Best Gardening Shoes for Women

Are you looking for the best pair of gardening shoes? In this article, I will share my favorite gardening shoes with you. Different gardening shoes are required for different situations, so be sure to check them all out!  Favorite Gardening Shoes The best gardening shoes for women, may be different for different individuals. Maybe you have feet problems and need extra support. Maybe you live in a wet climate and need shoes that keep your feet dry. Maybe you live in a hot climate and need good ventilation in your shoes so that your feet don’t sweat. Or perhaps you just want to clean you gardening shoes really easily! Today I will cover all of the gardening shoes that I have used over the years and then some. Some of these shoes fall into multiple categories, so be sure to read all the way through to find your favorite shoe for your gardening or homesteading needs. Related Article You May Be Interested In: A Mother’s Day Gift Guide for Homesteading Moms Holiday Gift Guide for Gardeners Amazon Prime Day Deals for Homesteaders and Gardeners Our favorite Homesteading & Gardening things in our Amazon Store! Common Characteristics Needed for Most Garden Shoes For most people, garden shoes really should have some of the same characteristics. they should be comfortable they should be easily cleanable they should be easy to slip on and off they should look good they should be supportive they should protect your feet they should be waterproof they should have a good grip they should be of high quality to last a long while Considerations for Choosing the Best Shoe for You In choosing the best gardening shoe for yourself, consider your own gardening efforts. Are you a casual gardener with a small kitchen…

Tips for Saving Your Own Tomato Seeds

Saving your own tomato seed, is not only a more economical way to grow your favorite varieties, but it makes for stronger plants too! Today I will share tips for saving your own tomato seeds, so you can be more self sufficient!  Why Should You Save Your Own Tomato Seeds? Economical: It will obviously be cheaper for you to save your own tomato seeds, rather than having to buy them. This comes into play especially if you are growing a lot of tomatoes. Or if you are selling the tomatoes. Less upfront costs means more profit in your pocket. Self Sufficiency: Well, it’s just a darn good idea to be able to grow your own food to begin with. Knowing how to harvest the seed, will keep you in good supply of that type of vegetable, for generations to come without having to buy the seed. After all, this is how our grandparents and great grandparents had seed to plant year after year! Stronger Plants: As a plant grows, and becomes accustomed to it’s current unique micro climate, it will adapt. As it adapts, these traits will be handed down to future generations of the plant, by passing them down through the seed it creates. So by saving seed again and again, season after season, you will always have much stronger plants, than from buying seed from a location that is not in your microclimate. Those seeds, are probably ideal, for wherever they were produced, but not for your unique growing conditions. This is probably the very best reason for saving your own tomato seeds. This goes for all plants, not just tomatoes! Related Article You May Be Interested In: Seed Starting 101: Planting Tomato Seed How to Transplant Tomato Seedlings How and Why You Should…

Growing Tea on the Homestead – Farm Fresh Tuesday (#15)

This week in our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop, our featured posts are all about tea and why you should be growing tea on the homestead! We are huge tea drinkers in our family, so I was excited to see these two articles in our blog hop last week, How and Why You Should Grow A Tea Garden and 19 Uses for Calendula Tea! Health Benefits of Drinking Tea Green tea is known to be super beneficial for you, in fact, it is one of the healthiest beverages you can drink! It can increase your stamina and memory and help with fat loss and is full of antioxidants which can help fight cancers. We have started drinking lots of homemade iced green tea this summer for these reasons. Our favorite brand for this are the Harney & Son’s Green Tea Flavors. They have many other awesome Iced Tea flavors as well that are not green tea, but we have been trying to get more green tea into our diet for the health benefits. Black tea has been proven beneficial to oral health, preventing strokes and is also full of antioxidants which are great for fighting cancers. My favorite black tea is Twinings English Breakfast tea with a teeny bit of Stevia and milk! Due to the healthy aspects of drinking tea, it is a wise idea to be growing tea on the homestead. Tips on Brewing Tea If your family drinks a lot of tea, I am going to suggest you get an electric tea kettle. They are so convenient and they make a great gift too for any tea drinkers you may know! We love ours, we have this Kitchen Aid Electric Tea Kettle and I highly recommend it.  They heat up the water in about 2…

