30 Second Guide to Growing Peppers

30 Second Guide to Growing Peppers

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

How To Test Old Seeds

How To Test Old Seeds

  As the days get longer and the nights get warmer, everyone starts thinking about Spring. Farmers and gardeners start dreaming about the smell of the soil, watching their plants flourish, and feeling the hot summer sun on their backs. One of the first steps for planning your summer garden is to know where you are now. When you begin planning what you’ll grow this year, you’ll need to take an inventory of the seeds you already have. If you have leftovers from years prior, or seeds collected from last year’s harvest, you need to test how many seeds are […]

30 Second Guide to Growing Garlic

30 Second Guide to Growing Garlic

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

How to Cook a Whole Chicken in the Crockpot

How to Cook a Whole Chicken in the Crockpot

This is one of those recipes that feels like cheating. Five minutes worth of prep (maybe even less – I should time myself) and you get a beautiful, foolproof, succulent Sunday dinner. Buying a whole chicken is cheaper than buying the individual pieces at the store because it saves the companies butchering costs. Or, if you’re lucky enough to have your own home-grown meat chickens, this recipe cooks the chicken long and low all day, so they end up juicy and tender. Sign up for our newsletter

Homestead Blog Hop 122

Homestead Blog Hop 122

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop! This week’s weather has been another let-down. Warm, wet, and gross. Last weekend we specifically made no plans outside of the house. The Hillsborough Homestead family needed some recharge time. We ended up catching up on chores, blogging, and chopping up a tree we lost last week due to the wind. Now on to the hop… Sign up for our newsletter

30 Second Guide to Growing Beans

30 Second Guide to Growing Beans

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

Tips and Tricks For Planning Your Garden

Tips and Tricks For Planning Your Garden

If you’re anything like me, you love the quiet calm of Winter…but also can’t wait for Spring! The short days, grey skies and cold weather leave you missing the sun on your skin, the dirt under your nails and the taste of fresh produce. Inevitably, every year, I get excited about planning my garden and start my seeds too early. Weather here in Virginia is very unpredictable. As I write this, in early February, it’s 70 degrees out! But they’re calling for snow tomorrow! So if you’re like me, and planning your summer garden already, here is a collection of […]

Homestead Blog Hop 121

Homestead Blog Hop 121

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 – […]

30 Second Guide To Growing Pumpkins

30 Second Guide To Growing Pumpkins

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