My 2021 Homesteading Goals

This is a “worksheet” for writing out my goals for 2021. I expect it will get a bit messy and I’ll continue to develop it as we go. I hope by sharing my goals it will encourage you to set your own and make them come true … one baby step at a time.

notebook

Gotta write it down.

There are several areas or our homestead that I want to continue to develop and quite a few projects we’re baby stepping through.

Gardening

I like last year’s sugar pie pumpkins, be we need to grow more (everyone likes them and we’re running out).

lots of pumpkins

Lots and lots of pumpkins

I’m also curious about Cinderella pumpkins. They are larger (around 20 lbs) but they are supposed to be sweet and they are an heirloom vegetable/fruit (I’ll let you decide). If I like them, I’ll ask OMIL (the other MIL) to grow them in her garden away from the rest of my pumpkins and squash so the seed will be true. We do that for each other as needed because our gardens are far enough apart.

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SUGAR PIE PUMPKINS – 3-4 hills (we had 2 hills last year)
CINDERELLA PUMPKINS (just checking it out)

Helpful Tip:
If I find a seed is out of stock at the seed company, I can usually find it on AMAZON, EBAY, or ETSY.

My sweetie loves acorn squash, but last year’s squash was a bit blah. I’m going to try another variety to see if I can find something better.

I’m gathering salad fixin’s. We’ll buy tomato and pepper plants in a few months. And we usually pick up Walla Walla onion sets.

I also have a number of herb and flower seeds. I’ll be experimenting with a few other things like leeks and maybe plant garlic this fall.

I got all my seeds in the mail and I put them in order of planting time. Looking forward to spring!

Related Reading:
STARTING SEEDS WITH STICKY NOTES
Take the crazy out of your planting schedule.

One of our future goals is to build a walipini (it’s a partly underground greenhouse, we’ll build ours into the side of a small south-facing hill). We have the brick for the back wall, but the glass or Lexan part was going to be expensive. Well, a friend offered us several nice double-paned glass doors that will do the job. Given that we now have most of the materials, we will get started on it this year.

  • start work on the walipini (1st step is cutting back into the hill a bit and building the back wall with the bricks)

Preserving

My sweetie just started canning in 2020. We canned rabbit and rabbit broth. It was nice to have them on hand without filing up our freezer. We’d like to do more canning.

  • make a list of jars and sizes we currently have, decide on how many jars we need to buy
  • 52 jars of rabbit, plus stock (not sure how much that will be)
  • can pumpkin?
  • I want to make dandelion jelly this year. 🙂
  • can spaghetti sauce (Paul has a recipe he loves) – Turns out canning changes the flavor of spaghetti sauce. Looks like we will be freezing it in freezer bags in the future.

I have a dehydrator and someone just gave me another one. I’ll be drying herbs for over winter and garden produce too.

  • dehydrate soup ingredients and make some soup-in-a-bag dinners.

Foraging

chanterelle mushrooms

A nice haul of chanterelles.

So far we have foraged morel and chanterelle mushrooms and have gone huckleberry picking. We’ll do a repeat of those this year hopefully. I don’t have anything more planned, but I’m up for an adventure if it involves goodies!

Related Reading:
MUSHROOM FORAGING RULES
Be safe, be smart!

Rabbits

I started the winter with two bucks and four does. Turns out one of my does is aging and probably not going to give me any more litters and then one of them died. 🙁 So now I am down to two does (one of which just lost her first litter by not nursing them). It’s been a rough start to 2021. I did just pick up one new doe and I’ll pick up one more come spring.

  • sell enough rabbits to pay for half the feed bill (my DIL will do the other half)
  • raise 52 grow-out rabbits (plus a few more to share)

I would really like to raise and breed Giant Chinchilla rabbits. They are on the heritage breed watch list because they are a bit rare. I will be looking for them in my area and moving them into my breeder colony.

  • find a pair of Giant Chinchilla rabbits

We also have a bit of building to do.

  • Finish trim on bunny barn.
  • Build pen area for does.

Related Reading:
GIANT CHINCHILLA RABBITS
from The Livestock Conservancy

Jumbo Coturnix Quail

Paul and I are going to jump into raising quail for eggs and meat. We have a oil drip pan for catching the poo and we’ve designed our cages. In a couple of weeks, we’ll buy the wire and begin construction. One of the teens on the property wants to be involved to see if it’s something he wants to do for his family. That’s nice for all of us. Having an extra hand is always a good thing.

  • build cages
  • set up brooder
  • buy incubator
  • buy quail from a nearby farm

I have a brooder design picked out. WooHoo! I got the incubator in the mail and I ran it to make sure that all the buttons and whatnot are running properly.

Related Reading:
SETTING SANE HOMESTEADING GOALS
‘Cause we want to do it all!

Jan Kahánek / Unsplash
pumpkins © Lori / Dandelion Hill Homestead
chanterelle mushrooms © Lori / Dandelion Hill Homestead

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