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Welcome chickens

After waiting for what seemed like a very long time, and a whole lot of preparation, the day finally came that we added these lovely ladies to our homestead! Neighbors from all over the mountain came, ready to help us get the coop off a trailer and tuck it safely under the barn. My youngest…

My Top 10 Garden Gear Must Haves

1.A good sun hat is a must. I picked this one up on Amazon for under $25! Not only is it super cute and lightweight, but it’s adjustable as well. Being out under those UV rays for hours at a time, it’s a good idea to protect your skin as much as possible. 2. Kneeling…

Sunny Days Are For Adventure

I grew up in Washington State, and was always bombarded with “I couldn’t live there, it rains so much!” But not all of Washington lives under a constant rain cloud – and the places I lived were in the dryer, more desert like climates. Now I live in a rainy, mountainous area of the state….

Greenhouse To Garden Beds

Living in the Idaho Panhandle and trying to garden is a learning curve. The Idaho Panhandle—locally known as North Idaho—is a region in the U.S. state of Idaho encompassing the state’s 10 northernmost counties: Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Clearwater, Idaho, Kootenai, Latah, Lewis, Nez Perce, and Shoshone (though the southern part of the region is sometimes referred to as North Central Idaho). The Panhandle is bordered by the state of Washington to the west, Montana to the east, and…

Connecting With Nature

About five or six years ago is when my journey led me to connect with nature. I grew up in a small town, and spent much of my youth on our family cattle ranch. Not long after I turned nineteen, I took off for San Diego and didn’t look back. After I lived there for…

The Way Of The Potato

It’s potato planting day on the Hart Homestead, and I learned a lot about planting this vegetable. As I posted my potato planting images on Instagram, I was shocked to see how many people reached out to ask for tips – so here I am to pass on everything I know. When choosing where to…

A Month On The Homestead

We are a month in on this wild, beautiful journey we call homesteading. And I have to say, it couldn’t be much better. There is something about being this close to nature, about working hard and seeing the results of your labor at the end of the day. It’s been rewarding to all of us….

How to make Dandelion Tea and why

Most people see dandelions and want to eradicate them from their gardens and lawns as they tend to take over and make themselves at home wherever their seeds land on a breezy day. However, dandelions have many medicinal and health benefits that just might make you look at them a little differently. They’ve been used…

DIY Raised Garden Bed Build

I’ve never built anything in my entire life. Correction. There was that one time I was in my “I’m an independent woman and I don’t need a man” phase where I built a bathroom etagere that wobbled when anyone touched it. And it’s possible I built a bird house in seventh grade wood shop. Other…

Day of the Doomed Chicken Fence

The day started out full of promise. Eager to take on our first real “farm” task of building a fence for some laying hens gifted to our homestead, off we went. Gloves on, tools in hand, we all trekked through tall grass to the area we’d designated as a home for our new feathered friends….

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