Homestead Blog Hop #118

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop! This week, I’m working on getting all of my vegetable starts into my winter garden. Surprise of...
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Homestead Blog Hop #117

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop! I don’t know if anyone in the US wasn’t affected by the deep freeze this last week. Even here in Florida,...
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Homestead Blog Hop #116

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop! Did I mention that I started a plant nursery this fall? That has been a learning experience. I will be the...
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Homestead Blog Hop #115

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop! I hope everyone had a good Christmas. We did pretty well sticking to our plan of only a couple toys per kid....
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Homestead Blog Hop #114

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop! Merry Christmas! It’s hard to believe it’s almost here. I started a new job, which has kept me...
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Florida Edibles to Plant in October

October doesn’t look like it has much going on, but there are still a lot of seeds that you can plant this month. I’ve recently discovered Mary’s Heirloom Seeds, and she provides some very good month-to-month planting guides specific to Florida. As...

Florida Edibles to Plant in September

September is the first month that we might see evening temperatures low enough to start herbs, greens, and lettuces. They are fast growing plants, so you could start them this month and transplant them a couple of weeks later. Strawberries may be available for...

Florida Edibles to Plant in August

Woohoo, Floridians can start gardening again! Welcome to August, the hottest month of the year, but we have gardening to keep us optimistic about fall. So, I think UF may have overlooked the fact that you can’t transplant seedlings in August if you don’t...

Florida Edibles to Plant in July

The planting recommendations from UF for July actually surprise me as I’ve been told to start tomato seeds on the 4th of July. Otherwise, you can see that there isn’t much gardening happening in July. I’m not doing anything this month because of my...

Discover Your “Naturehood”

We’re lucky enough to live in the woods. It’s a wonderful experience for both the adults and the kids. I find the atmosphere relaxing, plus the trees help keep our electric bill down. We can also forage a variety of wild edibles from our own backyard. For...

Florida Edibles to Plant in June

As you can see, there isn’t much that can be planted in June. As a gardener originally from Ohio, this is the time of year that throws me off the most. While my friends up north are posting pictures of their newly started gardens, I’m harvesting what...

Cast Iron Cornbread

I may live in the south, but I’m still a Yankee when it comes to cornbread. I like mine sweet and moist with lots of butter. While this recipe could be made in a 9″ x 9″ baking dish, it really is best in a 10.25″ cast iron skillet. The skillet...

Why Every Rural Homestead Should Have a Pig

I’ll admit, I had my reservations about raising pigs. Being a country girl from rural Ohio, I’ve grown up around hog farms. My uncle was a hog farmer for most of my life. My brother even raised a couple hogs for 4-H one year. The only things I really cared...

Florida Edibles to Plant in May

May is a big gardening month for Florida, but it’s important to get an early start. This is the month when we start most of our summer garden. We’re limited by what we can grow in the summer because of the heat and humidity. While the guide says that...

Florida Edibles to Plant in April

I know, it's the end of the month, and I'm just now posting about April edibles. It's been a very busy month for us. Good news is these plants are heat tolerant and can still be started now. We are already seeing highs in the high 80s, and will soon see temps in the...

No-Till Low-Maintenance Gardening

Are you tired of traditional gardening methods that leave you and your garden burnt out? Do you feel like growing your own food is like fighting a losing battle against your environment? What if I told you that you can increase your garden yield, reduce weeds,...

Florida Edibles to Plant in March

Florida is a weird state to grow edible plants. On the surface, we’re divided into USDA zones 9a and 9b, but then there’s this weird section down the middle where I live. We’re right on the dividing line of zones 9a and 9b. It’s too cold for...

Our Day Out with Thomas Tradition Plus Giveaway

Thomas the Train is coming to town as part of his annual Day Out with Thomas tour. How do I know? The commercials have started airing on PBS, and Farmboy asks to go every time he sees one. He literally spends the entire year anticipating Thomas’ visit,...

How to Doctor a Boxed Cake Mix

First, let me say that I love cooking from scratch. I love to know what is going into my body. From-scratch food is generally better; however, I have found very few cake recipes that can stack up to a doctored boxed cake mix in flavor and moistness. Plus, it’s...

Heart-Shaped Bird Seed Ornaments

Valentine’s Day is coming up, and the song birds in our life could use a little love too. These hanging bird seed ornaments are a really cute way to decorate outside, while also benefiting our feathered friends. The mix is very sticky, so I recommending using a...

BabyKicks Cloth Wipes

I’ve been using cloth diapers since shortly after Farmboy was born, but hadn’t given much thought to cloth wipes until several months later. It finally came down to dollars and sense; it didn’t make much sense to keep throwing my dollars in the...

Homemade Bathroom Cleaner

I will be the first to admit that I do not like cleaning my bathroom. The thought of coming that close to bodily fluids disgusts me. Yes, I have been peed and pooped on by my children, but this is different. It’s not just the fact that there could be pee on the...

My VBAC Story (Part 1)

With all of the negative stories about hospital births out there, I wanted to provide a positive story for the world to enjoy. After having a c-section with Farmboy, I was determined to have Cowgirl via VBAC. My story isn’t all bubbles and roses; childbirth is...

My VBAC Story (Part 2)

Continued from My VBAC Story (Part 1) They scheduled for me to come back in on Tuesday and told me to be prepared to stay. Cowgirl was getting evicted one way or another. I was nervous and excited. I was still hopeful that I would go into labor over the weekend,...

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