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While we are thrilled with our move this summer, I was very sad to leave my garden behind. For five years I poured precious time and energy, not to mention lots of sweat and chigger bites, into building that garden. When we made the decision to move in June, I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2012 at Our Backyard Homestead
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Nov 3, 2012
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After investing five years in building an organic garden at our old house, I was quite sad to leave it behind this summer. I am not in a season of life that will allow me to invest a great deal of time in building a new garden and starting over.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2012 at Our Backyard Homestead
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It was an exciting summer for our family. Not only did we have a bumper crop of zucchini which after 5 years of failure was super exciting, but we also moved to an amazing new house!! We were not planning to move, we had been gearing up to remodel, but... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2012 at Our Backyard Homestead
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For the first time since I began gardening, I have managed to get enough ahead of the squash bugs to have a successful zucchini harvest. Now, compared to books I have read which mention drowning in zucchini and not being able to even give it away, I am by no... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2012 at Our Backyard Homestead
I am so thankful that my husband held a strong disdain for watching television when we were first married. Initially, I did not share his sentiment and found it annoying that he would never sit and "veg" with me in the evenings. Our compromise was to not have cable and... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2012 at Our Backyard Homestead
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Let the record show that we picked our first ripe blackberries on May 8! This is at least three weeks earlier than ever before. We have also been harvesting zucchini, cucumbers and onions for two weeks now. I have three large-ish zucchinis in the fridge that will hopefully be turned... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2012 at Our Backyard Homestead
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Last week I had some extra kids staying with me and had a bit of a panic when I realized that I was all out of our "normal" lunch options, ie nitrate free organic hot dogs. I had some already cooked ground beef in the freezer and started brainstorming on... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2012 at Our Backyard Homestead
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The garden is full of life these days, both good and bad. The great news is that I have baby cucumbers and zucchini! The tragic news is that chigger season has started. I consider myself an expert on chiggers now. Did you know you gain expert status once you have... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2012 at Our Backyard Homestead
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I was a business major in college and adored my marketing classes. For many years, I believed that the organic label on food was nothing more than a clever marketing scheme to get people to part with a few extra bucks to "feel" like they were making healthier choices. I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2012 at Our Backyard Homestead
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I love beautiful things and that makes me a pretty terrible gardener! Why, you ask? Well, see that adorable little ladybug? The ladybugs were thick on the weeds that desperately needed to be pulled from the garden. I left weeds, spilling seeds that will in turn create more weeds because... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2012 at Our Backyard Homestead
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I believe I have mentioned that I am full of pessimism about the prospects for a garden this summer. Watering restrictions are severe and the last I heard, summer drought conditions are expected to prevail once again. My children are involved in many activities this spring and there just isn't... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2012 at Our Backyard Homestead
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I was working away pulling weeds in the garden when I heard this loud chirping today. I looked toward the new chicken coop and thought maybe one of our new pullets had made its way to the garden. More chirps. It sounds so close, maybe it's a bird on the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2012 at Our Backyard Homestead
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Tis the season for spending time in the yard and soaking up cooler temps before another hot Texas summer is upon us. Sadly, March temps have felt more like May. However, I have been telling myself for months to expect 100 degree temps by Easter so that I won't be... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2012 at Our Backyard Homestead
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I built two new raised beds this past weekend and took some pictures so I could share how I put mine together. My first three raised beds have been in use for four seasons and the wood is holding up quite well. Cedar is more expensive, but will pay off... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2012 at Our Backyard Homestead
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We brought home 8 new chickens on Saturday. 2011 was a rough year to be a chicken in our backyard. Our first year and a half we didn't have a single chicken tragedy but windstorms, hailstorms, and the hottest summer in Texas history made for lots of tears from sad... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2012 at Our Backyard Homestead
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Pumpkin contains starch, though of the winter squash family, appears to be lowest in starch content. We have not eaten much of it in the past few months as we have tried to be quite strict on a no starch diet. However, after 2.5 months of very careful avoidance, we... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2012 at Our Backyard Homestead
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Pumpkin contains starch, though of the winter squash family, appears to be lowest in starch content. We have not eaten much of it in the past few months as we have tried to be quite strict on a no starch diet. However, after 2.5 months of very careful avoidance, we... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2012 at Our Backyard Homestead
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In honor of Pi day yesterday, we ate all things pie. We started with one of my old childhood favorites, Impossible Pie. While a fun way to start the day, this recipe will require some more tweaking to convert it successfully into our grain-free, starch-free lifestyle. I will be sure... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2012 at Our Backyard Homestead
A few weeks ago, I came across the TED video of a physician that was nearly crippled by multiple sclerosis. She had the very best medical care and was taking the latest and greatest drugs, yet her health was continuing to rapidly decline. Whether you suffer from migraines or much... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2012 at Our Backyard Homestead
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A very common question I get is what kind of juicer we have. After much research, I went with a Breville, but right now am not loving it. When life is a little less busy next week, I need to call them to see what is wrong because it is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2012 at Our Backyard Homestead
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I don't know about other families, but I am certain it would not be possible to get my family to eat this much produce in one day. It might seem like a deceptively small amount in the the above picture, so I added a dinner plate in the mix to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2012 at Our Backyard Homestead
Sometime this summer, Netflix kindly suggested this oddly named documentary for me to watch. Out of curiousity I started watching and within minutes I was hooked. Of all of the food documentaries we have watched, and there have been several, Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead is far and away the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2012 at Our Backyard Homestead
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It has been a few years since the rabbits and I have been at war, but battle is underway and the rabbits are way ahead in the game! With all of the delicious lettuce growing everywhere, you would think I had provided plenty to keep them happy. Have they touched... Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2012 at Our Backyard Homestead
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We have been happily juicing since August (more on that soon) but I hate it that all of the pulp goes to feed the chickens or the compost pile. Better than the trash can, yes, but I keep thinking that we should be using it. The past few weeks, I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2012 at Our Backyard Homestead