Category Archives: Native Plants

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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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??

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

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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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Honey Locust Trees: Useless, Yet Useful

~by Texas Homesteader ~

When RancherMan & I found this little piece of paradise, we were smitten that’s for sure. As we looked over that old fence at the dilapidated 1880’s barn and overgrown property, we saw something beautiful. We saw where our future would be found. We saw HOME.

It’s been lots of work getting our property where it is now, and we’re nowhere near done. You see, there’s a prolific tree growing here called ‘Honey Locust’. For the most part we find these trees troublesome. But out of a useless tree, at least there are some useful features

Honey Locust trees are all over our NE Texas property. For the most part we consider them troublesome. But there are some good features #TexasHomesteader

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Bois d’Arc Trees are Beautiful & Functional Trees In Texas

by Texas Homesteader ~

We have many Bois d’Arc trees (aka: Osage Orange trees) on our property. I guess I’ve always just assumed people throughout the U.S. had them on their property too.

They pretty much grow wild here and we have these trees scattered throughout our property.

I love ’em, so I thought I’d write a little about these magnificent trees and how they’re used.

Bois d'Arc tree, also known as Osage Orange, Iron Wood, etc.

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The Lazy Cook’s Wild Plum Jelly Recipe – No Pectin Needed!

by Texas Homesteader ~ 
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There are several wild plum trees in our pasture. One of the trees produced enough plums this year for me to make this small batch of wild plum jelly.

Is there any more beautiful crimson color than what’s displayed from a jar of homemade wild plum jelly?

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