Notice something different here? We’ve totally redesigned the site! We’re also making it easier to keep in the loop with Budding Homestead, via social media: connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
This past April I made the big dive into the blogosphere with the launch of Budding Homestead. At the time, I had more and more friends asking me gardening questions, and I was about to plant some of my favorite — but less common — vegetables. Why not share what I was doing? I loved the idea of supporting more people to get in the dirt and grow food.
On a big whim, we came up with a simple WordPress site, I wrote this post, and I just kept going (and lovin it). I was fortunate enough to be able to share my garden on Soule Mama’s blog that summer. This gave me pause. Could my site even support that many visitors? Well, it survived and some of you Soule Mama readers still stop by here, for which I’m incredibly grateful. I was just starting out, I didn’t have a lot of content to explore, and I didn’t even have a Facebook page! So thank you, all of you. It worked out.
The site was fine for its first season, but I decided I’m going to keep up this blog, so we’re getting legit here! Today we’re putting out the new face of Budding Homestead. We’re quite smitten with its clean, fresh feel. I’m especially glad to have the content from Budding Homestead’s first season better organized and easier to access. So take a look around and let me know what you think! I have the Facebook page, now, so head on over to “like” and share my page. You can also follow me on Instagram and Twitter, and please do spread the word to your neighbors, friends, and family.
I’ve had a lot of positive feedback from different readers since that first post in April. Thank you so much for reading, commenting, and emailing! Your words keep me going. I am glad that my posts have given a bit of guidance, and inspiration. Or perhaps my many failings (peas, pear tree, and cucumbers to name just a few) helped to affirm your own gardening struggle!
You should know, though, that I’ve benefited immensely from keeping this blog, too. The more I wrote and shared throughout the summer, I saw how this season, I took a little more time to pause, to watch, reflect on the small things. I held onto the beautiful moments before turning away to chase, clean, accomplish, do, do, do.
This is hugely important. The craziness of having the kids with me 24/7, constantly having a big house project (or four) in the works, and the long, long to-do list that comes with having such a big garden, chickens and bees – it’s easy to get bogged down and feel the weight of overwhelm! This blog and all you readers help me to sit, finding stillness in the beautiful mess of it all, and stop reducing the goings on to just one big to-do list. So thank you.
I do hope you’ll stick around with me for another season! The garden’s resting under a blanket of snow, but the chickens are still hard at work, and so are we. Budding Homestead’s 2017 looks to be full of many adventures ahead!