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Showing posts with label Four Season Garden. Show all posts

3 EASY Unusual Fruits to Grow!

3 EASY Unusual fruits your can grow on your homestead quickly! #gardener #homesteadgarden #homesteader

My garden has certainly has had its fair share of uncommon vegetable experiments over the last 9 years.
I have my staple crops down and the varieties we like that get planted every year. Tried and true performers of green beans, sweet potatoes, okra, winter squash, cucumbers, corn, southern peas... finally just this year I've narrowed down the best varieties of tomatoes for our zone/climate. I do like taking a little space to devote to a new vegetable or fruit every year. You can check out my experimental Snow Pea Variety Trials here Growing Snow Peas!
When you plant from seed a whole big world gets opened up to you and all these varieties call to you! 
Figuring out the best fruits and vegetables for homestead is as hard as figuring out which livestock works best! But once you have it figured out it's so incredibly nice!

Fast Fruits!

These 3 fruits are super easy to grow and give you fruit soon! I know when we first moved here I wanted my own fruits ASAP! Most fruits take so long to establish though. These fruits helped curb my usual impatience!

Matt's Wild Cherry Tomato

I know many people call a tomato a vegetable but technically it is a fruit so I've added it here. This particular variety is sweet!!!!! They are delicious to eat alone, on salads and make an absolutely amazing sweet tomato jam that's perfect for sweet potato fries or any fries! Really nice sweet/savory combo.
They also dehydrate quickly!

There are 2 other things special about this variety.
  • They seem almost immune to mold and fungus diseases that bring down tomatoes in the humid southeast!!! 
  • The reseed easily every single year! 
Huge bonus from the garden that took no input from me to grow. I like that!

I got my seeds here. Matts Wild Cherry Tomato

Ground Cherries

Ground cherries(AKA Husk Cherries) have been an amazing addition to our garden!  Wow! are they good!!! At first bite, I wondered why they aren't offered commercially. They keep incredibly well and why doesn't everyone who gardens grow them!!
Midseason I can see why... they are huge sprawling plants that can be a pain to harvest!!!!! they are good and very worth the effort !!!! They are extremely productive Plus they fill a very big void for us. They take the place of raisins!
We grow muscadines, a type of grape but they can't be made into raisins. We love having a dried fruit in the winter to sprinkle on cobblers or hot cereals.
Ground cherries are actually better than raisins to us! They dry beautifully. I think I have a plan on how to plant them for an easier harvest... we'll see next year if that works!

They are delicious raw too! Great in desserts. Ground Cherry cobbler, ground cherry preserves, ground cherry ice cream. They can be used anywhere you would use any other berry.

Growing Ground cherries is basically the same as tomatoes. Here's a link for more information on growing Growing Ground Cherries

These also reseed themselves easily if you allow them too.
I've grown both these varieties. Both productive and very good. I like the Cossack maybe a little bit better.
Aunt Molly's Ground Cherries
Cossack Pineapple Ground Cherries

ground cherries
Dehydrated Ground cherries on the homestead!
If you decide to start these seeds do Check out my Free Seed Starting Workbook! No matter if you start seeds inside or out keeping records will help in your gardening success! 


Elderberries are a fruit that is also used medically. I ordered elderberries from Stark Bros and actually got a tiny harvest the first year! 
Year 2 was very nice and productive. I was able to make my own syrups, tinctures, wine, freeze and dehydrate many quart bags! I used them in muffins and pancakes too.
By year 3 there were so many Elderberries from those 4 little scrubs I think the birds even got tired of eating them!
Later I found wild elderberry scrubs on my farm so I'm overrun with them every year now. Its a good thing to be overrun with!
Can't recommend them enough for a homestead. Many uses for these awesome little berries. 

One word about elderberry scrub though... Invasive! Plant them where they can't take over other trees or plants. I dig up many little new elderberry trees every year and sell the extras. They are also easy to propagate from cuttings. 

Hope you try one or all of these Fast, Easy Unusual Fruits!

It was so nice to have these fruits on our homestead those years before the grapes and pears started producing. They filled our fruit void and helped us stay out of the grocery store! They continue to be a well-used staple on our farm now. Very little input for high output fruit! Who doesn't like that!

Here are some other Homestead Gardening posts if you are interested Four Season Gardening

Have a blessed day :-) and Happy Homesteading!
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Garden Checklist: April AND a free homemade bug spray recipe!

