Welcome to A Chick And Her Garden!

Welcome to my blog! I would like to use this platform to share with you my experiences on our little homestead! I am a preschool teacher by profession, but a homesteader at heart!


In July of 2013, my husband and I bought our little house with 3 acres of land knowing that, although it needed some love, this was going to be our forever home! Fortunately for this girl, I found myself a pretty handy guy. Nick is an electrician and I am lucky to find a guy that would prefer to DIY just like me!


Build Your Own Indoor Accessible Cold Frame

Running Out Of Room!

Every year I start the majority of my garden from seed.  The ultimate goal would be to start all of it myself.

But every year my garden also expands!  Add in annuals, a few perennials, herbs, and the extra seedlings started “just in case” and it can take up a lot of space, fast!

Some day we hope to have a greenhouse but right now it’s just not in the budget.

I am fortunate to have a very handy husband though!  We started out with a small room in the basement that hubs added a grow light and switch to.  We put in a few shelves and I was pretty much out of the way.

Sinful Sourdough Pretzels

Sourdough Soft Pretzels

Today we had some alligator tears from one of my daycare kiddos.  She was missing her Momma pretty bad.  And the nice thing about having an in home daycare is that we are just that.

A home.

I have the time and atmosphere to be able to give the love and attention that the kids would receive in their own homes!  Plans can change, and I can do what I need to make their day better.

So how did we turn our day around?  We got to baking of course!

How We Have Eggs All Winter Long

Turn Out The Lights

If you’ve read any of my previous posts on raising chickens, I’m sure you’ve noticed our preference.  We do not like adding electricity to our chicken coop in the winter.  Our our primary reasons are explained in Why We Don’t Add Lights To The Chicken Coop.

But, in the fall and winter, chickens produce less or even no eggs!  The production starts to slow down in the fall with molting season.  And then the days get shorter and those hens need about 16 hours of daylight to produce an egg.

The Homesteader Hop

The Homesteader Hop #41

This is the Homesteader Blog Hop y’all, and there are plenty of posts to keep your attention every Wednesday here at The Homesteader Hop!

Come on over to our Homestead, choose your rocking chair, grab a glass of sweet iced tea and sit a spell! …We are here to entertain you, educate you or make you smile…all day long.

You can stay as long as you like; and vote for your favorite posts!

If you are a blogger you may submit up to 3 articles, visit other blogs, leave comments and enjoy your stay on the porch…

Heavenly Ham And Bean Soup

Nick was at it again with the smoker last weekend!  This time he chose to smoke a bone in ham, with hickory and apple wood chips.

The ham, like the Whiskey Apple Smoked Pork, didn’t last long.  But what was leftover, was a nice ham bone perfect for soup!

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1 ham bone

2 large russet potatoes

1 medium onion

4 cloves garlic, crushed

a 1 lb bag of dried bean medley

1 teaspoon thyme

1 teaspoon oregano

salt & pepper to taste