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What’s Growing This Week

Creeping Geranium or Cranesbill - Geraniaceae sanguineum

After a few weeks of nice temperatures in the eighties, it dropped down and our highs have been in the sixties.  That temperature drop has slowed down the growing a bit.  I’m positive that our green beans didn’t germinate because I have nothing growing in that row but weeds.  Everything else seems to be doing […]

What’s Growing This Week

Persian Comfrey Symphytum asperum

The temperatures are pretty much always in the 70s or low 80s now in my area of Vermont. Evenings still cool down quite a bit but thank heaven the threat of frost is over.  The nice weather seems to be over so quickly here that I try very hard to enjoy it while I can. […]

Gardener’s Hand Scrub DIY

Gardener's Hand Scrub

I love getting out in the garden each year but playing in the dirt really does a number on my hands and nails.  I do try to remember to wear gloves when I work in the garden but sometimes I forget. I have a tendency to check for weeds every time I walk by the […]

What’s Growing This Week

Horseradish Armoracia rusticana

Things are officially growing in my yard. I’m so excited. Winter seems so long and it takes forever for everything to start growing again.  I have finally gotten the garden in and am eagerly waiting for my seeds to sprout.  We have tomatoes, scallions, peppers, watermelon, green beans, cucumbers, lettuce and a variety of different […]

What’s Growing this Week

White money plant - Lunaria Biennis

I have decided to start a weekly post where I share what’s growing around our property every week. I thought it would be fun to look at what grows in my area (Vermont, zone 4) and what we use it for.  How many things I share each week will depend on what’s in bloom and […]

Preparing for Unemployment

Tips for preparing for unemployment

This post on preparing for unemployment has been sponsored Years ago, when Marty and I were first married, he lost his job when a local manufacturing plant downsized.  All of a sudden, the two income salary we were used to living on was cut in half. Sure, he received unemployment benefits but they are never […]

Prepper’s Long-Term Survival Guide Review

Prepper's Long-Term Survival Guide

Product provided. This post contains affiliate links. Marty and I have been preparing for emergencies for years. It’s something we think is very important and we try to make it a priority. While everyone (hopefully) knows the basics of food, water and shelter, there are things that you need for long term survival that you […]

Clarifying Your Goals to Find Focus

Clarifying your goals

This post has been brought to you by UNITY Lenses. Several years ago, when I left my full time government job, Marty and I had the goal of being more self sufficient and relying on others less for what we needed.  We started thinking about where our money was going and how many things we […]

How to Make a Bucket List – Homestead Style

How to make a bucket list - homestead style

I’ve seen a lot of bucket lists from friends and family.  Many of them have wishes like traveling to far off places, jumping out of an airplane or meeting famous people.  I’ve had a bucket list for a few years now but my bucket list doesn’t look anything like the ones that I’ve seen.   […]

Homemade Flu Remedies – Flu Survival Tea

Homemade flu remedies

It’s definitely cold and flu season here in Vermont.  Everyone we know seems to have the sniffles or some other form of the flu.  I don’t generally run for traditional medication every time I feel a bit off.  I believe that there are herbal remedies for most illnesses.  After all, our ancestors couldn’t run to […]