When I first started gardening, I kinda just threw seeds in the ground and hoped for the best. Garden plan? What’s that? …and I got very sub-par results! What I didn’t really fully realize was how much garden planning impacted what my garden produced. So over the years I’ve gotten much better at garden planning, and I’ve gotten way better results!
What do you do with your old eggshells?! You could compost them and use them in your garden – which is great! But what I like to do is feed the eggshells back to our hens. This is an awesome natural calcium supplement for the hens – which is really important if
Are you a seasoned homesteader? A small scale homesteader, urban homesteader, apartment homesteader? I’ve got something that can unite us all in homesteading glory. Homemade chicken stock. You don’t need any land, or a garden, or even special skills. You just need a big pot and a stove, and some leftovers in your fridge. Sounds doable, right?
When was the last time you had a roast chicken? If you’re a typical American, I’m gonna guess, um…it’s been a while. We need to change that! It’s one of my favorite things! Making a simple roasted chicken is a basic culinary skill that seems to have been lost. It used to be common place, but a lot of people today… Keep Reading
Squash, squash, everywhere … too much to eat! Are you growing squash this year? Squash and zucchini are well known for being prolific producers – some gardeners get so much of it that they are doorbell ditching and leaving baskets full of it at their neighbors doorsteps just to get rid of it! Now, my squash didn’t do thaaat well… Keep Reading
Tomatoes. Is there anything better than a fresh, homegrown, summer tomato? Probably not. As far as gardening goes, they are my personal holy grail. Last summer I didn’t get ANY tomatoes from our garden. Well, I got a few tiny green tomatoes….I made a salsa with them. But this year, I’m shooting for a much better tomato harvest. I planted… Keep Reading
Did you know that the “whole” milk you buy at the store isn’t actually whole?? Whole milk is actually about 3-4% milk fat, as opposed to it’s modern sisters 2%, and skim (gag!). So when we started purchasing our raw milk straight from a small family dairy (they have 2 jersey cows in milk!) – we were getting not only “whole”… Keep Reading
Confession: I pruned my grapevine a bit late this year. I hope that doesn’t come back to bite me…I really want a grape harvest this year. But you know, wielding a pair of pruning shears while intensely nauseas didn’t seem a like a good plan. So I did what every responsible pregnant grape pruner would do. I put it… Keep Reading
I’m obsessed with my dehydrator. It’s true. And I can’t believe that my husband had to do some serious negotiating with me to convince me to buy it…for $12 at the thrift store. Seriously?? What was I thinking!? Well, I’m glad I was convinced, because I am an absolute dehydrator convert now. I love it! I’ve used it to make… Keep Reading
Who doesn’t love a good lip balm? Nobody. That’s who. And you know what? Homemade lip balm is super easy to make. Like, seriously, so simple. And, it’s cheap! For pennies per tube, you’ve got yourself some toxin-free lip balm that your lips and your wallet will thank you for. Plus, if you need a last minute Christmas gift, well,… Keep Reading