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In 2011, when my hubby and I bought our little 10-acre homestead, it started out resembling a moonscape. But it came roaring back to life with some tender loving care and well-timed, much-needed rain. The Pasture, as it has come to be known, is now teeming with life. And we suffer from Pasture Deficit Disorder anytime we’re away from it. Along the way, we’ve added chickens, longhorn cows, and plenty of cats and dogs to the mix! We grow a few veggies, a few peaches, lots of herbs, and harvest native pecans and wild dewberries. We’ve taught ourselves how to install hundreds of feet of water lines, build a chicken coop, build lots and lots (and lots) of fencing, build decks, and we even built a 28 ft. x 56 ft. post-frame barn – all just the two of us! Grab a cup of coffee and join us for our adventures.
As mentioned in my Small Gardens Can Make a Big Difference post, I completely changed directions with my garden this year. I built my first raised bed not thinking we’d actually get it set up in time for this year’s garden, but we did. Buy a Raised Bed Kit or Build it Yourself? There are […]
Think you have to grow a huge garden to be self-sufficient? Think again! It’s amazing what a big difference even a small garden can make in securing food independence and security! By Cheryl Aker, Pasture Deficit Disorder Hello, fellow Homesteaders of America! I’m a new contributor here and I’m excited to share my homesteading journey […]
Learn the signs of heat stress in chickens and over 10 ways you can help your backyard flock beat the heat and keep your chickens cool in summer! Here in central Texas, the heat and humidity can be a brutal combination. And the “season” for heat and humidity can seem to go on f.o.r.e.v.e.r. So […]