homestead in any home

The classic term “homesteading” had something to do with the government offering pioneers land for development. But here we are, with the motivation to be as self-sufficient as possible since our grocery stores reveal occasional lapses of items we’re accustomed to purchasing. So let’s get homesteading. Can you homestead in any home? But I don’t…

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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…

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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.…

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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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