Category: In the Garden

In the Garden is the section for learning to grow your own foods and medicinal plants.  Whether you’re just starting out or have been gardening for years, we invite you to read these articles on how to garden smarter, not harder.  FYI, we use cover crops, companion planting (biodiversity) and other natural methods to control bad bugs and build soil quality instead of commercial pesticides and fertilizers.

How to Plan and Plant a Medicinal Herb Garden

Learn how to simply and easily plan a medicinal herb garden for all your plant-based wellness needs.  Aren’t sure what herbs are traditionally considered medicinal?  We can help with that, too!  You CAN grow wellness, or medicinal, herbs wherever you live, in whatever space you have. Continue reading “How to Plan and Plant a Medicinal Herb Garden”

DIY Wattle: Cheap Garden Fence

Is FREE cheap enough for a garden fence?  Learn how to make this cheap garden fence using one of the oldest fencing methods on earth: wattle.  If you’ve pruned the fruit trees, tidied up a willow patch or otherwise come into a mess load of supple branches, this is your weekend to build that cheap garden fence you’ve needed for ages! 

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3 Seed Gifts for Spring Holidays l Earth Day Mothers Day Easter l Frugal DIY gifts for kids and adults l Homestead Lady.com

3 Seed Gifts

If you’re looking for a unique gift for that special gardener in your life, try these 3 seed gift ideas.  Each seed gift idea is simple to make from materials you may already have on hand.  These DIY gifts are so easy that even kids can make them with some supervision. Celebrate Earth Day, Easter or Mother’s Day with these unique gifts! 3 Seed Gifts for Spring Holidays l Earth Day Mothers Day Easter l Frugal DIY gifts for kids and adults l Homestead Lady.com Continue reading “3 Seed Gifts”

Plant a Keto Garden l 5 low-carb vegetables to plant in the garden or in containers l Homestead Lady.com

The Keto Garden: Best Low-Carb Vegetables to Grow

One thing you may have noticed about a plant-based diet – it’s expensive!  Growing your own Keto garden and these five low-carb vegetables can save money while providing you with fresh, local produce for your family.  After all, you can’t get more local and fresh than your own backyard!  Tips for growing in container-growing, too, for you small space gardeners.  Plant a Keto Garden l 5 low-carb vegetables to plant in the garden or in containers l Homestead Lady.com  Continue reading “The Keto Garden: Best Low-Carb Vegetables to Grow”

Upcycled Gifts from the Garden l DIY Grape Vine Garland Tutorial plus more DIYs l Homestead Lady.com

Upcycled Gifts from the Garden

Are you trying to make handmade gifts this year?  Would you rather use green, organic materials that are practically begging to be turned into natural crafts?  Here’s a collection of upcycled gifts from the garden for your homemade Christmas this year.  Bonus: we’ve included a video and text tutorial of how to make your own grape vine garland, or swag, for gifting or decorating your own porch or hearth this holiday season.

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Raised Bed Gardens What to do in Fall and Winter l A list of garden to-do's to remember l Homestead Lady.com

Raised Garden Beds: What To Do in Fall and Winter

Raised Bed Gardens What to do in Fall and Winter l A list of garden to-do's to remember l Homestead Lady.comWhat do you plant in the raised bed garden in fall?  Can you grow in raised beds in winter? Use this list of raised bed garden tasks for fall and winter to keep yourself organized and ready for next year’s garden. Continue reading “Raised Garden Beds: What To Do in Fall and Winter”

No-Till Gardening with Power Equipment l Save time and your back with these carefully selected no-till garden tools l Homestead Lady.com

No-Till Gardening with Power Equipment?

I’m like you – I love growing my own food, but I’m always pressed for time.  I also love natural systems and rich soil, and no-till gardening creates both.  So, how do we combine our love of home-grown foods with our commitment to no-till gardening, while honoring our real-life time constraints?  We garden smarter, that’s how.

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Grow Your Own Sunflowers with Russian Mammoth Sunflowers l Sunflower Seeds are great snacks for kids and wild birds l Homestead

Grow Sunflower Seeds with Russian Mammoths

If you want to grow your own sunflower seeds, or if you just enjoy a showpiece in the garden, give Russian Mammoth sunflower seeds a try this year.  We’ve had complete strangers stop their cars in the road to stare at our Russian Mammoth sunflowers!  And with so many seeds per head they’re worth the effort to grow.

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Bee House in the Bee Friendly Garden l Tips on creating a bee friendly garden plus a book review l Homestead Lady (.com)

Bee House in The Bee Friendly Garden

Bee House in the Bee Friendly Garden l Tips on creating a bee friendly garden plus a book review l Homestead Lady (.com)Have you heard reports about the dangers our honey bees face these days?  Have you also heard that they pollinate an estimated 70 percent of the world’s plants, including many food crops?  Here are a few ideas – and a good book, of course! – for helping out the pollinators. Continue reading “Bee House in The Bee Friendly Garden”

Edible Flowers and Foraged Food Recipes l Homestead Lady (.com)

Edible Flowers: Things my Grandmas Taught me

Foraged foods, or those wildcrafted and harvested from nature have become very popular.  Learning to harvest these free food and medicinal plants is a smart thing to do.  For me, the beauty of edible flowers, wild herbs and nourishing plants was taught to me by my grandmothers.  Join me for a collection of resources on foraged foods, including edible flowers!Edible Flowers and Foraged Food Recipes l Homestead Lady (.com) Continue reading “Edible Flowers: Things my Grandmas Taught me”