Category Archives: Commentary

Homesteading in June, Here at Zone 5

Animal, Mineral and Vegetable…. Four-legged friends:  At the moment, there’s just Serenity the 19 and a half year old ragdoll cat.  It is not fair to her to bring in another cat (although she has a history of getting along … Continue reading

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Hello Fresh? Five Weeks’ Review

Decided to try this service out for five weeks.  I will follow this with another service to be determined later in the summer.  Then I shall cease with the food service reviews.  They (the services) take a lot out of … Continue reading

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Spring Homesteading Plans, 2021

Or, The Annals of Future Food! We had six inches of snow by late morning, Friday 4/16.  Most melted by Saturday; it was all gone by Sunday morning. It is the time of year that if and when it does … Continue reading

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Maple Syrup Time – Stage 1, Collecting Sap

Yes, the sap is running!   (And yes, for some of you in lower latitudes and elevations, the sap has finished running this year.) This is a first-year experience for me – I did try on one tree last year but … Continue reading

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Homesteading: Chickens and Quail, Updates and Coop Life

Life is moving along with regards to both the chicken and the quail.  Most of this post is about cooping them, along with adorable poultry photos…. Chickens:  The main (first) coop now has five hens and one rooster.  The rooster … Continue reading

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Homesteading: Evaluating This Year’s Veggie Successes and Failures; Planning for Next Year

Raised Beds:  Potatoes:  A marked success.  We will use more Yukon seed potatoes next year.  I can purchase in a local store, although perhaps I will have some seed potatoes from this year? Cucumbers:  They grew well here, but I … Continue reading

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Salt of the Earth – About a Chef’s Favorite Mineral Condiment

Contains:  Salt, commentary.  Is: Not a recipe, but a salty talk.   It was on a MasterChef episode with Gordon Ramsey, where the chef came forward with a dish that GR lambasted for not having enough salt.  The poor chef noted … Continue reading

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Prepping to Sell or Donate Home Grown Chicken Eggs

(This is the full and complete version of this blog post.  It was uploaded as incomplete this past Tuesday by accident.) These are my personal guidelines that I follow for donation or sale of extra chicken eggs from my back … Continue reading

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The Quail Have Started to Lay! Plus, How Quail Differ from Chickens

New Homestead Developments! As of this morning, July 21st, I have a total of 4 quail eggs.  Produced by my in-house Coturnix! Apparently I have at least two or three females and at least one male.  There are  seven mature … Continue reading

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Incubating Quail or Chicken Eggs

I have decided to try my hand at incubating poultry eggs in my home.  Why? Scroll down for a summary of a list of instructions! For the quail, I’d ordered some eggs back at the end of March, because 1) … Continue reading

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