Since I’m no longer homeschooling, and I no longer have little boys who need the entire backyard to
fight play in, and we expanded (and poisoned) the garden, and we got chickens, my friend suggested starting a Homestead Notebook. It’s kind of like a bullet journal, but with all the things I’m learning and doing on our small suburban micro “homestead” (which sounds way cooler than saying “in our backyard”).
And since I love bullet journaling and sketching and I’m definitely learning a lot, I thought what the heck–and I have an excuse to buy a new sketchbook! It’s a cheap, basic bound sketchbook that has no annoying spirals, and is big enough to have fun in.
Here’s what I’ve done in it so far:
I had very little tomatoes this year due to the poison, and the few I had didn’t amount to enough to make it worth doing a pressure canner load. So I tried dehydrating the few tomatoes we got and then blending them into powder. And I was super happy with the results! It is a compact way to preserve the tomatoes, and after a bit of digging around the internet I found some excellent recipes to use it in! These all came from thepurposefulpantry.com.
I am so thankful that the squash and a few other plants survived the poison. We actually had a great harvest of our sugar pie pumpkins and butternut squash. There were even a few spaghetti squash that made it!
And sourdough. I tried making my own starter when everyone else in the world was doing it when we ran out of all the yeast in the nation at the beginning of the pandemic. I failed quite a few times and gave up. But it’s always bugged me that I have yet to master it, so I thought I’d give it another go. So far, so good!
And I was super curious if gourds would grow in the Pacific NW, and to my surprise they did! I only got two this year, but I’m going to try again next year too! (Sorry the grammar on this one is all messed up. That’s what happens when I write in pen without editing my thoughts first.)
So that’s my new homestead notebook. I hope to keep adding things I’m learning, recipes I’m trying, and how it all goes here on the “homestead.” (Which, by the way, we’re now calling Treefell Farm. I’ll share the story behind the name soon!)