Tag Archives: Homestead Hacks

Homestead Hack: Cleaning A Narrow-Neck Jar

by Tammy Taylor~

Don’t you hate to have a narrow-neck jar that you just can’t reach with a bottle brush to clean? I’ve often wondered how you could effectively clean those wonderful but odd-shaped bottles & jars.  You see, my sun tea is always brewed in a repurposed salsa jar.  It’s the perfect glass jar to use, partially because it’s hourglass shaped.  That shape makes it much easier to grip and safely carry to the picnic table outside to brew our sun tea.

But although I love the shape of the jar, it does make it very difficult to clean.  Of course I rinse it well after brewing my tea. But over time I start to see tea stains on the inside glass. So I sat out to find a good way to get the tea stains out for a crystal clear glass jar, ready to make sun tea again & again. Check out this Homestead Hack, y’all!

Tip for cleaning a narrow-neck jar. This narrow-neck jar was an odd shape so a bottle brush didn't help. But check out this Homestead Hack to get the job done! #TexasHomesteader

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Homestead Hack: Keeping Birds Off Railings

by Tammy Taylor~

RancherMan & I love the wild birds.  We have a bird feeder out back that we keep filled so we can enjoy them all.  (be sure to check out my Bird-Feeding Homestead Hack where I share how we keep ’em fed on the CHEAP!)  There are always a wide variety of birds near our feeder and they nest nearby too, raising their young.  Oh how I love it all!

But as you know, recently RancherMan & I had a porch extension built.  We spend lots of time out there enjoying the birds and the scenery.  But ugh, the birds use the railings as their perch and there was always mounds of poop building up along the railings and on the built-in benches.  Until…

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Homestead Hack: Tracking Your Rainfall

by Tammy Taylor~

We’re (once again) in the grips of a drought.  It seems most years in the past 7-8 our little homestead has struggled with terrible drought conditions.  The weathermen are finally predicting precious rainfall to bless us for the next several days.  Oh it won’t break our drought, but at this point we’ll take that tiny 1/8th inch that falls – ANYTHING!

I’ve got an easy way to track our rainfall which I find quite clever.  Oh sure I could measure the rain gauge contents and jot them down.  Then I could make note in a calendar to track. But I just never find time to enter it all or even remember to enter it.  But this Homestead Hack assures I’ll be able to easily document and track our rainfall throughout the year.

I need an easy way of tracking rainfall. Making notes on a calender doesn't work for me, but this easy Homestead Hack does. #TexasHomesteader

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Homestead Hack: Eliminating Ants In Pet Food Bowls

by Tammy Taylor~

I don’t know if y’all deal with ants like we do, but dang this time of year when it gets super dry, the ants will go marching out looking for food.  Every now & then we find that they have invaded Bailey’s food dish! When we adopted her she had bladder stones.  So now her diet is very rigid.  Never human food, only special formula low-oxalate crunchy dog food and lots of fresh water to keep her system healthy.

Knowing how common it is to overfeed pets and to keep her fit, RancherMan researched to find out how much food a dog her size and activity level should eat daily.  We give her half that amount in the morning and the other half in the evening. So there’s typically not food left in her bowl for any length of time, but sometimes she leaves her food in the bowl a little longer.  It’s then that we’ll notice it’s attracted the attention of ants.   Oh how we hate to have ants in the house. And Bailey REALLY hates them to be in her dish!  But we found an easy fix.  Check out this Homestead Hack.

Ants were invading Bailey's dog food bowl. So we turned to a poison-Free Homestead Hack to eliminate them. #TexasHomesteader

 

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Homestead Hack: Propping Tender Seedlings

by Tammy Taylor~

It seems vegetable-gardening planting is finally going on all over the US now.  Aaaaaahhhhh the veggie garden – how I love it.  Here in NE Texas (zone 8) I typically plant heirloom seeds in my ‘Indoor Greenhouse’ in February and transplant those heirloom seedlings into my garden after the danger of frost is done.

