Category: Garden tools and tips

Garden Quick Tip Start a Butterfly Garden now with Butterfly Bush or Buddleia l Homestead Lady

Garden Quick Tip: Start a Butterfly Garden with Butterfly Bush

Garden Quick Tip Start a Butterfly Garden now with Butterfly Bush or Buddleia l Homestead LadyWant to start a butterfly garden to attract beneficial bugs and pollinators to your yard?  Want an easy plant to start with?  How about Buddleia or Butterfly Bush?  Here’s our garden quick tip for this month – short and sweet and easy to swallow in a few minutes.  Continue reading “Garden Quick Tip: Start a Butterfly Garden with Butterfly Bush”

Raised Bed Gardens l What to do in the garden in later spring l Review of The Organic Canner l Homestead Lady (.com)

Raised Bed Garden: What to do in Later Spring

Raised bed garden, lasagna garden, year round garden and whatever your zone, these tips for “later spring” gardens will work for you.  Simply adjust up or down as many weeks as you need to account for your last frost date for your area.  I’m in zone five, so if you’re in zone ten, you’ll need to do quite a bit of adjusting, fyi.  I’m also including my review of The Organic Canner, by Daisy Luther, in this post because this book helped inspire me to make more concrete growing plans in the garden this year.  I know I want to make some of her recipes and put them up, so I’m figuring out what and how much to plant.Raised Bed Gardens l What to do in the garden in later spring l Review of The Organic Canner l Homestead Lady (.com) Continue reading “Raised Bed Garden: What to do in Later Spring”

Raised Garden Beds l What to do in spring l Homestead Lady (.com)

Raised Garden Beds: What to do for Spring?

These instructions will vary a bit by month, depending on your zone (see below for links to zone specific posts from great garden/homestead bloggers).  Add a few weeks to this timeline if you live in a zone lower than five; subtract a few weeks in you live in a zone above five.  If you garden with raised beds, either framed or swaled (permaculture), here are some tasks to be engaging in to prepare for the spring garden.Raised Garden Beds l What to do in spring l Homestead Lady (.com) Continue reading “Raised Garden Beds: What to do for Spring?”

Mulch and Compost l What are mulch and compost and why use them l Homestead Lady (.com)

Mulch and Compost

Mulch and Compost l What are mulch and compost and why use them l Homestead Lady (.com)

(Here’s a revisit to a revamped blast from the past from the archives at Homestead Lady.)

So I went to see my chiropractor/acupuncturist and he asked why he was seeing me again so soon – this sounds like the set up for a joke.  Anyway, I told him that for two days I had been fighting a six inch chipper and the six inch chipper won.  He looked at me sideways for a minute and then started writing on his chart while he chuckled and said, “Most people have pretty standard stories about how they got hurt but your stories are always so interesting!” 

So glad I could entertain.  But, as a result of the battle, I have a few words on mulch and compost; what they are and what the difference is between the two. Continue reading “Mulch and Compost”

DIY Winter Plant Protection for Herbs and Plants l Let the colonials teach you a gardening trick l Homestead Lady (.com)

DIY Winter Plant Protection

DIY Winter Plant Protection for Herbs and Plants l Let the colonials teach you a gardening trick l Homestead Lady (.com)We have our first snow of the season coming this week and I’m so far behind in the garden.  I scrambled to get my DIY Winter Plant Protection over my sage plants today.  Learn a few tricks from our ancestors on how to protect herbs and tender perennials.  The best part?  It’s cheap! Continue reading “DIY Winter Plant Protection”

Grow Your Own Food

Grow Your Own Food - Build soil, plant and harvest - information for the beginner and beyond - plus all you need to know about the FREE Grow Your Own Food Summit of July 2014 - www.homesteadlady.comWhy grow your own food? The answer’s in the question – because its your own. Food. That you grow.  No shipping, no oil strikes; no grocery store, no middle man; no market forces, no GMOs. Just you and your dirt.  Its about your safety, your family, your way of life.  Just do it.  In any way you can, grow food.  AND YOU CAN!

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In the Garden of Whatever

In the Garden of Whatever - The garden, as it really is - you know you know what I'm sayin' - www.homesteadlady.com

There are cottage gardens and English gardens and xeriscaped gardens and children’s gardens and on and on and on.  Ever been in The Garden of Whatever?  This post was originally released last year but, in case you’re feeling the gardening blues, I’m re-releasing it in honor of all us garden nerds!  The perfect gardens really only live in our heads – come be with me in the garden of whatever and feel better about your own garden… Continue reading “In the Garden of Whatever”