How and When to Harvest Garlic Scapes

How and When to Harvest Garlic Scapes

  Growing Garlic If you haven’t tried your hand and growing garlic yet, I highly recommend it! It requires patience (up to 8 months!), but they are incredibly low maintenance, and can be incredibly profitable. Craig from Profitable Plants Digest claims you can make $8 per sq ft of garlic. And one head of garlic can be broken up and each clove replanted to grow a brand new head! If you’d like more info on growing garlic, check out my quick and dirty cheat sheet on it: 30 Second Guide to Growing Garlic. This is where I got my garlic bulbs from and […]

30 Second Guide to Growing Potatoes

30 Second Guide to Growing Potatoes

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 Potatoes should help you answer all those questions quickly, without having to sort through article after article. I’ve always wanted a […]

Collection of the Best Homesteading Quotes

Collection of the Best Homesteading Quotes

Every since I can remember I was a collector of quotes. Growing up my interests varied greatly. I read fantasy, sci-fi, non-fiction, historical fiction…I remember going to the library on the weekends with my mother. She was putting herself through college, so we would go so she could study, and I could get lost in the racks of books. It didn’t matter to me what book I picked up. I would learn about sharks, about Australia, dinosaurs, Middle Earth, My Side of the Mountain, Brian Jacques…I would spend hours simply absorbing as much as I could, about whatever I could. […]

The Virginia Housewife’s Onion Soup

The Virginia Housewife’s Onion Soup

For those who have followed my blog for any amount of time, you’ll know that I’m in love with historic recipes. I’m particularly fond of Mary Randolph’s The Virginia Housewife, namely because I am a Virginian Housewife. The Virginia Housewife is the first cookbook written and published in the US. Published in 1860, it was the first attempt at organizing and standardize the recipes of the time. I’ve remade Mary’s recipes for chicken pudding (more of a chicken bake), and taken inspiration from her ketchup (catsup) recipes. I love her recipes because they take you back to an age of unpretentious […]

Easy Homemade Hard Apple Cider

Easy Homemade Hard Apple Cider

In the Spring we make dandelion wine. In the Fall, we make hard apple cider. One of the things I love about making hard apple cider, is it’s a great way to use up those extra not-so-pretty apples or extra apple cider you have laying around. Hard apple cider is beautiful, delicious, seasonal and easy home-brew project. What You Will Need 1 gallon of apple cider 1-1 1/2 lbs of sugar or honey a glass jar or food-grade bucket brewer’s yeast (optional) an air lock campden tablets bottles The entire process can be broken down into three different steps: Apple Cider […]

7 Things Homesteaders Do Differently

7 Things Homesteaders Do Differently

1. Homesteaders Pride Themselves on Self-Sufficiency A homesteader’s idea of self-sufficiency isn’t moving out of our parents’ house at 25. It’s building our own, making our own, growing our own. It’s about no relying on anyone or anything else for our electricity, our food, our clothing, our lifestyle. I made my headboard out of old barnwood. It weighs a ridiculous amount, and it’s not very attractive. But you know what? I know where the materials came from. I know exactly how many hours and nails and splinters went into making it. And when it breaks, I’ll know exactly how to repair […]

Homestead Blog Hop 136

Homestead Blog Hop 136

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) Natasha – Houseful of Nicholes (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram) Bonnie – The Not So Modern Housewife (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+ | Instagram) Jessica – […]

9 Natural Ways to Get Rid of Aphids

9 Natural Ways to Get Rid of Aphids

Aphids are tiny pest insects that most gardeners have had to address at one time or another. There are over 4,000 different aphid species and their color can range from green to white to black. Aphids suck the sap from plants, namely, young growth. However, minor infestations usually don’t create a lot of damage. Aphids are capable of rapid asexual reproduction, though, that can turn minor infestations into major ones in a matter of days. Heavy aphid infestations will cause plant leaves to yellow, wilt, and eventually effect overall plant health. In addition to the damage they create by eating […]

30 Second Guide to Growing Cauliflower

30 Second Guide to Growing Cauliflower

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 Cauliflower should help you answer all those questions quickly, without having to sort through article after article. I’ve always wanted a […]

Homestead Blog Hop 135

Homestead Blog Hop 135

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) Natasha – Houseful of Nicholes (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram) Bonnie – The Not So Modern Housewife (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+ | Instagram) Jessica – […]