Farm and Garden Checklist for April! Along with a recipe for a homestead garden pest spray you can use on seedlings too! #homesteader #gardenchecklist

I absolutely love April in the garden! Because by the end of the month most things will be planted by direct seeding and most transplants will be put in!
Confession: I dislike indoor seed starting so I'm happy that is over!
Seeds direct seeded just seem to be so much healthier. There's no hassle to harden them off! No dampening off! No Spider mites! 

But to get a jump on fresh summer veggies here in the southeast it's sometimes the best way to go.
Here's another way...
Garden Checklist April

Wall o'waters! 

These awesome mini greenhouses heat up the ground inside and then protect plants growing inside! One of my favorite ways to get a jump on cucumbers and squash without going through starting seeds inside!

For those started inside its time to start hardening off!! If spider mites have started damaging your seedlings here is a great Homemade bug spray to kill them off! Very easy to make! Mild and won't damage seedlings and it's also good for flea beetles and other garden pests! Will not hurt honey bees. Important to us because we raise keep honey bees!

Homemade Garden Pest Spray

1-quart warm water
1 tsp of mild soap (I use a tiny chunk of unscented donkey milk or goat milk soap and let it melt)
1 oz Neem Oil

Shake Vigorously!! Will be cloudy. Pour into a spray bottle. Shake before each use. Spray foliage well. 

Easy, effective and not harmful to our honey bees! I get my neem oil from Amazon

Garden Checklist April

Keep in mind this checklist is for Zone 7. If you are in a different zone you'll need to adjust according to your zone. So now onto the...

Garden Checklist for April

  1. Start Echinacea in a greenhouse or indoors. Can be seeded directly at the end of the month
  2. Garlic best started in the fall but you can get a small crop in the summer from spring started
  3. Set out onions
  4. New Asparagus beds
  5. Direct seed more cool weather crops if needed, such as lettuce and greens
  6. Sow mullein
  7. If you have elderberry trees. Dig up any new elderberry tree starts from the runners (there are usually a lot!)
  8. Set Sweet potatoes in flats for making slips
  9. You start melons indoors (or in wall o'waters)
  10. Start more tomatoes if needed
  11. Direct sow carrots, parsnips, radishes, beets
  12. Transplant any cool weather crops into the garden
  13. On good Friday I plant Beans.. always!
  14. Get trellises ready if you plant climbing veggies
I also like to make sure I have plenty of my Gardener's scrub made up! Free Recipe here DIY Gardener's Scrub
Garden Checklist April

 Our Farm Checklist for April

Honey Bees: April is typically when our honey bees want to swarm! So we try to prepare by setting up an extra hive to have ready. Get the bee suits out! Unfamiliar with swarms? Check out this article How to catch a swarm
Farm and Garden checklist April

Pasture improvement: This mouth the pastures should start really greening up! All our seed improvements should start coming in. So I have to watch that the horses and donkeys stay off the new grasses until the are established. Since I have easy keepers I have to start taking digital pulse and managing how much time they are allowed to eat the fresh spring grasses. Don't want anyone to founder or develop laminitis! If you are unfamiliar with managing easy keepers here is a good article Prevent Laminitis

Training my homestead horses: Training is in full swing. I've got plans laid out and hopefully enough dry days to get everyone's time in! Here are some FREE horse training journal pages and a post on making a training plan and goals Training Horses with Goals and a Plan

horse training journal

Enjoy April!

It is often easy to get caught up in how busy spring is on a farm that you forget to enjoy it. Training horses helps me enjoy the spring more than I did without them! Just yet another reason to have miniature working farm horses! If you need more reasons just out this post Reasons to have a Miniature Horse on your Homestead I don't look at training as work though. In the past when the farm was more high input livestock such as dairy ruminants and poultry it was all a blur of work than summer hit! Spring can be so short in the southeast! Don't let it pass you by without being thankful and making some sort of recreation time!

reasons to have miniature horses
My Miniature mare Dreamy helping by packing 10 pounds of fertilizer for the fruit trees on the other side of our property. Was a big help that day and my miniature horses love to have a job.

FREE! The Starting Seeds Workbook with bonus pages! FREE!

Free Starting seeds workbook!! Makes it easy to track seeds so you can have a successful garden! Bonus seed starting and homemade fertilizers included!! #startingseeds #mastergardener #homesteader

I know starting seeds for the garden can be overwhelming! Despite gardening for many years now and doing it for all four seasons, the spring plantings can still put me in overwhelm mode sometimes!
What's even more confusing is not keeping up with what I've started! When I have good notes on starting my seeds and how they did it has made spring a much less dramatic time on our homestead! It also makes my gardening success more and the failures less!

