Spring Soil Prep For A Healthy Garden

garden soilLate winter is difficult, isn’t it? The urge to start working in the garden can be so strong it almost hurts. Sure, we can (and should) scratch that gardening itch by planting some seedlings indoors, but that doesn’t get us outside. Continue reading

Exciting News! Here’s Your Chance To Win A Rainbow Garden

Lehman's & Baker Creek Seeds Sweepstakes

Win a Rainbow Garden!

Lehman’s and Baker Creek Seeds are excited to announce our $1,000 sweepstakes! Click on the link below to register to win this fantastic rainbow garden, so you can make health and flavor the heart of your garden with this great giveaway. You will receive everything you need to move from plant to plate, like a seed voucher, gardening tools dinnerware and more. How deliciously simple!

Click here to enter and to learn more. Contest ends March 31, 2019.

Winter Is A Homesteader’s Time To Plan

winter gardeningWinter is a time of sleep and rest. The work is still there, and it’s not easier…in fact, it’s often harder when you’re dealing with ice and extra shelter and bedding, and worrying about animals being warm enough. (Note: They are…Mother Nature gives them a natural winter coat. It’s not uncommon to see my Great Pyrenees out in 0 degree weather lying in the snow!) Continue reading

A Wish List for Novice Homesteaders

digging in gardenOne of the most joyous steps you can ever take is to sign on the dotted line to purchase your new homestead, that little slice of rural paradise you’ve always wanted. And now it’s yours. Your imagination takes flight at all the things you want to accomplish: a huge garden, chickens, cows or goats, an orchard. The sky’s the limit! Continue reading

Create Beautiful Fall Flower Arrangements, Lehman’s Style

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Learn how to create beautiful flower arrangements for special occasions. (Photo by Elizabeth Geiser)

Fall wedding season is upon us and as a flower farmer, I am swimming in dahlias, celosia, zinnias and other autumnal beauties. With the popularity of barn weddings and outdoor venues, the rustic vibe is alive and well. What better way to express that than fresh local flowers arranged in some fun vessels from Lehman’s! Continue reading

A Guide To Eco-Friendly Lawn Care

USA reel mowerEditor’s Note: Please welcome our guest blogger today, Rachael Baihn. She is sharing with us tips on how to make our lawns a little “greener.” Enjoy!

There are many lawn care products available for those homeowners who want to keep a lawn in tip top shape. However, how many of those products are actually doing more harm than good to the environment? Check out the following tips to help make your lawn care eco-friendly. Continue reading

Children and Chores: How to Enjoyably Work Together on the Homestead

On pileOn the homestead, everyone in the family needs to chip in to get things done. There are chores suitable for children of all ages from feeding chickens and taking out the compost to weeding the garden and harvesting fruit. Work doesn’t need to be drudgery but can be an enjoyable thing that the family works at together. Continue reading

When Gardening Is Not As Easy As It Used To Be

person holding carrotsThis may come as a shock to you (I know it shocked me) but I am not as young as I used to be. My body has hit a point where I can get down to garden without a serious problem, but getting back up requires a good deal of effort and sometimes a willing hand from a nearby child. Bruce and I are trying to plan for a future where we still want to grow food but will need some accommodations.
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Bats: Furry, Flying Pest Control

BatsOne of my favorite times of day has always been sunset. I love the colors and the way that the light plays on world around me. But my absolute favorite part of watching that sunsetting sky is watching the bats start to come out and start their night. I love bats! From the brown bats that we see around most of our homes in the US to the giant flying foxes that I would love to meet in person. Bats are truly amazing creatures. Continue reading

From the Garden: Veggie Taco Tuesday

veggie tacosVeggie Taco Tuesday? What do veggies and tacos have to do with each other? Well, I don’t know about your family but mine loves tacos. They could probably eat them almost every day. And why not? They have to be one of the most versatile foods on earth and even my pickiest eater will eat them at home when she can make them herself. Continue reading