Setting New Year Goals on the Homestead

Howdy folks! Just popping in to wish you all a Happy New Year! And to share our Homestead goals for 2019. I have just sent out my very first email newsletter! So if you have subscribed to it, some of this will look very familiar. 🙂 If you haven’t subscribed to my email newsletter, please do so here! These are current articles on the blog that are things that relate to what you can be doing now in your garden or on your homestead, or getting ready to do soon! Seed Starting 101: Winter Sowing Seed Starting 101: The Essential Seed Starting Equipment List How to Prune Apple Trees on the Homestead Also, be sure to check our all of our favorite Homesteading and Gardening tool in our Amazon Shop! Summing up 2018 This past year brought a lot of changes around here! Last January, my oldest daughter got married! Seems like she was just born yesterday! How does that happen?!? Anyway, we are very happy for them and it has been fun to have a son/brother join this family of mostly girls! Than my hubby got laid off after 23 yrs on the job right after July 4th. That threw us for a loop and was completely unexpected. Needless to say, it put a huge damper on things as we sorted out what came next. He got a new job in October which we are very thankful for. We had been used to having him work from home, but now he goes into the office, so that is quite a change. I also went back to work part time working from home and I am now working for my old architectural firm doing some CAD work for them. I had to catch up on the latest software…

How to Keep Your Seed Stash Organized

Today I am sharing with you my favorite system to keep your seed stash organized! If 2019 is your year to get organized, declutter, move toward a minimalist lifestyle, you need this if you are a gardener. It took me many years to finally find this system that actually works! I forget who shared this idea, but I know I first saw it on Instagram. I’d love to have you follow me on Instagram here if you aren’t already! Other related articles you may be interested in: Mother’s Day Gift Guide for the Homesteading Moms Holiday Gift Guide for Gardeners! Essential Seed Starting Equipment All of our Homesteading and Gardening Favorites in our Amazon Shop! Photo Storage Boxes to Organize your Seed Stash How simple is this?!?!? And why did we all not think of this ourselves? Some genius out there realized how perfectly photo storage boxes work for seeds. It’s like they were made to store seeds! They fit just right, snap closed, you can see through them so you know what is in each. It’s perfect really. And simple! Genius. My bags and boxes and bins of seeds are finally all neat and tidy.   Different Ways to Sort Your Seed Collection Yes, I have 3 cases of photo boxes for these 3 different categories. With just a few spare boxes in each case. Depending on your seed stash, you may need more or less. If you are like me though, go big! You will always have more seeds coming in. You can have a case for old seeds and new seeds! Flower seeds and veggie seeds! But 3 of these cases seems to work for me right now. Photo Storage Boxes to Organize Seeds is a Great…

Holiday Gift Guide for Gardeners

Are you shopping for a gardener this holiday season? Than you are in the right place! You will be sure to find something on this Holiday Gift Guide for Gardeners! Amazon Deals to Gift or Use Yourself! If you have waited to the last minute to shop, might I suggest you try Amazon Prime to get your package in 2 days or less?  Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial Or, even better, gift an Amazon Prime Membership!  Give the Gift of Amazon Prime See all of our favorite Homesteading and Gardening tools in our Amazon Shop! Shop thru Ebates, and Earn Cash Back on Your Holiday Shopping! If you haven’t joined Ebates yet, you should before you shop online. Especially if you do a LOT of online shopping! Simply join with my link below. Then, install the Ebates button. Every time you go to a shopping site that Ebates works with, you will get a pop up reminding you to click thru Ebates to your shopping site. It will remind you what percentage you can earn cash back on and also tell you if there are any online coupons for that site. How it works: Ebates earns a commission for sending you to the retail site, and Ebates shares their commission with you, and that is how you earn the cashback.This even on many purchases on Amazon! Amazon pays cash back in over 16 categories, including patio, garden & outdoor, shoes, clothes, jewelry, handbags and power and hand tools!! Easily earn cashback in the amount of 2%-5% in those categories. I have personally earned over $750 from Ebates over the years I have been using them. You can opt to have your cash back sent to you in a check, or deposited into your Paypal…

