Plant Profile: Vitex (Chasteberry)

Plant Profile: Vitex (Chasteberry)

Food Advertising by Identification of Chasteberry Chasteberry (vitex agnus-castus) goes by Chaste Tree, Abraham’s balm, monk’s pepper, safe tree, and wild pepper. It is a flowering shrub native to the Mediterranean region that grows to 15 feet and is showered in tiny delicate flowers. Chasetberry flowers range from blue, to purple, to white. But if […]

Grape Hyacinth Lemonade

Grape Hyacinth Lemonade

Food Advertising by 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 […]

Homestead Blog Hop 128

Homestead Blog Hop 128

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 […]

30 Second Guide to Growing Peas

30 Second Guide to Growing Peas

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 […]

Homestead Blog Hop 127

Homestead Blog Hop 127

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 […]

30 Second Guide to Growing Cabbage

30 Second Guide to Growing Cabbage

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 […]

Strawberry Ginger Switchel

Strawberry Ginger Switchel

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. Sign up for our newsletter

Homestead Blog Hop 126

Homestead Blog Hop 126

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 […]

30 Second Guide to Growing Radishes

30 Second Guide to Growing Radishes

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 […]

How to Attract Pollinators to Your Homestead Garden

How to Attract Pollinators to Your Homestead Garden

  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 […]