• DIY Homestead Projects

    Homestead Crafts: 46 Amazing to Try Right Now

    There are definitely some homestead crafts and skills that I’ve learned over the past few years that I never imagined I’d be into. At the end of this post, find out what I’ve been learning. These have been great things to pick up to just have a hobby. Previously I just didn’t have the time to learn these skills and have too many hobbies. I was doing my Masters degree while working in a very high stress environment. Honestly I don’t know how I survived doing both of those at the same time. Studying occupied a lot of my free…

  • DIY Homestead Projects

    Hack: How Deep Should a Raised Garden Bed Be?

    Easy hack/guide to figure out how deep your raised garden bed should be. Determining the ideal depth for a raised garden bed is crucial, as it can greatly influence the health and yield of your garden. The depth required can vary depending on several factors, including the type of plants you intend to grow and their root systems. For shallow-rooted plants, a minimum depth of 6-8 inches may suffice, while deep-rooted vegetables will thrive with 12 inches or more of soil depth. Comfort and ergonomics are key considerations when selecting the height of your raised garden bed. If the bed…

  • Homesteading for Beginners - Sourdough

    How to Revive Sourdough Starter: Remedying a Starter to Bake Again

    If you’ve found your sourdough starter looking a bit worse for wear, don’t rush to throw it out. A sourdough starter is remarkably resilient; many starters that look beyond hope can be restored to full health with a bit of care. Whether it’s been neglected in the back of your fridge or left on the counter just a bit too long, the path to revival is straightforward. Reviving your sourdough starter involves assessing its condition, removing any unwanted hooch, and beginning a feeding schedule to encourage yeast and bacteria activity. The process demands patience as you may need to wait…

  • Homesteading for Beginners

    The Ultimate List of Sourdough Starter Names

    It might seem trivial to some, but within the community of bakers and sourdough enthusiasts, a starter’s name often carries significance, reflecting personality, humor, or homage to something cherished. As you mix flour and water, waiting for the natural yeasts to work their magic, you are not just creating a mixture; you are essentially bringing a new ‘being’ to life in your kitchen. Giving your sourdough starter a name fosters a connection to the living organism that you feed, care for, and rely on for your bread baking. Whether you lean towards witty puns or prefer to honor a favorite…

  • Homesteading for Beginners

    6 of the Best Tomato Trellis Ideas

    Hi fellow gardening enthusiasts! If you share my obsession with tomatoes, you understand the importance of proper support for those precious tomato plants. There are so many ways you can support tomato plants, but which one is the best? That is totally dependent on you. Throughout the years, I’ve tried different types of support systems for my tomatoes. So far, I really like to use a vertical trellis. I’ll provide my overall thoughts on this type of support system at the end of the blog post.  The type of trellis you choose can have a significant impact on the health…

  • Homesteading for Beginners - Organic Gardening

    Gardening on a Budget: How to Fill a Raised Garden Bed Cheap

    This growing season, it’ll be 3 years since we built our raised bed garden. We have two separate areas where we grow our crops. There is a small traditional in-ground garden and a raised bed garden. We chose to put in a raised bed garden because the soil was very poor. It was just easier for use to expand the garden by putting in the raised beds instead of amending the soil. There’s just too much rock in it. Filling raised beds with soil can be expensive but it doesn’t have to break the bank! In this guide, we’ll explore…