The Chicken Profiler- Silver Laced Wyandottes.

This is part one in a rather long series- one I’ve been cooking up in my head for a few months. It’s well known by us chicken owners that all chickens have different personalities. They all have differing levels of intelligence, aggressiveness, hardiness, and sass. So in celebration of that, I decided to write up…

How We Spent Our Sunday

When we first moved onto the new homestead, we discovered an unwelcome surprise. Now, I’m not going to name names, But I am going to take a stand and say, leaving a boat load of trash behind when you leave a property is…. a lot of negative bad things. I don’t really like to be…

Deviled Eggs Ala Gillis – So Baconated.

  At Gillis Gardens, we almost always have an abundance of eggs. Even after losing 2/3 of our flock earlier this year, we still get about 2 and a half dozen eggs every week. This means, have a family reunion? We bring eggs. In the past, we’ve always brought a jar of our (locally famous)…

We got a wood chipper! 

It’s used but it’s in great condition And we only paid 50 bucks for it! MrGillis has already gone and bought the bagged attachment for it – a well invested $60 on top. The duct tape is to help keep it sealed better, but after an inspection MrGillis seems to think that it’s no big…

Planting Garlic

When we moved to the new homestead, we all of a sudden had a huge side yard to plant a garden in. This year we’ve really been able to go full out on some planting projects. A very exciting first for us? GARLIC! That there is 2 different varieties, both bought solely for the reason…

Picking and Freezing Strawberries.

  Saturday morning, we woke up bright and early to drive up the road a good bit to go get strawberries.   We have to travel about 50 miles one way to go pick and usually we go to town and get 30+ quarts. This year, Izzy couldn’t quite handle the excitement and we only…

Homesteading Dreams – Goals For Gillis Gardens.

  (This blog is really more for me- I am a consummate list maker.) This will be an ongoing blog detailing our goals and dreams, both large and small for Gillis gardens. Trust me, there are a lot. So here it goes- Production kitchen for boiling sap and making canned goods, tinctures and oils (because…