As of yesterday, it's been a month since we moved to our 3 acre homestead, which we've dubbed "Lil Raisin Acres", so named for the tributary running out front called "Little Raisin River" (hardly a river, more like a ditch...). We've been EXTREMELY busy.
Firstly, we had to paint the kitchen in order to have our cabinets and appliances installed. The former owners, who'd been foreclosed on, had removed every stitch of anything other than floor from the kitchen, including the plumbing… Continue
Added by Carrie Seal-Stahl on March 21, 2013 at 11:44pm —
It's been a long 9 weeks since we first put in an offer on the homestead we're purchasing. It's been a long process due to certain requirements of the type of loan we're obtaining. That said, the light at the end of the tunnel is in sight at last!
We're going to be VERY busy for the next 6 mos or so to be sure. So much to do I can't even list it all, but besides the contracted kitchen rehab and roof job, painting/papering, outbuilding rehab and tilling up a field are some of the… Continue
Added by Carrie Seal-Stahl on February 4, 2013 at 12:00am —
Original Article - Washington Post
With recent outbreaks of salmonella, e. coli, and listeria, it's understandable that there is concern about safe harvesting and processing… Continue
Added by Carrie Seal-Stahl on January 5, 2013 at 3:30pm —
Just placed my Baker Creek order! $69.50 for 30 packets of seeds- Not bad. There are a few veggies and herbs we will need to purchase locally (garlic, onion sets, seed potatoes, rosemary, horseradish) along with our flowers and fruit trees.
Here's what we'll be growing this year:
Blue Lake Bush 274 Bean Continue
Old Homestead (Kentucky Wonder) Bean
Long Island Improved Brussels Sprouts
Added by Carrie Seal-Stahl on January 4, 2013 at 9:22pm —
It's been quite a while since I've last posted here... I've been making a LOT of jerky on my new dehydrator, and trying out new bread recipes. I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas. I know I did! I got the ultimate gift. For the past 3 or so years that I've been a member, I've always talked about wanting a small homestead...........
AT LAST!!! We've found one! The week after Thanksgiving, our offer was accepted on a 3 acre parcel with a modest ranch style home on it! We got an… Continue
Added by Carrie Seal-Stahl on December 29, 2012 at 12:34am —
As I'd said in my last post, I'd been looking around a lot at different options for the future. Thinking about what I truly need, and I can do without. In reality, I really pretty much live 80% of my indoors time in this bedroom with attached bath (about 12x10, 5x7 bath). We've got a 32" TV, Roku player, laptop, books, etc in here. Otherwise, we cook, eat dinner at the table, and generally come right back in here! We've also got completely useless vaulted ceilings as… Continue
Added by Carrie Seal-Stahl on July 29, 2012 at 10:44am —
It's been quite some time since I've visited!!!
Last May, we relocated from SE MI to NW OH. For about the last year, we've been in an apartment. I haven't had a garden since the 2010 season now. I'm really missing it, especially the fresh herbs. I had planned on making a small container garden on the balcony, but I got busy, drug my feet, and next I knew, it was already mid-June!
I know this heat and drought conditions have to be trying everyone's patience. My… Continue
Added by Carrie Seal-Stahl on July 25, 2012 at 7:28am —
First it was fertilizer burn death for about 3/4 of my seedlings, then it was a flooded out plot, then it was scorchingly arid weather followed by constant tornado watches and warnings... It hasn't been a good year for gardening here in SE Michigan, atleast not in my yard!!!
But, the good news is it can always be rectified. First, some vinegar to kill off the massive amounts of weeds that have accumulated thanks to bird seed we put out in the feeders. Wait 2 weeks, add manure… Continue
Added by Carrie Seal-Stahl on August 5, 2010 at 1:02pm —
Spent this evening clearing up clutter for "Spring Cleaning". We rearranged Britt's bedroom and are raiding our storage areas in the house and shed for items to sell in the Community-Wide Yard Sale next weekend! We've got a bunch of clothes that can go, some extra computer and PS2 controllers, movies, books... It's amazing how much stuff I've acquired in the 9 years I've lived here!