A Big Thank You and a Question

WOW WOW WOW! Today Mavis over at OneHundredDollarsaMonth featured a story on me and I am so thankful for all the kind comments and visits over here at this tiny lil ol blog! THANK YOU MAVIS! And THANK YOU to ALL of YOU who have stopped by to check me out!!! Be sure to also pop in and check out all our favorite Homesteading and Gardening tools in our Amazon Shop! How Can I Help YOU? But while I have so many people visiting, I thought I would take this opportunity to ask all of you, what do you need help with on your homestead or in your garden? What would you like to learn about on this lil’ tiny blog? Please kindly drop a comment below at the bottom of this page and let me know how I can help you! What are you struggling with in your garden? Or with you chickens? What would you like tips on? Suggestions for tutorials? I am always looking for ways that I can help other gardeners/homesteaders, that is why I started this blog! So please look around and then let me know if there is something I can help you with! I would love to post new articles that I know my readers will appreciate.:-)     Please Sign up for my Newsletter! If you like what you see here, please consider signing up for my newsletter! There is a link in the top menu, or another over on the right side bar. I would love to stay connected with you! For those of you that have signed up for my newsletter, thank you so very much! I have yet to send my first one out, so please don’t worry that you have missed it! I am…

June Homestead To Do List

Please keep in mind, I live near Seattle in the Pacific Northwest, and this list is my personal June Homestead To Do List. Your list may need to be slightly altered depending on where you live and your homestead needs. Please check out all of our favorite Homesteading and Gardening tools in our Amazon Shop! June Homestead To Do List for Gardening: You might have thought that you were done planting now that May is over. HA! Nope! Still more to plant this month!  Here is my list for this month: Veggies: These veggies can be sown earlier than June, but can be sown again in June for a longer staggered harvest: Root veggies: carrots, beets, parsnips and radishes Greens: lettuces, spinach, mustard, kale, collards, swiss chard These veggies are typically planted in May, or after night time temps are above 50 degrees and also known as warm season crops. If you have already planted them, they can be sown again this month for a staggered harvest, if you have not planted any yet, get some in as quick as you can: Legumes: pole beans, bush beans and dry beans Corn Cucurbits: cucumbers, melons, summer squash, winter squash, pumpkins Herbs: All of them such as basil, thyme, dill, cilantro, sage, oregano, parsley, lavender, mint, lemon balm, etc. Vegetables for Winter Harvest: Sow these this month indoors and plan to transplant them into the garden in August Brassicas (Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Kale) Onions and Leeks for overwintering Flowers: Sunflowers Zinnias Snapdragon Nasturtium Marigold Cosmos Petunias Coleus Fuchsia Lobelia Alyssum All. The. Flowers. Never enough! There is also harvesting to do in the garden in June. I am still harvesting a bit of asparagus right now. Rhubarb as well. Greens, Peas, Broccoli, Cauliflower and Strawberries! My garlic scapes need to…

May Homestead To Do List

May is Plant All The Things Month! I keep thinking I am getting ahead of the planting, but I realized this week that I am not! I still have so much to plant, and have been so busy planting, that I completely forgot to do my monthly May Homestead To Do List post earlier this month. So here it is, better late than never! Please keep in mind, I live near Seattle in the Pacific Northwest, and this list is my personal to do list. Your list may need to be slightly altered depending on where you live and your homestead needs. Please check out all of our favorite Homesteading and Gardening tools in our Amazon Shop! May Homestead To Do List for Gardening: What am I planting, you might ask. Some of these may have been planted last month, but can be sowed again this month as well. This list includes things that I am direct seeding and some that I have started either via winter sowing or in typical plant flats. See what I planted this year using the Winter Sowing Method. I have also purchased some too. Be wary of night time temperatures. When they are safely above 50 degrees, heat loving plants such as tomatoes and peppers are safe to be planted outdoors. Don’t forget to harden off your starts first! Here is my list for this month: Veggies: This first group should really already be in. But if they are not, go ahead and plant asap, and next year, try to get them in earlier! All veggies in the first two groups, are known as cold season crops: Onions (from starts only, not by seed) Peas Potatoes (if planting this late, go with a short season type such as Yukon Gold) Brassicas if…