Maple Brook Blog

It can’t ALL be about the work. DIY Frisbee golf baskets for the homestead

When it's time to get off the mower, put down the watering can and take off the work boots what do you do for fun around the homestead? Leave us your comments below. The kids and I really enjoy tossing around the Frisbee so we thought that Frisbee golf around the yard would be fun! [...]

Where are your favorite homestead resting spots?

We've all been there, you're out working the land and you need to take a break or the sun is getting ready to set so you walk to your "sunset watching" place or you brew your morning coffee and take the fresh, hot goodness to your favorite "sunrise watching" spot. Whether in a city or [...]

Having ADHD and trying to mow 4 acres…

Is it just my ADHD or do other people have no focus whatsoever when it comes to mowing? I could break down the yard several ways when mowing. Here's a normal mower (or an OCD person, not sure): He/She breaks the yard down into sections, finishes one and moves to the next. Makes total sense!! [...]

Do you ever just stumble into free stuff? I ended up with a pile of mulch the size of my truck! What to do with all of it?

A fellow volunteer firefighter works at a tree service. I asked him what he did with all of that mulch from the tree trimmings and it turns out that they have to PAY to dump it! Well you know what I asked next! Once his boss signed off, I had a heaping, steaming pile of [...]

Working a 5 Acre Homestead with a Garden Tractor…

Of course it CAN be done! But it CAN be grueling too! Mowing? Not a problem! I love to mow. It's the loading of the trailer by hand, not having enough power to pull stuff, not having a bucket to scoop "dirt and thangs", not having a three point hitch for, well, whatever I want. [...]

When you don’t have money for the proper equipment? Improvise! A workaround disc harrow/tiller/cultivator idea

I have a, small but too big to till by hand, part of the homestead I needed to plant some buckwheat on and needed a way to rough up the ground a little. Anthony Lank, from a Facebook group I belong to got me started down this path. Check this out: I took a 4x4 [...]