Homestead Journal

We moved!!! Yay! We finally bought my dream home.

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My husband is such a wonderful man. He grew up in a ranch style house that was “simple”. There isn’t much guessing when it comes to most ranch style houses. He has just always been more of a cautious man and doesn’t really take many risks. While looking for a house to buy he really was leaning more towards a ranch style home. I, on the other hand, love old farmhouses. I like the risk of not knowing, “what’s under that carpet.” I guess you could say that we even each other out. Well, he loves me so much that he bought me MY house. Along with our new house we also got a huge berry garden and orchard. We also inherited 4 chickens from the previous owner, and my parents gave us one of their hens. 

I have been busy cleaning the house, unpacking our belongings, and working out in the garden. So, we have a lot going on at our home. I didn’t know how I was going to keep track of all that I had going on! As I was mowing the lawn I got the idea to make a map of my garden/orchard so I know what I have.

That brings me to the whole point of this post. I decided to make my own, unique homesteading journal. I bought mine at the local $$ store for only a few $$. 

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In this journal I will have mapping of my berry garden, orchard, and vegetable garden (next year).

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This is just a rough draft. I need to read Nicki’s post on Journaling so I can make my homestead journal awesome.

Along with the maps I plan on monthly recording what I have gotten as a harvest. When I begin canning some of the food I will also record what I canned and how much of it. I can then determine if I’ve made enough for the year, not enough, or too much. Maybe in future years I will grow more food than we can use so we can make a small profit at a yard stand.

I mentioned that we inherited chickens. My journal will (starting in July) include how many eggs I receive daily and from which hens. I should be able to figure this out since I have 2 bantam hens and only one is laying eggs. The other bantam is busy raising a baby chick. Then I have a bigger hen (I completely forgot the breed!!) and she’ll lay larger eggs. My last chicken is a horrible rooster. He’s very fun to watch, but he’s very aggressive. Anyway, I hope to be able to keep track of my chickens productivity. 

A homesteading journal must also include monthly expenses. This is very important to me because I want to make sure I’m not wasting my time and money. I want my homestead to be beneficial for my family’s health and finances. 

I am very excited about making my homesteading journal. Hopefully after July I will be able to give you an update of my journal, full of color and full of information!

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