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Moments in life of a couple of dog-loving, cat-serving, bee-keeping homesteaders trying to make a go on a scrappy little north woods hillside farm.

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This little earthling coming to life. #plumeria #tropical #houseplant #crazyhouseplantlady #winterbabe #mke

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We are definitely worse for the wear, but we also just finished planting 500 garlic cloves! This job was begun well over a month ago, but life happened and I am flabbergasted that this even got done despite consistent subfreezing November temps. Today reached 40, so it was now or never. Now if you need me or Fi, we will be under this electric blanket for the rest of this evening. #garlic #againstallodds #garlicfarmer #gotitdone #mamasgirl #mamashelper #fionathebeautiful #acheysoreandcold #warmheart #farmwork #hellyeah #keepdreamsalive

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We had some beautiful visitors this week. Boys on one side, girls on the other. Happens in my family, too. 🤷🏻‍♀️ #wildturkeys #turkeyday #northernwisconsin #familydinner

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I can add planting garlic AFTER a snowstorm to my resume. After shoveling the prepped beds this morning, I added these heavy black tarps to hopefully warm up the beds and thaw the quarter inch crust they’ve developed. I love a challenge, but this is even a bit much for me. Don’t get me started on how the 4-wheeler plow wouldn’t start. 🙄 #cestlavie #garlic #garlicfarmer #farmher #farmwork #beforeandafter #itsalwayssomething #growyourown #northernwisconsin #heartwork #supportsmallfarms #keepdreamsalive #needwarmweather #20spredicted

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My garden tonight. Didn’t get everything done today. Can you tell which bed is full of sensitive babies? Hint- they’re having a fort party tonight to avoid a potential frost. 💨❄️💨❄️💨❄️ #firstfrost #hurryup #harvestallthethings #garden #frostsensitive #solanacea #tomatoes #eggplant #cayenne #polebeans #scarletrunner #limabeans #herbs #protection #mke #farmher

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I should be arrested for my Tzatziki sauce. #gyroburger #homemade #growyourown #supportlocalfarmers #organic #local #mke #tzatziki

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First time pressing apple cider. Our press is over 100 years old and produces a nice cloudy cider. Through this process I have learned that if we scale this up at all, like for sale, we will need a new-fangled press. My output was 10 quarts of three different varieties. I am fascinated by the variance in color between Apple varieties, each one being very unique. #delicious #purdy #applecider #cider #wintertreat #oldtrees #northernwisconsin #oldpress #oldpresser #enterprise #castiron #cuisinart #eatlocal #harvestallthethings #preserveallthethings #homegrown @centuryfarmer 😉

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Saw these today while hiking with my dogs. Reminds me how I will never get to see that goofy smile or eat a delicious meal that you made just for me. You will be missed my friend. #restinpeace #addison #gonetoosoon #reachoutforhelp #dontsufferalone

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Here’s Edgar at Otter Lake. He did not get Mom and Dad’s swim genes. #ohwell #drylanddweller #dogsofinstagram

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Marvelous day for a cool dip at Otter Lake. These are not otters. #girldogs #northernwisconsin #hotandmuggy

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And just like that, our long weekend together is over. #missyoualready #imnotcryingyourecrying #hurrybackpoppy #itscomplicated #citylifefarmdreams #family #love

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Were loaded! Two trees are ready, one is my favorite, the other is his. ♥️🍎 #appleseason #putemup #applesauce #applebutter #applechips #applecider #applecidervinegar #applepie #farmwork

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I am in complete awe. Last week I found evidence of a Tomato Hornworm defoliating my plants. I located and dispatched with him (not recommended as they are large finger sized and juicy). Since then I have been monitoring the tomato plants and today was rewarded for my efforts with this beauty- a hornworm being parasitized by Braconid Wasps. Even though this is a great thing to find in an organic garden, evidence of a healthy ecological balance, I can’t help but feel for the tomato leaf munching critter, for this will ensure his demise less swiftly then what I could provide (I mean one day you’re just cruising along eating your favorite salad, and the next thing you know you’ve got a hundred pupating wasps implanted and sucking on your back). These wasps will hatch and then I can rest assured knowing that the hornworms are being managed without me, because they will seek out their next host. Wait until I get photos of what happens when I squish the Cabbage worms on the Kale. #nature #naturalworld #tomato #tomatohornworm #braconidwasp #wasp #parasite #organic #organicgardener #frass #defoliation #ecologicalbalance #awe #bugsarecool #bugs #insects #beinnatureeveryday #bigproudmomentasagardener

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