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Potted Potato Harvest

The potatoes I planted in pots  a couple months ago were dying because of blight. So I harvested all but the healthiest one. The harvest from six seed potatoes. It was a modest harvest. Even so, I figure I tripled my planting investment. For six potatoes that isn't much, but from all the teeny baby potatoes, I figure I would have gotten more if the plants had been able to mature on their own. I'm thinking potato salad. As an experiment, though, I was pleased. Planting in pots was very easy, as was the harvest. No digging! All I had to do was dump out the contents in the wheelbarrow. The hardest part was remembering to keep the pots watered. I will definitely plant potatoes this way again! I know a number of you plant potatoes in containers; what kind of containers do you use? Any tips? Potted Potato Harvest   © June 2019 by  Leigh   at

Meowy Versus The Mouse

Where: Dan's workshop When: the other night Mouse: 1 Meowy: 0 Meowy Versus The Mouse   © May 2019 by  Leigh   at

What's Growing, What's Not

Daylilies have just begun blooming. May has been a month of harvesting the last of the winter garden and planting for summer. The fall and winter garden have pretty much wound down. Garlic has been harvested Multiplier onions are next Sugar beets and kale are still growing. The kale is Lacinato, an heirloom  variety and new for me. A keeper! It's mild, tender, and tasty. Here's some sauteed with carrots and onions. I don't remember what lettuce this is. but I want seed  from it because it never got bitter. For the summer garden I've been busy getting growing things in the ground. I had about three dozen tomato starts. They've all been planted and most are doing very well.  I transplanted pepper starts too. Do you remember the survivor strawberries Dan found last January and I transplanted in the hoop house? My one little bed has done very well. We didn't get many, but it was enough for a couple of batches of strawberry pancakes. Some of my potted potatoes . Pot

Back to Square One

About three weeks ago or so, I told you about the challenges of weaning bucklings (" Growing Up is Hard to Do .") It took awhile, but finally, things were starting to calm down and the little boys were crying less. Sunday I brought the girls up to the paddock adjacent to the little guys. I fervently hoped it wouldn't start another hollering session, and for awhile all seemed well. The Boo Hoo Boys wanting to get out. When Dan and I went out to do chores I went to get the girls but they were gone! Turns out they had broken into the puckling pasture and everybody was one big happy family again. The problem was the gate between the two paddocks. The bolt latch can be worked open if the gate is bumped often enough, which is why we have a chain on it too. Somehow the goats had rubbed and stood on the gate panel enough to loosen the latch, but the chain wasn't tight enough to keep the gate shut. The girls has worked their way through the opening. Henry, Eddie, and Jesse Jam

Of Rhythm and Routine

"I like to call our beginning years of homesteading “the establishment phase.” We have our land and the goal of becoming self-reliant, but it’s going to take a lot get there: knowledge, equipment, tools, resources, and time. Because it is just the two of us, it is especially going to take time." 5 Acres & A Dream The Book Chapter 5, "The Establishment Phase" "As I sit at my computer and reflect on the five years since I wrote that statement, I find myself asking, "Well, are we established homesteaders now? Have we transitioned from one phase to the next?" As I try to figure out how to answer that, I realize there is no way to pinpoint when our establishment phase ends and the next phase begins." 5 Acres & A Dream The Sequel Chapter 5, "Transition" (rough draft) About a week ago I showed you the results of many of our establishment phase projects (see  "Ten Years." ) We've accomplished a lot, and as I put that blog

Now Available for Kindle: 5 Acres & A Dream The Book

My first paperback  is  now available for Kindle ! If you're a member of Kindle Unlimited or Amazon Prime, it's free! I'm sure some of you are wondering, why only for Kindle when there are so many different types of eReaders out there? It's not because I'm particularly a fan of Kindle or of Amazon, so here's the story. When 5 Acres & A Dream The Book first came out at the tail end of 2013, eReaders and were still pretty basic, as was the process of converting a book file to an eBook format. There were several factors in my decision to only publish in paperback, the primary technical one being that the file size was too large. At that time eBook text files were limited to 50 MB (Smashwords still sets its limits at 15 MB). The file for 5 Acres & A Dream The Book is over 250 MB. Over the years, print-on-demand companies have developed more sophisticated conversion software and can take larger files. But there were still problems, and these had to do with