Homestead Homemaking Blog
The Country Look —our favorite of all the home decorating genre, is also the style that can be achieved easily and frugally. Read more...
Only city slickers say, "Eeww" to duck eggs. More....
At the Thanksgiving table my nephew drew us all to the edges of our chairs recounting some gripping hunting stories. And then he mentioned Duck Dynasty. We don't actually watch television so I never know what's going on there, but this sounded interesting. Read more.
Here's how I made a darling baby quilt for only $1.50. More ...
Hybrid variety fruits, grains and vegetables often have sterile seeds that do not reproduce themselves. They are like mules, which are a hybrid of a donkey and a horse. All male mules are sterile and most females are. It’s the same with the typical seeds you buy from the nursery or grocery store. They are hybrids. The seeds cannot be saved and provide no future sustainability in the event of a major food crisis. Remember the potato famine of the 1840’s?
The seeds most available to us are not heirloom and open-pollinated seeds and they don’t respond the same way in the soil. Hybrid seed is also known as "high response" seed. This is because these seeds require fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides and lots of water to achieve their high yields. Read more...
I’ve read that the majority of cattle caretakers (herdspeople we might say) are—get this - WOMEN. It’s not just the men out there getting pushed and smashed and stepped on by the 1,200 pound beasts. So let’s cowgirl up and learn something about these marvelous manageable minis.
Some say you can grow twice as much beef for the cost with miniature cattle. Read more...
Regardless of what ground hog, Phil Punxsutawney, thinks we are moving toward spring and today could easily pass for a spring day. And yes, Phil did see his shadow today but weathermen and women don't put a whole lot of stock in Phil's forecasting from what I hear. One weather guy celebrated Ground Hog Day by posting a recipe for woodchuck stew.
Photo credit: Lisa Hubbard
Well, sweet dreams to the dear little rodent for another six weeks, but I'm dreaming of gardens and the cool things I'd like to plant this spring. I think my dream garden may be something like this potager garden.
And what, might you ask, is a potager garden? I shall tell you... Read more
There's a lot to be accomplished with slow, steady, consistent effort. You just don't go from an ugly bulb to a beautiful flower without taking pains to move serenly through some dirt. Read more.