Top 6 Hillsborough Homesteading Posts From 2016

Posted December 20, 2016 by Lauren Dibble in Lifestyle, Self Sufficiency Skills / 1 Comment


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top 6 posts from 2016

As the year winds down, the animals are all tucked in, the garden’s been laid to rest, and days become shorter, we have time to sit back and slow down.

Today, while the baby slept, I poured myself a cup of tea and took a moment to reflect. 2016 was a magnificent year. I gave birth to my first baby, got a new part time job that allows me to work from home while taking care of said baby, but on other hand, I got my heart broken over losing what I thought was our perfect homestead. I guess you can’t have the high’s without the low’s.

So in celebration of life, and my self-sufficiency journey through it, let’s go back over the six most popular posts from this past year and share my “behind the scenes”. Counting down…

6. 17 Things To Consider When Buying Your Homestead

This post was brought on by our own search for a homestead. We had our eye on this particular property for over a year, but wanted to make sure it was the right one. We didn’t want to be caught off guard. It was a lot of land, and fairly expensive, so any mistakes we made would have been BIG ones.

Ultimately, we did make an offer, but backed out of it after we discovered a few hidden surprises. For more of the story, check out my post here.

(If I have my way, we may be revisiting that property…but that’s a story for another day…)

For more on what we learned from our research and the process, see part 1 and part 2 here.

5. Easy Fluoride-Free Homemade Toothpaste

I had heard rumors for awhile that fluoride was a neuro-toxin. While true, most sources I’ve found online say that it’s present in city water in small enough doses not to be harmful. Why can’t I decide how much I want to give to my family or not? While we can’t get off city water (yet!) we can reduce our exposure to it in our toothpaste. Click on the title above for a quick and easy homemade toothpaste recipe.

4. Foraging For Wild Edibles: Henbit

I love this discovery of eating henbit! Out of all of the wild edibles I’ve found so far, this is one of my favorites. My entire lawn is covered in it and it takes little to no preparation to eat it, unlike Japanese Knotweed.

3. Quick Guide To Growing Tomatoes

Every fledgling gardener starts growing tomatoes. My first year of growing tomatoes I knew absolutely nothing. I bought the plants at a local feed store, read the little card that comes with them, and planted them. I promptly forgot about them over the next few months, however, the soil was so rich, before I knew it I was walking in forest of tomatoes plants reaching well above my head!

We had so many tomatoes, they rotted on the vine. Surely, growing tomatoes was just super easy. When we moved to our current house, I grew them from seed…and boy did they fail! They didn’t grow much past my knee and didn’t give me a single tomato! So I hit the books to find out why. The post above is a result of that research and more years of trial and error.

2. How To Start Seeds Indoors

Starting seeds indoors, however, I’ve had much better luck with. My only problem is I start them too early in the year. Come February, I’m so tired of the cold and dark I break out the seed catalogs and put the seeds I saved from last year into starter trays. My husband always laughs at me, and tries to encourage me to water until after tax day to start the summer veggie seeds…but then gave in and got me a grow lamp for my birthday because he knows me that well.

1. Different Types Of Wood And Their Uses

This post was a fun one to research. I didn’t even know you would choose the type of your wood depending on what you were trying to build until I read the Foxfire Series. Now I’m starting to look at the trees around me in a new light…”You would make a nice chair…and you would make a nice fence…”


2017 continues the search for our “forever farm”, we’re planning a trip to Ireland (sometime) and will continue to practice and learn more skills to help us become self-sufficient.

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