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…

Yummy On The Go Breakfast Ideas For Kids – Farm Fresh Tuesday (#14)

This week in our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop, our featured posts will share quick easy yummy on the go breakfast ideas for kids, that they will be sure to eat! Breakfast Ideas for Busy Mornings Summer is almost over, and school is coming, if it hasn’t started already in your neck of the woods! That means busy mornings, trying to get the kids out the door, and having them eat a healthy breakfast too. Today we will share some quick healthy recipes to make those mornings easier! Simple breakfast ideas, that you can prepare ahead of time are key! But also having something fun, delicious AND healthy are a bonus! Even picky kids will like these ideas. A Pumpkin Spice Warm Fall Breakfast – Yummy! Before I move on to my featured posts, I just wanted to share with you one of my favorite fall breakfasts, Hearty Pumpkin Spice Steel Cut Oats. This may not be as on the go, or as easy to prepare ahead of time, but try it on those slower days, or on the weekend, and you won’t be disappointed!   Our Featured Posts this Week are: Muffins for Breakfast – Easy On the Go! Your kids will be sure to gobble these up, Cinnamon Roll Muffins from Shannon at Of the Hearth! YUM! So many yummy muffin recipes out there! Use up all that zucchini you have hoards of now and make zucchini muffins, or pumpkin muffins or apple muffins! Muffins are always a treat in kids eyes and are an easy on the go breakfast option. Cinnamon Roll Muffins by Of the Hearth Yogurt Parfait Breakfast-Healthy and a Treat too! Your kids will think you have gone crazy, giving them dessert instead of breakfast! Check out this Yogurt…

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…

Harvesting and Curing Onions – Farm Fresh Tuesday (#10)

This week in our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop, our featured post is all about harvesting and curing onions! Scroll down to find out more! Growing Onions How often do you buy onions at the store? I know that before I started growing my own, I bought them almost weekly! Onions are just one of those vegetables that a lot of people don’t think about growing. If people do decide to grow onions, they just stick a few in and eat them fresh! I do that with sweet onions, but I personally like to grow enough onions to keep our household in home grown onions for most of the year. How do I do that? First, I grow onion by seed, rather than by sets. I go into more detail about why in this article about How to Plant Onion Seed. In this article I explain exactly How to Plant Onion Seedlings. Choosing the Right Onion Varieties for Long Term Storage If you are also interested in growing the majority of onions that your family uses, it is super important to choose the right variety. Sweet onions have a lot of sugar, and don’t keep well. You need to choose an onion variety that is known for being a long keeping onion or storage onion. These are the ones that store the best. I go into much more detail in this article about How to Store Onions from the Garden Through the Winter. In order to store onions properly, first they must be harvested and cured properly. That is why I chose my featured post this week, since I haven’t really covered that on my blog yet in fine detail. Our Featured Posts This Week: Harvesting and Curing Onions When I saw that Kathi…