Spring Plans and My Homesteading News

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Spring is coming soon, but it can’t get here soon enough for me. I am just about done with the ice and snow. (It’s not done with me…another storm predicted for this weekend, sigh.) While I wait for nice weather, I do have plenty of things going on around the homestead!

I Have a New Website!

The big news from my homestead is my new website! I hope you’ll check it out. The New Homesteader’s Almanac is humming along nicely and I’m having a lot of fun with it!

I was torn between blogging about my homestead and providing ‘How to’ articles to help my readers with everyday chores. So I started The New Homesteader’s Almanac where I share articles on how to homestead, recipes I’m making, and fun seasonal information.

Here on The Self Sufficient HomeAcre, I will return to blogging about my adventures in homesteading. So here you will read more of my behind the scenes info. You can follow me on both sites or choose the one that you like best! I hope you like the new format! You’re always welcome to share your thoughts in the comments or send an email through the ‘contact’ page…I love to hear from you!

baby collards
Collard seedlings from my garden last year.

Getting Ready for Spring – Gardening & Chicks!

There are plenty of homesteading chores and plans to keep me busy while I wait for spring weather, gardening, and the return of robins. A new seed starting set up must be arranged before I can get my baby plants going. I’ll need a new shelving unit to do this…one that is wider than anything I have on hand. So there’s a trip to the hardware store in my near future…yippee! (Side note: I enjoy shopping at the hardware store, feed store, and garden center. I HATE going to clothing stores!)

eco friendly seed starting
Reusing plastic salad containers to start seeds.

Gearing Up For Spring Gardening!

If you are starting seeds for your garden this year, I wrote a very detailed post about How To Start Seeds Indoors that you may find helpful. Honestly, it’s pretty much the ultimate guide to starting seeds indoors. I also shared some info in another post for those of you trying to reduce your environmental impact… Eco-friendly Seed Starting. And finally, if you are wondering when to start all of your seeds, I have a post for that too! Check out Set Up A Seed Starting Calendar for the details. ๐Ÿ™‚

chick drinking

Here Chick Chick…What Says ‘Spring’ Better Than Chicks?!

This is a quandary for me this year. I want more chicks! But now that my husband has retired, we have a bunch of trips we want to take. It’s exciting to plan our travels, but I’m beginning to think that more chicks aren’t going to work out this spring. I’ve had so many breeds of poultry over the years, and I enjoy them so much. But maybe the 5 chickens I currently have are enough for this year. We’ll see. I haven’t given up entirely! For now I’m living vicariously through youtube videos of chicks hatching. ๐Ÿ™‚

Gearing up for spring and chicks
Chicks I hatched a few years ago.

Are you planning to order chicks or incubate some eggs this spring? 

I have a bunch of articles I’ve shared about hatching eggs and caring for you little fluffballs. Here is the full list of helpful guides to getting started with chicks:

I hope some of these posts are helpful for you this spring!

I’m sharing all kinds of helpful articles on my new website! Check out my post ’50 Tips for Saving Money on Your Garden!’

More News Coming Soon!

I’ll be back next week with more information about the new website and how you can continue receiving The Self Sufficient HomeAcre news in your inbox. My current newsletter service isn’t cutting the mustard so I’m upgrading and working on better ways to keep you up to date! Plus you have the option of signing up for helpful articles from The New Homesteader’s Almanac too. Just go visit the new website and you’ll see a sign up form in the side barย to subscribe easily. ๐Ÿ™‚

Leave a comment and tell me what you think about the new website and my return to a blogging style format here on The Self Sufficient HomeAcre! I want both websites to be helpful and entertaining and I hope you’ll share your thoughts with me. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Lisa Lombardo

Freelance Writer at Tohoca, LLC
Lisa writes in-depth articles about gardening and homesteading topics. She grew up on a farm and has continued learning about horticulture, animal husbandry, and home food preservation ever since. She has earned an Associate of Applied Science in Horticulture and a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She is a self proclaimed gardening freak and crazy chicken lady.

In addition to writing for her own websites, Lisa has contributed articles to The Prepper Project and Homestead.org.

The author lives outside of Chicago with her husband, son, 2 dogs, 1 cat, and a variety of poultry.
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3 comments on “Spring Plans and My Homesteading News

  1. Kathi

    I’ve been following your new site too and love both of them. I’ll be watching for the update on your newsletters so I can keep in touch.

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  2. Maria Zannini

    I prefer behind the scenes stories about homesteading. It’s nice to know other people face the same challenges as me.

    We’ll probably incubate some eggs. I was going to start this week but extended family is still in upheaval and I’d like to be sure I won’t be required to travel at the drop of a hat.

    Once the goat kids drop I’ll be tied to the farm so I know I can safely start chicks then.

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    1. Lisa Lombardo Post author

      I enjoy hearing what people are up to also, Maria! But I really enjoy writing about homesteading topics to help people out too! Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. Best wishes with the hatching and baby goats!

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