Independence Days Challenge

Welcome to another installment of the Independence Days Challenge!  We hope you have brought some great posts to share with all of us this week.

We are very excited because this week we are welcoming a third member to our hosting group, Kat, from the blog Simply Living Simply – .  Head on over and check out her blog.  In honor of this occasion, we have designed a new image for our blog hop.  How do you like it?  

Now, you’re probably wondering, “What is the Independence Days Challenge?”

Simply put, it’s a way for each of us to share the ways that we are building our independence inside our homes and on our land.  This is all about building community, skills and growing more self-sufficient!  We are here to teach and to learn.

Feel free to share your homesteading, gardening, homemaking, cooking, organizing, and/or skill-building posts via the link-up tool below.  Make sure you link back to one of the hosting blogs in some way and check out our other participants when you get a moment.  

Each week  Heather – , Kat –  and I will pick a post from the previous week’s link-up to feature.

This week I’m featuring a post from the blog Taylor-Made Ranch – .  Their post on voluntary simplicity – really spoke to me and got at the heart of what we are trying to do here, on our own little homestead.  It is a good read.  

Thanks to everyone who linked up.  It is always tough to choose just one to feature. 

And without further ado, here’s what we’ve been up to on our homestead: 

Plant Something:
I’m having a little trouble with getting things to sprout this season.  It is frustrating but just when I was about at my wits end…. a bunch of pots showed signs of life.  Fingers crossed!  As a back-up plan, I bought 18 broccoli and cauliflower transplants.  I really want to get some fresh broccoli this fall.  I put those in the ground last night.     

Harvest Something:
Still getting some cucumbers and always eggs.    

Preserve Something:
Nothing this week.         

Waste Not:
Composting like crazy and reusing everything in the garden.  Hesitant to buy new row cover because I just want to make what I have work…. might have to break down and buy new soon, though.                 

Eat the Food:
Applesauce and eggs but not much else.      
Build Community Food Systems:
Got to read the article about our homesteading adventures that will be published in our neighborhood newsletter.  So much fun!  
Skill up: 
Learning more and more about pests and plant viruses.  Not a fun topic but so necessary.     

Thinking about it….. ;)  

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