• Homestead Log

    Weekly Homestead Log—6/24/18

    Here is our weekly homestead log of time spent and rewards gained on the One Hour Homestead: Routine Animal Chores Morning chores–10 minutes x 7 = 1:10 Evening chores–5 minutes x 7 = :35 Milking–15 x 7 = 1:45 Gardening Planted beets, green onion, lettuce seeds = :20 Weeding and mulching = 1:30 Harvesting asparagus, greens, snow peas, and lettuce = 1:30 Replanted melons, squash and cucumber transplants (sigh) = :20 Total Week’s Time 7:10 Results 1 dozen duck eggs 5 1/2 dozen chicken eggs Milk — 5 quarts (made a 2lb farmhouse cheddar) Two gallons of lettuce A quart of snow peas 1/2 lb of asparagus…last of the season

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    Homestead Log

    Weekly Homestead Log–6/17/18

    Here is our weekly homestead log of time spent and rewards gained on the One Hour Homestead: Routine Animal Chores Morning chores–10 minutes x 7 = 1:10 Evening chores–5 minutes x 7 = :35 Milking–15 x 6 = 1:30 Gardening Planted more green bean seeds = :20 Weeding = 1:15 Harvesting asparagus, greens, snow peas, and lettuce = :40 More mulching around potatoes and some paths = :30 Total Week’s Time 6:00 Results 1 dozen duck eggs 5 1/2 dozen chicken eggs Milk — 4 quarts Two gallons of lettuce One gallon of braising/stir fry greens A quart of snow peas, and a handful of sugar snap peas 1 lb of asparagus

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    Homestead Log

    Weekly Homestead Log–6/10/18

    Here is our weekly homestead log of time spent and rewards gained on the One Hour Homestead: Routine Animal Chores Morning chores–10 minutes x 7 = 1:10 Evening chores–5 minutes x 7 = :35 Milking–15 x 7 = 1:45 Gardening Planted even more seeds for sweet corn = :15 Transplanted a few replacement tomatoes, cucumbers, summer squash, and melons = :30 Weeding = 1:00 Harvesting asparagus, greens, snow peas, beets and lettuce = :40 Mulch around potatoes and some paths = :15 Total Week’s Time 6:10 Results 1 dozen duck eggs 5 1/2 dozen chicken eggs Milk — 5 quarts (4 quarts made into chevre) One gallon of lettuce One gallon of braising/stir fry greens A quart…

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    Homestead Log

    Weekly Homestead Log–6/3/18

    Here is our weekly homestead log of time spent and rewards gained on the One Hour Homestead: Routine Animal Chores Morning chores–10 minutes x 7 = 1:10 Evening chores–5 minutes x 7 = :35 Milking–15 x 7 = 1:45 Gardening Planted more seeds for sweet corn (first batch did not come up), bush beans and dried beans = :30 Planted another 5 lb of seed potatoes = :20 Transplanted more peppers,  tomatoes, plus tomatillos, basil, cucumbers, winter and summer squash, melons = 1:00 Weeding = 1:15 Harvesting asparagus, greens, snow peas and lettuce = :40 Hill potatoes = :20 Total Week’s Time 7:35 Results 1 dozen duck eggs 6 dozen…

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    Homestead Log

    Weekly Homestead Log–5/20/18

    Here is our weekly homestead log of time spent and rewards gained on the One Hour Homestead: Routine Animal Chores Morning chores–10 minutes x 7 = 1:10 Evening chores–5 minutes x 7 = :35 Milking–15 x 7 = 1:45 Marmalade and I are back in the milking routine.  I milk each morning, using a machine.  The milking only takes about 5 minutes, but putting the milk away and cleaning the machine take about 10 minutes. Gardening Planted seeds for sweet corn (early and mid-season varieties), bush beans, and pole beans = :50 Transplanted peppers, some of the tomatoes, and eight sweet potato slips = 1:00 Weeding = :30 Finish setting…

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    Homestead Log

    Weekly Homestead Log–5/13/18

    Here is our weekly homestead log of time spent and rewards gained on the One Hour Homestead: Routine Animal Chores Morning chores–10 minutes x 7 = 1:10 Evening chores–5 minutes x 7 = :35 Milking–15 x 4 = 1:00 Our doe is still producing colostrum for her new kid.  But, since she only had one baby, she needs to be milked out a bit.  Some of the colostrum went into the freezer (in case any future kids need it in an emergency) but most was enjoyed by the cats and chickens. Gardening Water seedlings and transplants–:30 Start flat of melons, squash and cucumbers–:20 Other Projects Goat birth and cuddling baby…

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    Homestead Log

    Weekly Homestead Log–5/6/18

    Here is this week’s log of time spent and rewards gained on the One Hour Homestead: Routine Animal Chores Morning chores–10 minutes x 7 = 1:10 Evening chores–5 minutes x 7 = :35 Gardening Water seedlings–5 minutes x 3 = :15 Plant seed potatoes, beets, green beans, carrots, lettuce and snap peas = 2:00 Transplant lettuce, kale, collards, broccoli, chard, parsley, leeks = 1:30 Fence garden = :20 Disassemble mini hoop house = :10 Other Projects Stare at the goat who still has not given birth = 1:30…at least Clean and prepare milking machine = :30 Total Week’s Time 8:00–surpassed one hour per day Results 1 dozen duck eggs 6 dozen…

  • Homestead Log

    Weekly Homestead Log–4/29/18

    Here is this week’s log of time spent and rewards gained on the One Hour Homestead: Routine Animal Chores Morning chores–10 minutes x 7 = 1:10 Evening chores–5 minutes x 7 = :35 Gardening Water seedlings–5 minutes x 2 = :10 Burn planting holes in landscape fabric = :30 Plant 200 onion sets/plants = 1:35 Replant onion sets — :15 Water and weed mini hoop house = :15 Other Projects Repair of chicken pen (damaged in winter storm) = :30 Final preparations for kidding pen (clean, fresh shavings, etc.) = :20 Total Week’s Time 5:20   Results 1 dozen duck eggs 6 dozen chicken eggs

  • Homestead Log

    Weekly Homestead Log–4/22/18

    Here is this week’s log of time spent and rewards gained on the One Hour Homestead: Routine Animal Chores Morning chores–10 minutes x 7 = 1:10 Evening chores–5 minutes x 7 = :35 Gardening Water seedlings–5 minutes x 2 = :10 Lay out landscape fabric and drip tape in garden = 1:05 Move seedlings back out to mini greenhouse = :10 Pot up 120 tomato and pepper seedlings into larger containers = 1:45 Water and weed mini hoop house = :15 Total Week’s Time 5:10  (ramping up, but still less than one hour per day)   Results 1 dozen duck eggs 6 dozen chicken eggs  

  • Homestead Log

    Weekly Homestead Log–4/15/18

    Here is this week’s log of time spent and rewards gained on the One Hour Homestead: Routine Animal Chores Morning chores–10 minutes x 7 = 1:10 Evening chores–5 minutes x 7 = :35 Gardening Water seedlings–5 minutes x 2 = :10 Water seeds in mini hoop house = :05 Other Projects Barn cleaning = 1:15 Total Week’s Time 3:15 Additional Time Spent Complaining about the weather (when will spring get here so I can garden??)= 3:00+ Results 1 dozen duck eggs 6 dozen chicken eggs