types of oranges

Types of Oranges | What Varieties Are Best for Homesteading?

Many types of oranges make delicious snacks and ingredients throughout the year. As they are widely available, it can be beneficial to know what they can bring to your homestead. Although there are many varieties of oranges, all of them come from two categories. You’ll be able to choose between bitter oranges (C. Aurantium) and sweet oranges (C. Sinensis). Sweet oranges are frequently seen as the better option, as they are one of the most … Read more

compost tumbler

Compost Tumbler ~ Everything to Know Before Buying One

I asked my family to buy me the largest dual-chamber compost tumbler they could find for my birthday. They bought me an EJWOX Large Composting Tumbler, and my sons (12 and 14 at the time) put it together for me.  I love that this large composter has two chambers. We eat a lot of produce each week. It is wonderful to be able to compost the scraps rather than add to the landfills. The only … Read more

cucumber plant

Cucumber Plant Growing, Caring, and Harvesting Tips

Cucumbers are versatile and healthy. Once established, your cucumber plant will flourish and fruit in abundance.  Cucumbers are adaptable to many growing zones and are easy to grow for beginning gardeners. Here you will learn the best way to grow cucumbers — including where, how, and when to plant them — to get the best yield. There are three main types of cucumbers: Slicing Pickling Seedless Before planting, it’s important to think about how you’ll … Read more

broccoli plant

Broccoli Plant Growing, Caring, and Harvesting Guide for Beginners

How to Grow Broccoli Plant – Broccoli is a healthy and delicious vegetable, and if you have space in your garden, we highly recommend you try growing broccoli for yourself. Unless you have a very short growing season, you will get two harvests each year. That is why it’s called a biennial plant. Keep reading to get a good understanding of the broccoli plant, including how, when, and where to grow broccoli. Broccoli Plant Basics … Read more

strawberry planters pots

Strawberry Planters Pots: Growing Strawberries on the Patio

Learn how to grow your own strawberries by growing them in planters and pots. Who doesn’t love the taste of a freshly picked, perfectly ripe strawberry? The flavor is the essence of summer. There is something truly nostalgic about biting into a juicy strawberry, even the store-bought ones most of us are used to. However, there is nothing better than strawberries grown straight from your garden. Strawberries can be quite expensive to buy in the … Read more

how to ripen green tomatoes

How to Ripen Green Tomatoes ~ 4 Ways to Do It

Knowing how to ripen green tomatoes can make the most of your garden. Perfectly-ripened tomatoes are the most flavorful and robust. There’s no doubt that vine-ripened fruits and vegetables far supersede the flavors of anything you would be able to find in the grocery store. However, gardeners are often left with green tomatoes on their vines. Whether the temperature dropped quickly in your area or it’s too hot, you can still make the most of … Read more

growing tomatoes in pots

Growing Tomatoes in Pots and Containers For Huge Plants

Not everyone has space in a garden to grow a plant like tomatoes. The good news is growing tomatoes in pots is much easier than you might think. As long as you have a sunny spot and a place to put the pot, you can have juicy, delicious tomatoes throughout the season. Determinate tomato varieties do better in pots and containers than indeterminate tomatoes. This is because determinate varieties grow more bushy while indeterminate types … Read more

growing your own basil plant

Growing Your Own Basil Plant: A Guide for Beginners

Basil is easy to grow at home. It does well indoors and outdoors. Here we discuss growing your own basil plant. Basil is a woody plant that branches out. It loves warm weather and tends to grow extremely quickly when temperatures hit 80 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. When you choose to grow basil, you should keep in mind that two or three plants are plenty for a family.  You can put a basil plant in your … Read more

how to grow carrots

How to Grow Carrots ~ User-Friendly Gardening Guide

Carrots are easy to grow making them a good choice for beginning gardeners. Learn how to grow carrots with these tips. They are cool season crops and grow well in climate hardiness zones 3 – 10. Carrot plants can be annuals or biennials. They are root vegetables and grow underground.  I’ve had success growing carrots in raised garden beds and in tall containers. When I’ve tried growing them directly in the ground (in enriched soil), … Read more

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Using What You Have in New Ways – Upcycling and Repurposing Ideas

Upcycling and repurposing can be easy and fun. Slowing down gives us time to reflect on some things we have been doing to maximize what we have. Using what you have in new ways means less waste. It also means getting the most out of what you own. Use these homesteading tips to conserve, reuse, and re-purpose. In these times, we are all trying to be as sustainable as we can. Whether you live in … Read more