On the frugalling front, I've not only given up my smokes, but I've also given up soda. This is… Continue
Added by Carrie Seal-Stahl on May 13, 2010 at 12:46am —
I am so mad at myself I'd kick my own butt if I could! I had two dozen beautiful tomato seedlings and a dozen basil plants... Yeah, I'm down to about a 3rd of that thanks to what appears to be fertilizer burn caused by my stupidity... I put too much fish emulsion and not enough water apparently... They started wilting off a few hours after I used it. I mixed the amounts I normally put on plants in the middle of the growing season instead of for seedlings :(
Thankfully I can just go… Continue
Added by Carrie Seal-Stahl on May 11, 2010 at 1:20am —
The peas, lettuce and periennial herbs are growing right along, and we planted some broccoli, cauliflower, and sage starts as well as carrot seeds this past week. We're under a frost advisory overnight tonight, thankfully I've got varieties that can withstand light frost ;)
I will set out my seedlings we started in the house this coming weekend. The following we will be planting seeds and starts at my parent's place out in Hillsdale County. They sold their house here in the city and… Continue
Added by Carrie Seal-Stahl on May 10, 2010 at 12:26am —
Started seeds on Friday and we're already seeing basil, broccoli and cukes in the minigreenhouse! Oregano and chives are already green and growing in the herb garden, and I planted my salad greens yesterday. Tomorrow we have to go pick up some black liner to help with our weed problem (no matter what we do, daisies invade!) and some chicken wire for the peas and cukes to grow up.
Besides getting the garden going we are gutting our front bathroom, as there was a slow leak that… Continue
Added by Carrie Seal-Stahl on April 20, 2010 at 12:03pm —
Like I haven't seen this coming a mile away... Say NO to GMO! I recommend ordering your seed from Baker Creek @ http://www.rareseeds.com
Added by Carrie Seal-Stahl on January 19, 2010 at 12:53pm —
I'm a Facebook junky, no lie! That said, there are several farming themed games which have become very popular in my circle of friends, some of which include: FarmTown, FarmVille, CountryStory and BarnBuddy. The fact that they are becoming popular gives me encouragement and an open door to talk more about growing your own produce in the real life, not just in the virtual one! Not sure who all hangs out at Facebook around here, but if you have friends who play these games, maybe take the… Continue
Added by Carrie Seal-Stahl on August 24, 2009 at 3:02pm —
It's been a while since I last posted! I've been very busy with my artwork! I've begun working seriously on it again- it had been a good 15 years since I'd last made a real attempt. Now that my daughter is growing up, I have more time to do so! I've been doing a lot of nature inspired work, which I will share with you here!
We're looking at a piece of land to put a modular home on so that we can garden and enjoy nature in peace. Our garden this year honestly ended up a weedy mess. I… Continue
Added by Carrie Seal-Stahl on August 14, 2009 at 4:14am —
I started cool weather crops (Broccoli, Cauliflower, Spinach and 3 types of Lettuce) on Monday, and I've already got inch tall seedlings! For whatever reason, I've yet to see any cauliflower? Perhaps the seeds are too aged (they've been in the fridge for two seasons...) Last night, I started Cherry Tomato, German Chamomile, Red Hot Poker, Foxglove, Country Romance Hollyhocks and Yellow Hollyhocks!
My dad called me this afternoon, apparently he found someone selling bulk seed on Ebay… Continue
Added by Carrie Seal-Stahl on March 20, 2009 at 5:09pm —
Well, we got the bad news this week- they've again tightened credit standards for mortgage loans, so no new farm for us for the time being. Hell with it, the longer we save, the faster we can pay it off and be totally debt free! While it's disappointing, my faith tells me that everything happens for a reason and in it's proper time. Perhaps that particular farm we first wanted is not where we are meant to be!
That all said, I'm preparing my seed orders for this year! I've decided to… Continue
Added by Carrie Seal-Stahl on February 14, 2009 at 3:30am —
Most people are aware I'm looking for a small hobby farm roughly two to five acres in size within a 30 mile radius of Carleton (Brian's work...). I prefer homes built between 1880 and 1920. It's my dream to take a neglected historic farmstead and restore it to it's former self, including refurbished/reproduced appliances and decor of the era of it's creation. Perhaps it's my disgust of corporate yuppie America, or the longing for of a simpler time, but nothing out there today compares to the… Continue
Added by Carrie Seal-Stahl on December 6, 2008 at 9:57pm —
With rising concern about the economy and food safety issues, you may be considering supplementing your food supply with homegrown vegetables, fruit and herbs.
Although spring is several months away in some parts of the country, it's never to early to being ordering your seed catalogs and contemplating what you may want to grow this upcoming season. Here are 3 items to consider:
>Click HERE to read… Continue
Added by Carrie Seal-Stahl on December 1, 2008 at 1:46pm —
Inflation and a tough economic situation are making it harder for Americans to put on the spread they once did.
READ IT HERE:
Added by Carrie Seal-Stahl on November 26, 2008 at 1:49pm —