Squash bugs are a formidable enemy, but they can be controlled without using pesticides.
Having four gardens means that there’s always something to do in at least one of them.
We're coming up short on rhubarb this year. Anyone have some extra?
June gardening is all about weeding. Don’t let those pesky weeds get out ahead of you this year!
Muesli is easy to make and delicious. And healthy!
Fresh lettuce marks our first harvest of the year. Hopefully the start to a successful gardening season!
We moved into our new house three weeks ago, and our new homestead is starting to take shape.
Chives used to be in most everyone's backyard herb plot. They're easy to grow and delicious!
Growing greens is easy and doesn't require a lot of space. Fresh lettuce is delicious!
Peas are easy-peasy to grow and taste great. No need for fertilizer, just sun, space, water and perhaps a fence.
What to do with your seedlings once they have popped up.
Starting seeds is easy. If you've never done it there is no reason to be intimidated. Here's a basic tutorial.
These waffles would make a great treat for Easter brunch or a special occasion.
For a first attempt at baking this iconic Irish recipe, I think it came out all right.
Four years ago I sold my car and I haven't looked back since!
If you have candy that needs to be used, here's one way to do it!
Crackers are fun to make and taste great!
Grandma always used hankies. I use some I inherited from her to keep the tradition alive!
Jim and I are moving to a house with a large kitchen in a friendly neighborhood. Come on over and have a visit!
We love casseroles in the winter - they warm us up and fill us up! This one uses homemade tomatillo salsa from the canning cellar.
Give up paper towels and substitute homemade "un-paper" towels instead!
Rewebbing lawn chairs is a fun winter project.
Those seeds inside of your pumpkins are delicious - don't throw them away!
We enjoy taking the opportunity to rest and relax when it is too cold outside to garden.
While everything around us changes constantly, memories remain constant. A 'Memory Jar' for 2015 will help you remember the good times.
"Bluebarb" wine is delicious and well worth the effort!
December is usually a quiet time for gardeners, but we're still finding a little bit of fresh food out in the side yard.
Reading about housekeeping a century ago makes me grateful that I live now!
Found fruit scavenged from 'our' urban apple tree and our backyard quince made a delicious Thanksgiving pie.
This time of year brings the drumbeat of commercialism, but we try to resist buying things we don't really need.
This delicious breakfast takes a little while to make but it's worth the wait!
Pumpkin puree from the pressure cooker is moist and delicious.
Kale chips are easy to make and delicious! Save money by making them at home.
The change of seasons has me reflecting on the words of Ecclesiastes this week.
Tomatillo salsa is unusual but delicious and easy to make. Tomatillos are easy to grow, too!
We love baking from scratch, especially when we can use ingredients we harvest ourselves, like in this blueberry muffin recipe.
Seeking out abandoned apple trees is worth the effort. With a little time and energy, you can harvest many pounds of free fruit!
It's time to bring back line-drying clothes. Save money, help the environment!
Canning relish is very simple. You get to use up excess zucchini and the taste can't be beat!
Our pumpkin harvest was small this year, due to the plague of squash bugs.
Canning ketchup is easy and tastes a whole lot better than store-bought!
It's tomato picking time on our homestead. What better way to preserve the harvest than canned salsa?
A memory of longing for an ice cream cake as a child pushed me to finally try to make one, with much success!
We have zucchini coming out our ears! These delicious muffins help use some up.
What tastes better than homegrown? Homegrown and FREE! There may be free food lurking in your own backyard if you take the time to look.
I tried growing mustard with the idea of harvesting the seeds to make my own mustard. I wouldn't say it was a great success, but it was still fun!
Basil is easy to grow even in small spaces. You can use your harvest to make this easy, delicious pesto!
Hummus is a tasty and healthy treat. At this time of year it's great in a sandwich with garden-fresh tomatoes!
Homemade pickles and relish are staples around our house, but growing cucumbers can be a real challenge.
We try to use the least harmful solution to get ride of garden pests and weeds. This easy-to-make weed killer really works!
Summer is the time for outdoor celebrations and family gatherings. The simplest ones can be the most fun!
Growing a delicious salad on your own front or back porch is easy. Once you've tried your own homegrown salad you'll never want any other!
Canning jam is an easy way to get your feet wet if you are a beginning canner. They are practically foolproof and don't take long or require any experience. Best of all, they taste delicious!
Rhubarb pie, rhubarb jam and rhubarb muffins are all on the menu in our kitchen at this time of year. What better way to eat locally and get Vitamin C then by picking and eating your own rhubarb!
What says summer’s here more than a slice of mouth-wateringly good sweet/tart rhubarb pie? Try this easy recipe, you’ll be glad you did!
Spring is the most precarious time of year for gardeners; we put our small seedlings out into the elements and hope for the best
Spring is planting season. As everything around us greens up, so does our garden as we slowly get our plants in.
Making soap is fun and rewarding. A great rainy-day project!
A chance buy at a church rummage sale has turned into our gardening bible.
Making granola in the slow cooker is easy and it tastes great.
We got our peas in over the weekend. Peas are easy and rewarding to grow - plant yours today!
What better destination than farm and wine country!
There's nothing wrong with a little pampering now and again, so why not use your own garden harvest to make yourself look and feel better?
Three years ago we went from two cars to one. Being a one-car family has challenges but it's worth it.
Some easy advice on starting seeds for beginners or any gardener!
Baking rolls is easy and fun. And they taste better than anything you will find in the store!
Pick up a copy of Walden (from the library, of course!) for a bit of frugal inspiration this week.
100-year-old Scarlet Runner Bean seeds from Grandpa will be part of our garden this year. It's almost seed-starting time for gardeners!
A kind gift prompted a reconfigured limoncello cake recipe.
It's time to remember that 'frugal' is not a dirty word. Doing things for ourselves feels good and makes us less dependent on big companies to have a full life.
Our experiment at the local community garden was a great success last year - we just renewed our plot for 2014.
Baking bread is not difficult, just time consuming, and very rewarding!
Butternuts are plentiful in our neighborhood. This year we stole a few from the squirrels for ourselves!
Simple instructions for two versions of a sewn towel topper - an easy afternoon sewing project.
An old-fashioned date nut bread recipe.
Winter is our time to kick back and rest up from a busy growing season.
Delicious and beautiful beet relish - tastes sweet, spicy and tart!
We plant winter rye as fall comes to an end to help add "green manure" to our garden.
The arrival of fall means time to sow our garlic crop on our urban homestead.
Grandma and Grandpa had a spring piped into the house, with the help of a neighbor we have resorted to other means.
Roasted peppers taste great all winter and are easy to make.
An easy way to make beautiful and tasty pumpkin pickles.
The seeds of my journey toward self-sufficiency were planted years ago when I visited Grandma and Grandpa on the farm.