Our first lamb – Katahdin Dorper Cross

Our first lamb – Katahdin Dorper Cross

Sheep
Haven't written a post in what seems like forever, I broke my leg and sitting at the desk is hard! But I'm back on my feet and with a beautiful surprise taBoot! This is what I woke up to this morning. Our first lamb, a Katahdin-Dorper cross... Our ewes are "hair sheep" that means (among other things) they do not need to be sheared. I hate sewing and knitting and all things in "that" department. (much to my lovely quilting mother's dismay!) I watched my mother deal with wool, pulling and pulling the hair, cleaning it, bleh. Yes, hair sheep are for me. The mother, Mattie Belle is a Katahdin breed. Our one and only ram is a Dorper. The Katahdin breed is an easy to care for, meat type…
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Know About Hydroponic Nutrients and Their Benefits

Know About Hydroponic Nutrients and Their Benefits

Hydroponic Gardening
The concept of the term “hydroponic” has been there for thousands of years. The idea of gardening without the use of soil is known as Hydroponic Gardening. This form of gardening has become very famous in the recent times, though the usage of this form of gardening dates back to 50’s era. Many developing countries are using this method and are extremely content with results.How is Hydroponics Beneficial?The several advantages of Hydroponics are as follows:If compared with soil gardening, Hydroponics are way better as they have increased rate in growth of the plants are much higher.Through Hydroponics, the intake capacity of Oxygen in plants increases which helps them to give high quality yields.Plants that are grown through Hydroponics are of better physical state.They seldom use energy and comparatively get less…
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Some Important points about Farm Storage Sheds

Some Important points about Farm Storage Sheds

Small Scale Farming
A farm is not an easy place to maintain because it not only requires a lot of tools and equipment but also livestock and other such things that one might need in a farm. A farm storage shed is a shed in which you can keep all your farm equipment. Apart from that, you may need to store some raw materials inside these sheds and you need to construct the sheds with durable and long lasting materials only. Earlier people used to design their firm sheds with hard woods, but these wooden sheds can easily get affected by rain water and climatic disasters. Now you can design the sheds with aluminum, rough metal and stainless steels. What type of steel does it require?  The steel you decide to use should…
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How To Stay Committed To Reaching Your Goals

How To Stay Committed To Reaching Your Goals

Personal Development
Let's admit it, we all have that one goal we've been trying to set yet failed to achieve. Think about countless New Year’s resolution attempts, broken piggy banks, a planned vacation that remains a plan. So how exactly do we go about having a goal and then actually achieve it? The key to success is an overly used cliché, yet only followed by a few – "commitment". Yes, the word does not only apply to relationships. It also applies to everything else in life that one wishes to achieve. It could be applied to using good records so that you don't lamb in winter (unless that IS your goal!) your weight-loss program, a more productive garden, or simply beating your early-morning alarm. Commitment is the Key to Reaching your Goals…
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How Accountability Is Key To Self-Discipline

How Accountability Is Key To Self-Discipline

Personal Development
If you’ve ever tried disciplining yourself on your own, you know just incredibly hard it can be. And it’s really no fun. You have no one to share your successes and rewards with, and over time, you may end up eschewing your goals altogether because you had no one to push you or cheer you on to continue working on your goals. So you just up and quit. Homesteading can be like that.... even if you have a partner, children... no one gets as excited as you do when you accomplish something magnificent, not matter how small or large. Note: My six year old grandson is the only, and I mean ONLY person in my life, that squeals and jumps up and down with me when the peas start poking…
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Excuses Won’t Help You Reach Your Goals

Excuses Won’t Help You Reach Your Goals

Personal Development
If you have goals and dreams in life, and you want to achieve them within a certain period of time, then you need to stop making excuses. Building self-discipline is important so you can avoid making lame excuses. You need to start taking responsibility for your goals by changing your behavior and your lifestyle. Otherwise, you're never to get anywhere near your intended destination. So how do you avoid making excuses to reach your professional and personal goals? It's quite simple really if you think about it. You need to examine why you are making excuses in the first place. Are you afraid of something? Of failure? Of success? Once you've identified the root cause, it will be easier for you to overcome your excuses and it will be easier…
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Eating Healthy And Exercising Regularly Are Keys To Homesteading Self-Discipline

Eating Healthy And Exercising Regularly Are Keys To Homesteading Self-Discipline

Personal Development
Homesteading self-discipline is a holistic endeavor and it goes far deeper than simply changing your eating and exercise habits. Homesteaders, of ALL people, need to eat well and stay healthy. You've got your work cut out for you! You can be the most disciplined employee at work or the most disciplined student at school, but if you fail in other areas, such as you constantly binge eat and have no interest in taking care of your body, then you’re not disciplined at all. Eating healthy and exercising regularly are two key habits you need to adapt if you want to succeed at self-discipline. Eating healthy and exercising frequently might seem like the easiest things to do in the world. It can’t be so hard, right? If you’ve never done it…
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3 Easy Ways To Master Homesteading Self-Discipline

3 Easy Ways To Master Homesteading Self-Discipline

Personal Development
Homesteading self-discipline is not a walk in the park for many people. In fact, it’s quite hard to muster and most will fail in their first few attempts. Now, you don’t need to live the life of a monk in order to master self-discipline (they do seem to be awfully good at discipline!) but if you want to succeed, you’d need plenty of patience and perseverance. Oh, and you need lots of time, too! After all, mastering self-discipline on he homestead does NOT happen overnight. Be 100% Committed To Your Goal Plan and visualize your goal right down to the tiniest details. This step alone takes a lot of self-discipline because you’re basically going to create a road map for your success. And to see your homesteading goals to fruition,…
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Self Discipline-Your Best Gift to Yourself in 2018

Self Discipline-Your Best Gift to Yourself in 2018

Personal Development
One last bit of wisdom I'd like to share with all of you today... and it's something that EVERYONE struggles with... and it's the single most important thing to finding success in whatever you do. No... it's not motivation. People attend Tony Robbins' seminars and are pumped up for 2 weeks, but go back to their old ways by the third week. It's also the same reason the gyms are packed to the brim in January, but empty in March. (and I KNOW. I used to be a physical trainer for a living) It's not determination, or perseverance. I know people who have been trying to lose weight for 20 years and never managed it. It's not about setting goals. The majority of people who set goals on New Year's…
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Merry Christmas from Nancy Broadley

Merry Christmas from Nancy Broadley

Homestead Stories
Merry Christmas :) Twas Christmas Day, All was quiet on the farm, Not a creature was stirring, Not even the Little Chicken Mafia in the Barn. As my boots squished through the poop, And with hay in my hair, I delivered the chickens, Their Christmas fare. The Nasties were quiet, as quiet as Duckies could be, With a bowl full of Christmas grain, I didn't even hear a peep. Hubby was loading The wood in the stove, While outside the wind blew, It was snowy and cold. From off in the distance, To my eyes should appear, A late Santa call, With many tiny reindeer, From out of the snow, I heard a HO, HO, HO, And laughter filled the air... Merry Christmas to All May you be blessed with…
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