So this year because 2019 is my 'organize everything' year! I decided to make a simple starting seeds workbook addition to my usual garden journal. Since starting seeds is so critical to how I like to garden it made sense. Making it more workbook style instead of journal style gives it a bit more organization.

Something that lets me just concentrate on what I need to get the year started and keeping up with those seeds I started. No matter if started indoors or outdoors! Keeping track of what, when and then following up with how it did makes all the difference in my future gardening successes. When you depend on the garden to keep you out of the grocery store like we do its important to take the extra time to write it all down!

How to start seeds

For those of you who are beginner homesteaders/gardeners, this workbook won't tell you how to start seeds. It just helps you keep track of what you need and what you started and when. Plus some bonuses!!

To start seeds Johnny's has this very detailed article to help you Starting Seeds
Here is another great guide from Bakers Creek Planting Guide
Grow a good life also has a good guide on the Easy Vegetables to sow outside

Starting Seeds Workbook!

What's in the Starting Seeds Workbook?

I designed this to be simple, but pretty! You'll get a very pretty cover page, a supplies checklist, a what you planted and when page, a notes page and a follow up what did well page (so you know what to plant again!) 
Then! You'll also get my favorite seeds starting recipe helpers for my favorite seed starting mix and 2 homemade fertilizers! Saves me so much money when I make these myself! And they work just as good or better than anything I've ever bought.

You can print what you want and as many as you need!

Also, check out my free Gardeners Hand Scrub recipe for those days you forget your gardening gloves!
DIY Hand Scrub

Why Start your own seeds in the Homestead Garden?

The homestead garden is the ultimate key to saving money on your homestead and eating healthy. Doesn't get any healthier than fresh veggies or veggies you preserved yourself. You don't have to be a master gardener to get a great garden. Starting seeds will save you so much money as opposed to buying plants. Buying open-pollinated seeds and then learning to save those seeds is really saving big! Seeds seem to get more expensive every year and fewer seeds in the package too! Starting and saving seeds is getting closer to being more self-reliant and closing the loop to need an outside source for your food! Its a really good feeling! 

You also never know when a seed company may stop carrying a variety you love! This has happened to me! I could still kick myself for not saving seeds to that most wonderful perfect Okra I had ever grown! I assumed the seed company would always have it. They didn't 😒

So if anyone out there knows where I can get some Milsap White okra seeds PLEASE let me know!!! MY Email!

Keeping records and Finding the Best Varieties 

Snow Peas are one of my favorite veggies to glow. I experimented for a couple of years with several varieties. Thanks to my notes on when, where and follow-ups I know exactly which snow pea works best for my garden and needs! You can read about that here Snow Pea Trials

Finding the best varieties for your particular climate, soil, and needs is also key to more self-reliance!

For help on what to plant month by month in zone 7, you can check out these posts.. new one every month! Garden Checklist

Get gardening success with this free starting seeds workbook!!! #mastergardener

The FREE Starting Seeds Workbook 

I hope this Seed starting workbook helps you on your journey to a great garden this year and every year!
By signing up to receive my seed starting workbook you will be added to my Homesteaders Journey Mailing list. I'm not an affiliate blogger so I will never fill your inbox with ads and spammy sales! You'll hear from me once or twice a month. The kind of things you'll hear about on my list? Updates on our farm projects, tips to help you build your dream homestead just like we have, free herbal recipes for you and your livestock, ebook and other workbook notifications too! Of course, you can unsubscribe at any time.
But, If you do not want to bother signing up for our email list at all I understand so I've made this awesome little Starting Seeds workbook available to purchase for the ultra-inexpensive price of $1.20 on Etsy. You can purchade here Starting Seeds Workbook on Etsy

Either way, I want this workbook to help give you more insight into your garden needs just like it has me!

Farm Season: Spring

Seasons and the farm! Its spring and I'm excited but sometimes my mind is more excited about spring farm work than my body! So here are some motivational tips and tricks I use to get my body and mind both motivated to get to work! #homesteader #homestead #farmseason

Elderberry trees are getting leaves and popping up everywhere telling me its time to pot some up! Irises are peaking through the dirt... Buds are forming on the blueberries and grapes...Snow peas are starting to grow more rapidly!

