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Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop!

This is going to sound strange, but part of me is glad April is over. I’m not thrilled with the hot temperatures of May, but April was just such a busy month for us. I’m looking foward to some down time in May to get caught up around the house.

First of all, our homeschool co-op is done for the summer. We will miss our friends, but I will not miss having to run across the county every week for classes. Granted, my son really wants to do summer camp, and naturally, the day camp he wants to go to is an hour from our house. He did the camp last year while I was working, and it really was a great camp. I just don’t think we’ll be doing every week. Our church is also running a camp for a couple of weeks, plus VBS, so we have other options.

In case you hadn’t picked up on my hints on social media, or noticed I’m looking a little more round than usual in my most recent YouTube videos, we’re expecting our third child this summer. In general, I’m in consolidate and organize mode. This includes my nursery business. The timing works out well because summer tends to be an off-season for most traditional vegetable gardening here in Florida. Most of the plants that I started in Feburary and March are past their prime for being able to sell, so they’ve been planted in my garden. June is usually the latest I can expect any kind of a harvest, but I try to stretch my growing season as much as possible by taking advantage of the filtered light from our trees. If I can get everything into the ground this week, and keep the bugs and fungus at bay, then I may still have a decent harvest before the heat kills everything. 

But that doesn’t mean I’m completely closing up shop. We still have a lot of plants that will grow in the summer, they just may not be variesties that most people are familiar with. It means a more limited selection, but there are still plenty of options. I’m hoping to keep participating in farmer’s markets as long as possible before the baby comes, then taking a couple months off (while starting seeds) before our fall/winter gardening season starts.

Now on to the hop…

Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday and is for all things homesteading: real food recipes, farm animals, crafts, DIY, how-to’s, gardening, anything from-scratch, natural home/health, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, natural remedies, essential oils, & more! Basically anything related to homesteading.

Meet and Follow Your Hosts!

Homestead Blog Hop Hosts

Kelly – Simple Life Mom (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+ | Instagram)

Natasha – Houseful of Nicholes (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram)

Bonnie – The Not So Modern Housewife (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+ | Instagram)

Jessica – The Faithful Farmwife (Facebook |Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram)

Lauren – Hillsborough Homestead (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram)

Liz – The Cape Coop (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram)


from the Last Homestead Blog Hop

Each week we will choose three posts to feature. Each post will be shared on all social media platforms by all of the hosts! Here are the features from Last Week’s Hop:

Homestead Blog Hop Feature - Organic Pesticide

1. How to Have a Pest Free Garden the Organic Way from Organic 4 Green Livings

Homestead Blog Hop Feature - Golden Beet and Turmeric Kvass

2. Golden Beet and Turmeric Kvass from Healing Harvest Homestead

Homestead Blog Hop Feature - How to raise Guinea keets

3. How to Raise Guinea Keets from Murano Chicken Farm

Congrats! Feel free to grab the featured on button for your post.

Just right click and ‘save image as…’

Homestead Blog Hop every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

Guidelines for this Get-Together:
  1. Click on the “Add your Link” Button below and add a great image of your project or recipe. Make sure you link to the page of your family friendly post – not the main page of your blog.
  2. Link up to three posts each week.
  3. Try to visit at least a few other blogs at the party. Be sure to leave a comment to let them know you stopped by.
  4. Link your post back to the Homestead Blog Hop. If the hop isn’t linked to your post then you cannot be featured. All featured posts will be shared on all hosts’ social media channels.
  5. Please link up posts that you haven’t linked to the hop before. You are welcome to link old posts from your blog.
  6. By joining the party, you are giving the hosts permission to use one photo from your post with a link back to your site if it is selected as one of next week’s Features.
  7. This is a family-friendly link up meant to inspire and motivate the homesteader in all of us. Please note that all giveaways, contests, and the like will be deleted from the blog hop, as well as anything not family-friendly.

***Please note: in order to maintain the awesomeness of the hop all posts that don’t meet the above guidelines will be deleted.***

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Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...