Homemade Products

Balsamic Vinegar Fruit Fly Trap

I always seem to have a terrible fruit fly problem at this time of the year.  One day everything is fine and the next the kitchen is crawling with the pesky little things.  I had never been able to get rid of them until last year.  Balsamic vinegar.  Put some into …

Herbs

My Flower Garden: Echinacea

Also called purple coneflower, echinacea is a beautiful and very useful flower to add to your garden.  I’m sure you have heard of taking echinacea as a vitamin for good immune health, but there are many other uses.  You don’t need to go out and buy supplements either, just grow …

Homemade Products

Homemade Bathroom Cleaners

Soap Scum Remover: 1 part liquid dish soap 1 part white vinegar Mix in a spray bottle. Spray all over soap scum filled shower.  It goes on thick and goopy, so it sticks nicely.  Let it sit for about 2 hours and wipe off.  Because it is so thick, it …

Gardening

Lasagna Garden vs Drought

It has been in the 90’s all week here without any rain.  I have also not watered my garden at all.  Here are the results: Everything is beautiful and green!!   Notice the leaves spread everywhere holding in all that water!! Thank you lasagna gardening!!         Share …

Cooking

Solar Cooker Sweet Potatoes and Garbanzo Beans

This is my solar cooker all set up.  I have two sweet potatoes in this makeshift pan cooking.  Notice it is a black pan in order to help absorb heat.  It is actually two round black pans, one being used as a lid to help increase the heat.  Once you …

Family

Kids Gardening

My homestead is also the homestead of my two small children.  I think it is extremely important that they both learn gardening along with many other skills as young as possible.  I am having to learn all about permaculture and homesteading as I go which makes it harder to learn. …

Off Grid Utilities

Solar Cooker Building

My solar cooker was easy enough to build, that is, if I did it right.  All there is to my new cooker is two cardboard boxes plus scrap cardboard, tin foil, duct tape, glass or plastic, and newspaper. You take the first (smaller) box and cover it inside and out …

Decorative Stuff

Raw wool

At some point, when I have my own land with enough space, I want to be able to raise sheep or alpacas for wool.  Before taking on any project, especially something like animals, you should do your best to know what you are getting yourself into before you do it. …

Off Grid Utilities

Cooking with Sunshine

Have you ever wanted to bake when it was 100 degrees outside?  Maybe you needed a cake for a summer birthday or some other crazy reason.  Either way it is way too hot to be baking, unless you have central air.  I don’t.  I am also always looking for ways …

Gardening

Seed Saving: Amish Snap Peas

The easiest kinds of plants to learn to save seeds for is peas and beans.  If you already save dried peas or beans, do exactly the same thing but save the beans or peas to be used as seeds.  If you are unfamiliar with this process, it is very easy. …