Category Archives: Homesteading

Canning Projects at the Homestead

Surprisingly, this summer has provided several opportunities to get more proficient with my canning skills.  And I’m stunned by the value of one purchase that’s made it all go so much easier. I believe it was last winter when my … Continue reading

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At the Wittekind Homestead: Update for 02/05/13

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a homestead update, and even though we’ve been dealing with the gloom of winter in Indiana, there’s plenty to do! Despite the fact that we’re a quarter of the way into year four at … Continue reading

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13Skills.com — Why Didn’t I Think of That?

Back in November, Jack Spirko over at The Survival Podcast started hatching this brilliant idea.  He asked his listeners to undertake a challenge; pick 13 skills to improve or master in 2013, and track goals and progress on a purpose-built … Continue reading

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A New Take on a Homemade Chicken Feeder

Fred and I are pretty proud of ourselves.  We’ve been using a cheap, plastic chicken feeder in our chicken coop since we put the chickens outside last spring.  We just weren’t managing to find something that was small enough to … Continue reading

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Egg-cellent News!

I wanted to get this out yesterday, but with sick people in the house, it just didn’t go as planned. We were so excited to find our biggest egg yet in the coop yesterday.  As you can see by the … Continue reading

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At the Wittekind Homestead: Update for 08/01/12

We couldn’t be more thrilled.  Finally, we get to announce the arrival of our first eggs! I checked the nesting box in the morning, but after noon, it occurred to me that my daughter might want to check too to … Continue reading

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At the Wittekind Homestead: Update for 07/19/12

This year’s drought has taken its toll at the Wittekind homestead.  According to the official record, my zip code saw 0.10 inches of rain in June, and I’m not even sure that my land got that much.  Our “shade tree” … Continue reading

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First Harvest from the 2012 Garden

I wanted to make bratwurst with peppers and onions tonight.  I used onions from a nearby farm, and the bell peppers came from a  quasi-local farmers market.  (My friend Sue brought them with her from about 20 miles away.) There … Continue reading

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At the Wittekind Homestead: Update for 06/12/12

I know that I’ve been MIA for entirely too long.  I kept thinking, “I’ll post updates once my husband takes some photos.” It hasn’t worked out that way though, so this post won’t have a photo documentation to accompany it.  … Continue reading

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At the Wittekind Homestead: Update for 05/24/12

I didn’t realize it’d been more than two weeks since my last update until I checked the site.  Things have been so busy and eventful here, and I guess I’ve been slacking. Last weekend was a productive weekend for Fred.  … Continue reading

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