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Tomato Planting, Sourdough Baking & DIY Ceiling Project

Tomato Planting, Sourdough Baking & DIY Ceiling Project

Hey everyone, welcome back to Backroads Homesteading! Today was another vibrant day out here, filled with gardening, bread-making, and some unexpected guests from nature.

We started our day planning to plant some lovely tomato seedlings given to us by our friends Jason and Tara. With our trellis ready to support their growth, we’re excited about the bounty of tomatoes we’ll harvest this year. We’re planting them a bit further apart this time to ensure they grow upwards rather than outwards, which helps in preventing any spoilage and maintaining good airflow around each plant.

In the midst of our planting, I decided to multitask by recording an audio podcast. For those of you who love tuning into our talks, check out our podcasts on Backroads Homesteading. We’ve got a whole series available that you can download or stream during your commute or while you’re gardening!

While gardening, we tackled some bread-making as well. I tried my hand at a sourdough loaf using a starter from Terry – and let me tell you, it turned out deliciously warm and comforting. It’s these small victories in the kitchen that make homesteading so rewarding.

Our work didn’t stop at the garden and kitchen. We moved on to some DIY projects, trying to get the ceiling up in Link’s room. We’re working with natural wood and figuring out installations for low-profile can lights. It’s a learning curve, but each step teaches us something new.

Interestingly, while working we encountered some curious salamanders and a toad, reminding us that we share this space with many other creatures. It’s essential to observe and respect these little fellows, ensuring our homesteading activities don’t disrupt their habitats.

By the end of the day, we managed to install new lighting and planned out the ceiling fan installation. Tomorrow promises more tasks, with a mini-split installation and flooring on the agenda. It’s busy here, but that’s how we like it.

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Protecting the Homestead: A Comprehensive Guide to Safeguarding Your Rural Paradise

Protecting the Homestead: A Comprehensive Guide to Safeguarding Your Rural Paradise

Hey there, fellow homesteaders and nature lovers! It’s Ryan here, from backroadshomesteading, and today, I’m thrilled to share a piece of our journey with you. We’ve recently released a video titled “Protecting The Homestead,” and I believe it’s one of our most vital episodes yet. It’s not just a video; it’s a chapter from our life, showcasing our relentless dedication to safeguarding our beloved homestead.

The Essence of Our Homestead Protection

In this video, I take you through the essence of our daily grind – protecting the land that’s become an integral part of our lives. These fields behind me aren’t just plots of land; they’re the heartbeat of our homestead. This journey isn’t just about planting seeds or fencing land; it’s about cultivating a future, a sustainable way of life that can be passed down through generations.

A Fence, But Not Just Any Fence

I dive deep into the world of fencing, not just as a barrier, but as a strategic investment in our future. It’s fascinating how a simple structure can hold so much significance. From solar fence energizers to electric fence holders, every tool and piece of equipment is a testament to our commitment to this land. But as you’ll see, it’s not just about keeping threats out; it’s about creating a harmonious space where every living thing thrives.

More Than Just Land Management

Our homestead is more than just a piece of land; it’s a complex ecosystem. I walk you through our thoughtful planning and resource management strategies. The way we structure our fences, considering factors like the depth perception of deer, reflects our deep understanding and respect for nature. But our stewardship doesn’t end there. It extends to managing pastures, optimizing the location of our chicken coop, and even the strategic placement and removal of trees.

Building Community and Future Prospects

One aspect of homesteading that’s incredibly close to my heart is the sense of community. In the video, I touch upon the significance of neighborly relations and how they can shape the future of a homestead. Our plans for AGR tourism and educational initiatives are all about sharing our journey and learning together as a community. This journey is not just about individual growth; it’s about growing together, learning from each other, and building a future that’s sustainable and enriching for everyone involved.

Reflecting and Looking Ahead

As the video draws to a close, I share some reflections on our homesteading journey. The history of our land, its past, present, and the potential future paths it might take, are all part of this incredible adventure. It’s a constant balance between respecting the past, nurturing the present, and planning for the future. And throughout this journey, the importance of community and adaptability shines through as the true pillars of a successful homestead.

I’m embedding the video right here for you to watch and hopefully, find inspiration and insights for your own homesteading journey.

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Bracing for Winter: Preparing Home and Garden for Arkansas’ First Polar Vortex

Bracing for Winter: Preparing Home and Garden for Arkansas’ First Polar Vortex

As you know, we’re always up for a challenge, and this time it’s Arkansas’ first-ever polar vortex. That’s right, our homestead is bracing for some icy temps, and I’m here to share our frosty adventures and how we’re keeping things snug and secure.

First off, this whole crawl space situation is new to us. We’re used to basements back in Wisconsin, so dealing with exposed plumbing is a bit of a curveball. We’re mitigating risks by turning off water where we can and letting faucets drip to prevent freezing. Homesteading tip: always stay one step ahead of the weather!

Now, let’s talk about our new colossal buddy – a 20-foot ladder, courtesy of Warner. This giant isn’t just any ladder; it’s a double-sided, 600 lb capacity beast that’s making our high-altitude tasks a breeze. And, as our homesteading pals wisely say, safety first! This ladder’s wide base is a game-changer for stability.

Despite the prep, we faced a deluge of rain and wind recently, really putting our homestead to the test. We found a few leaks around window seals and screws needing adjustments. But hey, it’s all part of the homesteading journey, right?

On a brighter note, I’ve been juggling indoor tasks like video editing and web design. Still, I’m sneaking in time to enjoy the outdoors and tend to our garden. Speaking of which, our wild chives are thriving, and I’m hustling to harvest them before the frost. Fun fact: the grass here in Arkansas doesn’t demand as much mowing as back in Wisconsin – talk about a gas saver!

Our Decora bamboo is facing its own chilly challenge. It’s cold-tolerant, but these upcoming zero temps are a real concern. We’re doing our best to insulate it with extra mulch and care. And about our hydroponic cacti experiment… well, let’s just say they prefer warmer weather.

We’re also reinforcing our orchard against the strong winds and cold. The good news is our berries and fruit trees are holding up well. Homesteading is all about adapting, and we’re learning to roll with nature’s punches.

As the vortex approaches, we’re sealing up the homestead, layering extra protection on our plants, and ensuring our bamboo’s root system is safeguarded from the freeze. It’s all hands on deck here, and we’re determined to protect our little slice of Arkansas heaven.

In our workshop, we’re prepping with plenty of wood for the furnace and strategizing to keep the warmth circulating. Homesteading isn’t just a lifestyle; it’s about resilience, innovation, and a whole lot of heart.

So, as we wrap up and brace for the cold, remember, this is just another chapter in our homesteading story. Stay tuned for more updates, and don’t forget to hit that subscribe button. Thanks for joining our frosty journey, and remember, Affiliate Links support our channel at no cost to you. Stay warm and see you in the next video!