Welcome

If you are here you more than likely are either curious about homestead life or are already on the path to living your homestead dream.

Either way, you’re probably wondering how you’ll ever have time to do all the things you need to do in order to support a homestead.

On this page we will explore ways to be more efficient with our resources including time and materials. We’ll cover a variety of topics:

  • Homestead Projects
  • Gardening
  • Animal Husbandry
  • Small and Large Game Hunting and Processing

Some posts will be about our own experiences, both successes and failures while other times we’ll examine other operations and discuss lessons learned.

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Venison Tenderloin Jalapeno Poppers

One of our favorite recipes on the homestead!

Ingredients:

  • 12 whole, fresh Jalapenos halved lengthwise with all seeds and membranes removed.
  • 8 ounces of cream cheese, softened.
  • 12 slices of raw thin sliced pork bacon cut in half to make 24 pieces each 4 to 5 inches long (one package of bacon usually works out perfect).
  • 1 pound of venison tenderloin sliced very thin into 24 pieces.
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup Worcester sauce
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder, or 2 cloves fresh crushed garlic
  • 24 wooden toothpicks

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AeroGarden Review

Christmas Gift

We received this AeroGarden as a Christmas gift last year and didn’t  really think about putting it up until spring. So in March when we were getting the garden itch we got it out and set it up on the kitchen window sill. It was only about a week before the sprouts started. At first the Dill took off ahead of the pack and the Curly Parsley was the last to sprout. As you can see in the video everything is doing amazing and we are in desperate need of finding the time to cut and dry these herbs for later use. Continue reading “AeroGarden Review”

Building a Fence

How to Build a Garden Fence

 

Before planting the garden having Free Range Chickens wasn’t a big deal. They would quietly stroll around the yard uttering the occasional crow or cackle. They’d scratch and peck through the yard searching for tender grasses, bugs or seeds. Our flower beds are a mix of established Iris, Azaleas and rose bushes so they were in no danger of chicken assault. The tender flowers on the homestead are contained in large pots placed on the various decks that surround the house.

Vegetable Garden Planting

The first garden produce we planted was cole crops. The chickens didn’t seem to notice. The next day we planted onion starts and again the chickens were oblivious. This all changed when the beets and carrots started to come up and then we planted tomatoes and peppers. It seems once the chickens discovered there were tasty treats in what was once a dead zone of leaves and mulch everything we’d planted was fair game. What they didn’t peck at they tried with all their might to uncover. This led to a week of confinement that I’m sure if chickens could blog would paint me as the villain.

We Need a Fence

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Two Egg Sandwich Recipe

My Favorite Egg Sandwich

(If you just want the recipe and not the story skip to the end)

My earliest memories as a child involve me standing in a chair at the stove with either my mother or grandmother cooking eggs for breakfast. While I don’t think I was making egg sandwiches back then I do think that early training prepared me to match opportunity with necessity when the time came.

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Dogs on the Homestead

Dogs on the Homestead

I have had dogs all my life. When I was a kid I had a dog for as long as I can remember. At first they were my parents’ dogs and eventually I had a dog of my very own.

When I moved into my first apartment I went to a shelter and got a dog almost immediately. He was a little scruffy “Benji” type dog and he was always so excited to see me when I got home from work. Probably being locked in the apartment all day had something to do with that.

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The Efficient Homestead Podcast

I’ve started a podcast to help tell our homestead story. Its currently available on most podcast networks or you can click this LINK to listen on Anchor.fm. If you really want to help us out you can click HERE and sign up to support the podcast for less than the price of buying me a cup of coffee.  I can’t tell you how much it would mean to me to have your support!

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Free Range Chickens (Sort of)

We live in an area with an abundance of predators. We’ve had coyotes and bobcats as well as hawks and owls within 100 feet of the homestead. In addition, we have neighbor dogs that roam the area freely.

These factors are not favorable to letting our chickens free range at will. However, we do enjoy the benefits of letting them forage for their food when we can.

In the chicken yard

Before letting them out of the chicken yard to run free it is important that they know where home is. We raised these chickens from hatchlings but we still didn’t let them out the first day in the big coop. We made them stay in their yard for a few weeks until they consistently went to roost in the coop each evening.

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Raising Baby Ducks and Chicks

We’ve taken the plunge!

I’m sure you’ve all done it. You’ve walked by the water troughs underneath heat lamps in your local farm store. You’ve heard the beckoning “Peep Peep Peep” from the unseen shadows inside. “What was that?” you wondered, “I’ll just take a peak.” And low and behold inside was a small hoard of the cutest, most vulnerable balls of fluff.

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Cat Door Installation

Do you have a cat? We do and he is very NEEDY.

He’s only allowed to go outside on days that we will be home. He has our schedule figured out pretty good so on “outside kitty days” he is always underfoot until we let him out and then he cries at the door until we let him in.

This often disrupts whatever homestead project we are trying to accomplish whether we’re inside or out. So we decided to install a Cat Door.

We thought about our options.

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