3 Reasons to Winter Sow Your Seeds

Never heard of the winter sowing method? Here is the USDA’s definition: “A propagation method used throughout the winter where temperate climate seeds are sown into protective vented containers and placed outdoors to foster a naturally timed, high percentage germination of climate tolerant seedlings.” While having “naturally timed, high percentage germination of climate tolerant seedlings” is pretty special, it isn’t one of our reasons to love this propagation technique. Winter sowing is the trifecta of … Continue reading

The Kid’s Sled to Chore Sled- A Back Saver

I always lament that time when winter is officially here and using the hose to water the livestock is no longer possible. There are few things harder on the old back then lugging water to various groups of animals and dragging the frozen buckets back to thaw. Then there’s hay and fodder to distribute. The whole process feels like it takes eons when you’re toting buckets and armloads of hay hither and yon. Practice might make the job … Continue reading

How to Build a Cattle/Livestock Panel Hoop

cattle panel hoop house

5 panel hoop Raising much of our food has long been the goal of our humble homestead. Unfortunately, I dislike all the work involved with canning & freezing the season’s bounty. Maybe you are like me. Then I read Four-Season Harvest by Eliot Coleman and learned of a better way. A way that we could extend the growing season & eat fresh food. A way that would cut down on the amount of food preservation … Continue reading

Retained Heat Cooking – So Frugal & Carefree

When I read about retained heat cooking, I knew this was a frugal solution to the dilemma of finding time to prepare healthy meals on a busy homestead. Soup or stew is boiled for about 15 minutes and then the pot is placed in an insulated container and left for the day. The food cooks slowly, much as it would in a crock pot and there is nothing scorched or stuck to the bottom of … Continue reading