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I’d love to say that I kept track of just how much rain we’ve had this year, be that in inches or days with measurable rainfall, or even consecutive days of measurable rainfall. But I didn’t. So you are just going to have to trust me on this one when I say this has been […]

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One of the added benefits to having babies in the Fall is that the six month, time to introduce solid food milestone hits just as our vegetable production ramps up. And what kind of homesteader/foodie would I be if I served Marie anything but homegrown, homemade baby food? Making baby food is very easy. Even […]

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The garden plot below the pond is separated from said body of water by a rather steep hill. A hill we had terraced last year (see, we did get a few things done in 2012). This year, thanks to the help of some WWOOFers, Ben has transformed it into Pie Hill. What’s a WWOOFer, you […]

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Other than some cold nights in January, winter decided to sleep in until March this year. We saw our only substantial snowfall here in Central Virginia – twice. I’m almost never one to complain about snow, and Alston finally got to use the sled Santa left him for Christmas, but it did feel a bit […]

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This time of year, the few fresh vegetables available are largely of the green variety.  We have arugula and cabbage in the garden, still in harvest-able states, and the Brussels sprouts may be making an eleventh hour attempt at growing large enough to eat.  We also have some spinach, but that was really planted with […]

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By late August, a good portion of the produce we harvest is meant to put up for the winter (vs. sell to the restaurants).  The challenge becomes getting everything to a point where it can be shelf stable before any form of rot or mold sets in.  It’s a bit of a race in slow […]

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