One day I do see myself as working less out in the world for money and working more at home, getting off the grid and working is not easy at all times, I am finding a balance.
With a nice early crop of squash and zucchini they are finally spent so the first row in the field, which was zucchini, was mowed down and then plowed up. My intention is to replant yellow squash and get another crop before our first freeze. (Our first freeze can be anywhere from late October to late November.) With the tilling finished I have NOT had time to actually rake it down and plant.
With little rain, till this week, the grass has been at a stand still but it will be mowed soon. Seems the only place it did grow was in the vegetable garden.
I did skip one day picking what is left growing after the month long dry and hot weather, tomatoes and bell peppers, because we are in the evening storm pattern and the lightening has been the threat that runs you inside for cover.
Daily I have been canning what I have harvested, making salsa for the most part because I got the onions very cheap and I grow the bell peppers and tomatoes. Although fresh is healthier it is more expensive to home can plain tomatoes than it is to buy them. Right now I am thinking about restocking with factory canned tomatoes. ( The math: My canning jars cost around $8.00 a case, around .66 each, I grow and pick = time but little money,I wash them = water= money, The power I use to home can = money. Just a couple days ago I seen at Aldi grocery store the canned tomatoes are .60 each so I will switch to making something that is more cost effective)
Due to the invasion of my privacy I had to spend an entire morning upgrading security in my small piece of this world, my homestead, I am a minimalist and I don`t own a lot but I do have a nice stock of food, people should ask and not take because I would share my food. So I fell behind but I will catch up.
Having to go to work and tend to the homestead is not always easy, some days I do both, other days I do one or the other. Finding balance for me is getting easier.
By Andria Perry
Photo By Andria Perry