A place I will document our journey in living off the land

Broken ground… March 31, 2013

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We broke ground on the garden yesterday.  So exciting! I have a BIG bale of straw to mulch with. Hoping to keep those weeds at bay! A few pictures of our day ♥ we were given the use of a tractor and plow, and I am so thankful for that!



There is a huge composted manure pile. Love being on a cow ranch!




Finally have a tentative plan March 27, 2013

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So, Ive been searching for garden planning software for awhile and finally found what I needed! This site is really cool and I just spent far too much time playing with a garden layout. Its free for 30 days or $25 for the year. I do not know what all the perks are just yet, but I am pretty happy that it gives me the layout tools I needed to easily get this garden planned out.

Here is a link to my garden rough draft:

Here is a link to the website:

And I am doing companion planting, so I used a few different charts, but I liked this one the most:

Have you gotten your garden planned out yet?? I would LOVE to see your garden if you decide to try the planner. Just leave me a link in the comments!



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I have sprouts already! Which is major exciting 🙂

Say hello to broccoli and cucumbers!



I have moved them into a warmer room, where I hope they get more even lighting.


Starts! March 25, 2013

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I started zucchini, broccoli, pumpkin, pickle cukes (I canned 30 lbs of pickles last year. We ran out by November. 3x that amount for this year is planned) and watermelon. I cannot wait to see sprouts!


Getting started! March 22, 2013

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Its a snowy day today. Since working outside is out, instead I will start some of the seeds I purchased yesterday. And decide how I will be planting those lovely seed potatoes!


Do you Pinterest? March 18, 2013

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I love Pinterest! Just wanted to throw out a few of my boards. I have a Garden Ideas and a Lets Build A Farm! because one day, we WILL own our own property 🙂



I try to add to these all the time, the farm one is ideas for a house as well as other things I would love to have one day.


Tomato planting in mind.. March 17, 2013

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Last year, I failed my tomatoes. I did not stake them or cage them well enough, and they went WILD. I guess the tomatoes did well enough, they grew HUGE, but it was a pain to harvest and I lost a few due to being on the ground. We had a terrible grasshopper issue, and they LOVED red tomatoes. I ended up having to ripen tomatoes in the house, otherwise, I would lose them to the grasshoppers.

Ive been browsing Pinterest, and I came across a different way to give tomatoes support. And it will be what I try this year. Instead of using traditional cages, which a lot of tomatoes quickly outgrow anyway, you use stakes and string. Similar to what you would do for beans and peas. This blog has a great explanation of one way to do it:

I’m thinking I will try this AND try the “Florida Weave” method as well, to see which works best for us. My tomato plants were gorgeous last year, but so unruly they were unpleasant to deal with.

Here’s to hoping for another bountiful tomato harvest in 2013! I canned a lot of our tomatoes from last year and I LOVED not needing to buy any from the store, PLUS they taste so much better!