Farm Season: Spring

March still has some cold weather coming back this week but all the new life does brighten my outlook a lot! Makes me want to really jump start ALL those new garden projects I got rolling around in my head!
As well as get some things in the ground and many more seeds to be started inside! So exciting!!!!! But at the same time, I'm kinda lazy from the easy winter!!
To see my previous garden checklist for the months you can check them out here Garden Checklist

Spring is so busy on a farm and here in the southeast, it can be gone in a few weeks. Ok, it's not officially spring yet but when I see daffodils I call it spring! It helps get my brain back into the busy farming 'flow' after winter. Which can be really hard sometimes! Even for a gardening lover like myself. I'm very excited about all the things I have plans to do.. but actually doing them takes me some time to refocus and a few motivational tricks.

Things that help motivate me to get my farm hustle back

Motivation trick 1: Bringing out my easy low tunnels to transplant hardy vegetables in helps get me going! Normally I use simple plastic and hoops but this little fold out tunnel is so easy to set up and it works great! Less effort to set up than pvc hoops, rebar, and wrestling with plastic! I'd like to buy more of these! You can find different brands on Amazon and greenhouse shops online.
farm season : spring
farm season : spring
Motivation Trick 2: Getting excited to prep beds for early greens and peas can be hard because it's still cold but all the work I've put into my compost and topsoil helps motivate! 
Good topsoil can take years of work! Using raised beds helped me accelerate that though! Being pesticide free, chemical free helped along with good compost added every year and every season! So Finally the earthworms found my soil acceptable to call home! With every turn of the broadfork, lots of these guys were hanging out now. 
Seeing earthworms is most definitely a motivator to compost and get my beds ready!! 
farm season : spring

Motivation Trick 3: Ordering new gardening Gloves!!!
One of my new most favorite garden tools!!! These waterproof gloves!!!! I love them.. I go through garden gloves so fast and they have never truly been waterproof but these are! In my top 5 garden must haves! I also got these at Amazon.
farm season : spring

Motivation Trick 4: Getting out last springs garden journal and log sheets of planted seeds and amounts harvested!!
 I always keep a garden journal type book but its often a hot mess at the end of the seasons with ragged sketches and notes. It's more like a creative recording than die-hard record keeping. 

I love keeping my garden journal but I also keep more structured log sheets for quick clear references. I keep logs on how much I planted, amounts harvested and how much I canned or preserved in other ways. It works wonderfully to motivate me to get out there, cold on not and get everything ready! I seriously surprised myself when I started record keeping like that. I had no idea I harvested so much food before I kept records. Very, Very Motivating!! 

farm season journal keeping

Motivation Trick 5: Livestock work! My barns by this time are a hot mess and getting piled very high! It can be very hard to get back in the routine of cleaning out barns (or coops or whatever livestock you need to clean up after) To help get me motivated to get out and clean up I start by cleaning out the feed room and going through equipment. What I don't need I put it up for sale and use it to buy new equipment I do need! That's usually the first step to getting me prepped to clean out the barns! I then start with the small stalls and work out toward the main areas. Adding to the compost pile usually helps keep me shoveling away because I like to think about all the vegetables it will grow! 

Motivation Trick 6: To help me get excited about the added livestock chores spring brings I print out a new journal! When I had poultry or goats I'd print out new brooder or new milk production/kidding record keeping pages. That always helped me get organized for new spring babies and ready the added livestock chores that come with spring. 
Now with the horses and donkeys, I print out a new training journal with health records. If I have a mare or jenny getting ready to foal I'll print out health records and milk production pages for them too. Then I place it all in a pretty binder with a pretty cover! 

If you need an equine training journal I have the one I use here. 
It has so many extras with it, like DIY herbals, essential oil and herbs for horses guide sheets, health records and more! Equine Training Journal

farming season for livestock
Picture of Bianca being long lined for her training session a couple of weeks ago. 

Farm Season: Spring for livestock
Above here's my donkey Rani, waiting to foal. She's my best milking donkey and always happy to let a kid hitch a ride. Donkeys are a fantastic addition to most farms! You can read my ebook if you've been thinking about getting a donkey for your farm. Its especially wrote for someone who has no donkey or equine experience too! Donkey Care Primer ebook

You can also find more posts about donkeys on my blog Donkeys on the Farm
So if you need an extra nudge to get moving after the cold winter I hope these motivational tricks help you like they help me!

So much to look forward too on a farm! Many times my head is more excited than my body after 9 years of farming so anything helps! We all need extra motivation sometimes!! 😆

You can check out my homesteading pinterest boards for even more ideas Homestead and Horses

Happy days and many blessings for your dream homestead life.
Till next time....