But this year I had a naughty bull jump our garden fence & decimate all of the tender seedlings.  I had to start over.  I did replant many of my heirloom seeds but I ended up buying a jalapeno plant.  It was so small that the winds were pretty rough on it.  So I needed to find a way to protect it from the wind.  Use Whatcha Got, y’all!

I needed a way for propping tender seedlings to protect them from the wind.  You know my battle cry: "Use Whatcha Got!" Come see this Homestead Hack #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Homestead Hack: Cardboard In Compost

by Tammy Taylor~

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Y’all know I have a compost tumbler and I’m a big advocate for making your own compost.  It’s healthy for your plants, cheap to make & a great way to make good use of kitchen scraps and paper trash that would otherwise just be wasted.  And it’s super easy too, you just make sure to have a proper mix of browns & greens.  Add a little water, do a little compost turning and BOOM!  Black gold for your garden. You can see my Compost Post Here.

For ‘greens’ you can use grass clippings, vegetable peels, etc.  And for ‘browns’ you can use dried leaves, paper, twigs, etc.  I often use corrugated cardboard boxes to fill my ‘browns’ requirement.  But ugh, tearing all that cardboard requires some elbow grease #amiright?  Come check out this Homestead Hack to see how I make it easy.

I use cardboard in my compost. But it takes lots of grip to tear up all that cardboard. Come see this Homestead Hack that makes it EASY! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Keeping Jeans Neatly On The Hanger

by Tammy Taylor~

Recently while I was hanging up clothes off the line, I pulled out our empty hangers from the closet.  Now I don’t use metal hangers anymore & I haven’t even had them in the house for some 20 years or more.  Back in the day I replaced all those flimsy wire hangers with plastic hangers, typically cheap from thrift stores.  I liked how they don’t tangle up nearly as badly in my closet.  Back then I bought the kid-sized hangers for my children’s childhood-sized clothes too.  When I no longer needed those hangers for kid-sized clothes I looked at the hangers & thought Hummmmm…

Jeans will just slide around on a regular clothes hanger. Come see how I use a child-sized hanger to keep my closet nice & tidy! #TxHomesteader

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Homestead Hack: Keep That Broccoli Fresh!

by Tammy Taylor~

My baby sis and her hubby came to spend the weekend with us recently.  RancherMan & I planned to grill out since the weather was nice.  I’d also planned to roast some fresh veggies that I had in the fridge.  As my sis & I were in the kitchen I opened the refrigerator door to fetch the broccoli leftover from our dinner party several days ago.  My sister saw how it was contained and exclaimed “That’s BRILLIANT!”  Come see this Homestead Hack for keeping your broccoli fresh.

Keep broccoli fresh and crisp for several days during its storage in your refrigerator. Check out this simple Homestead Hack! #TxHomesteader

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Homestead Hack: Safer, Convenient Straight-Pin Storage

by Tammy Taylor~

OK y’all know I’m not a seamstress.  As in, not even a little!  I only sew very basic things such as my repurposed denim baskets or repairing a seam on a favored shirt.  So this may not be a new hint for the more seasoned seamstresses out there, but it sure was a helpful find for me!  And maybe you too?

You see, I have a bundle of straight pins that had been stored in the plastic box they were sold in for years.  I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve stuck myself with a pin trying to retrieve one! But after years of use, the hinge on the old container broke.  So I went looking for an easier yet still-convenient way to store & use my straight pins.  Check out this Homestead Hack, y’all.

I needed a storage solution for my straight-pin supply in my sewing box. It needed to be compact and allow me to safely retrieve my pins. Check out this Homestead Hack! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Homestead Hack: Hiding Ugly Planters in Winter

by Tammy Taylor~

It was gonna get into the low 20’s overnight so I brought in 6 plants I’d had outside.  At least they’d be safe from the cold.  But they were planted in repurposed red plastic coffee cans. I needed to put them at a southern window in our guest bedroom.  But ugh, such ugly planters for inside! Check out this easy Homestead Hack for making it all look nicer…  Use Whatcha Got!

When you bring your plants inside for the winter, are you embarrassed by ugly planters? I was! See this Homestead Hack for hiding ugly planters when you bring your plants inside for the winter. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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