Merry New Year!

Merry New Year!

As we begin a new year, we wish all of you the best and hope that your new year will be full of joy, love, and hope. Sometimes beginning something new can be scary. Maybe it is a fear of the unknown, or even the possibilities. Having such a large blank slate can feel intimidating, but you won’t know what it could mean, or what you could do, unless you try. And I don’t mean a haphazard attempt. I mean really work hard and put your back into it.

If there is one thing I have learned, even though I’m still working on it, is that you have to work toward what you want. Even if it ends up not being what you originally thought. Even if it fails miserably. We just have to learn from it and do it a little smarter next time.

Failure is the key to success; each mistake teaches us something. -Morihei Ueshiba
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2018 Hopes, Goals, and Plans

We have moved away from the typical resolutions format in favor of framing our planning around our hopes and goals. Why? Resolutions, at least in our mind, are set-up for failure. They are often built around what we think others think we should do or want, or maybe they are something we do reluctantly because we are supposed to. Or maybe we’ve been looking at too many seed catalogs and hatchery websites. *clears throat* I have found that I often romanticize or idealize the thought of the possibilities, and forget what the work actually looks like and how much time it takes. Then I proceed to overcommit and burnout shortly thereafter. Sound familiar? So we are taking a different approach this year.

This often begins with some soul searching, and then asking questions. What do we want to accomplish and what interests us? What do we hope to do and learn? How do we want to grow as individuals and as a family? Once we know more about where we want to go, we start thinking about how we will get there. Questions when framing this include:

  1. What will have the most positive impact in our lives?
  2. What do we need (resources and time) to accomplish those things?
  3. What do we already have?

And then we will start planning. Which we will begin talking about in the blog in future posts. We hope that you will join us for this journey in learning how to dream and plan our homestead, and maybe it will help you plan yours. Until next time!


Seed Starting Basics: Basic Supplies & Prep

So you’ve decided to start some seeds, but aren’t sure what you need? There are a lot of decisions to make. With all of the decisions about containers, soil, markers, and, on top of all of that, what seeds to choose?  It isn’t as difficult as you might think. It might be tempting to give up before you start because there is just so much to learn. Please do not let information overload stop you from beginning. It doesn’t need to be perfect. In most cases, the things we procrastinate on are not nearly as bad as we think they will be. With that in mind, let us begin!

To begin on your seed starting journey, you will need some basic supplies. Most are easily accessible at your local hardware or lawn and garden store.

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Seed Starting Basics: Planning

I was originally going to post about gathering and prepping your materials, but then realized I was missing one of the most important steps: planning! You really shouldn’t start planting until you know how much you need to plant and of what. It could get you in a whole mess of trouble.

Plan before you plant!

That lesson was learned the hard way last year. (more…)