Tag: Foraging and Wildcrafting

Foraging and Wildcrafting

Foraging, or wildcrafting, is the art and science of safely scavenging wild foods and medicinal plants.  Wild plant food and medicine grows effortlessly all around us and can be ethically harvested for free.  If gardening isn’t your thing, but you still love food and herbs, learn how to forage with any Homestead Lady article tagged “Foraging and Wildcrafting”!

Calendula Earache Oil l Herbal oil for earaches in adults and children l Homestead Lady.com

Calendula Earache Oil

Calendula Earache Oil l Herbal oil for earaches in adults and children l Homestead Lady.com

Calendula is a very useful herbal flower and very easy to grow, even for non-gardeners.  Here’s a recipe for calendula earache oil from flowers we gathered clear into autumn.  Be sure to check out all the other things you can make a do with calendula after the recipe! Continue reading “Calendula Earache Oil”

Chocolate Dandelion Milkshake Recipe l Kick the coffee habit with healthy dandelion milkshake l Cocoa and both broth powders, too l Homestead Lady.com

Chocolate Dandelion Milkshake Recipe

Chocolate Dandelion Milkshake Recipe l Kick the coffee habit with healthy dandelion milkshake l Cocoa and both broth powders, too l Homestead Lady.comAre you trying to kick the coffee habit but are still hankering for those iced mochas this time of year?  Here’s the perfect combination of cocoa, dandelion and cream that will give you all the flavor and none of the drawbacks of a traditional milkshake recipe.  PLUS we include a few magical ingredients that make this chocolate dandelion milkshake recipe more like medicine than dessert.   Continue reading “Chocolate Dandelion Milkshake Recipe”

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”

Foraging with Kids l Botanical Prints l Smashed Flowers Become Art l Homestead Lady.com

Foraging with Kids: Botanical Prints

Foraging with Kids l Botanical Prints l Smashed Flowers Become Art l Homestead Lady.comForaging with kids is always and adventure.  They see magic in nearly every blade of grass.  My kids bring me blooms all spring, delightedly asking what we can do with them.  What can we do with them?  Make botanical prints, that’s what we can do with them. Continue reading “Foraging with Kids: Botanical Prints”

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”

Wild Free Food l Foraging tips l Homestead Lady (.com)

Wild Free Food

I’m not much of a couponer but I must admit I have a penchant for free food – especially when it’s on the wild side.  Have you learned to forage yet?  Are you maybe even unsure what that means?  No worries!  Come along while I chat with experienced homesteaders, herbalists and foragers on how to gather the free food Mother Nature offers us in abundance.Wild Free Food l Foraging tips l Homestead Lady (.com) Continue reading “Wild Free Food”

Forsythia Dandelion Jelly with Real Vanilla l Edible Flowers l Homestead Lady.com

Edible Flowers – Forsythia Dandelion Jelly

Forsythia Dandelion Jelly with Real Vanilla l Edible Flowers l Homestead Lady.comHere’s our recipe for freshly foraged forsythia and dandelion jelly with real vanilla and honey.  It tastes like spring! Continue reading “Edible Flowers – Forsythia Dandelion Jelly”

DIY Willow Playhouse l An eco-friendly green build for the kids backyard l Homestead Lady.com

DIY Willow Playhouse

Looking for an way to get your children involved in the garden?  This DIY Willow Playhouse is just the ticket – it goes up in a matter of hours and can be crafted from living materials that are sustainable and lovely.  DIY Willow Playhouse l An eco-friendly green build for the kids backyard l Homestead Lady.com Continue reading “DIY Willow Playhouse”

Make Your Own Plant Pots and Baskets l Learn to weave a natural basket from materials you have on hand l Homestead Lady (.com)

Make Your Own Plant Pots and Baskets

Make Your Own Plant Pots and Baskets l Learn to weave a natural basket from materials you have on hand l Homestead Lady (.com)Basket weaving is the most unlikely of survival skills and, compared to learning how to build shelter, is not the first one you and I should master.  However, after teaching my children and some school friends that basics of basket weaving, I started to realize anew what a handy thing it is to know how to do.  (It’s something I used to do in my single days, when I sat down for longer stretches of time.)  Whether you need some quick plant pots for gifts or indoor herbs, or whether you’re out on a hike and score some wild berries, here is how to make your own plant pots and baskets. Continue reading “Make Your Own Plant Pots and Baskets”