For all you spice lovers, get tips on growing, harvesting, curing, and using garlic. Plus, get a preview of the stunning cover of my new book "Grow Your Own Spices".
I recently posted a photo tour of our homestead on my other blog (which is more of a personal journal). I wanted to share the link to that post here too so you can see the power of simple homesteading to transform a landscape. Before you link out to the photos, though, let me share… Continue reading A Homestead Tour
Creating a functioning homestead takes time, effort, and resources. It's not something you should rush into or do without careful planning. Yet, often in the middle of a crises, we feel an overwhelming urgency to make radical changes to increase our sense of security. Unfortunately, that can be the hardest time to get started. Fear… Continue reading Fast-Track to Greater Self-Sufficiency
Each year in early to mid-spring, my perennial herbs start putting on huge amounts of new growth. In order to keep those plants tame, make them bushier, keep evergreens from becoming woody, and delay premature flowering, harvesting quite a bit of that early growth is necessary. It seems counter intuitive to harvest heavily when plants… Continue reading Harvesting, Preserving, and Propagating Spring Herbs
The COVID-19 virus has made it difficult for grocery stores to keep shelves stocked. I visited the grocery for the first time in a month and was surprised to see so many shelves empty. Toilet paper, of course, was no where to be found. But, other things like flour, eggs, butter, and many fresh vegetables… Continue reading Potager Gardening in a Crisis
Choosing the plants that will grow well in your climate, weather, soil type, and garden is quite complicated. That's why a big part of becoming a good gardener is learning how to read your landscape, understand your conditions, and carefully select plants that are most likely to thrive where you live. If you want to… Continue reading Choosing the Right Plants for Your Garden
Did you know that you can homestead anywhere? Homesteading is a basic set of life skills that can be practiced wherever you live right now. So don't let a lack of land limit your dreams. Make up for a shortage of acreage with creativity and access to awesome resources! Here's an article I wrote for… Continue reading Urban, Suburban, and Rural Homesteading
If you want to learn how raise your own ducklings more like a mama duck would, then take a look at this post on Morning Chores for more details. https://morningchores.com/raising-ducklings-in-a-brooder/ Also, if you plan to hatch your own duck eggs, then you may want to take a look at this post. https://morningchores.com/incubating-duck-eggs/ And, use this… Continue reading Brooding Ducklings
It can be difficult to think beyond the grocery store, or the farmers market, when deciding what kind of food to grow on your homestead. Every recipe we know, every cookbook we have, tend to rely only on the readily available ingredients most of us can access. Yet, the most thrilling part about having your… Continue reading What to Grow in Your Potager (including a list of 30 categories of plants to consider)
Learn how broody ducks incubate their eggs and use that knowledge to hatch your own eggs at home.