The (re)Rise of Victory Gardens

With local or regional shortages of fresh produce resulting from the current pause in the economy, there has been a new interest in an old classic: planting Victory Gardens.

A Victory Garden – sometimes called a crisis garden – is simply a small garden squeezed into any available spot of dirt to supplement food sources during times of national emergencies (such as world wars). Continue reading

Soil Tips for New Gardeners

planting seedlingsWhen life brings uncertainty, it motivates people to make their food supply as secure as possible. This was true when Victory Gardens sprang up during both World War I and World War II, where it is estimated up to 40% of the nation’s produce came from backyard gardens. We are seeing this trend playing out again in our current COVID-19 age with a huge influx of new gardeners and overwhelmed seed companies. With many folks staying at home, it is also a perfect time to be planting and tending a garden. Continue reading

65 Simple Ways to Simplify Your Life – Part 3

laundry on clotheslineWelcome to the final installment of our 65 Simple Ways to Simplify Your Life series. In honor of our 65th anniversary, we have compiled 65 simple living tips. We hope these tips help you re-energize and enjoy the little moments in life. Remember, living simply may not always be easy, but it is fulfilling!

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8 Solutions for Natural Pest Control

Upcycled Bat House

Did you know bats eat mosquitoes and other pesky bugs? Keep reading below to find more natural pest control solutions, like our bat house (pictured above).

Tired of dealing with pesky mole hills and destructive rodents? Did mosquitoes keep you away from last summer’s outdoor fun? Then it’s time to do something about it! Continue reading

65 Simple Ways to Simplify Your Life – Part 2

woman sitting in fieldDoes your life feel a little chaotic or stressful? Try our simple living tips and tricks. After all, taking small steps can lead to a big difference!

Read on to discover the next 22 tips from our 65 Simple Ways to Simplify Your Life series. Continue reading

65 Simple Ways to Simplify Your Life – Part 1

mom and girl on farmAs we celebrate 65 years of serving our customers, we thought it would be fun to put together 65 simple living tips and tricks. After all, we’ve spent the past six and half decades helping folks take the next step on their journey to a simpler life. Enjoy the three-part series and send us your simple living tips – info@Lehmans.com – maybe they’ll make it onto our list! Continue reading

Gardening in January

gardening in snowHave a hankering for fresh tomatoes? Or watermelon so sweet and juicy?

Summer may seem like a distant memory in the middle of January (especially for those of us that are covered in snow), but that doesn’t mean you have to wait for warmer weather to start planning your summer harvest. Continue reading

What’s Happening On The Homestead: Garden Prep and Daffodils

seedlings

Gardening has begun here on our homestead. (Photo by Elizabeth Geiser)

After a slow and chilly start, we are excited for spring to appear in Ohio and it is luring the whole family outdoors to tackle spring chores around the farm. We are a homeschooling family so I consider many of our outdoor tasks as part of our learning experience and no one objects to abandoning books for a few hours to spend time in the sunshine. The teen boys are in charge of pruning fruit trees, our 10-year-old son is helping start seedlings and everyone pitches in to get the garden rolling. Continue reading

5 Vegan Recipes For An Animal-Friendly Easter

preparing vegan mealEaster is a celebration of life. For many, it is a celebration of Christ being resurrected and living once more. It’s also a time of new life and birth at the beginning of springtime. That’s why I choose to celebrate this day peacefully and compassionately. Continue reading

Backpacking For Beginners: Part Two

group photo on the trailEditor’s Note: Jennie from Lehman’s recently went on her first backpacking trip ever. Today she’s sharing with us her adventure. If you missed part one (her preparation for the trip), you can check it out here.

I successfully made it to the other side of the trail! I’m tired, a little sore, and am sporting an impressive collection of mosquito bites, but this backpacking trip was one of the most refreshing things I’ve done in a long time. I never thought I would be the type of person to classify climbing uphill through poorly marked woods for 4 straight hours, sweating more than I thought humanly possible, and getting bitten by mosquitos through my clothing as fun. But I suppose stranger things have happened and so here we are: backpacking was FUN! Continue reading