• Flora,  Hard Lessons,  Hearth,  Land,  Permaculture,  Veggies

    From the Ground Up

    After over a year of rough pregnancy and recovery, Innisfree homestead looks far different from the picturesque vision of our dreams. Little Miss E is five months old now. That entire time I’ve spent less than five hours in the garden, and it shows. Weeds smother. Fences lean. Bits of garbage blow and scatter. It’s a dismal sight, giving me “animal farm-esque” feelings when I stop to look at it all… So that’s where we start. Completely from the bottom now, somewhat backwards from where we were even when we first moved onto the property with a clean slate, but with consistent work it can only go up from here.…

  • 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…

  • 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…