A look back on the most popular top 10 posts of 2018 on Home & Harrow, and some of the exciting new plans for the coming year!
Happy New Year, everybody! In the spirit of the occasion, I thought we’d close out our first year on Home & Harrow with a roundup of the top 10 most popular posts of 2018!
The past year has been such a great one, and filled with big changes! When 2018 began I had no idea that I would relaunch my old blog into Home & Harrow. All I knew was that the scope of the old website was feeling a little stifled, and that I needed a change.
And lo! Home & Harrow was born!
This little slice of the internet has grown into a really wonderful place in the last year. I’ve loved writing about sustainable gardening, self-reliance, natural and simple living, homesteading (or farmsteading, as I like to refer to it!), and many other topics that spring from those things. I’ve met a downright wonderful community of people, and I’m excited to be doing some collaborative work with them in the coming year!
Home & Harrow’s Top 10 Posts of 2018
I think it’s important to look back and really see where we’ve been, and also what resonated with readers. So, without further ado, here are the top 10 most popular posts on Home & Harrow in 2018 according to Google Analytics (which really means according to you guys)!
I was honestly surprised to see this post on the top 10 list but, then again, it was all about the Puddle Ducks. Who doesn’t love that gang of crabby ducks, and who especially doesn’t love to read and see video of them when they were babies?! They were so cute! AND there was some pretty solid information about ducklings niacin needs thrown in there, too!
This is one of my favorite meals to make during the colder months of the year, and I love that it’s loaded with the perfect mix of hearty grains and healthy vegetables straight from the garden. It’s also easy to make, chock full of nutrients and great for weight loss and clean eating. Make sure you cook up a big old pot of this before the winter is over!
Winter is here, and this post has been really helpful when it comes to keeping your plants protected in the cold weather. There are just a few simple tips in this article, but they’ll definitely help keep your beloved garden specimens alive until spring comes again.
Making homemade apple cider vinegar using peels and scraps is so easy, and it’s exciting for me that so many of you are using my guide to get started! I’m so glad this post ended up on the list, because you will seriously save so much money making your own!
I don’t know why, but some people in my real life seem very offended that I don’t use paper towels anymore. For me, the statistics on waste (not to mention the ridiculous cost of buying something with the sole purpose of throwing away) really drove home the point that there should be and that there IS a better way to clean up our messes.
Oh, the dusting spray! I was not surprised at all that this blog post made it into the top 10 list, or that it was so well received within this community. This dusting spray is the best stuff, ever! It’s made without skin or lung irritants and harmful chemicals, which means you can spray it safely and effectively! Plus, it’s cheap, it smells amazing and REPELS dust, which means you dust less often. Winning!
This was an article I’d wanted to write for a long time! Before our ducks started laying, I’d never eaten a duck egg before. It’s a big leap of faith to invest in animals whose product you don’t even know if you’ll like or not! Luckily for me, I do like the taste of duck eggs, but they are definitely not great for everything. In this post, I go over what duck eggs taste like, their nutritional differences, and how best to use them in cooking. Basically, just absolutely everything you need to know!
That this article made it to the top three posts doesn’t surprise me at all! This soap is awesome, economical and smells wonderful! Living more naturally and using fewer chemicals in my home are consistently two of my goals here on the farmstead, and I feel like they are yours too!
I loved writing this article, and it makes me so happy to see that so many of you loved it, too! The girls and I talked about these caterpillars a lot, and then one day I decided to turn that talk into a blog post! And just so you know — so far this winter the woolly bear caterpillars predictions have been true!
If I’d guessed which of my posts would be the most popular, it wouldn’t have been this one! Honestly, I’d sort of forgotten this article! I was very pleasantly surprised to see just how many hits it received, though. I will be writing a lot more practical tips that help demystify the art of gardening in the coming year!
What Will be New in 2019
I’m delighted to announce that big plans are afoot for 2019! I’m hoping to launch a whole slew of printables, at least one e-book and perhaps even an online course! These will be for gardeners, fledgling farmsteaders, and those seeking to live a more simple and natural life. All of these will feature engaging, informative and practical tips, tricks, and resources to help you:
- plant a garden that will THRIVE
- prepare and care for ducks and chickens
- naturally improve garden soil
- learn sustainable and organic gardening practices
- store your garden produce for months
- decide whether an LGD is right for your homestead
- design and plant a pollinator garden
- prepare a natural cleaning kit
- and much more!
Here’s the best news of all — if you subscribe to the Home & Harrow email list, you will receive tons of FREE content next year as well as special offers to save on affiliated products! Unique newsletter content is my number one goal for 2019, so make sure to get on the list now!
Did your favorite post make it on the list? Are there any questions or topics you’d like me to tackle in the coming year? Comment below and let me know.
And most of all, happy new year and best wishes to all of you!