Just want to say, I'm not an affiliate salesman. The products I recommend are products I actually use and recommend because they have worked for me. All pictures are from my own farm, they are not purchased stock photos! 

Garden Checklist : March!

Garden Checklist for March! This is a very exciting month and  I really start getting everything going! Flowers are blooming, peas are sprouting and the spring rains have arrived! #homesteader #gardenchecklist

For many of us in the upper and certainly lower parts of the south March is GO TIME for the garden!
I get really excited once March rolls in and happily get out my Garden Checklist because there is so much to do!!

This is when I really start seeing life come back into the pastures and woods here in southeast TN and I am so thankful to God! It's so beautiful!

Last month some seeds were started inside, some thrived, some did not! Those that did are in the greenhouse now!
My snow peas are up but the sugar snaps are not... I should have put a blanket over them too. Oh well, it's in next years notes!
It's not too late to plant snow peas in the southeast though it's getting close! If you're in a cooler climate you may just be getting ready to plant them! You can check out my post here on some tricks I use to get good crops and the best variety out of the 6 I have grown Growing Snow peas!

Garden checklist for March
Some mustard greens planted in the fall thriving under low tunnels
Keep in mind I am in zone 7. You may need to adjust if you're in a different zone.

My Garden Checklist For March

  1. Fertilize all fruit and nut trees and brambles such as blackberries. This is best done right before the leaves start to come out
  2. Give garlic a side dressing of compost
  3. Weed and compost any beds you missed in February
  4. Fertilize muscadines (or any grapes) before the buds swell
  5. I can start to Propagate Blueberries, Elderberries, and muscadines this month
  6. Divide mature perennial herbs such as comfrey.
  7. Sow clover cover crops if needed, and grass seeds for pasture improvement.
  8. Plant potatoes when daffodils are in full bloom
  9. When Forsythia blooms I can plant these outsides with frost cover on hand! lettuce, green onions, fava beans, burdock, carrots, cilantro, collard greens, dandelion, dill, kale, mustard greens, spinach, 
  10. Inside or greenhouse start in flats: Veggies: main crop tomatoes, sweet peppers, tomatillos, ground cherries, kohlrabi, cabbage, celery. Herbs: Arnica, oregano, sage, sorrel, thyme, valerian, and parsley.
  11. Start sweet potato slips
  12. I can start to Harvest stinging nettle that's rapidly making a comeback!

All that and get your garden journals out to keep notes! My saved charts and notes through the years have helped me be successful in the garden more so than anything else.
If you haven't grabbed a copy of my Givers and takers plants to help you plan your garden you can grab it here! Nutrient Needs of Vegetables, Givers, and Takers

Spring Time and other happenings on the Farm

rain rot remedy for horses living outside

The only ones here more excited about spring than me is the horses! They are already leaving their hay and venturing out more and more nipping on all the grass the rains have brought up! Of course, its prime time for my equine to get rain rot so I shared this Rain Rot remedy a few days ago. You can check it out here if your animals love standing in the rain as much as mine! Rain Rot Remedy Herbal recipe

Below, I snapped this pic of my 5-month-old poodle puppies and my mini mare, Freckles. They were playing and watching me start seeds by the greenhouse. 

Freckles is with foal and I couldn't be more excited or more nervous! Vets are on speed dial! She's the only horse I have bred to deliver this spring. Everyone else is due this fall or being bred to foal next spring. I love Freckles and she has great potential to be a good team partner for work. But first I'm praying for a healthy baby!! and an easy time for mom. 💓

If everything goes well I do plan to milk her just like I do my donkey jennies. If you are unfamiliar with why I would milk mare's or donkeys here are a few links

Mare's milk and donkey milk are extremely similar. Both are great for people with food sensitivities and allergies like me! They both have incredible medicinal properties. Both can be used to make Kumis which we love! Talk about energy after just 1 little shot of it! Mare's milk being higher in milk sugars than donkey milk will make a bit better product. Here's a bit about Koumis Wikipedia Kumis

Mare's milk for health

For more info on Donkey milk and what donkeys can offer a homesteader, you can check out a few other posts I've done at this link  Donkeys on the farm

Curious about donkey milk soap? You can try some here Etsy shop Donkey Milk Soap

Well, I think that's all that's going on here this week! Going to be a busy month getting everything done and I feel so blessed!

Have you have a blessed productive week of homesteading!

Rain Rot in Horses and other Livestock Free Herbal Recipe!

