Year One at Keeper’s Croft

Today marks the one year anniversary of Keeper’s Croft! Below I reflect on the top ten highlights that tell the story of this first year. 1) The First Morning and First Christmas – 12/20 and 12/25, 2019 Seeing the sunrise behind my new home…

What Does Homesteading Mean?

I’ve been noodling on this question since I started the blog a month or so ago. What does homesteading mean? The Oxford dictionary definition refers to frontier life and settlers. In modern times, I think it has translated at its most basic level into…

Top Ten Ways to Make Your Homestead Friendly for Wildlife

While Still Having Land that Produces for You! I put this list together initially for an Extension program called Homegrown Lifestyle. It was a 12 week class for folks wanting to learn how to homestead. It appears to no longer exist which is depressing….

The Complete and Utter Beginner’s Guide to Chainsaws

Chainsaw. It is a tool I need on the croft. It’s also the favorite weapon of many a psychopathic villain in horror movies. I had never used a chainsaw and knew nothing about them until about 4 weeks ago. That means the tips I’ll…

Fall Gardening: Making the Most of the Growing Season

September 8, 2020 It’s September! Here in the the northern hemisphere that means basically it’s autumn. The Fall Equinox is just 2 weeks away (September 22nd), days are noticeably shortening and all the growing things are all starting to lose their luster. It’s past…

A new Beginning | Buying An Acreage

Congratulations! You’ve bought an acreage! ………………………………. Now what? This post contains affiliate links. I never recommend things I don’t love. The Dream I’ve wanted to have a piece of land to call my own for a dozen years or more. At first, my desires…