gardening, tomatoes

How to Plant Tomatoes to Get Maximum Yields

Ever wondered how gardeners grow those massively tall tomato plants that yield hundreds of pounds of produce?

Yeah, I used to wonder that, too.

But, through years of experimentation, I have a fool proof way to plant and then grow tomatoes (and peppers!  I use this exact method for them, too!) to get maximum yields! Continue reading “How to Plant Tomatoes to Get Maximum Yields”

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gardening

5 Tips for Beginning Gardeners

tips for beginning gardeners, vegetable gardening, homesteading

The feel of dirt between your toes, the taste of a fresh garden tomato, the sound of busy buzzing bees…. sounds heavenly, right?

Gardening is a time honored endeavor to grow your own food and gain some self sufficiency.  Generations ago, it was a necessity.  Now?  It’s a way to get back to the land and reconnect with life. Continue reading “5 Tips for Beginning Gardeners”

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chickens, life on the farm

How to Raise Meat Chickens

how to raise meat chickens raising broilers homesteading

*Note- I wrote this post a year ago in June of 2017.  It’s an overall comprehensive post on raising meat chickens.  My new chicks for 2018 will be arriving this week, so I plan on blogging about it step by step to really give you an in depth look at how we do it!

Have you ever thought about raising your own meat chickens?  I’m here today to give you the lowdown and my personal experiences, both good and bad! Continue reading “How to Raise Meat Chickens”

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farmwife, kids, life on the farm

Down on the Farm- Working Cows Edition

Hey Everybody!

Well, it was a busy weekend here at the Donley farm!

On Friday I took advantage of the beautiful, if not WINDY, weather (It gusted up to 57 mph!!!) and planted my strawberries.  It felt so GOOD to get some dirt under my fingernails!  (And all my fellow gardeners said, “Amen!”).  I plan on posting about that soon (I used a different method of planting them than I have in the past) if all goes well.  #gardeningisagamble Continue reading “Down on the Farm- Working Cows Edition”

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everything, farmwife, homeschooling, kids, life on the farm, Uncategorized

Down on the Farm

Hey!

I thought I’d do a little update about what’s been going on down here on the farm!  It’s been busy, busy and spring is maybe finally in the air??

Our Charolais heifer herd starting calving a couple weeks ago!  Woo-hoo!  We were nervous about this, but so far, so good.  All calves look good and healthy and the mamas seem to be taking to their job.  Watching new calves is one of the best things ever 🙂

down on the farm
These babies are a cross between the white charolais and a red hereford bull. We ended up with little blond/strawberry calves. SO CUTE!!

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farmwife, homemaking

The Best Bread Recipe Ever!

the best bread recipe ever

Don’t you just LOVE the smell of homemade bread baking??  And what better way to define your homesteading abilities than a proficiency at making homemade bread, right?? Well, I’m here to share the best bread recipe ever with you!

Bread can be very intimidating to most people, but it really doesn’t have to be and its much more forgiving than you think.  Humans have been baking bread since the beginning of time, so, let me tell you, YOU CAN, too! Continue reading “The Best Bread Recipe Ever!”

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back where i come from, chickens, life on the farm

The Pros and Cons of Free Range Chickens

 

pros and cons of free range chickensPros and Cons of Free Range Chickens

Raising your own chickens for eggs and meat is one of the first steps for your new homestead, right?  I call chickens the gateway drug!  Trust me, you start with chickens, then you move on to goats, then pigs, then cows, then who knows what else…. and your husband and kids are like “Please stop!  We don’t want anymore chores!”  Seriously, this has NOT happened in my life- ha!

I’m here to give you the lowdown on all things chicken, but since I could probably right an entire BOOK on it, in this post, I’m only going to really touch on laying hens, and the pros and cons of free range chickens, K? Continue reading “The Pros and Cons of Free Range Chickens”

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DIY, homemaking

Easy DIY Farmhouse Decor

easy diy farmhouse decor

Do you love all the farmhouse decor that’s so popular these days??

ME, TOO!!

Especially, since I live on a farm and have always kind of decorated that way (I use “decorated” loosely…. I’m so not talented in that area!)

When we remodeled our house a few years ago, I ended up with a large, blank, windowless wall in our living room.  I had no idea what to do with it (remember the lack of talent in the decorating arena??), so I lived with it for 3 years and pondered.

Just a little background on my lack of the decorating gene… we lived in a farmhouse south of town for 4 years and I didn’t hang a single thing in the living room the entire time we lived there!!  And we had a GIANT blank wall!  Yeah….

Anyway, back to my original story and how to get that trendy farmhouse style the easy way! Continue reading “Easy DIY Farmhouse Decor”

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2018 Goals, goals

One Way to Complete a Goal

So, I’ve been a little MIA here on the blog because I have been working on a goal that I set to be completed by March 1!  And that was my quilt.

disappearing hourglass quilt. One Way to Complete a Goal

You see, I have the nasty habit of starting projects and not finishing them in a timely manner.

I have all sorts of excuses….

Life gets in the way, I don’t have time, I don’t have the proper materials, etc.

This particular quilt has been two years in the making.  I bought my fabric exactly two years ago, but first I made myself the deal that I had to complete my nephew’s graduation quilt.

So, I did, but then it took me several months of coming up with excuses before I started on mine.  I’d get good momentum, then the next step would paralyze me a little, so I’d come up with more excuses for why I couldn’t work on it.

One of my goals this year was to complete that quilt (which means getting the top pieced so I could give it to my mom to machine quilt) by March 1.  And I kept hem hawing around about why I just didn’t have time.

My sister gave me a swift *metaphorical* kick in the butt and told me I should just sit down and finish that darn thing, come hell or high water. (I’m paraphrasing here, lol).

So, ten days ago, I did just that.

I ignored everything else in my life (within reason… my family still got fed and we still got school done!) and just sewed, sewed, sewed.  And in six days I had that quilt done!

disappearing hourglass quilt, one way to complete a goal
If you look in the background, you can see my messy living room…. I told you I ignored most everything else in my life, lol.

And that’s my advice for you.

One way to complete a goal?

JUST DO IT!!!!!

Sounds like a Nike commercial, right???  But it works… albeit at the expense of other things in your life.

If you have a project that you are determined to complete this year, I challenge you to just do it and get it done.  Quit making excuses and make it happen!!

Have you ever blocked out all else in your life to complete a long awaited project or goal?  Did you like that method or do you prefer a slow and steady pace?

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