Stock Tank Pool DIY – Farm Fresh Tuesday (#13)

This week in our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop, our featured post will share with you how to build the most amazing DIY stock tank pool, with filter and a waterfall even! I Want a Stock Tank Pool! OK folks, I had dreamed about a stock tank pool before, but after seeing this featured post, I want one now in the worst way! You will too when you see this one! I don’t even own any stock tanks, but you can be sure I will be on the look out for one now! So without further ado, lets just see it already! Our Featured Post this Week is: How to Install a Stock Tank Pool with Waterfall How to Install a Stock Tank Pool with Waterfall by Clover House Welcome to our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop! Thank you for visiting our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop! I have teamed up with some other awesome homesteading bloggers to host this awesome blog hop! Each Tuesday this blog hop opens for you to share your posts on gardening, herbalism, crafts, homesteading, food preservation. Feel free to share your in season gardening and homesteading posts with us and please feel free to share this blog hop where ever you like! There is a link down below for you to click on to share your posts! To Be Featured on the Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop: Please remember, for a chance to be featured next week, PLEASE LINK TO OUR BLOG HOP in your post! It has been difficult to find articles that had followed thru with this the last few weeks! Also, it helps to have your own featured image in your post, other than a pin! Especially in round up posts! Thank you! Your Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop…

Ways to Feed Your Soil – Farm Fresh Tuesday (#12)

This week in our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop, our featured post will give you some great ways to feed your soil! Feeding your soil is SO important for healthy plants and nutritious food, so don’t forget this important step in your gardening efforts! Healthy Soil = Healthy Plants Good healthy soil is super important for healthy plants, no matter what type of garden you have. But if you want your home grown food to have the most nutrition possible, it is a super important step! If your plants are stressed, missing nutrients and just plain struggling, then they are not going to be the healthiest food for you to eat. In fact, I believe feeding the soil, is much more important than feeding the plants! Below, I will briefly share my own quick and simple personal tips on ways to build healthy soil. Please see our featured post below, to find out much more information on this topic! MULCH My first tip, is to MULCH! Not only does mulching cut down on weeding and watering, but as it breaks down, it turns into compost! So in the end, that mulch is not only making your day to day gardening jobs easier, but it is also feeding the soil! Check out my article The Secret to Easy Gardening, NO WEEDING with Mulch! COMPOST Compost is one of the easiest and most beneficial ways to feed the soil. So many people over think compost. Just think of it as natures way of organic material decomposing. No matter how you do the composting, it benefits plants like nothing else. Check out my article Easy Simple No Work Composting. MANURE Manure is also a sure way to feed your soil, and it is one of the main reasons we keep chickens and…

How to Use Your Berry Harvest – Farm Fresh Tuesday (#11)

This week in our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop, our featured posts will give you some great ideas on how to use your berry harvest, and how to go berry picking with your kids! Scroll down to find out more! Tips on Growing Your Own Berries I grow a lot of berries on our homestead. So far, we are growing Raspberries, Strawberries, Blueberries, Blackerries, Honey Berries, and Currants.  So I thought I would share a couple of my own tips on growing berries here, before I share ideas from our featured posts on how to use your berry harvest! Mulching Your Berries   My first tip, is to MULCH! Mulching really really cuts down on weeding and watering! It basically makes your job growing berries, easier! And you will get a bigger berry harvest! Check out my article The Secret to Easy Gardening, NO WEEDING with Mulch! Protect Your Berries from Birds and Deer My second tip, is to protect your most valued crop of berries from birds and deer. We finally had to do this for our blueberry bushes. You can do this by using a simple bird netting. However, when I used that cheap one, be forewarned, the birds can get caught up in it very easily and die. Especially if it is just draped over the pushes. It is best to build a framework over your berries, that supports the netting. This can be made quite simply with PVC or 2×4’s. But if you want to really protect the birds, consider using this Deluxe Bird Barricade Netting which is designed to prevent the birds from getting caught in the netting. Freezing Your Berry Harvest My third tip, is grow as many berries as you can, and FREEZE THEM! It is so easy to…