31 Day Self Reliance Challange Week Two Overview


Week Two Overview

Well, its been a very busy week on the farm, its spring.. is there any other kind ๐Ÿ™‚ The weather has been outstanding in the sense of warm, sunny with a light breeze.. however we need rain! No rain this week and the land, pastures and gardens are drying out in this heat. By I mean july heat..

Things that we got done over the past week.

  • Butchered out a grow out pen of six meat rabbits
  • Worked in the main garden, planted three more beds in the main garden. Watered daily in the main garden to keep the soil moist enough for the seed starting.
  • Put up two more gutters on the brown garden shed to do rain collection off its metal roof. Repaired for rain collection for our big Metal Croft roof.ย  At the end of this, we have the ability to collect 550 gallons of water at one time..ย  This is done with 8 55 gallon rain barrels, plus one 100 gallon stock tank. We will continue to work on this, we want to get to the point of being able to collect and store for use a thousand gallons at a time.
  • Added in a new type of plum tree and three Saskatoon bushes, to the food forest area this week. These were my mother’s day presents.
  • Made Sour Dough Nettle Bread
  • Continued to work on yard clean up (its a big job)
  • Cooked up a turkey from the freezer and made a batch of Turkey soup to pressure can up for hubbies use to take to work
  • Decluttered in the house, packed up and took five box’s worth of stuff to the second hand shop. Also picked up a new purse from the said second hand shop.

This weeks round up of some of my favorite posts from our fellow bloggers


I loved this post, it a great list of all the different things you can use to start seeds in.. its very creative and I have to admit over the years I have done so in many of these.. At the moment however I was able to gets hundreds and hundreds of seed starting packs due to a greenhouse friend of mine that closed down. I expect that I have enough for at least ten or more years storage at this point ๐Ÿ™‚


This is an outstandingly detailed post on how to harvest, prep and make burdock root tincture and burdock vinegar.ย  I loved her Ramp posts as well.. how to make Ramp Pesto, Pickled Ramps and such.. However I choose the Burdock post because there are hundreds of ramp posts all over the net right now as its that time of year. however I love my burdock! its one of my favorites in spring and I rarely see other bloggers posting about this amazing plant!

Farmgal’s post on growing burdock ๐Ÿ™‚

I enjoyed reading all the blogger post goals for the challenge and I look forward to sharing different bloggers posts that I liked reading over the coming weeks ๐Ÿ™‚

We would love to have you join the challenge and share your own steps to self sufficiency . Follow us and share your self reliance methods, tips, goals, and dreams! Be sure to visit the other bloggers and read about their self reliance journey! You can follow along each members blog or other social mediums be it Facebook, twitter or more.

If you would like to join in this challenge, please go here to fill out the form on her site

Please check out this outstanding bloggers that are joining in the challenge. More might join as we go along.

Lisa Lynn –ย The Self Sufficient HomeAcre

Maria –ย Maria Zannini

Frank – My Green Terra

Shawnalee – Homegrown Self Reliance

Ashley – Practical Self Relianceย 

Candy- Candy’s Farm House Party

Robin- A life in the wild

Kathi – Oak Hill Homestead

Nancy- Nancy on the Homefront

AnnMarie- 15 Acre Homestead

And myself.. Just another day on the farm ๐Ÿ™‚

I will be writing new content for this challenge. However I am also going to bring out of off my most popular homesteading and related posts over the blogs seven plus years history. We are asked to do a one week round up and sharing of other blogs favorite posts, I am looking forward to getting to know these new bloggers. We never stop learning ๐Ÿ™‚


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10 Responses to 31 Day Self Reliance Challange Week Two Overview

  1. Sounds like you have had another busy week! I shared your recipe for the bread! It sounds delicious!

  2. Lisa Lynn says:

    Wow…you’ve been so busy! I wish I could send you some of our rain…we’ve had so much that I’ve had trouble getting anything done outside. Nice job on your self reliance projects!

  3. mariazannini says:

    Water cisterns are on the back burner until hubby gets some other chores done. Right now we’re getting plenty of rain, but we have dry periods too, especially in the middle of summer.

    You got a lot done for one week! Thank you for reminding me I have a turkey in the freezer too. That might make a good meal this weekend. He loves it when I surprise him with turkey.

    And thank you for the shout out. Very kind. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I enjoyed reading your post very much. Two summers ago, we had a major drought, if a kind farmer just down the way had not loaned us a 2000 gallon water tub and been willing to fill it every two weeks, we would have been buying water to do the livestock.. It really brought home the point that we must do more to collect the water we do get and have a way to hold it. Still need to do more on this as well. It was a good week.. the black flies are out now and at the moment, I am either being driven in the house or wearing full bug netting.. On a side note, I am mowing and cutting more in my food forest then normal due to the fact that we are having a bad tick year.. just can’t leave it like normal.. I hope your hubby enjoy’s his turkey as much as mine did ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Wow! Did you get in any sleep? What a busy week. Good for you. My yard is a big job, too. I try to make at least one difference every day if I’m not devoting time specifically to the job. It’ll come together!

    • I did get sleep, I go to bed quite early to be honest, I am often asleep by 8 or 9 pm as the alarm goes off at 4:45am Its that time of the year, at least the flocks are now going out on the pasture daily, this helps cut down big barn chores, but on other hand, the milking chores will soon pick up as the lambs reach weaning age. I really enjoy my milk sheep, I like my milk goat as well but the sheep milk is my favorite

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