Dixie Rainbow Chickens: Dual-purpose, backyard breed

Dixie Rainbow Chickens: Dual-purpose, backyard breed

I’ve been raising Dixie Rainbow Chickens for almost 3 years now and my experience has been pretty great! Here’s the rundown on everything you need to know about this hybrid, rainbow breed chicken, including Dixie Rainbow Chicken pictures. Pin it for later or to show you chicken lovin’ friends! The beginner’s guide to dixie rainbow…

Composting made easy

Composting made easy

Composting is one of the most beneficial activities for the homestead. Plants grow better and provide a more substantial harvest with home compost. It also cuts down on food scraps waste and yard waste, etc. I’m going to make it easy for you to understand hot to compost. How to make compost easy while understanding…

How to preserve lettuce: Tips and tricks to preserving lettuce

How to preserve lettuce: Tips and tricks to preserving lettuce

I’ve been learning how to preserve homegrown lettuce from the garden to stay crisp and fresh longer. Outside of utilizing the crisper drawer, I’ve learned a few tips and tricks over the years. Learn how to keep your lettuce crisp and fresh longer so you can grow your garden and eat it, too. How to…

17 tips on how to keep chickens warm in the winter

17 tips on how to keep chickens warm in the winter

Chicken owners wonder every year how to keep chickens warm in winter weather. Always keep an eye on the forecast to be as ready as possible for extreme winter weather on your homestead.  You’ll need to check the projected high and low temperatures, but more importantly, the wind chill. Cold winters can also bring strong…

Fastest growing vegetables and fruits for your garden

Fastest growing vegetables and fruits for your garden

All these fast growing vegetables and fruits are ready to harvest around 75 days or less! These are the vegetables to plant in your backyard garden, no matter the gardener, these are great vegetables to plant in your backyard garden, no matter the gardening method. 23 fast-growing vegetables harvested within 75 days or less after…

How to make fermented feed

How to make fermented feed

What is fermented chicken feed? According to Linda of Garden Betty, “In a nutshell, fermented chicken feed is probiotics for your chicken. It’s a wet mash (the chicken keeper’s term for moistened food) created by lactic acid fermentation (the same type of fermentation that occurs naturally in sauerkraut). Just like kraut, it contains all the…

Vet’s Best flea and tick yard and kennel spray: an honest review

Vet’s Best flea and tick yard and kennel spray: an honest review

The unfortunate part of looking for a flea and tick spray for your yard is they’re often loaded with chemicals. I’m going to tell you about a plant-based, chemical-free flea and tick yard spray that is safe for you, your children and your pets (and smells wonderful!). *Disclaimer: I am not nor have I have…

What are loquats?

What are loquats?

Plenty of folks have asked me what are loquats, and it’s a fair question really. We have two loquat trees in our yard and I didn’t know what they were. Just as there are easy vegetables to plant in a garden, there are easy fruit trees to grow in the backyard. Loquat trees are one…

Growing cut and come again crops in your garden

Growing cut and come again crops in your garden

Planting cut and come again crops means you will reap a consistent, bountiful harvest all season. Many of these giving crops will also act as companion plants in your garden and provide your friends and family with season-long nutrients. Pin this for later! 24 vegetables and herbs that are cut and come again crops, providing…

Growing luffa sponges

Growing luffa sponges

So, you want to start growing luffa sponges? You’re in the right place! Luffa sponge (also spelled luffah or loofah) is a cucurbit vegetable gourd. They actually can grow right in your back yard! I always thought they were sponges from the ocean! These gourds are most used as scrubbing sponge due to their porous…

The Beginner’s Guide to Backyard Homesteading (Book Review)

The Beginner’s Guide to Backyard Homesteading (Book Review)

Disclosure: I received a copy of The Beginner’s Guide to Backyard Homesteading for free in exchange for my honest review of its contents. Receiving this book free of charge has not influenced my ability to provide my honest opinion on the contents of this book. Additionally, this post contains affiliate links. By utilizing these links,…

