homestead plans: next spring
gardening / homesteading

homestead plans: next spring

My homestead plans for next year. Every year I learn a little more about my outdoor space (mostly the soil) and also what my family will actually eat (fewer vegetables than me). The abundance of parsnips, eggplants and spaghetti squash only dazzle me, not my family. Next year, I’ll grow more peppers, jalapeƱos and carrots … Continue reading

you know you’re a homesteader when…
foraging / gardening / homesteading

you know you’re a homesteader when…

Certain clues give away your homesteader status? You’ve got a raw plot of land and you can see what it’ll be…someday. There is always room for another chicken. Outdoors is just another room in your home. All poop is useful for the garden. Anything that can be foraged should be foraged: reduce the grocery bill. … Continue reading

homestead: garden bounty
gardening / homesteading

homestead: garden bounty

homestead, garden bounty, unless… Every year, I grow starts from seed. Sometimes these seedlings will grow as expected, sometimes they won’t. Sometimes I’ll know why, sometimes I won’t. This year they grew happily in the greenhouse. Hundreds of them. From flowers to veggies. Then I placed a few in the open sun to harden off. … Continue reading

homestead: soil building
gardening / homesteading

homestead: soil building

I’ve been in a state of soil building the moment I stepped onto the raw mountain land that I considered purchasing. Land watching. I paid attention to where the thimbleberries grew in a grove. That would be my garden. There was enough sunlight to grow something on this rocky mountain. Sunlight catching. After we purchased … Continue reading

homestead hacks: weeds, flowers & how to use them part 2
foraging / gardening / homesteading / well-being

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 … Continue reading

homestead hacks: weeds and what to do
foraging / gardening / homesteading / well-being

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 … Continue reading