Welcoming Spring on our Small Homestead

Spring blessings to you! The weather is warming up in our neck of the woods, and it is so nice to welcome spring! We personally believe this is the beginning of the year according to our Creator, and it is so nice seeing everything come back to life!

This is the first early spring that we’ve spent in our current home, and it’s been nice to see how beautiful it is. We spent most of last year cutting back overgrown brush and choking vines. We still have a long way to go, but we have done enough to notice several redbud trees in our woods, along with a dogwood tree. The Japanese Magnolia gracing our front yard put on quite the show, and I was delighted by the many daffodils that popped up in our yard.

I just uploaded a short photo slideshow to YouTube… something I haven’t done since having an iphone two years ago. I might try to film a video before long. https://youtube.com/shorts/lUW0sAkJEog

Our chickens have been laying like mad. We currently own 16 hens, and we are getting at least 15 eggs daily. What we don’t eat we are feeding back to our flock after we boil them. They rather enjoy the treat.

My son purchased a Great Pyrenees puppy to officially stay in our new goat yard. He is darling, and is named Copper. The children are enjoying his puppy antics, and I believe he will turn out to be a good dog like our Bella.

And yes, we now have a goat yard, because we have put a deposit down on two Lamancha doelings! They are white, polled (born hornless), and live less than five miles from our house. They are exactly what we were looking for, and we are excited to welcome Sadie and Nora to our little homestead soon. I’ve been binging on Weed ‘Em and Reap episodes on youtube to learn as much as I can.

My son with Nora. Yes, Lamancha goats are born with very little external ears! They are also known to be both a docile breed and good milkers, which we thought would be a good fit for our family.

Related: I Want a Simple Life!

My vision for our raised bed garden has almost come together. My husband and son built a fence around it, and we are trying to find good compost to fill the beds. We are filling the bottom of the beds with sticks and mulch to make the initial compost purchase less expensive.

I also purchased flags to hang above the fence, thanks to a suggestion from Cog Hill Farm. This gives the illusion of the fence being higher, and hopefully will deter wildlife. The kids also love them, and I must admit they look super fun.

I asked for a garden gate just like the one I had in South Carolina…it is exactly what I wanted, and I was so happy when my husband hung the same SC hanging basket hooks from the posts. It’s a little thing, really, but was nice to see since leaving my old garden space was difficult.

My garden gate, along with the flags I hung around the garden. We plan to put either rocks or mulch over the woven weed fabric.

We kept the cost down on the fence posts by using landscape timbers, and on the raised beds by using six-foot fencing boards. The price of wood is insane right now, and we are trying to save money where we can.

We pulled out our small electric tiller, and prepared a spot for the elderberry cuttings I purchased from The Texas Boys. I overwintered them indoors, and most of them are doing great! I also have been hard at work up-potting seedlings. I just started squash seeds under our indoor grow lights. Lettuce varieties are growing strong, and the turnip seeds I sowed outdoors have sprouted.

I also recently purchased The Woodland Homestead on Amazon, because we have a lot of woods. I’d like to learn how to utilize that space better. There is so much I need to learn!

Life has been full, and I am very tired at the end of most days. I believe that’s a good thing, though. The Lord has created us to work, and I hope our children will one day see the value in it.

Life on our novice homestead has been good, and I hope and pray that things are going well in your world, too.

We have been doing what we can to steward what we have the best that we can, while staying away from the news. I’m sure some of you can relate!

Thank you so much for stopping by to read a bit about what has been going on in our home. Blessings to you and yours!

But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.

I Peter 5:10

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