Why I Blog

October 27, 2014

Submitted by October Blogger of the Month Jennifer Cazzola.

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I began our blog at Black Fox Homestead over two years ago when we purchased our acreage out in the country.  While I had been casually blogging off and on over the past several years, with this site, I wanted to create something different.

First and foremost:  I wanted to document a significant change in our life.   We were bona fide city folk headed to live in the country.  Neither of us had ever dug a pond, raised chickens, gardened on a large scale, or built a fence.  I wanted an “online” journal that would capture every moment of this new venture: the good, the bad, the beautiful, and the ugly.

Secondly:  I wanted to share with others what we had learned.  Much of what I had read online from those who had been there and done that was discouraging for me. The picture they painted was all too perfect.  Didn’t anyone else deal with discouragement and frustration?  Wasn’t there anyone else out there who had a weedy garden as well?  Was I the only one who was terrified of my pressure canner?  I wanted to be honest with others about what it was really like as well as offer advice in such a way that others could relate to.  I’ve learned lots, but most of it has been the hard way. My goal has always been to have my readers feel as though we were swapping ideas over a cup of tea as opposed to being given advice from a know it all.

A few things I have learned along the way about blogging:

  1. What I write doesn’t appeal to everyone and that is ok. All of us have gotten those negative comments or had those days where that post we thought was  sure to become a hit went over like a lead balloon.   As difficult as those things can be, they shouldn’t be the determining factor for success.
  2. It is no get rich quick scheme. We all know those who launched a successful business through blogging.  While there are numerous tips and tutorials out there to show you how you can do the same I’ve come to believe those career bloggers are the minority.  I personally feel that if you want to earn an income through a website you need to be promoting some sort of product: your own or someone else’s.
  3. It is a labor of love. Creating good content is not easy.  It takes hours to write a post, upload photos, and then share it through all the social media challenges. However, through blogging, I have met some wonderful people online.  Many have become great friends and have made the effort truly worthwhile.
SONY DSCBlogger of the Month Jennifer Cazzola writes about her transition from city to country life, offers tips on natural gardening, chickens, recipes from her kitchen and ideas for frugal, simple living on her blog,  Black Fox Homestead.

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Sunday Potluck

October 26, 2014

Sunday Potluck

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Sunday Potluck

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Gardening Chores for October

October 20, 2014

Submitted by Blogger of the Month Jennifer Cazzola

While spring planting season is months away, and the evening temperatures are just beginning to drop, there are still a number of things that can be done in your garden before winter sets in.

Plant Garlic

Garlic is a super easy and rewarding crop to grow and now is the time to plant it. Bulbs for planting can be purchased at any seed store, and while it is a bit late in the year for shopping, there are still a few varieties available. Grocery store garlic is not recommended as it may be of a variety unsuited for your area and will most likely have been treated for an extended shelf life.

To plant: separate the bulbs into cloves leaving the outer skin on. Place root side down and pointed end up 2” deep and 4” apart. Cover with soil and water well. As the bulbs begin to sprout, you may cover them lightly with mulch to protect them from the frost. (If by chance your plants are affected by the weather, don’t worry too much about it. They’ll recover and should continue to produce well).

Fertilize occasionally and provide adequate water throughout the winter and spring. I make sure mine get about one inch of water per week. Harvest in the summer when the foliage begins to turn yellow and die back.

Plant Flowering Bulbs

Daffodils are our favorite. The first October on our homestead, we had just moved in, but I took time out of our unpacking to plant a number of daffodil bulbs around our pond. Every spring we are rewarded with a beautiful display that continues to spread. Other bulbs that can be planted at this time are tulips, crocuses, and grape hyacinth.

Plant at the required depth (usually specified on the package) adding a small amount of organic matter or blood meal to the hole. Be sure to mark the location so you can watch for new growth in the spring.

Bulbs will typically bloom once for a few weeks and then be done for the year. However, depending on the variety, they may come back year after year. Keep in mind that Oklahoma weather is not kind to tulips so those may not provide as good results. Consider combining your bulbs with a variety of annuals and perennials which can also be planted in the fall.

Make Plans for Next Year

Now is the time to think about what you’d like to do in your garden next year. Once the holiday season hits, there is little time left afterward to plan before the spring planting season begins. Make a list of new varieties you’d like to try, take notes on what worked well this past season as well as any changes that need to be made.

If you haven’t already, order a few seed catalogs to provide inspiration and give ideas. Order any seed as soon as possible. Popular varieties tend to sell out rather quickly.

SONY DSCBlogger of the Month Jennifer Cazzola writes about her transition from city to country life, offers tips on natural gardening, chickens, recipes from her kitchen and ideas for frugal, simple living on her blog,  Black Fox Homestead.

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Sunday Potluck

October 19, 2014

Guidelines for the Oklahoma Women Bloggers Sunday Potluck Link up your favorite post from the previous week. The purpose of our weekly link party is to gather and connect with one another, so please visit your neighbors’ blogs in the link up! If you are not yet a member of OWB, please sign up. We […]

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Fashion Friday: Signature Style Guest Post

October 17, 2014

Submitted by Brittney Lee, Arkansas Women Bloggers member Signature Style, Go-to Pieces for Fall, and Working with Local Businesses Hi Oklahoma ladies! I’m Brittney from Razorback Britt.  You can probably tell from my blog name that I’m an Arkansas girl.  However, my home is just 6 miles from the Oklahoma border…so I’m hoping you’ll accept […]

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Guilty Pleasures: Pumpkin

October 16, 2014

Contributed by Stephanie Clinton, OWB Admin The theme here at Oklahima Women Bloggers this month is “Guilty Pleasures”.  For me, October is the perfect fit for this theme. I’m all about the pumpkin. Pumpkin bread, carving pumpkins, pumpkin pie, pumpkin spice scents in candles and hand cream. My all time favorite is the Pumpkin Spice […]

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Wordless Wednesday

October 15, 2014

It was a dark and cloudy morning … Supermoon eclipse submitted by Mari Farthing.

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Four Reasons Why You Should Consider Keeping Backyard Chickens

October 13, 2014

By Blogger of the Month Jennifer Cazzola One of the first additions to our country homestead was a tiny flock of Rhode Island Red hens. To me, nothing screamed country living more than the task of collecting fresh eggs every day from the nest box. Chickens, however need not be limited to the rural yard. […]

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Sunday Potluck

October 12, 2014

Guidelines for the Oklahoma Women Bloggers Sunday Potluck Link up your favorite post from the previous week. The purpose of our weekly link party is to gather and connect with one another, so please visit your neighbors’ blogs in the link up! If you are not yet a member of OWB, please sign up. We […]

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Souper Comfort Food

October 10, 2014

Submitted by ShaRhonda Crow Soup is liquid comfort. I have told my readers time and time again how my inner Martha Stewart wells up and my chest sticks out when my family, especially my husband sends me a text telling me his leftovers are even better than they were the night before, or the entire […]

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