How to Keep Your Seed Stash Organized

Today I am sharing with you how to keep your seed stash organized. 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. By the way, if you are a homesteader, and you are not on Instagram, you really should be! There is a huge homesteading community there, and I have learned so much from all those fine folks. If you are on there, please look me up, I’d love to have you follow me here . I post much more often on Instagram, and on Facebook here , just because it’s so much easier to do when I am on the go and don’t have time to write up a blog post, edit photos and then upload them and put it all together. ANYWAY. Back to getting the seed stash organized! See my other Homesteading and Gardening Holiday Gift Ideas! 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…

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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 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 account. So join today and earn cash back for all those holiday purchase…

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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!!! 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 hoping by the new year to get that going. This blog is still a baby, and I am still learning…

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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. 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 be harvested asap! The garlic itself will probably be harvested at the end of the…

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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. 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 you haven’t yet (starts only and early varieties): broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kohlrabi, kale…

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5 Things Friday – 5/11/18

Welcome back to 5 Things Friday 5/11/18! I hope you all had a great week!  5 Things Friday Every Friday I aim to post about 5 of my favorite things that week. I will try to post one thing for each of these categories: Homestead Garden, Homestead Critters, Homestead Kitchen, Homesteader Entertainment and Personal a thing from my Homesteader life. These may be handy gadgets, recipe’s, quotes or moments in time. I hope you will all share some of your Friday Favorites with me as well! Homestead Gardening Favorite: This week, my 5 Things Friday favorite gardening thing is finally being done with all of my tomato and pepper transplanting, and having sold most of them this past week. Whew! That was a lot of work and I’m glad it is done! I’ve also just posted a great little tutorial if you need some guidance on How to Transplant Tomato Seedlings. Homestead Critters Favorite: This week, my 5 Things Friday favorite critter thing was a visit we had from my daughter’s BFF, of their new house piglet Penny. Isn’t she cute? Doesn’t my hubby look like he is just so smitten? I am thinking we may have a house pig of our own soon by the look on his face!!! Homestead Kitchen Favorite: My 5 Things Favorite Kitchen item thing this week is really NOT having to be in the kitchen much this week! DD is off at FFA State, and so it’s just me and hubby so I am taking it easy. We went out to dinner last night, and my oldest DD cooked dinner for us tonight! Homesteader Entertainment Favorite: My 5 Things Favorite entertainment thing this week…..hmmmmm. I can…

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