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 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

an interview with Isis Loran: garden blogger and homeschooler
gardening / homeschooling

an interview with Isis Loran: garden blogger and homeschooler

Peering into the lives of other homeschoolers is just plain interesting. It also gives us ideas for our own homeschools, our own children and families. It leaves us with a feeling of pride: this is our community, this is who we rub shoulders with, these are the benefits to homeschooling. I have the pleasure of … Continue reading

homestead plans for next year
gardening / homesteading

homestead plans for next year

When I start tiring of watering the garden each morning (and praying for rain twice a week), I know I am at the end of August. I have a kitchen island filled with peaches, tomatoes, oregano and zucchini. I just filled the freezer with bags of raspberries, strawberries, apricots, peaches and rhubarb. The garden is … Continue reading

homestead update
gardening

homestead update

Give me less heat, and I will go outside. Even my sunburn turned tan is begging for a reprieve. I easily could water twice a day (but I don’t)–feels all anti-earth and stuff. Having said that, you can’t feed a family without watering the garden. You will find me inside enjoying quieter things, like writing, … Continue reading