The newest issue of the terrific homesteading magazine “From Scratch” is available online, just click on the button below:
And I’m a contributing author in the magazine, with an article on getting started with goats!
It really is a great magazine with lots of terrific content – check it out and let me know what you think. Also, what would you like to see articles on in future issues?
In our early years, we moved around the country quite a bit, and ended up putting in many new lawns. We found that establishing a new lawn is best done in the fall; so we finally put in a front lawn at Bramblestone Farm this fall. Prior to this year, we had to drive the tractor through the front yard to get to part of the farm, so we never bothered putting one in.
We’ve settled on a pretty simple process for establishing a new lawn – it’s probably old-fashioned, but it seems to work quickly and effectively: bring in some good topsoil (you don’t want poor top soil with [...]
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Bramblestone Farm has a new Facebook page – please “Like” it here if you’re a Facebook fan!
I thought it would be better late than never to get going on Facebook. But, then I read this:
So, we’ll just see what happens………………
The much anticipated, new tractor arrived on Friday. Isn’t it beautiful?
One of the things that makes it so beautiful is – I can drive it! Our previous tractor didn’t have hydrostatics, and was very difficult for me to handle. This one though, is a breeze. In the picture above it’s shown with the grapple attachment on the front, which is going to help us clear out all those brambles, trees, and rocks.
We also got a front end loader and fork truck attachment - for putting hay in the hayloft, moving rock, snow, etc. It’s not worlds biggest tractor, [...]
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Started Cucumber Salad
When we have cucumbers and onions coming out of the garden, this is practically a staple in our refrigerator. Although it’s quite simple, it’s very refreshing and tastes like a “new pickle” to me.
4 cucumbers peeled and sliced thin
1 large onion halved and then sliced into thin rings
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1 cup white vinegar
1/2 tablespoon dried dill
Peel and cut the cucumbers into thin slices. Mix with the onion rings. Bring the sugar, water, white vinegar, and dill to a boil; pour over the cucumbers and chill. The cucumbers will reduce as they chill in the vinegar [...]
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