Weekly Digs #11

Weekly Digs #11

I’ve been kind of dreading writing this post today. Sometimes I really want to gloss over the hard things that happen here. We had two sets of chicks growing and thriving in our basement. The ones we incubated and the others we bought early in the season, about 7 weeks ago.

My bigger chicks I put in the chicken tractor every day last week when it was warm and dry. My stinky basement needed some relief! The chicks were so happy. One night when it was going to stay above 60 in the evening, I decided they should start spending the night outside.

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7 Must Have Garden Tools to Make Your Life Easier

7 Must Have Garden Tools to Make Your Life Easier

I’m a huge believer in having the right tools for the job. When you put a lot of effort into something like a garden it can be so frustrating to fail because you didn’t have the right supplies.

To be honest, I wish I would have found these tools years ago. I could have saved hundreds of hours of back breaking labor. I’m not kidding you. A great garden tool is like a shortcut to your best garden ever!

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11 Common Seed Starting Mistakes and Tips to Avoid Them

11 Common Seed Starting Mistakes and Tips to Avoid Them
  1. Overwatering. My kids recently experienced this one. They get so excited for starting their seeds and want to take the best care of them. It’s kind of like smothering a pet, you love it so much it hurts the pet. Don’t do that with your seeds. Wait until the soil is beginning to feel almost dry to water. And I mean almost dry, not completely dry. There should still be a bit of moisture in the soil. Your little seedling babies will be ok, I promise.

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The Weekly Digs #9

The Weekly Digs #9

I have to talk about the most exciting thing first. After incubating chicken eggs for 21 days the babies have arrived! They are the cutest little things at this age. I could just watch them all day long.

We started with 9 eggs, but we had a mishap when my daughter was trying to put the lid back on the incubator and dropped it. She cracked open an egg beyond repair. This was about 18 or 19 days in.

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How a Backyard Garden Saved Our Family $6000+ on Groceries in One Year.

How a Backyard Garden Saved Our Family $6000+ on Groceries in One Year.

Let me take you back to when I was sick with stomach pains and acid reflux. I had been trying every diet imaginable and the latest one was Paleo. I ate strict paleo for almost a year. Because Paleo is heavy on meat and vegetables our average monthly grocery bill was $1200. We do have a family of six. I was the only one who was on the Paleo diet but dinners were made so that I could eat them too.

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Asian Beef Noodle Soup

Asian Beef Noodle Soup

My family has a subtle way of telling me whether or not dinner is delicious. They will fight over who get the leftovers for lunch. Occasionally if it’s something especially tasty it will disappear at breakfast. When you have a family of six it’s almost always a race to get to the food first. Asian Beef Noodle Soup is a fought over dish! My kids like to take to school for lunch and the leftovers are always gone by the next day.

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