• Flora,  Permaculture,  Veggies

    Bean Harvest – Northeasters & Yin Yangs

    We planted four types of beans in the beginning of February (Northeaster, Christmas Lima, Yin Yang, and Egyptian Brown?? not too positive of the name on the last one there…), and roughly three months later came time for harvest! The Christmas Lima beans never really took off (whether from chickens, birds, or both), and the Egyptian Browns are still in full swing. The Northeasters, and Yin Yangs, however, both seemed to time perfectly! This being our first year of planting, we decided to try a number of different varieties, so we could figure out what works well for the property, as well as what we like! Northeaster Beans Purchased from…

  • Fauna,  Permaculture,  Sheep

    Lambs on the Homestead

    We never expected to get sheep. Mr BirdCat would say now and then that he wouldn’t mind if we got one as a lawn mower, but that’s about as far as it went. This week, we welcomed two East Friesian ewes home after a three hour drive with them inside the back of our car…. We knew from the start that we’d like a dairy animal, and figured that a cow would fit the bill nicely. The city council here doesn’t allow goats, and we didn’t even consider sheep. It wasn’t until we had problems with our dairy cow, and asked around about the best ways to fix our half…

  • Flora,  Permaculture,  Veggies

    Garlic & Onion in the Ground

    With the cooler Autumn weather here comes time to plant out garlic and onions. We’ve had a little bit of experience growing onions before and recently harvested our delicious shallots (perfect for chopping up for a sandwich or two!), but haven’t tried normal onions or garlic before. We’re super hopeful that these all take off as it’ll save us money, and nothing beats organic and fresh! The Garlic Mr BirdCat and I eat a lot of garlic! Nearly every cooked dish has at least some in there…and more often 2-3x the amount the recipe will say. It isn’t unusual for us to go through a whole bulb a week for…

  • Hearth,  Permaculture

    Can TV Inspire Homesteading & Self Sufficiency?

    When Mr BirdCat and I got married in the beginning of 2018, neither of us expected to live the life we are living now! I was definitely in a more homesteady mindset than he — but even then, my thoughts wouldn’t land me where we are now. Growing up I had plenty of opportunity for gardening and farming, and while I liked the idea of it, I usually preferred to stay inside and work on websites or the like. It’s still a work in progress for me to knock back my natural tendencies wanting to stay holed up inside, but there’s been leaps and bounds made so far, and each…

  • Chooks,  Flora,  Permaculture,  Veggies

    The Veggie Patch

    Despite dabbling with veggies over the last couple of years, it wasn’t until starting our 6m x 6m veggie patch in the beginning of February 2020 (getting on to the end of summer here) that I felt like a real gardener and homesteader. Stay tuned for a post on how we started our veggie patch, but over the past few months we’ve gone from this: To this: The original idea was to have five rotating beds, with them moving along each Spring to help with nutrients and pests. In order, the original five beds were: Fabaceae (Beans, peas), also was planning on putting onions and garlic here?? Have since learned…

  • Back paddock
    Cattle,  Chooks,  Fauna,  Land,  Permaculture,  Sheep

    To Fix a Paddock – Part 1

    Our property here backs onto half an acre of land owned by the local roads jurisdiction, and has been fenced and used by Mr BirdCat’s family for the past twenty years. As long as we maintain it, and don’t plant any trees or permanent structures, we can use it. This is a fantastic benefit! Though the property we are on is an acre and a half itself, Mr BirdCat and I really only have access to a quarter of an acre. By backing onto the paddock, it extends our land to the point where we can manage our own livestock beyond chickens. Just one problem — it has sat out…