although tiny houses are often viewed as appropriate dwellings for singles or couples, there are many families living in tiny houses with kids. Ours is one of them. We have lived in a 350 square foot house with two children, now ages 5 and 8, for three…
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Do you love the New Year as much as I do? A fresh new year is full of possibility and the perfect time to set new intentions, pick your word of the year, and declare goals. But to actually achieve your goals takes a different kind of energy, a more…
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Each year I dive into my blog’s statistics to find the top homesteading and off the grid posts of the year. Not surprisingly, these are the posts that focus on what I love to write about most: Homesteading, gardening, off the grid living, food, and…
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With a hard freeze on the horizon, I spent much of the weekend preparing the garden for the cold and harvesting vegetables for the root cellar. Although my beets may have survived the freeze, I opted to lift them out of the ground – after all, the sooner…
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One of my favorite Autumn fruits is the American Persimmon, Diospyros virginiana. This native persimmon grows across much of the Southeast and lower Midwest, and produces small orange globes of fruit on stately trees. We have planted a few trees on our…
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Over the past few years, my gardening efforts have shifted from growing a bit of everything to growing what does best in my climate and what actually fills the bellies of my family. That has meant fewer melons and more potatoes; only one trellis of…
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Even as summer draws to a close, our late season crops continue to produce amazing harvests. After a few soaking rains, I simply can’t keep up with my pole beans! We plant the variety Blue Lake Pole Bean and use a cattle panel trellis to support the…
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Creating an off-grid homestead from scratch, growing food, Waldorf homeschooling, knitting, and more in rural Missouri.