Category Archives: Garden

Using Nature For A Pretty All-Natural Tablescape

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

I made a fall tablescape using natural materials typically found on the ground or in trees & bushes this time of year. The eco-warrior in me loves that this is all natural yet so beautiful.

No reason to buy something plastic or disposable to celebrate such a beautiful season. It was super easy to do, eco friendly, cost nothing and looks great. Come see what I did.

All-Natural Tablescape using nature's beauty found on nature hikes. #TexasHomesteader

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A Surprising Zucchini Substitute Option

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

Did you know that young, tender luffa is actually edible??!! Yep, it’s a delicious, tender, and surprisingly pest-free substitute for zucchini in the garden. 

That’s right, if you harvest your young luffa when they’re only about 5” long they’re very similar in taste and texture to a zucchini squash. No, really!

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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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Roasting Peppers On A Gas-Powered Stove

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

I’ve discovered that although garden peppers are delicious served in many ways, my favorite flavor is accomplished by roasting them.

So when I’m making Chile Relleno or Creamy Hatch Sauce and wanting to use my fresh garden peppers, I take the shortcut in roasting them. 

You like to use shortcuts here too? Check out this Homestead Hack, y’all.

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Different Ways I Use Soapberries For A Natural Clean

by Texas Homesteader~

I was thrilled to find a soapberry tree growing in our NE Texas property. I found it far back in a remote pasture. The berries on the tree had already turned yellow in those cool autumn days.

As a matter of fact, it was the yellow orbs that attracted my attention to the three. So I took photos of the tree, leaves, bark and the berries and sent them to my extension agent for proper identification.

She reported back that the tree was a Western Soapberry Tree (or Sapindus saponaria ssp. drummondii) 

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