Gardening Journal

April 22 – Celebrating Another Day of Managing God’s Wonderful Creation

Today is “Earth Day”.  But, for me, as a Christian, today isn’t about celebrating the earth.  It’s about celebrating God who created the earth, who owns it, and has tasked his creation (man) with management of it. How amazing is it that God, who created the universe, would give mankind the privilege of managing a little… Continue reading April 22 – Celebrating Another Day of Managing God’s Wonderful Creation

Hen Happenings

Chicken Care During Molting Season

It’s that time of year again.  The days are shorter with less sunshine and warmth.  The grass and trees are heading into dormancy, the vegetable garden is becoming less productive, and the chickens are beginning to molt. Molting is a natural part of life for chickens.  The process of losing and replacing feathers is a… Continue reading Chicken Care During Molting Season

Gardening Journal

Gardening For The Taste of It

Why do I garden? To be sure, I do it because I want to be able to supply my family with the freshest, most sustainably and naturally grown food that I can buy.  I also do it because I love to get outdoors and dig in the dirt; it’s a great way to exercise, be… Continue reading Gardening For The Taste of It

Gardening Journal · Things I've Learned

Let Volunteers be Your Guide for When to Plant

A question I am often asked is, “when do I plant?”  It’s an important question.  Different plants require different growing conditions and should be grown at different times. Without a doubt, one of the keys to a successful garden is knowing when to plant all of the different varieties that you will be growing.  But, how does… Continue reading Let Volunteers be Your Guide for When to Plant

Gardening Journal

Taking My Time With Cold Seed Stratification

It’s that time of year again…indoor seed sowing time!!! I’ve already sprouted and potted up brassicas, sown lettuce and pea seeds, and am getting ready to start on the nightshades, herbs, and annual flowers. This year, in addition to all of the annual fruits and veggies that I’ll be starting from seed, I’m also going… Continue reading Taking My Time With Cold Seed Stratification

Gardening Journal

Transplanting, Instead of Culling, Makes Me a Much Happier Gardener

Ever had a hard time thinning or “culling” those extra seedlings that spring up from over-sowing or volunteering?  It’s very common, in my garden, to find seedlings that are way too tightly packed together.  Even though I know it is the absolute right thing to do, I can’t tell you how it pains me to… Continue reading Transplanting, Instead of Culling, Makes Me a Much Happier Gardener

Hen Happenings · Things I've Learned

Learning From Loss and Counting our Blessings Out at Our Happy Homestead

It’s chick hatching season out at Whit’s Acres, and with it has come a month full of anticipation, expectation, stress, life and loss. Each time we hatch a new batch of chicks, I’m reminded just how fragile and precious life is. I am always amazed at the privilege and responsibility we have to help bring… Continue reading Learning From Loss and Counting our Blessings Out at Our Happy Homestead