A Good Time To Look Back

My preparations for New Years Eve included a trip to the library for books, rushing home to  put on my flannel pj’s, and crawling into bed at 7:30.  As I checked my emails, I noticed that WordPress had sent me a summary of my top posts for 2014.

I found it interesting that  the most views on my blog this year was the page on raising and processing your own meat chickens.  (Click here for this page)  Since this was my first year to do this, the learning curve was high.  Lots of ups and downs and ins and outs, but in the end, I had fresh pasture raised chickens in my freezer for winter.

chicken in the freezer

Another frequently viewed post was From Wild Plums to Jelly which was basically a how to guide to make jelly from start to finish.

wild plum jelly canning

Growing garlic was also a top contender for most read post of 2014.  Garlic has by far been the easiest vegetable I have grown and I am still using it from my summer harvest.

elephant garlic

This summary got me thinking that maybe people are beginning to think more about where their food comes from and how to be more active in growing their own food.

elephant garlic

Making jelly from wild fruits is not that hard, you just have to be willing to learn how and devote some time for the process.   Growing your favorite veggie can be done with a little knowledge and time.  Raising and processing meat chickens was a big step for me, but I achieved it and take great pride in saying I know how to do this from start to finish.

chickens 5 weeks old tractor

For 2015, my goal is to expand on and share what I have learned from years of garden and kitchen experience.  I never want to stop learning and I want to be willing to try new ideas.

Here’s wishing you a Happy New Year and best of luck for your 2015 garden adventures!




About the blonde gardener

I'm an Arkansas girl born and raised. I garden in the beautiful Northwest part of the state (zone 6b or 7) surrounded by the Ozark Mountains. My favorite part about the area is we have 4 distinct seasons and are able to enjoy a variety of activities. My main passion is gardening but I also enjoy hiking, birding, 4-wheeling and motorcycle trips. Basically anything outside. Thanks for stopping by! Brenda
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14 Responses to A Good Time To Look Back

  1. Always a pleasure to read your blog. Happy New Year! 🙂


  2. Keep up the good work in 2015!


  3. Dawn says:

    Looking forward to sharing another year of your wonderful gardening adventures, Brenda! Wishing you a healthy Happy New Year! ♡


  4. Happy new year! One of these days I will get back to Arkansas and will want to meet you and your chickens.


  5. Dee says:

    I so enjoyed this romp through your posts of 2014. Growing your own food equals happiness. Good on you for raising and processing your own birds. I’ve only processed mine once, and it was a long time ago. Happy New Year!!!


  6. Your post on processing meat chickens probably got a lot of hits outside of your immediate family/friends and the blogging world. It’s the same with my post on hand plows.


  7. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Happy New Year, Brenda! I love reading your blog and following your adventures in growing/raising/preserving your own food! Looking forward to another year!


  8. Bill says:

    Thanks for sharing your gardening experiences with us. All best wishes for a very happy 2015!


  9. Happy new year and best wishes to you and yours for health, happiness, peace & prosperity in 2015!


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