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.

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.comDon’t let winter sneak up on you this year in the raised bed garden!  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.

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

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.

Grow Your Own Sunflowers with Russian Mammoth Sunflowers l Sunflower Seeds are great snacks for kids and wild birds l Homestead Continue reading “Grow Sunflower Seeds with Russian Mammoths”

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?  Maybe it’s time you and I did our part and thought of ourselves as nice hosts for the pollinators.  We do this by providing them with a food source (flowers), something to drink (simple dish of water) and a bee house, of course!  Here’s how we made our own bee house for nesting bees and have plans for our very own pollinator garden this year.  The book that’s helping us do both?  The Bee Friendly Garden, by Frey and LeBuhn. 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”

Stamped Medallion Seed Bombs l An easy DIY for clay seed balls l Fun for the kids! l Homestead Lady (.com)

Stamped Medallion Seed Bombs

Stamped Medallion Seed Bombs l An easy DIY for clay seed balls l Fun for the kids! l Homestead Lady (.com)Whether you’re into guerrilla gardening or just need a great Mother’s Day gift, these clay seed bombs are an easy DIY.  This is also a fun family or school project.  The kids love the big mess they can make and you can enjoy the great conversations you will have about the importance of growing your own food and planting flowers for the bees. Continue reading “Stamped Medallion Seed Bombs”

The Harvest: Perennial Flowers

Perennial Flowers and How to Use the Harvest of Color l Flowers, Seeds, Pods and more l Homestead Lady (.com)Flower power!  Wondering what to do with your perennial flowers this time of year – flowers, seed pods, roots!  Here are a few flowering favorites and how to make the most of your perennials this fall. Continue reading “The Harvest: Perennial Flowers”

Start a Butterfly Garden with Butterfly Bush l Combine flowering perennials to attract butterflies and other pollinators l Homestead Lady.com

Start a Butterfly Garden with Butterfly Bush

Want to start a butterfly garden to attract beneficial bugs and pollinators to your yard?  Want an easy plant to start with?  Coupled with other flowering perennials, Buddleia, or Butterfly Bush can be a great choice for your butterfly garden.Start a Butterfly Garden with Butterfly Bush l Combine flowering perennials to attract butterflies and other pollinators l Homestead Lady.com Continue reading “Start a Butterfly Garden with Butterfly Bush”

Raised Bed Gardens l A veggie garden checklist for the summer for raised bed growers and more l Homestead Lady.com

Raised Bed Gardens: What to do in Summer

To grow your own food in a raised bed gardens requires good planning and consistent tending throughout the growing season.  To make things easier and quicker, here’s a checklist on what to do in the raised bed garden in the summer.  FYI, this is the third post in our series of raised bed gardens through the year. Raised Bed Gardens l A veggie garden checklist for the summer for raised bed growers and more l Homestead Lady.com Continue reading “Raised Bed Gardens: What to do in Summer”