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Dual-Purpose Edible Landscape Offers Both Beauty & Food

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

What if you could have a beautiful flowerbed in front of your home and harvest food from it too? Edible landscaping is simply choosing pretty vegetable and herb plants in different sizes, shapes and textures to plant right into your decorative garden. I’ll give you tips on how to plant a beautiful  yet edible garden right in front of your home for all to see!

Edible landscape squash carrots flowerbed food dual purpose plants. #TexasHomesteader

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Happy Easter. Glory, Hallelujah – He Is RISEN!

by Texas Homesteader ~

Easter celebrations may look a little different this year. But celebrate where you are! Go ahead & let the kids hunt Easter eggs in the back yard, or even in the house like we used to do when the kids were little and rain hampered an outdoors celebration.

Attend your favorite church service online and praise the Lord! Celebrating shouldn’t be a gathering this year, but it certainly  can and should still be CELEBRATING!

Gatherings may be canceled, but Easter has certainly not been canceled!

For all my Christian friends - what a glorious day today is. Happy EASTER. He Is Risen! #TexasHomesteader

For all my Christian friends – what a glorious day today is.

He Is Risen!




Veggie Garden Update + Some Great Harvest Recipes

by Texas Homesteader ~

Whelp, we made it to July, y’all! Now in NE Texas the rain taps will typically turn off about now and will stay off for the rest of the summer.  So although we may get a little ole 1/4″ inch or so every now & then, we can count on manually irrigating the garden from our Rainwater Catchment Systems from here on out.

Let’s stroll through the garden and see how it’s doing, shall we?

Summer is here, y'all. July promises to be hot & dry here in NE Texas. But the garden has provided some harvests. Come check it out! #TexasHomesteader

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Make A Raised Planter Using A Small Tire

by Texas Homesteader ~

A few months ago RancherMan & I joined my parents for a quick dinner at a local restaurant.  On the sidewalk outside the restaurant was a cute planter. Upon closer inspection, it looked like a small, thick tire that was painted & then planted. 

RancherMan said it was probably a riding lawn mower or golf cart tire. I loved it! Heck you always wonder what to do with an old tire anyway. And their disposal is always an issue. 

Plus I often worry that planters that you buy just can’t hold up to the rough Texas weather year after year. Spring hail storms can render that cute ceramic planter useless in short order!

These repurposed-tire planters seemed to be the best of both worlds – interesting looks, very durable and using something previously wasted. I decided to give it a try. 

But I didn’t have an old lawn mower tire and I really didn’t want to buy a new one. It seems like such a waste of resources to buy a perfectly good usable tire & paint it!

A cute nearly indestructible raised planter that can endure year after year in challenging Texas weather using a small, repurposed tire #TexasHomesteader

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How To Repurpose A Canning Jar For Rustic Flower Vase

by Texas Homesteader ~

It’s all the rage to decorate farm style or country chic. I love the simplicity of using canning jars for flower vases.

One day RancherMan & I enjoyed a little exploring time in an area on our property where previous homesteaders took their ‘trash’ decades ago. There were several unbroken old canning jars, no longer fit for canning obviously.

I love to catch a little glimpse into the past when I see what those homesteaders long ago discarded. Especially when I can repurpose those things into something I love for our home.

Cute rustic country canning jar vase with raffia bow and zinc lid. #TexasHomesteader

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Wordless Wednesday: Honeybee On Sunflower

~by Texas Homesteader ~

Wordless Wednesday: Sunflowers & honeybees. Two of my favorite things in one shot. Both just beautiful to me! #TexasHomesteader

Sunflowers & honeybees – Two of my favorite things in one shot!


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How To Harvest Mammoth Sunflower Seeds

by Texas Homesteader ~
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This year I planted the sunflowers along the chicken fence side of the garden. Those huge sunflower plants offer shade during the heat of the day for my chickens. Oh, and our bees love them too.

That’s a lot of bang for my package-of-seeds buck! But now it’s time to harvest those sunflower seeds. Come see what I did.

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