Category Archives: Garden

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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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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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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