Category Archives: Garden

Foraging Food & Eating From The Land For FREE!

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

Our homestead is located in Northeast Texas. There are lots of native things growing all by themselves here that provide for us with no effort needed except the harvesting. Gotta love foraging for free food, right??

Recently in speaking with a friend about various things we’re foraging from our land, I thought it might be fun to share these with your too.

A list of simple-to-forage food items that let you eat for FREE! #TexasHomesteader

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Vegetable Garden Planning Made Easy

by Texas Homesteader~

I’ve been spending time daydreaming about both warmer weather and what I’d like to plant in my vegetable garden. 

We’re located in Northeast Texas planting zone 8a so we enjoy a pretty long growing season. But it seems spring just can’t come soon enough.

But how do I decide what goes in the garden each year?

Garden Planning. How do I track previous planting info? Or companion planting? Or crop rotation? Come see my garden-planning tips. #TexasHomesteader

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Blessing Basket – A Gardener’s Joy of Sharing With Others

by Texas Homesteader ~

We’ve all done it – that zucchini is relished when it first starts producing in the garden. But after a while you find yourself (and your family) growing tired of the excess. Even your zucchini-loving family moans when they hear it’s on the menu tonight… yet again!

But you hate to waste it. I mean, you planted that seed, tenderly took care of the seedling and delighted in its production. What can you do?

A few years ago I started something called my ‘Blessing Basket’.  Here’s how it works:

Blessing BasketL One day each week, harvest everything ripe in the garden and put it in a basket. Then share that bounty with a friend or neighbor. #TexasHomesteader

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Thriving Plants When You Live In The Botanical ‘Hole Of Death’

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

I jokingly refer to our yard as the ‘Botanical Hole of Death’ since I struggle to get things to live in the ground right around our home. 

Oh don’t get me wrong the land here is productive, lush and green. But apparently we built our home right in the middle of the Botanical Hole of Death. But I’ve found scrappy plants that thrive even in our yard!

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Homestead Hack: Dual-Purpose Plants

by Texas Homesteader
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I love to grow things. But although I do have a few flowers growing around our home my first love is to grow food.

My dad always said, “It’s great to have a shade tree but it might as well give you something to eat too!”  Good advice, dad.

I have several beautiful planters on my front porch that greet our guests with beautiful lush greenery. But the beauty you’re enjoying need not be just for the eyes. 

Check out today’s Homestead Hack.

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Preserving The Harvest: Oregano

by Texas Homesteader 

I try to harvest and preserve all the fresh herbs I can. I finally got some oregano to grow. In addition to harvesting and using as much fresh oregano as I can, I also plan on preserving it for future use.

My dehydrating procedure is simple and requires no special equipment. Come see how easy it is to preserve oregano.

Preserving Oregano. Italian seasonings are my favorites. Because It tastes better fresh I like to grow and preserve my own. #TexasHomesteader

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