How to Protect Your Plants From Frost

How to Protect Your Plants From Frost

Planting a Fall vegetable garden is always a gamble. You never know when the first frost is going to come, how many weeks of good weather we’ll have, or if a freak snow storm is going to wipe everything out. I like this resource by the Farmer’s Almanac that gives you the estimated last and first frost dates for your area: Frost Dates. Simply put in your zipcode and click “Change”. However, your local topography can affect your likelihood of frost. The Frost Dates given by the Farmer’s Almanac are for a light freeze – 29° to 32° – which will likely […]

Homemade BBQ Sauce for Canning

Homemade BBQ Sauce for Canning

The internet is full of recipes for homemade BBQ sauce. If you do a google search for homemade BBQ sauce, you get 2,280,000 results. Over 2 million! (HINT: most of them combine ketchup, mustard and brown sugar and call it done!) Taking three store-bought, pre-made condiments and mixing them together and calling them BBQ sauce, doesn’t quite do it for me. Another motivation for me to start making BBQ sauce at home is the wee little one. I pour my favorite BBQ sauce on everything – meat, fries, mac n cheese. Everything. Little one has figured out if mama likes it, […]

20 Must Haves For Your Equine First Aid Kit

20 Must Haves For Your Equine First Aid Kit

Horses are often a common animal on a homestead – whether as a pet or recreational animal or as a plow-puller or form of transportation. A first aid kit is a necessity on any farm and is often something you should have handy before you need it. Build a kit for both the barn, and the trailer if you have one, so you’ll always have what you need, when you need it. The list I’ve compiled below I made with caring for the horses in mind, but many of these can be used for humans and other livestock as well. Add a […]

Composting 101: a Guide to Making Nutrient Rich Compost at Home

Composting 101: a Guide to Making Nutrient Rich Compost at Home

If you’re gardening, you should also be composting. Composting is a simple, easy and free way to add quality nutrients to your soil, and better soil means happier plants! But the thing I love most about composting, is that is takes what would normally be scraps that would end up in the trashcan and re-purposes them. It gives them a second life. That banana that you ate will go to fuel you, and the peel will go to fuel your garden! It’s a perfect cycle and nothing gets wasted. Sign up for our newsletter

How to Start a New Garden – From Scratch

How to Start a New Garden – From Scratch

Whether you just bought a new homestead (like us!) or are expanding an existing garden, at some point you’ll have to start a new garden from scratch. There it is – a big open lawn, or bare dirt spot, or area of your property you want to turn into a vegetable or herb garden. But where do you start? You can see it, done, in your mind’s eye – but how do you get from here to there? How do you make sure you don’t make any mistakes now, that will make your life harder down the road? Choose the […]

Lavender and Lemon Balm Beer Recipe

Lavender and Lemon Balm Beer Recipe

If you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you’ll know I’m a huge fan of Herbal Academy. I’m enough of a fan, I’ve signed up for their affiliate program. Their classes are intense, full of in-depth knowledge, their videos feel like you are hanging out with good friends, and their printed material is beautiful. The first class I took with Herbal Academy was their Herbal Fermentation course. I had brewed beer, wine and whiskey at home before, but never knew beer could be brewed without hops or grains, but with herbs instead. The videos in class, and the […]

History of Canning

History of Canning

The Invention of Canned Foods We owe the invention of canned food to Nicolas Appert, a French confectioner and chef. During the late 1700’s, he began experimenting with was to preserve food stuffs and discovered that the presence of air led to spoilage. He wasn’t entirely correct, but he was on the right path. Napoleon’s war caused the French government to begin the quest too. They offered a prize of 12,000 francs to anyone who could successfully preserve food. An Army marches on its stomach, right? While it is actually the combination of heat and lack of air that preserves […]

28 Ways To Make Money On The Homestead

28 Ways To Make Money On The Homestead

If you’re like me (and I think you are!), you’ve been drawn to homesteading from a desire to quit the rat race, slow down, and live a simpler life. Unfortunately, though, not everyone can afford to retire early and live off the land. Land still costs money, taxes will always be there, so most of us still need to make an income. I’ve collected the best ways to make money from the comfort of your homestead! Grow It 1. CSA Community Supported Agriculture is a great way to sell your home-grown produce, without having to set up at farmer’s markets. […]

The Lost Art of Cooking Over a Fire

The Lost Art of Cooking Over a Fire

Today, the majority of people have fireplaces in their homes as aesthetic features that maybe produces a little heat. More likely than not it even sucks heat from the room! Not too long ago, however, it was the only source of heat or method of cooking anyone had. Whether you find yourself camping, without power, or simply want to experience how your ancestors did it, here are some pointers for cooking over a fire: Sign up for our newsletter

CrockPot French Onion Soup (For Canning)

CrockPot French Onion Soup (For Canning)

I had been wanting to try this recipe for awhile. Fall is heading our way, French 0nion soup is an absolute favorite of mine, and the hubby likes to buy canned soups to take to work. I hate how much sodium and other random crap they have in them. Last time I tried to eat canned soup (the brand will remain unnamed) I got an instant migraine! Now what is in a can of soup that is so nasty my brain decided to riot?! Sign up for our newsletter