25 Unique Ways To Make Passive Income From Your Homestead

Many people chose to adopt the homesteading lifestyle to get away from the rat race. However, it’s often necessary to make money from an off-farm job that eats through your free time and leaves you so busy that the ‘homestead’ becomes little more than the place you sleep. For this reason, making a property pay for itself is a top priority for many homesteaders. The… [read more]

How To Grow An Abundant Supply Of Kale

Kale, a member of the brassica family and a cool season veggie, is one of my favorite greens. Not just because it looks so great in the garden and is easy to grow, but also because it is delicious, versatile, hardy and loaded with great nutrition. I put kale in smoothies, salads, soups and stews and also enjoy baked kale chips for a healthy snack.… [read more]

21 Best Ways To Keep Mosquitoes Away From You, Your Home & Garden

Ah, summertime, time for backyard parties, swimming, fishing, camping, hiking and all the joys that warm weather, family, and friends bring. Unfortunately, with summer also comes the all too familiar battle of man against the mosquito. Depending on where you live mosquitoes can be anything from an occasional nuisance to a full-blown enemy you have declared war upon. The good news is, there are a… [read more]

How To Grow Asparagus: The Delicious Vegetable That Grows Back Every Year

Growing asparagus (Asparagus officinalis) requires patience but boy, is the payoff worth it. Although it takes up to three years to really get going, this perennial plant will produce a bountiful harvest year after year for up to 30 years. In addition, the plant itself is quite attractive with a long feather-like top that turns a warm golden hue in the fall and makes a… [read more]

How To Grow Buckets Full Of Bell Peppers + Health Benefits & Recipes

There is nothing more beautiful than a basket full of homegrown bell peppers. I have been growing bell peppers in my garden for the last twenty years and have never been disappointed. There are many reasons to love bell peppers besides their beauty. For starters, they are really easy to grow, they are loaded with nutritional value and they taste amazing raw and cooked. If… [read more]

10 Beautiful Ways To Use Rose Petals 

As the enduring symbol of romance, the classic rose is one of the stateliest flowers to grace gardens today. But, these beautiful blooms are useful for so much more than looking pretty. It’s time to stop tossing your fading flowers in the trash once they begin to wilt. There are many clever ways to use rose petals to improve your health and add beauty to… [read more]

How To Grow Luffa For An Endless Supply Of Sponges

Luffa (sometimes spelt loofah or loofa), otherwise known as a ridge gourd, is a popular fruit to grow in the garden, but often not for food, but for making sponges. Much of the marketing of luffas, shows the sponge in a seaside setting, surrounded by pretty shells and the like, leading many to believe they’re some kind of “Sponge Bob,” or the remains of an… [read more]

How To Set Up A Plant Terrarium + 14 Amazing Ideas

Like a world in miniature, plant terrariums are gorgeous indoor displays that mimic the life cycle of the natural environment. Adding vibrance and life to your living spaces, it is an inexpensive project that can be quickly thrown together in a single afternoon. And once set up, they require very little by way of maintenance and upkeep because the enclosed space creates a wonderful little… [read more]

What Is Urban Permaculture? How & Why You Should Adopt These Principles

Urban permaculture may sound like the name of the latest hot band or a clothing brand, but it’s actually an increasingly popular movement started by city dwellers who want to lessen their impact on the environment while also having more control over where their food comes from. Short for permanent agriculture, permaculture is basically the idea that by observing and following nature, we’re able to… [read more]

11 Ways To Prepare Your Garden For Fall & Winter

It’s hard to believe that fall is just around the corner- weren’t we just celebrating the New Year? It certainly seems that way, but the reality is, soon those annuals will begin to fade, the temperatures will become cooler and the leaves will start to turn. You’ve done a lot of work this summer, tending to your plants, vegetables, herb, and so on, but there’s still… [read more]