Finding Resources in Your Own Backyard

It has been a massive search for things to use for building materials. I was considering pallets but as right now I have no way to transport them without paying someone. Remember I like free and cheap. I can't afford to put out money and run to Home Depot, Lowe's, or any other type of … Continue reading Finding Resources in Your Own Backyard

Introducing Artwork by Claire

My beautiful talented daughter has finally found her style for painting. I may be biased but I think it is very pretty, enchanting if you would. She will be blogging and making her paintings available for sale on the Farmstead Etsy store. Setting her photos and Etsy category up is still in process. The goal … Continue reading Introducing Artwork by Claire

The Incredible Rosemary

Common Name Standardized: rosemary Latin name: Rosemarinus officinalis Plant Family: Lamiaceae (mint) Overview This is a woody, perennial plant with a 2 year life span, or so I have heard, mine typically live for several years. It is native to the Mediterranean and a member of the mint family. It is a fragrant addition to … Continue reading The Incredible Rosemary

Rhode Island Red Chickens

Rhode Island Red chickens are a dual purpose bird that was developed in New England in the mid 1800s. They lay large light brown eggs. They are considered one of the least aggressive breeds of chickens. They are healthy producers with hens averaging 200 to 300 eggs per year. Dual purpose means they are also … Continue reading Rhode Island Red Chickens

Calendula Flowers

Common Name Standardized: calendula Other: marigold, pot marigold Latin name Calendula officinalis L. Plant Family: Asteraceae Overview Calendula is a well-known herb and garden plant that has been used topically, ceremonially, and as a dye. It is also used as a companion plant in many vegetable gardens. This is an edible flower used in teas, tinctures, and … Continue reading Calendula Flowers

Red Sex Link Chickens

What makes red sex link chickens special? They are easy to sex as chicks. Pullets (baby hens) are shades of red and the cockerels (baby roosters) are shades of lighter colors. Why is this is important? Most people want hens primarily. Hens are where we get eggs. Roosters sole purpose is if you want fertilized … Continue reading Red Sex Link Chickens

Single Sustainable Mom vs Enchanted Farmstead

There has been some question as to why there are two different names floating around. I am Single Sustainable Mom and my farm name is Enchanted Farmstead. It really is that simple. I use SSM for Facebook and Twitter and Pinterest. For farm business I use the farm name. Single Sustainable Mom I have spent … Continue reading Single Sustainable Mom vs Enchanted Farmstead

Getting Ready for Chickens!

I picked up the first set of hatching eggs. Birdman will be by to pick them up and put them in the incubator this week. It's awful when your job gets in the way of your work. You do what you gotta do. There will be other breeds running around soon too. I love variety … Continue reading Getting Ready for Chickens!

Make Your Own Household Cleaners

Part of becoming sustainable is getting back to basics and making much of our needed supplies ourselves. I have made laundry soap before and for a lot less than what the stores sell it. That is a really old post actually. It is complete with video, well video of sorts. I haven't gotten into making … Continue reading Make Your Own Household Cleaners