Happy Homesteading

Hosted by Millie Johnson
Group active since Mon, Jan 28, 2013

This group is for anyone who homesteads or is just trying to live a more self sufficient lifestyle. Share your recipes and tips for the homestead.
My hubby and I live on a small farm have goats, horses, dogs, cats and soon, chickens. We garden and can. I am also trying my hand at cheesemaking !
We would love to hear your ideas for the homestead. Welcome ! Come sit a spell with us.

They're Heere !

By Millie Johnson
Saturday at 11:27 PM
My newest two does. I got these girls from the same woman I got Jacob, my buck from. They are going to give us some pretty kids !!! I am tickled pink ! :))))

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Friday !

By Millie Johnson
Friday, August 21 at 11:45 AM
Yay, it's Friday ! Hope you all have a great weekend. Get out and have some fun. It won't be long before summer is gone !

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Fall Planting

By Donna Graffagnino
Friday, August 21 at 3:27 AM
I planted my first batch of fall Bush Green Beans several days ago and I can already see where the dirt is starting to bulge in a few places. They should start breaking the surface in a day or two. I still have two more "barrels" to plant this weekend. I also planted cucumbers which are already 2 inches tall. I didn't get a single cuke in the spring and only one picking from the green beans before they quit. It's still very hot here and we don't really see any fall weather until October but the evenings will start cooling down next month a little. We're still in the upper 90's when it's not raining so it's really like middle of the summer planting but this is the time to plant to get at least one harvest of green beans before the first frost. We'll see....

I'm going to wait a little longer before I start the lettuces, which I mainly plant to take up space in the empty barrels from finished summer crops. Just about all of it goes to the chickens but it's fun to grow. I'm still getting eggplants, bell peppers, okra, and of course my green onions, garlic chives, parsley, oregano, basil, rosemary & tarragon. The only herbs I have to replant annually are the basil and parsley. Everything else has been growing or coming back for as long as 10 years. I am bummed that my mirlitons didn't make it this year. One day the vines were gorgeous and within 3-4 days they were completely dead. No matter how much we watered the heat was really bad this year. Next year I'm going to invest in a shade cloth to see if that will help. I hate buying mirlitons from the grocery - they come from Central America and aren't as good as the Louisiana variety.

Fall is just a month away :)

By Bonnie Beck
Aug 20, 2015
I get so excited when fall comes...

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I'm SO excited !!!

By Millie Johnson
Aug 17, 2015
Big farm news ! We are getting two new yearling does ! SO happy. The woman I got Jacob from has made me an offer too good to pass up on her two does. She is going to Panama as a missionary and will have to sell her goats. She thought of me first and boy howdy, am I glad she did ! Not only that, but with the goats I'll get 3 new milking stands, 20 16ft. cattle panels, 30+ 6ft. metal fence posts, a goat house, 3 feed barrels, feeders and misc. other stuff. All for $600 to be paid $50 a month !!!! Whoa Nellie ! Just the panels are worth over $400 and the goats are purebred Nubians. I'm putting Lil Dove and the black buckling up for sale to be able to give her more money up front, but WHAT A BLESSING ! I had offered to take Jacob over to her place to breed her does this year, free since she had given us Jacob last year. She lives about 2 hours from us. Just goes to show that if you keep a giving heart, good things will come your way. :)

Jamming !

By Millie Johnson
Aug 12, 2015
Our very first harvest from our seedless concord grape vine !!! I had to have a piece of toast with jam right away to try it out. Delicious !
The harvest would have been a little more, but the birds were helping themselves until we got some bird netting. The netting works great, btw. At least we got some grapes this year. Last year the goats ate the vine ! Glad it recovered. :)

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By Bonnie D.
Aug 10, 2015

I love this video. I haven't tried it, but if I ever get a chance, I will. This would be something to try if you raise your own pork.

Espalier...Pruning for tight spaces or just for the drama !

By Millie Johnson
Aug 3, 2015
Pruning for tight spaces or just for the drama. I love this technique. I saw it a lot in Europe.