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~Our Home Education Program~

| 2011 vegetable garden, Bible, Charlotte Mason, creation science, dictation, homeschooling on a budget, homestead management, Hymn Study, In the Schoolroom, Literature, nature study, reader questions

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I think it is pretty safe to say that most homeschooling mothers are always on the look-out for the perfect curriculum. One that is wholesome, well-rounded, simple, attractive, comprehensive, preferably inexpensive. The very existence of bustling “vendor halls” across the nation testify to this fact and we’ve all known the disappointed feeling as our hope […] Read more…

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~Cost Analysis: Breakdown~

| 2011 vegetable garden, Cattle, Chickens, cost analysis, dairy, In the Barnyard, In the Garden, our homestead, Pigs

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I was asked if I would share the breakdown on the cost analysis of the garden I posted earlier and figured while I was at it, I might as well break down all the areas of the homestead in case anyone else was wondering what the specific costs were and how they cut corners. I’m […] Read more…

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~2011 Homestead Yields & Cost Analysis~

| 2011 vegetable garden, Cattle, Chickens, cost analysis, dairy, homestead management, In the Barnyard, In the Garden, our homestead, Pigs

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We’ve come to that time of the year when all the hard work of record-keeping pays off and we can see what our 2 1/2 acres actually yielded. It’s no longer about insects, rain, and predators making us feel as though 2011 wasn’t everything that we hoped it would be.  But seeing the real figures […] Read more…

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~Meeting Our Goals… Or Not~

| 2011 vegetable garden, Cattle, Chickens, garden plans, Grain, homestead management, In the Barnyard, In the Garden, our homestead

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As I begin my year-end reflections, I can’t say that I’m sorry to see 2011 go. It certainly was a year full of trials and challenges and I think that as I look back I believe our struggles might easily be summed up in a statement I made back in February, ” I may have […] Read more…

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~2011 Pantry~

| 2011 vegetable garden, food preservation

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As I had determined to do, I kept better records this year in various areas of our homestead and I realized yesterday morning that I was now able to tally up those records for not only the garden expenses, but also for the pantry inventory. No doubt, I did put up more food this year […] Read more…

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~August’s Garden~

| 2011 vegetable garden, In the Garden

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Sadly I didn’t make out to the garden but once during the month of August with my camera in hand. I thought of it often, but with a procrastinating attitude until I realized that August was nearly over and I needed a photo for my monthly update! August was a lousy month for the garden. […] Read more…

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~July’s Garden~

| 2011 vegetable garden, In the Garden

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{week two} {week three} {week four} We’re just beginning to see the fruit of our labors with a few stray zucchini’s trickling in and a couple pounds of peas and bush beans. I may be worrying unnecessarily, but I’m feeling altogether uneasy about the quantity of vegetation that this garden will produce for our family […] Read more…

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~June’s Garden~

| 2011 vegetable garden, In the Garden

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Once again, I’m reminded of just how much I love these monthly posts. (I hope you do too!) What a joy it is for me to see the weekly progress of our garden’s growth! When I pass through the gates, all I’m focused on are the negatives- stink bugs and cucumber beetles as I wage […] Read more…

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~May’s Garden~

| 2011 vegetable garden, In the Garden

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I don’t know if I  mentioned it yet, but May was a wet month for us. (I told you that didn’t I?) With nearly 5 3/4″ rain, there wasn’t much of an opportunity for us to get into the garden.  With a last frost date of the 24th, there really isn’t much we should be […] Read more…

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~Water Woes~

| 2011 vegetable garden, In the Garden, peas, spring, tomatoes

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This spring has easily been the wettest, boggiest, soggiest spring since we’ve started this little homestead venture of ours. I’m trying to stay away from the weather page and just take each day as they come. But unable to resist temptation I took a peek today and found our precipitation totals for the last couple […] Read more…

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