Chicken Gardening Homesteading

Japanese Beetles Hate Me & My Chicken Love Me. Score.

Here I am again–gripping onto the last days of summer with white knuckled determination. Moms of college freshman know this pain. As do lovers of all things green, growing, and garden. Thankfully, this one little gardening tip I discovered offers me triple joy. . .

(And don’t miss the links near the end for a totally amazing, totally online, totally free Back to Basics Living Summit–crazy enough, I was invited to offer a professional presentation all about backyard maple syrup production!)

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This summer one daughter faced more pain in a season than any person hopes to have to endure in a lifetime. She and I traveled for weeks on end to medical trials. Then–praise God–her sisters, Dad, and I helped her pack again. This time for a college campus. For the second time in the last few years, our van was loaded with a semester-worth of necessities and a piece of my heart moved away. She moved into her water-front campus to begin her Marine Biology studies this week. Chronic pain, spinal fusion surgery, and a difficult neurological syndrome delayed her dreams for a few years, but tomorrow she officially begins her collegiate career.

Needless to say, summer days vaporized into fall mornings before I had time to immerse myself in garden time. I snagged early morning or sunset minutes whenever I could, but it wasn’t nearly enough.

But thankfully another daughter planted, weeded, and tended the garden in my absence. Kayla is a driven young woman who feels called to be a lifelong gardener, is considering a collegiate career in Agricultural Economics, and is currently studying at home towards her dual high school diploma/Associates Degree, because that’s where she can delve into every aspect of caring for our homestead. In fact, she is the true inspiration behind our homestead. Even the cows are hers.

So when I do get wonderful hours in the garden on these fleeting days of summer I love doing double duty. No, make that triple duty–this one little gardening tip I discovered offers me:

  1. Therapeutic time to escape from the day’s burdens.
  2. An easy end to Japanese beetle troubles.
  3. A treasured free snack for my beloved feathered friends who always come snooping around the garden when they see me in there.

But no need for me to write about it, when I can just show you:

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If you’d like to learn great gardening tips, as well as enjoy tons of sustainable living insight from experts in their fields, you have to check out the Back to Basics Living Summit. You’ll learn ways to jump-start your urban farm, tips on seed saving, basics on how to can your produce, and details on starting a homestead from scratch, just to name a few of the 30 fantastic topics available!

I am truly honored to be a part of this really fabulous assortment of presenters. (Be sure to check out my class: Maple Joy in 8 Steps–From Tree to Syrup.)

And the Back to Basics Living Summit is well worth every penny, so definitely give it a gander!

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