Heart-Shaped Bird Seed Ornaments

Attracting song birds to our yards can help control pests like mosquitoes, while also adding some enjoyable bird watching to our days. Bird seed...

Homestead Blog Hop #192

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop! I've been working on my routines lately. I've always done better with a routine. I have less stress, and I get...

Homestead Blog Hop #191

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop! I'm feeling good this week. My son is at Vacation Bible School, and as much as I hate leaving the house, it's...
15 Inspirational Gardeners on Instagram

15 Inspirational Gardeners on Instagram

Instagram is a visual playground where we can witness everything from food to home decor to daily life, but nothing can provide more...

Homestead Blog Hop #190

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop! This past year has been a bit transformative for me. I'm not sure if it was my pregnancy or my age, but it's like...

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,...

Take Control of Meal Time with Freeze Dried Foods