There may be free fruit in your own neighborhood - just keep your eyes open.
Spring is the most precarious time of year for gardeners; we put our small seedlings out into the elements and hope for the best
We make relish and pickles, why not mustard?
Seeking out abandoned apple trees is worth the effort. With a little time and energy, you can harvest many pounds of free fruit!
I canned apple pie filling using the apples from our 'urban foraging' expeditions.
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.
Three years ago we went from two cars to one. Being a one-car family has challenges but it's worth it.
What better destination than farm and wine country!
Butternuts are plentiful in our neighborhood. This year we stole a few from the squirrels for ourselves!
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?
Some easy advice on starting seeds for beginners or any gardener!
The arrival of fall means time to sow our garlic crop on our urban homestead.
The seeds of my journey toward self-sufficiency were planted years ago when I visited Grandma and Grandpa on the farm.
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!
December is usually a quiet time for gardeners, but we're still finding a little bit of fresh food out in the side yard.
Roasted peppers taste great all winter and are easy to make.
Delicious and beautiful beet relish - tastes sweet, spicy and tart!
We got our peas in over the weekend. Peas are easy and rewarding to grow - plant yours today!
Our pumpkin harvest was small this year, due to the plague of squash bugs.
We plant winter rye as fall comes to an end to help add "green manure" to our garden.
Our experiment at the local community garden was a great success last year - we just renewed our plot for 2014.
Tomatillo salsa is unusual but delicious and easy to make. Tomatillos are easy to grow, too!
Found fruit scavenged from 'our' urban apple tree and our backyard quince made a delicious Thanksgiving pie.
With all of society’s conveniences within easy reach, we are choosing to do things the hard way. Now, why on earth would we do that?!
Looking back on how I came upon this urban farming way of life shows a journey full of twists and turns ... and I couldn't be happier for it!
Pumpkin puree from the pressure cooker is moist and delicious.
A Newbie (Urban) Farmer learns how to string onions.
The stages of a homesteader and how we go from obsessive interest to peaceful stability.
We have zucchini coming out our ears! These delicious muffins help use some up.
Maximizing garden space in a small city yard is a constant challenge, but I've found that window boxes aren't just for windows.
We may run a big farm in the country, but our urban homestead friends sure do know how to grow it.
Grandma and Grandpa had a spring piped into the house, with the help of a neighbor we have resorted to other means.
The perfect solution to a very large pumpkin/squash crop
It's time to bring back line-drying clothes. Save money, help the environment!
Making soap is fun and rewarding. A great rainy-day project!
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!
Winter is our time to kick back and rest up from a busy growing season.
A chance buy at a church rummage sale has turned into our gardening bible.
Pick up a copy of Walden (from the library, of course!) for a bit of frugal inspiration this week.
Canning ketchup is easy and tastes a whole lot better than store-bought!
This time of year brings the drumbeat of commercialism, but we try to resist buying things we don't really need.
Seed catalogs and garden plans are the first steps to an abundant harvest.
After gathering lots of old windows to build a greenhouse, life happened. We decided a mini version would be perfect this year!
Learn to can your own homemade soups and always have a hot, hearty meal waiting in your pantry.
Donna Rae creates and tests two styles of handmade dishcloths.
We love baking from scratch, especially when we can use ingredients we harvest ourselves, like in this blueberry muffin recipe.
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!
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!
It's tomato picking time on our homestead. What better way to preserve the harvest than canned salsa?
Baking bread is not difficult, just time consuming, and very rewarding!
Baking rolls is easy and fun. And they taste better than anything you will find in the store!
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.
Canning relish is very simple. You get to use up excess zucchini and the taste can't be beat!
You never know where life is going to take you, so it’s a good idea to be ready for anything. My family once had a different life, but circumstances changed, there was a period of flux, then we came out better than ever.
"Bluebarb" wine is delicious and well worth the effort!
Growing up with homesteaders, I never thought of myself as one until recently.
When space is at a premium, creating a multi-use structure is a must.
Making granola in the slow cooker is easy and it tastes great.
People ask me how I can eat something I've raised. I'll try to explain it here.
Building berms around trees and shrubs is important for water-wise watering. Mulching is mandatory for water retention and helps keep weeds down. Manure berms are especially functional.
Let me introduce myself in this, my first blog, for the Capper's Farmer family.