March 31, 2017 Lauren Dibble

Where we live right now is not my idea of a homestead. We’re in the suburbs, next to a major highway on 1/3 of an acre of compacted clay. We’ve had to truck in top soil to even grow grass. But one of the beautiful things about our current home is the carpet of weeds that great us every Spring. wild lawn The carpet of purple dead nettle, henbit and grape hyacinth are a welcome, refreshing sight after a long, cold Winter. They’re also a tasty buffet for hungry bees and other pollinators, so we try…

March 29, 2017 Lauren Dibble

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop! Now on to the hop… Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday and is for all things homesteading: real food recipes, farm animals, crafts, DIY, how-to’s, gardening, anything from-scratch, natural home/health, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, natural remedies, essential oils, & more! Basically anything related to homesteading. Meet and Follow Your Hosts! Kelly – Simple Life Mom (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+ | Instagram) Bonnie – The Not So Modern Housewife (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+ | Instagram) Jessica – The Faithful Farmwife (Facebook |Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram) Lauren – Hillsborough…

March 27, 2017 Lauren Dibble 2Comment

In this series I’m compiling the quick and dirty info on growing specific vegetables. Just the basics. No fluff, no frills. When you’re sitting down in the late Winter, surrounded by seed catalogs, and your garden plan in front of you, you want a quick reference. How far apart can you plant? What pH do they need? How much water? What vegetables can you plant next to others? Which should you avoid? This quick and dirty 30 second guide to Peas should help you answer all those questions quickly, without having to sort through article after article. I’ve always wanted a…

March 22, 2017 Lauren Dibble 1Comment

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop! Now on to the hop… Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday and is for all things homesteading: real food recipes, farm animals, crafts, DIY, how-to’s, gardening, anything from-scratch, natural home/health, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, natural remedies, essential oils, & more! Basically anything related to homesteading. Meet and Follow Your Hosts! Kelly – Simple Life Mom (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+ | Instagram) Bonnie – The Not So Modern Housewife (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+ | Instagram) Jessica – The Faithful Farmwife (Facebook |Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram) Lauren – Hillsborough…

March 20, 2017 Lauren Dibble 1Comment

In this series I’m compiling the quick and dirty info on growing specific vegetables. Just the basics. No fluff, no frills. When you’re sitting down in the late Winter, surrounded by seed catalogs, and your garden plan in front of you, you want a quick reference. How far apart can you plant? What pH do they need? How much water? What vegetables can you plant next to others? Which should you avoid? This quick and dirty 30 second guide to Cabbage should help you answer all those questions quickly, without having to sort through article after article. I’ve always wanted a…

March 17, 2017 Lauren Dibble 2Comment

Switchel has been on my radar for years. In fact, I have four (FOUR!) bottles of molasses in my pantry because it’s a main ingredient and I have had plans to make switchel for years. Touted as the old-school Gatorade, switchel is the electrolyte-filled energy drink of early American farmers. (more…)

March 15, 2017 Lauren Dibble 2Comment

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop! This week at Hillsborough Homesteading is very exciting. That farm that we put an offer in last year, but backed out, is now back on the table. It’s been handed over to the county because the family that inherited it doesn’t want to pay the back taxes. My awesome realtor has been in contact with the county and we’re putting an offer in this week, before it even gets put back on the market. What’s changed? We finally heard back from the Army Corps of Engineers, who have no record of the property being…

March 13, 2017 Lauren Dibble

In this series I’m compiling the quick and dirty info on growing specific vegetables. Just the basics. No fluff, no frills. When you’re sitting down in the late Winter, surrounded by seed catalogs, and your garden plan in front of you, you want a quick reference. How far apart can you plant? What pH do they need? How much water? What vegetables can you plant next to others? Which should you avoid? This quick and dirty 30 second guide to Radishes should help you answer all those questions quickly, without having to sort through article after article. I’ve always wanted a…

March 10, 2017 Lauren Dibble

how to attract pollinators   We’ve all heard about the decline of the honeybee, and how dangerous that is to our success as humans. Since the 1990’s, beekeepers have been warning us of the disappearance of the honeybees. Unfortunately the case isn’t as simple as we would like. A combination of pesticides, parasites and climate change all threaten the delicate honeybee colonies. Without honeybees, and other pollinators, however, most of the fruit and vegetables we eat on a daily basis wouldn’t be possible. This is a big deal! 326 million people in the US alone have…

March 8, 2017 Lauren Dibble 1Comment

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop! Now on to the hop… Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday and is for all things homesteading: real food recipes, farm animals, crafts, DIY, how-to’s, gardening, anything from-scratch, natural home/health, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, natural remedies, essential oils, & more! Basically anything related to homesteading. Meet and Follow Your Hosts! Kelly – Simple Life Mom (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+ | Instagram) Jennifer – Homesteading on Grace (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+) Bonnie – The Not So Modern Housewife (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+ | Instagram) Liz -…