At some point in everyone’s gardening journey, there comes a day when you start to run out of room, or you want to extend your garden season. You look at your options, and inevitably you start seeing beautiful greenhouses, built in beautiful backyards, with beautiful plants filling it up. Then you see the not-so-beautiful price […]
Homestead Month in Review: February
In an effort to document our journey through homesteading better and more tangibly, I’ve decided to do a “Homestead Month in Review.” I’ll write monthly articles encompassing all the things we accomplished on the homestead. I’ll also be documenting recipes I tried, knitting and crochet projects I finished/ started, and things I learned. I hope […]
The Most Exciting Goals for Our Homestead in 2023
This past year we came so far in our homestead. We almost tripled the size of our garden, we got bees, and we got three Silver Fox rabbits. I worked on canning, freezing, and preserving our harvest, and improved my baking and cooking skills. I’m proud of how far we’ve come, but my husband and […]
Three Options for When You Can’t Have Chickens on the Homestead
You’ve made the decision. You’ve caught the self-reliance bug, and you want to have your own homestead. But, your HOA won’t allow chickens. What can you do? Here are three things you CAN do while homesteading without chickens. Homesteading Without Chickens – It’s Possible! Nothing screams homesteading like farm fresh eggs right out your back […]
2022 Garden Recap: The Best and Worst Things About Woodchips!
Today’s post is as much for me as it is for you. This is a garden recap: a record of all the successes, failures, and in-betweens of the 2022 garden season. The biggest change we made was starting a Back to Eden style area around our raised beds. Growing with woodchips has some huge pros, […]
How to Make Sewing Your First Shirt a Breeze!
You’ve seen all the beautiful pictures on Pinterest and Instagram. You’ve sewed some napkins, maybe a pillowcase or two. But now it’s time for the big leagues. You’re sewing your first shirt! Read this before you get started, and I’ll show you what helped me (and didn’t) on my very first shirt sewing adventure. Pick […]
I Learned How to “Braid” Hardneck Garlic
A few weeks ago I shared with you how to cure your own garlic. It’s really quite easy! All it takes is a little patience 🙂 Well… I’ve been patient and my garlic was finally cured and ready to store just a few days ago! I was so excited! You’ve probably seen pretty Pinterest pictures […]
How to Cure and Store Homegrown Garlic
So you just pulled your first bulbs of garlic out of the ground. You can’t believe it worked. You did it! You grew garlic! But now what? You can use the garlic you grew right away. So if you need it for dinner tonight, go for it! But if you want to store it a […]
Avoid these Mistakes and Get Perfect Maple Syrup Every Time
Last time we chatted, I told you just how easy it is to tap your tree… and it is! Unbelievably easy! Processing your sap into maple syrup can be easy too, BUT there are some things you need to watch out for; mistakes we made that cost us. How to Turn Your Sap in to […]
The perfect time to start growing your own food?
Last week, I went to the grocery store for my weekly stock up on food. But when I showed up, I was shocked… Every single shelf was barren. Picked over. No berries, no bananas, no cabbage. No bread, no eggs, and no meat. Was this is it? Had the supply chain shortages really gotten that […]