Homestead Honey

Subscribe to Homestead Honey feed
Inspiration For Your Modern Homestead
Updated: 1 day 9 hours ago

Hardneck vs. Softneck Garlic: The Differences You Need to Know

Fri, 09/10/2021 - 16:00

Just when you thought you survived peak harvest season, with all of its picking and preserving, garlic planting season arrives! In preparation for fall garlic planting, let’s discuss hardneck vs. softneck garlic. Garlic is one of my favorite crops to grow because it is no-nonsense. It grows almost anywhere, and once you plant it in ...
Read More about Hardneck vs. Softneck Garlic: The Differences You Need to Know

The post Hardneck vs. Softneck Garlic: The Differences You Need to Know appeared first on Homestead Honey.

Living Off the Grid with an Electric Vehicle

Sun, 08/01/2021 - 17:28

In September, 2020 I began a 24-month lease on a 2020 Nissan LEAF, a fully electric vehicle (EV). Since then, I’ve navigated the somewhat challenging, but ultimately rewarding combination of living off the grid and driving an electric vehicle. In this article, I’ll share my experiences with my EV and offer suggestions on living off ...
Read More about Living Off the Grid with an Electric Vehicle

The post Living Off the Grid with an Electric Vehicle appeared first on Homestead Honey.

How to Select Fruit Trees for Your Homestead

Sun, 01/17/2021 - 14:00

Do you dream of harvesting bushels of ripe fruit from your homestead? Crunching on apples and nibbling on sun-ripened plums? Because fruit trees are a perennial planting – a gift of food that keeps on giving – they are an extremely valuable asset to your homestead. And as the old proverb goes,“The best time to […]

The post How to Select Fruit Trees for Your Homestead appeared first on .

Acorn Pancake Recipe and How to Process Acorns for Eating

Mon, 11/09/2020 - 12:36

If you are serious about foraging for wild edibles, you’ve probably wondered how to add more starch, fats, and proteins to your foraged diet. After all, berries and wild greens are delicious, but they don’t fill your belly. Acorns and other wild nuts and seeds can help round out your foraged diet and are abundant […]

The post Acorn Pancake Recipe and How to Process Acorns for Eating appeared first on .

Building a Yurt for our Off the Grid Homestead in Vermont

Mon, 08/03/2020 - 17:43

After months of dreaming and preparing, a group of friends joined us in building a 25 foot yurt for our off the grid homestead! It must have been 6 or so years ago that we met Ken of Two Girls Farm and Yurts. At the time we were living in Missouri and neither planning to […]

The post Building a Yurt for our Off the Grid Homestead in Vermont appeared first on .

Wild Ramp Pesto Recipe

Mon, 05/25/2020 - 12:39

One of the most revered spring wild edibles is the wild ramp, Allium tricoccum, a North American member of the garlic/onion family that is found the eastern United States and eastern Canada. A truly seasonal delight, one of the easiest ways to preserve ramps is to make a wild ramp pesto. I’ll share my recipe […]

The post Wild Ramp Pesto Recipe appeared first on .

30+ Homesteading Skills to Build With Your Kids

Sun, 04/26/2020 - 11:26

Sharing the homesteading lifestyle with the kids in your life can be incredibly rewarding. But sometimes it’s hard to get past the question of “How do I teach my kids how to homestead?” Having homesteaded throughout my entire experience of being a parent (my daughter’s first experience out of the house was a trip to […]

The post 30+ Homesteading Skills to Build With Your Kids appeared first on .

Planning and Planting a Root Cellar Garden

Sat, 01/25/2020 - 11:17

What is a root cellar garden? I like to think of it as a garden that provides you with a large quantity of food that you can store in a root cellar. Think root vegetables, apples, pears, potatoes, squash, onions, some brassicas, etc. Planting a root cellar garden takes a little bit of planning to […]

The post Planning and Planting a Root Cellar Garden appeared first on Homestead Honey.

Root Cellaring 101 – What is a Root Cellar, Ideal Conditions, and Use

Sat, 01/18/2020 - 15:41

I don’t know about you, but by the time September and October roll around, I am ready to put down my canning pot and take a break from food preservation. Luckily, there is a method of food preservation that requires very little effort: Root cellaring. A garden full of vegetables can be enjoyed all winter […]

The post Root Cellaring 101 – What is a Root Cellar, Ideal Conditions, and Use appeared first on Homestead Honey.

Fermented Cranberry Salsa Recipe

Wed, 12/04/2019 - 15:55

This time of year I tend to get what I think of as “heavy food gut.” Thanksgiving meals heavy on starch, salt, and fat, holiday cookies and treats, winter stews and soups … as much as I adore these foods, they are lacking in the bright, sour qualities that I love in summer salads and […]

The post Fermented Cranberry Salsa Recipe appeared first on .

