Thank you all for your great comments on the post last week about the fifth anniversary of Hip Chick Digs! It was SO fun to read all of your comments about your homesteading journey and get to know you all better – especially you quiet ones who have been with me for several years! Thanks to a random number picker, Kat is the winner of
We finally settled on names for the newest additions to the backyard homestead. There were some really good suggestions from comments my earlier post, my Facebook page, plus a few Twitter messages. Several would have been good future kid names, so we reserved those 🙂 But here they are, the newly named ducks: Pepper is our black runner duck and one of the first to
The fine folks over at Fulcrum Publishing are offering a giveaway for my book, Modern Homestead. All you need to do is comment on their blog or Facebook page offering one of your best homesteading tips. Tonight at the dinner table I was talking with Jay about how I approach moving into new digs. Step one is to set up a compost system. The compost
It has been a great week with our new homestead addition: the darling foursome of runner ducklings. They have grown really fast in such a short time, and it’s high time these ladies had proper names. What better place to go for ideas on names that you guys! I would love your suggestions. Let’s introduce them one at a time. First up is the largest
I need your help! I hinted the other day that our backyard flock of chickens may be getting some new neighbors. We are adding ducks to our modern homestead and we need to decide on a breed. These cute little creatures are becoming increasingly popular as a backyard livestock option. They are docile creatures and light-weight breeds are generally poor flyers with high egg production.
There are those people in the world that dutifully mark their planted seeds with little signs, either from the plant start or home-made, that clearly label what is growing where. I generally consider myself anti-plant tag when it comes to my own backyard. However, this season might be a good example of why those come in handy. For several weeks this spring/summer I had a
RED!!! We let out a huge sigh of relief when we saw the first coat of red go on – it was exactly what we were hoping for. And it was the color with the biggest votes on this blog! Thanks everyone for your input. Little by little, we are leaving our thumb print on this house of ours. This fall we are planning to
As a celebration of our Independence Day, let’s exercise our freedom of speech with a little election! To give you some background, almost a year ago we moved into this very unloved and neglected 1927 bungalow. As soon as we moved in, we spent many weekends and evenings working on the interior: painting those drab white walls, peeling off crumbling plaster, fixing plumbing problems, installing