Stick tight fleas

Stick tight fleas

I was outside one day and noticed stick tight fleas on my chickens. Growing up with cats and dogs a flea, in general, was nothing new. These were different though. Stick tight fleas, or Echidnophaga gallinacea, burrow underneath the chickens’ skin, and are not easily removable. But I’m going to tell you exactly what I…

How homesteading can make you a better mother

How homesteading can make you a better mother

In honor of mother’s day coming up, we’re going to talk about how homesteading can make you a better mother. This isn’t a “how-to” or “DIY” post. Hell, it might not even be a considered a homesteading post. For now, we’ll call it a “Mama’s Empowerment” post because I think that’s enough. How homesteading can…

Victory gardens

Victory gardens

Victory Gardens (war gardens) are gardens promoted in 1941 shortly after the US entered WWII due to a food shortage. Food was prioritized to be sent to the military and allies so civilians were encouraged to grow-their-own. Folks grew everything from vegetables to fruit and herbs! Victory gardens and why you need them. I’ve always…

Practicing self-sufficiency during COVID-19 quarantine

Practicing self-sufficiency during COVID-19 quarantine

Here are 20 self-sufficient things you can learn to do while socially distancing yourself under the COVID-19 quarantine! BONUS: These are all accessible whether you have land or not! 20 ways to get closer to self-sufficiency while quarantined in your home. What better time is there to practice self-sufficiency than when you’re under a COVID-19…

Practicing gratitude on the homestead

Practicing gratitude on the homestead

Another year has come and gone, another Thanksgiving blogging and another Thanksgiving on my homestead. This lifestyle has provided me with so many opportunities to grow, learn and understand. I started thinking that surely I couldn’t be the only one. As a “thank you” to this homesteading community, I’ve asked all the homesteaders I’ve come…

Downsize your homestead

Downsize your homestead

I think it’s a common misconception that in order to homestead you must “have it all” – the goats, chickens, ducks, pigs, rabbits, etc. I thought if I didn’t have animals, gardens, things fermenting (or molding) in the kitchen then I just wasn’t doing it the right way. I’m downsizing my homestead and I’m not…

Homesteader’s “How-To” guide on vacationing

Homesteader’s “How-To” guide on vacationing

When we closed on our homestead in January 2016 we thought our traveling and vacationing days were simply over; a life of the past. We were wrong! Consider this your own personal guide to vacationing. If you’re wondering how to vacation on the homestead, this is your Homesteader’s “How-To” Guide on Vacationing. You see, before…

Over 15 ways to get closer to self-sustainability

Over 15 ways to get closer to self-sustainability

I’m constantly trying to think of ways to get closer to self-sustainability through our homesteading lifestyle. The next step is to actually do those things! If you’re homesteading and need guidance towards self-sustainability, here are 19 ways to achieve your goal. I’ve done a lot of the things on the list below. Some others are…

How to homestead: Year 3

How to homestead: Year 3

I’m so excited to keep moving forward with this lifestyle. I’ve linked other articles to some of my accomplishments and failures if you’d like to read more about them! Let’s get started. How my third year on the homestead went! How to homestead: my yearly list Learned to Bake Bread Sewed my first outfit Started…

Luffa sponge uses

Luffa sponge uses

Do you know how many uses there are for a luffa sponge? When I started harvesting my sponges, I had no idea what to use them for. Here are a few uses for luffa sponges. How to use your luffa sponges after growing harvesting them. Luffas are versatile vegetables to grow with many uses. You…

What you should know about homesteading before starting

What you should know about homesteading before starting

There are some things that all beginners should know about homesteading before starting. Knowing these things will help you succeed and THRIVE on your land. Be sure to know these things about homesteading before you start homesteading. As I was sending my bi-monthly newsletter out and telling the folks who subscribe about the down and…