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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

Grow Your Own Sunflowers with Russian Mammoth Sunflowers l Sunflower Seeds are great snacks for kids and wild birds l HomesteadIf 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 stranger stop their cars in the road to stop and stare at our Russian Mammoths!  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?  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”

Honeybee by Marina Marchese l Thinking about getting bees but you're just not sure? l Book review l Homestead Lady (.com)

Book Review Honeybee by Marina Marchese

Honeybee by Marina Marchese l Thinking about getting bees but you're just not sure? l Book review l Homestead Lady (.com)If you’re on the fence about bee keeping, pick up Honeybee, by Marina Marchese.  This short read is a delightful combination of quality prose and useful bee information.  Disclaimer: it may tip your over the fence in favor of the bees.  Just sayin’.
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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

Start a Butterfly Garden with Butterfly Bush l Combine flowering perennials to attract butterflies and other pollinators l Homestead Lady.comWant 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. Continue reading “Start a Butterfly Garden with Butterfly Bush”

Four Garden Mistakes That Are Blessings l Repeat these garden mistakes to grow your own food every year l Homestead Lady.com

4 Garden Mistakes That Are Blessings

Four Garden Mistakes That Are Blessings l Repeat these garden mistakes to grow your own food every year l Homestead Lady.comAre you frustrated that your gardening efforts are never what they should be?  Short on time and not doing things “perfectly”?  Here are 4 grow-your-own garden mistakes that will turn out to be blessings this year and every year.
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The Cook's Herb Garden Book Review l Calling all herb nerds who need another great book! l Homestead Lady (.com)

Book Review The Cook’s Herb Garden

The Cook's Herb Garden Book Review l Calling all herb nerds who need another great book! l Homestead Lady (.com)Here’s herb girl doing another book review on an herb book – shocker!  Read on for our book review of The Cook’s Herb Garden, by Cox and Moine!  It was a small, no-nonsense book that covered it’s topic well and, of course, had lovely graphics (a must for me) and simple information on herbs any cook might use in their kitchen. Continue reading “Book Review The Cook’s Herb Garden”

How to process raw honey with an extractor

How to process raw honey with an extractor l Homestead LadyThe first-first thing I want to say is, read the directions to learn how to process raw honey with an extractor.  It’s such a basic step and one I too often neglect in my zeal to try a new thing!  We’ve processed quite a bit of honey over the years but this was our first time using a honey extractor and, may I just say, hallelujah!  Can I get an amen?!!  Here it is, how to process raw honey with an extractor… Continue reading “How to process raw honey with an extractor”