The Homestead Life »

[27 Mar 2014 ]
Rain Barrels and Burn Barrels

We’ll be putting these rain barrels on the corners of the house to catch most of our wash water. The burn barrel is just what we needed to burn prunings and diseased wood.

Preserving Food »

[25 Mar 2014 ]
Keep Ginger Root Fresh For Months

I’ve kept my store-bought ginger root fresh for months with this very simple method- no refrigeration necessary!

Homestead Barn Hop »

[23 Mar 2014 ]
Monday’s Homestead Barn Hop #152

Come on in and see what helpful tips you can learn this week from other homesteaders around the globe!

Off Grid »

[23 Mar 2014 ]
Considering Non-Electric Alternatives: Part One

What we’ll run on solar power, what we won’t, and some alternatives we’ve considered for off-grid cooking, refrigeration, and water.

Gardening »

[23 Mar 2014 ]
Cat Proofing The Garden

Cats can be a real pain in the garden. Here’s what I do to keep them from digging up my freshly planted beds.

Off Grid »

[17 Mar 2014 ]
Taking The Off Grid Plunge. *Gulp*

It’s a little scary, but there’s no backing out now!

Homestead Barn Hop »

[17 Mar 2014 ]
Monday’s Homestead Barn Hop #151

Come on in and see what fun new things you can learn from other homesteaders around the globe!

Gardening »

[14 Mar 2014 ]
Fruit Tree Diseases. Black Rot and Frogeye Leafspot.

Last year I noticed signs that something was wrong with my fruit trees. I think I’ve diagnosed the problem, and am working on eradicating the disease. (Advice welcomed!!)

Homestead Barn Hop »

[10 Mar 2014 ]
Monday’s Homestead Barn Hop #150: Introducing Two New Hosts!

Please help me welcome two new Barn Hop hosts this week!

Prepping & Politics, Reviews & Giveaways »

[7 Mar 2014 ]
EcoZoom Stove Review and Giveaway!

EcoZoom Stoves are an extremely efficient and versatile way to cook food without electricity. Enter for your chance to win your very own Zoom Versa. **This Giveaway is now closed. Congratulations, Jimmy!!

Gardening »

[5 Mar 2014 ]
Starting Seeds With A Soil Blocker

I’m trying something new this year for starting my seeds: Soil Block Makers. Here are my thoughts on the product and my experience so far. (Hint: LOVE THEM!)

Homestead Barn Hop »

[3 Mar 2014 ]
Monday’s Homestead Barn Hop #149

Grab a cup of hot tea and settle in for a while. There’s a lot to learn here this week!