About Me


I'm Donna.  I have been happily married for 30 years and I'm the mom of 5 terrific people.  I have lived in the South most of my life and I am a science nerd at heart.  So when I wanted to start a vegetable garden, it made sense that I would read and read and try to figure out the best way to go.  I knew about red clay - even sang silly songs about it!  But I had never encountered the no-topsoil-fine-like-baby-powder dirt in my back yard.
For some reason, we purchased a load of mulch, but did not have a chance to spread it all winter long.  In Spring, when my research was complete, we went out to dig and till (one time only!) and found the ground under the mulch pile completely transformed!  You could actually push a shovel in it! (Those of you from the South know what I mean.)  We formed up beds, my sweet husband added an irrigation system and I was off!
I call myself The Maven, not because I am the most excellent gardener ever, but because I have had so many opportunities to learn from failure!  I know this is The Homesteading Maven , but the foundation of a self-sufficient lifestyle is a garden.  Adding chickens for eggs is a no-brainer, even for a suburbanite.  Just those 2 things - a garden and a few chickens - can start you on a path to self-sufficiency.  How far you want to walk down that road is up to you!  

1 comment:

  1. Hi Donna, it's Bernadette...Russ said you were not feeling well, hope you are better! Love the site, sending your link to my Mom as she wants to grow some chicks next year perhaps. Take good care and Merry Christmas!!
    xo

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