Author: farm@powellacres.com

Winter Farm Duties
Homesteading

Winter Farm Duties

Life goes on in the winter.  Our pigs needed a new hut, so I took a shortcut and made one out of an ibc tote.  In one day, it was ready for them.  They had knocked holes in the old hut and colder temps were coming.   The smokehouse was given a coat of gray […]

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Homemade Christmas
Homesteading

Homemade Christmas

Busy and frustrating times, why do we have to work so hard to find the truth these days?  but I digress. . . Christmas was wonderful and saw lots of fun times and some homemade gifts.  One such gift was a homemade sewing basket and pin cushion for my daughter. Made from a jelly jar […]

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Upcycling
Homesteading

Upcycling

Upcycling for me is to repurpose what you have or what you can find with limited resources and turn it in to something you need/want.  This month has been so full of repairs and upcycling. For example, since Halloween was in this month, I wanted to work on some costumes for our grandson and family.  […]

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Japanese Garden
Homesteading

Japanese Garden

I am making progress on the Japanese garden.  I have added pea gravel to the dog ramp (which they are not using – yet), poured concrete and added a few plantings, as well as received 4 tons of gravel to use for mulch. I needed a column to put the Japanese lantern on.  To make […]

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Time and the Past Coming Together
Homesteading

Time and the Past Coming Together

I am working on two landscaping projects in our backyard.  The first one is maintenance and reparation of our 16 year old arbor that my husband built for our oldest daughter’s wedding and we moved with us when we bought the farm/homestead.  It was also used in our youngest daughter’s Lord of the Rings wedding […]

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Fall Farm Shenanigans
Homesteading

Fall Farm Shenanigans

So many things to do in the fall, and some of them are just for fun.  Weather predicting with persimmons is one thing I have been introduced to recently by Patara with Appalachia’s Homestead.  Apparently if there are spoons (or shovels), it means there will be a lot of snow.  So I cut open a persimmon, […]

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Preserving the Harvest, Misc.
Homesteading

Preserving the Harvest, Misc.

 I am so glad that my husband takes the time to ask, “What are you going to do today?”  I really appreciate it when he seems interested in the time we spend apart.  He gets so busy sometimes and his head is so full of his agenda. . .Today when he asked, I started looking […]

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Homestead Harvest and Maintenance
Homesteading

Homestead Harvest and Maintenance

The harvest continues.  The tomatoes have been coming in like crazy and we have put up 31 quarts of spaghetti sauce and 15 quarts of tomatoes with green chilies.  We are picking green beans as they come along (slim pickings as the rabbits helped themselves first to the plants) and canning them along with the […]

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Busy Homestead Season
Homesteading

Busy Homestead Season

So much has been happening! We are harvesting blueberries, blackberries, goji berries, raspberries, strawberries, string beans, beets, tomatoes, cucumbers, cilantro, red clover blossoms, mint, so many things I can’t even remember them all!  So far we have put up 45 quarts of beets.  We’ve eaten string beans and put up 1 quart while processing beets. […]

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