I grew up in New England and moved to South Carolina in 1995. After sixteen years, I bought a house with room for a very large garden. I live on 1/3 acre of land and currently have 21 large raised beds (totaling 750 square feet of garden!), 3 grape vines, and 6 fruit trees. Gardening in the South is very different from what I’ve been used to! I have to contend with oppressive heat and a plethora of insects, but the extremely long growing season is fantastic. The garden has become my sanctuary.
I learned quite a bit after my first season through researching gardening topics and talking to local gardeners and farmers, but mostly via old-fashioned trial and error. I’ve also learned how to can and preserve my harvests, while learning how to increase production on the land I have available. My goal is to be as self-sufficient as possible, incorporating old-fashioned homesteading principles into my urban home and life.
Join me as I share what I have learned – and am still learning – by signing up for my posts of all things homesteading and gardening, sprinkled with a few poignant garden memories.
Prime planting season schedule: From April through October, I post Monday, Wednesday, Friday – and sometimes an extra post or two, if I have a lot to share! On Mondays, I’ll post a weekly garden update, seasoned with pictures of what’s happening in my Sanctuary Garden. Other happenings at my homestead will be under Homestead Happenings. And, as the season progresses, watch for my Sanctuary Spotlight in which I will highlight a fruit or vegetable from seed to skillet, including recipe links. (My own recipes will be highlighted under the Recipe category.)
Off-Season schedule: From November through March, I post Tuesday and Thursday. If I have something special or extra to share, I will do an occasional Sunday post.
I hope my site will encourage you to start your own garden or expand your homestead, while learning from my mistakes, as well as my successes.
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