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.

Tips & Tricks Tuesday

Do you love to find a new, easier, more productive way to accomplish a task or get more bang for your buck? I’m a fan of easy, time and money saving tips. Each Tuesday, I’ll share what works for me, for others or something I read in an old Mother Earth News. This is also a feature on the new Farming in My Fifties Facebook page. Feel free to share any tips you have either … Continue reading

How to Dismantle a Pallet & Build a Raised Bed

From bird houses to kitchen cabinets, is there anything you can’t build from pallets?  Just search the word pallet in Pinterest and be stunned by all the creative projects. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve found plenty of uses for them just as they come. We’ve build pig pens, stalls and compost bins. But for some of the projects I want to build, the pallet must first be dismantled. Before we get down to business, this article … Continue reading

The Importance of Seed Selection for Senior Gardeners

Gardening is a lot of work. So, why garden? For me, at least, a garden provides healthy, clean food.  As I grow older, I become more picky about what vegetables will be taking up garden space. Like I said, gardening is a lot of work. I want varieties that grow well in this climate zone and that have superb flavor. But even more important than that is their nutrient profile. I want the most nutrient- dense foods possible. Protecting my health … Continue reading