homestead hacks: weeds, flowers & how to use them part 2

Purple coneflower, aka Echinacea purpurea, also known as my favourite floral centerpiece, is a natural pollinator attractor, a medicinal and a cottage garden staple. This year, I’m using it for more than my floral centerpieces. The benefits are too impressive. University of British Columbia research suggests that regular consumption will reverse or alleviate inflammation. I knew…

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homestead hacks: weeds and what to do

As a born and raised urbanite, pesky weeds interfere with a carpet lush lawn. Spray them, pull them, curse them, but there is no use to them: a bane on suburban perfection. I still bend to pull weeds. I still swipe them with my heavy garden clogs. But now I’ve also found a new use…

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homestead breakfast: kitchen abundance

With our Bed and Breakfast open for business, I am eager to hone my omelet making skills. (My family thinks I’ve perfected my omelet making skills, unless I use the non-stick pan, then the omelet sticks every time!) I’m trying my hand at foraged frittata (okay, the dandelion greens are foraged, everything else is from…

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