Homestead Blog Hop #165

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop! It's been rather chilly here in Florida this week. I realize 30-degree temps in December don't sound like a big...

Homestead Blog Hop #164

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop! This week has seen a lot of changes for my family. First of all, my husband started a new job. It should be a...

Homestead Blog Hop #163

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop! My parents were in town this weekend, so I spent the bulk of my weekend entertaining them...and it was...

Flirty Aprons Cyber Monday Sale

I really enjoy my aprons from Flirty Aprons. They're cute and they save my clothes from splashes and stains. My two year old daughter also loves...

Cyber Weekend Round-Up 2017

Homesteaders are a breed all our own. We don't usually go for the typical Christmas gifts of electronics and jewelry, so most of the sales after...

Day Out with Thomas: The Friendship Tour 2017

It's that time of year again; Thomas the Train will be pulling into The Florida Railroad Museum in Parrish, Florida. For two weekends, March 11-12 & 17-19, kids and their families can join Thomas and his friends for a full day of activities, games, stories, and...

Florida Edibles to Plant in February

February is a big month for planting in Florida. While there is still a slight chance for freezing temperatures, most vegetables need to be started this month if they are to produce before the summer heat and humidity kills them. I'm still starting lettuce seeds even...

Florida Edibles to Plant in January

January is the beginning of our warm planting season. Most of these plants will not survive Florida's summer temperatures, so they need to be started early if they are to have enough time to produce before they start to die back. In some cases, the plants will survive...

Florida Edibles to Plant in December

December is an exciting time to garden in Florida if you can find the time with all of the holiday hubbub happening. Don't let the graphic fool you, you can still start collards, kale, lettuce, broccoli, and cabbage from seed. You can start onion seeds, but I just buy...

Learning Through Conversation

When someone makes the decision to homeschool, you can pretty well assume they aren't striving for typical learning methods. For some reason, at some point in time, they've decided to go against the grain and take responsibility for their children's learning. The...

Florida Edibles to Plant in November

Lots of fun things can be planted in November. The cool temperatures means greens, broccoli, and peas do well. All of these vegetables grow quickly, so don't be discouraged if it's on the transplant list, but you haven't started seeds. You can also plant their seeds...

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 you can see from...

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 start the...

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 schedule and the...

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 our kids,...

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 remains before...

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 gives it that nice...

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 to know...

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 tomatoes,...

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, and...

Day Out with Thomas 2016

I have to say, I think this year's Day Out with Thomas was the biggest and best in the four years we've been attending this event. Honestly, I wasn't sure going into it. My daughter is barely one year old, and my son is five, so there was that chance that he'd be...

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