5 Gardening Giveaways – Hurry!

Heirloom, Non-GMO SEEDS (Ends Jan 15, 2015) The winner will receive 13 seeds from 13 varieties plus 25 coconut coir pellets.   You must be signed up for the Educational Farming Forum to participate. Please follow the instructions on the linked-to page. Hurry, just a few days left. 2015 Free Seed Giveaway He is offering sweet banana pepper, Tendersweet carrot, Little Gem Lettuce, Tokyo Long Onion, and Rutger’s tomato. Subscribe to his gardening channel, watch the … Continue reading

What’s Up With the Blog?

gardeners300.jpgI ask myself that question from time to time, mostly, when a long time has elapsed since my last post. Trying to stay topic specific is one of the culprits behind the absence. There is only so much to discuss if the focus is kept in the narrow parameters of livestock & garden. Realizing this, has changed my outlook once again.

What about all the things that make maintaining this lifestyle challenging for those of us in this age bracket? Of course, there is the physical labor aspect for a woman approaching retirement age. Tilling the garden & mucking out the barn just aren’t happening as quickly or painlessly as before. But, what about financial & health components? Caring for an aging parent? Providing childcare for the grands? Some of these things are joyful and rewarding, but they are all still time, money & energy stealers. I’d like to pose some questions & get some answers on various ways to work around the obstacles in our paths.

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Garda Dibble Giveaway

  The giveaway for this must-have gardening tool is easy to enter. And it comes with a pair of gardening gloves. I love the wooden dibble my husband made to plant garlic. It makes short work of that task. Unlike my wooden tool, this versatile little dibble has removable pegs so you can change the spacing for your seeds. How cool is that? The good people at Garda Dibble are giving away 5 of these sets to get … Continue reading

5 Acres & A Dream Is Celebrating With a Giveaway

fireworks300.jpgEnter the giveaway to win a free copy of this book documenting Leigh & Dan Tate’s challenges and triumphs establishing their homestead. This is an actual softcover book complete with photos, diagrams and charts. Young or old, veteran homesteader or homestead dreamer, this book has something of interest for everyone. Take a gander at the table of contents.


Ch. 1    The Dream
Ch. 2    Defining Our Goals
Ch. 3    Setting Priorities
Ch. 4    Developing A Master Plan
Ch. 5    The Establishment Phase
Ch. 6    Food Self-Sufficiency: Feeding Ourselves
Ch. 7    Food Self-Sufficiency: Feeding Our Animals
Ch. 8    Energy Self-Sufficiency
Ch. 9    Water Self-Sufficiency
Ch. 10  Obstacles
Ch. 11  Difficult Things
Ch. 12  Work Smarter Not Harder
Ch. 13  Where Do We Go From Here?
Conclusion: Doing What We Ought

Also Included

Homestead Recipes
Calculating Protein With The Pearson Square
Homegrown Vitamins and Minerals For Goats

Entering is easy just click here.

Pulling the Blog Back on Track

When I began this blog three years ago, I’d recently lost my husband. His death meant many changes. This lifestyle had always been my dream. My husband was, at first, a reluctant partner with the muscle. Then, farming in retirement became his dream. I wondered how my adult daughter and I would be able to carry on the work of this small farm without his help. There are some universal challenges we face as we age, but … Continue reading