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 – […]

Herbal Remedies for Hay Fever

Herbal Remedies for Hay Fever

It’s that time of the year again. While Spring brings in beautiful trees and blooming flowers, the warm temperatures send us outside to enjoy the sun after a long, cold Winter. We throw open the windows, get to work on our gardens, and, for many of us, suffer from allergies. I originally thought hay fever referred to a specific allergy, but in reality, it describes the same allergic reaction 30% of the US population suffers from every year. And allergies are on the rise. Sign up for our newsletter

Homestead Blog Hop 134

Homestead Blog Hop 134

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop! Things are heating up at the new homestead! We’ve decided on a contractor and are submitted their bid to the bank for approval. Once they approve it, and send an appraiser out, we’ll know when we can close. Then the real fun starts! 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 […]

30 Second Guide to Growing Beets

30 Second Guide to Growing Beets

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

If You Want to Make God Laugh…Tell Him Your Plans

If You Want to Make God Laugh…Tell Him Your Plans

Woody Allen, while funny, was also spot on with this quote. “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.” Because inevitably, things change. The minute we think we’ve got it all figured out, we get turned on our heads. Not that that’s always a bad thing. This property…this property has tested my perseverance. It’s tested my patience. It’s tested my dream. But in the end, I know it’ll be worth it. I can see Jack’s bare feet slapping the hardwood floor in the kitchen. I can see our chickens grazing in the yard. I can hear the […]

Homestead Blog Hop 133

Homestead Blog Hop 133

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop! It’s another Wednesday, and time for another Homestead Blog Hop. This past week has been a wild one. With one email from our lender, and about 30 seconds we had to completely flip our plans for the new homestead on it’s ear. The land we’re purchasing is worth way more than we’re buying it for. Which sounds like a great thing, right?? Apparently, lenders don’t want to back a property where the land is worth more than the house. I suppose for new builds they’re used to 1/3 acre lots with $300k houses on […]

30 Second Guide to Growing Melons

30 Second Guide to Growing Melons

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

Hillsborough Homesteading’s Long List of Companion Plants

Hillsborough Homesteading’s Long List of Companion Plants

  The concept of companion planting goes back centuries. In nature, diverse ecosystems of plants live together, supporting and benefiting each other. You hardly ever see an entire field of one plant in nature. Companion planting is the practice of planting certain non-crop plants next to your garden for a number of benefits: Attract beneficial insects Attract pollinators Repel pests Fixing nutrients back into the soil Providing ground cover or support Sign up for our newsletter

Homestead Blog Hop 132

Homestead Blog Hop 132

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop! Things are really heating up here! Our offer’s been accepted on 63 acres, we’re meeting the soils guy tomorrow to perk it, and we’ve scheduled meetings with three different builders. We have the blueprints we want, but have a long list of things still to do. We have to figure out where we’re putting the buildings, the driveway, and crops. We have to decide on a builder and get a more specific estimate. Then we have to get the appraisal done. And so many more things in between. The planning part is half the […]

30 Second Guide to Growing Spinach

30 Second Guide to Growing Spinach

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