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Garden Maintenance Checklist : February

Garden Maintenance Checklist for February

Garden Maintenance Checklist for February 

January and February are my 2 least favorite months because for us in the southeast they are usually the coldest and most likely to get some snow and ice. Which I also hate! 

I'm a spring, summer and fall girl all the way! Gardening books, planners and seed catalogs help but there is no real substitute for getting in the dirt and sunshine! 
At least in February things pick up for seed starting! There are only a few things I can start in January but this month I get to start early tomatoes, ground cherries and other things I can put out early in wall o' waters!! 
Let the fun begin... if you missed Januarys checklist you can get it here Garden Maintenance Checklist: January

Garden maintenance checklist! February, getting ready for spring, though the snow is cold!

My February Garden Checklist 

  1. Prune fruit trees, blueberries and propagate raspberries if you grow them.
  2. Prepare beds for carrots, spring greens, onions, broccoli, and potatoes
  3. Weed perennials such as asparagus, walking onions and strawberries and give some compost.
  4. Sow inside at seed starting station or in the greenhouse: cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, kohlrabi, hot and sweet peppers, Asian greens, celery, lettuces, leeks. I also start tomatoes, cucumbers and anything I plan to plant in a wall o'water.
  5. Outside you can plant arugula, spinach, and radishes. 
  6. When the daffodils start to come up or the forsythia starts to bloom I plant my snow peas (in a low tunnel or under a row cover. I also plant cold-hardy greens, carrots and fava beans outside at this time.
  7. If you started spinach, onions or other hardy greens last month you can transplant outside them after hardening off.
Isn't it exciting? There is nothing as wonderful as a garden!
If you've not got your garden planned yet you can download a copy of this PDF to help with rotation planting based on  Nutrient Needs of Vegetables
Keep in mind this checklist is best for those in Zone 7a and 7b. Your zone may require a later start to some of these seeds. 

Also on the Farm

Our Livestock and Farm Days in the Cold

Luckily we do not raise any livestock that cannot handle cold weather on their own anymore! 
Though cold weather does take its toll on us as we have to go out and care for the livestock every day no matter the weather. Still, Some require a bit more time outside than others. 
Like my husbands Meishan pigs, since they don't have access to the ponds or creeks the Bald Man has to water and of course, feed every day. But they do absolutely fine in the cold weather with simple 3 sided pallet sheds! So no worries with them!
Never heard of the best homestead hog ever? You can check out a bit more about them Wikipedia_Meishan Pig and the Meishan Articles 

My Equine actually really like the cold, especially the horses! Yes, Donkeys are desert animals but healthy donkeys grow amazing thick coats for the winter and rarely go in the barn even if it snows. 

In fact some of them grow hair and an undercoat that I have actually spun into art yarn! Spinning art yarn is one of my favorite ways to spend a cold day inside plus gives me more to sell in my etsy store for extra cash (to buy more miniature horses and seeds 🤣)
Handspun Donkey Fiber Art Yarn made on Gods Blessing Farm by Homestead Blogger Angelia Silvera

The Donkeys do hide in the barn for icy rain and wind though, unlike the horses who stand outside in any weather!
Obviously, they can handle it but Rain Rot can and does happen so here is a PDF printable home remedy for Rain Rot if your donkeys or horses need it Equine Rain Rot Remedy

My equine have access to creeks and ponds that do not freeze for water and the hay stations my husband build save me from carrying hay flakes to everyone everyday! 
Making my winter chores very minimum! Most days I just walk down to the barn give them a treat and hug and get back in the warm house! 
Endless natural water supply and hay (or pasture) for days is the best way to raise horses and donkeys for me. Anything else would make them to high input and I would fall behind on the gardens. As I did with higher maintenance livestock in the past. Time management and saving time is SO important when you're trying to homestead. As I found out the hard way!

You can check out this post for making DIY Hay Feeder
It also works really well for sheep...most goats, not so much 🤣🤣
Though the Angora goats did well with it.

I hope you're keeping warm and cozy in the brutal cold that's hit the USA this winter!!
Just get out those seeds and let the spring dreams take over for a while!

Saturday the warmth came out for a few hours and I gladly took advantage and hooked up Stormy for a drive around the lower pasture.
I drive my miniature working horses anytime I get the chance. Homestead working horses are the best thing animal on the farm!

Till next time... May you have many Homestead Blessings and Bountiful Gardens  💚

**ALL photos you see are from my actual Homestead. I do not need to use purchased stock photos. What you see on my blog is REAL!