How to Preserve Kale: Freezing, Dehydrating, Canning, and more!

Sat, 11/16/2019 - 15:27

When Autumn temperatures start to climb below freezing, I immediately think of all the beautiful kale still growing in the garden. Sure, I’ve eaten my fill over the spring and summer, but it feels horrible to imagine those abundant beds of kale turning into mush in freezing temperatures. It’s time to get serious and preserve […]

The post How to Preserve Kale: Freezing, Dehydrating, Canning, and more! appeared first on .

How to Bottle Hard Apple Cider

Sun, 09/29/2019 - 08:15

Making hard apple cider is one of the easiest ways to preserve your apple harvest. After following the instructions on How to Make Hard Cider, read on to learn (from my husband Brian) how to rack and bottle your hard apple cider.  We left off with your batch of freshly pressed cider happily sealed in […]

The post How to Bottle Hard Apple Cider appeared first on .

Digestive Bitters with Dandelion, Orange Peel & Ginger

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 11:23

It’s been my goal over the past few years to build my herbal medicine cabinet so I have ready-to-go remedies on hand for common ailments. We now have plenty of salves, a healthy supply of elderberry syrup, and various tinctures and teas. But after a few occurrences of mild indigestion, I knew I needed to […]

The post Digestive Bitters with Dandelion, Orange Peel & Ginger appeared first on .

Small-Batch Maple Syrup Cider Recipe

Thu, 06/27/2019 - 11:12

If there are two foods that epitomize Vermont for me, they are maple syrup and apples. In late winter, conversation frequently turns to “how’s the sugaring going?” (at least in my circles of friends and acquaintances!) and come spring, every rural roadside is white with the blossoms of apple trees. That’s why I think this […]

The post Small-Batch Maple Syrup Cider Recipe appeared first on .

Wildflower Kombucha :: The taste of summer, in a fizzy ferment!

Mon, 06/10/2019 - 16:07

After a long Vermont winter, the arrival of wildflower season is celebration-worthy! Fields of dandelions, grassy meadows dotted with violets and strawberry flowers, abandoned farmsteads and roadsides lush with lilac hedges all beg to be smelled and sampled. How to best enjoy this bounty of edible wildflowers? In a sweet, fizzy wildflower kombucha that tastes […]

The post Wildflower Kombucha :: The taste of summer, in a fizzy ferment! appeared first on .

9 Reasons NOT to Build a Homestead From Scratch

Fri, 05/24/2019 - 10:54

Building a homestead from scratch. For many, it’s the ultimate homestead dream. It certainly was ours when we moved to Missouri 6 years ago and built an off the grid homestead on raw land – but is it really the best path forward?  Yes, it can be enormously appealing to design, plan, and implement your […]

The post 9 Reasons NOT to Build a Homestead From Scratch appeared first on .

Easy to Grow Herbs for your Homestead Medicinal Herb Garden

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 11:49

Growing herbs in a homestead medicinal herb garden is an efficient and enjoyable way to generate the raw materials you need to craft herbal remedies. Instead of sourcing dried herbs online or purchasing fresh herbs from the grocery store or farmer’s market, you can grow abundant, inexpensive, and organic herbs in your own backyard. Best […]

The post Easy to Grow Herbs for your Homestead Medicinal Herb Garden appeared first on .

Choosing the Right Evaporator for Backyard Sugaring

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 16:29

The process of making syrup is an easy one: Tap trees, collect sap, boil it down to evaporate the water content and concentrate the naturally occurring sugars in the sap. But if you’re a homesteader new to sugaring, how do you evaporate gallons of sap effectively and efficiently? In this post I’m going to help […]

The post Choosing the Right Evaporator for Backyard Sugaring appeared first on .

7 Reasons to Rent a Homestead Before you Buy (and 3 Reasons Not To)

Wed, 01/23/2019 - 14:00

My family’s homesteading path has been one full of transitions and new adventures. We started out in 1999 on a rental homestead in Oregon, moved to Missouri in 2012 to build an off the grid homestead from scratch on land we purchased with cash, and in the fall of 2018, moved once again, this time […]

The post 7 Reasons to Rent a Homestead Before you Buy (and 3 Reasons Not To) appeared first on .

The Top Homesteading Posts of 2018

Wed, 12/26/2018 - 20:45

Each year I like to peek back into the Homestead Honey archives to share the top posts of the year. This year, the writing, editing, and publication of Family Homesteading and our move to Vermont took much of my time and energy, so I have to admit that the top homesteading posts of 2018 were […]

The post The Top Homesteading Posts of 2018 appeared first on .

Pages