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Veggie Garden Update: May

by Texas Homesteader

May is typically a great month for veggie gardening in NE Texas.  In May the temps usually haven’t heated up too drastically. And in a normal year there’s still spring rains swinging through each week so you don’t typically have to struggle quite as much with your garden maintenance workload.

C’mon and walk with me through the garden & let’s see what’s “growing” on these days.

May is a great month for the garden. C'mon and walk with me through the veggie garden & let's see what's growing on these days. #TexasHomesteader

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Homestead Hack: Tracking Your Rainfall

by Texas Homesteader ~

We’re (once again) in the grips of a drought. It seems most years in the past 7-8 our little homestead has struggled with terrible drought conditions. 

The weathermen are finally predicting precious rainfall to bless us for the next several days. Oh it won’t break our drought, but at this point we’ll take that tiny 1/8th inch that falls – ANYTHING!

I’ve got an easy way to track our rainfall which I find quite clever. Oh sure I could measure the rain gauge contents and jot them down. Then I could make note in a calendar to track.

I just never find time to enter it all or even remember to enter it. But this Homestead Hack assures I’ll be able to easily document and track our rainfall throughout the year.

I need an easy way of tracking rainfall. Making notes on a calender doesn't work for me, but this easy Homestead Hack does. #TexasHomesteader

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Emergency Preparedness on the Homestead: Solar Oven

by Texas Homesteader ~
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Our great state of Texas had been hit hard by Mother Nature. Hurricane Harvey barreled onto shore, leaving devastation in his path. Streets were impassable and the damage was severe.

Even if a home was undamaged, thousands were without electricity for several days. Some are still without electricity and have no idea for how long.

Natural disasters get me to thinking about emergency preparedness.

Recent natural disasters get me to thinking about our emergency preparedness plans. A solar oven is a must when electricity is out. #TexasHomesteader

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Hurricane Harvey Severe But We’re TEXAS Strong!

by Texas Homesteader ~

Our fellow Texans to the south of us on the Gulf Coast really took a lashing when hurricane Harvey came to shore.  He powered to shore at 9:45 Friday evening as a monstrous Category 4 hurricane just northeast of Corpus Christi. It looks like Rockport, TX took a direct hit.  Texas Governor Greg Abbott said that his primary concern remains “dramatic flooding” as the storm treks slowly inland.  Homes & business are completely destroyed, electricity is out for thousands. Many roads are impassible and damage is severe.

But Harvey doesn’t know you don’t mess with TEXAS.  We’re all one big family and we’ll band together to get through it…

We’re TEXAS Strong!

Our fellow Texans to the south of us on the Gulf Coast really took a lashing when the hurricane came to shore. But we're TEXAS Strong! #TexasHomesteader

If you’d like to help show your love to those affected by Hurricane Harvey you can donate through the American Red Cross .  At their site you can also find out where to give blood or volunteer.

 

~TxH~

 

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8 Ways a Smart Phone Helps on the Homestead

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

Although we now enjoy smart phone capabilities, RancherMan & I resisted getting one for quite a long time. We just couldn’t justify the cost of it, including the increased cost for data usage. Plus we kept saying to ourselves “I only need a phone for calls, not for text or surfing the net!”

But now several years down the road we’re certainly wondering how we ever got by without it!  Yet it’s not just for fun or convenience reasons, there are several ways having a smart phone has been really helpful on the homestead.

A Smart Phone is certainly convenient, but here are 8 ways they're extremely helpful on the homestead too! #TexasHomesteader

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Wordless Wednesday: Wild Plum Blossoms

by Texas Homesteader ~

The beautiful blooms on this wild plum tree in our pasture give the promise that spring is on the way! #TexasHomesteader

Spring is coming!

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~TxH~

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Throwback Thursday

by Texas Homesteader ~

Working on a ranch means that RancherMan & I are outside day in & day out each & every day working on fences, immunizing calves, mowing the pastures, gardening and more! Since our jobs require us to be outside all day long we take sun protection very seriously. 

Sunscreen is touted to be a safe and effective way to protect your skin from the sun but I don’t like the feel of it on my skin, I don’t like the cost of it and since we’d have to use it so often I don’t like the trash that constantly buying sunscreen would create.

(And to be perfectly honest I don’t know how I feel about slathering chemicals on my skin each and every day) 

Sun Protection #TexasHomesteader

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