Posts Tagged ‘plants’

Herb Fairies is here again!

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With Spring comes one of my favorite things to the Homestead Project blog….

Herb Fairies!

 

You may remember last year I introduced you to Herb Fairies and I’m delighted that so many of you took advantage of this great resource from John and Kimberly at LearningHerbs.  They gave me some great free stuff to share with you here on the blog and I can’t wait to show you what they have in store this year! 

You are gonna love it!

 
An Herbal Cookbook…

HF-meme-cookbook13Let’s kick this party off right with a free Herb Fairies cookbook!

  You will find 13 fun herbal recipes your kids will have a great time making and sharing with others.  This is a great way to help your kids learn about the herbs and remember their uses. 

Your kids will gain confidence in their ability to use herbs with each recipe and gain priceless knowledge about these wonderful healing plants.

I have long been a fan of Learning Herbs and the wonderful tools they produce such as the Wildcraft! board game and the Herb Mentor community.  They have taught me almost everything I know about herbs. 

This is going to be a great week of freebies and fun things to get us ready for Herb Fairies so stick around to see what it’s all about!  =)

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The Backyard Garden…

The O’shea family have been very busy this spring.  While the blog sat silent, gathering dust, all activity was concentrated in the outdoors area of our home.  Our desire to grow food has over the past month or so evolved into something a little more complex.  The desires to take a stand, heal the land, heal our lives, preserve our children’s  future have all sprung up from this little seedling of an idea to grow food.  I’ll expound on this at a later time.  For now, I just wanna show you what we’ve been up to. 

garden8x3bedsThe start-up:

  • 5 raised beds sized 8’x3’
  • 2 raised beds sized 8’x2’
  • 1 raised bed sized 12’x3’
  • mulched pathways
  • a compost bin
  • two tater tires

The supplies:

  • 90 bags of topsoil
  • 60 bags of organic compost
  • 1 pallet of mulch
  • 12’ boards
  • 8’ boards
  • 2”x2” posts
  • screws
  • a level
  • rubber mallet
  • 4 pallets

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Our goal is to grow as much food as possible on our little bits of land which total about 190 square feet of actual cultivated space.  We purchased our seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.  We also had a few Ferry Morse things lying around so we’ve started some of those too, though I’m hesitant to put them in the beds.  The herb seeds came from Mountain Rose Herbs and there’s about 20 – 30 varieties of those alone.  We’ll see how much of that actually gets planted. 

So far we have onions, peas, lettuce (leaf and head), potatoes, cukes, tomatoes, strawberries, broccoli, peppers, and carrots started.  Things are growing well.  My main concern at this point is keeping the rabbits out of it all.  So far, so good.

-knittingprose

The Backyard Garden…

The O’shea family have been very busy this spring.  While the blog sat silent, gathering dust, all activity was concentrated in the outdoors area of our home.  Our desire to grow food has over the past month or so evolved into something a little more complex.  The desires to take a stand, heal the land, heal our lives, preserve our children’s  future have all sprung up from this little seedling of an idea to grow food.  I’ll expound on this at a later time.  For now, I just wanna show you what we’ve been up to. 

garden8x3bedsThe start-up:

  • 5 raised beds sized 8’x3’
  • 2 raised beds sized 8’x2’
  • 1 raised bed sized 12’x3’
  • mulched pathways
  • a compost bin
  • two tater tires

The supplies:

  • 90 bags of topsoil
  • 60 bags of organic compost
  • 1 pallet of mulch
  • 12’ boards
  • 8’ boards
  • 2”x2” posts
  • screws
  • a level
  • rubber mallet
  • 4 pallets

garden12x3 garden8x2s

 

 

Our goal is to grow as much food as possible on our little bits of land which total about 190 square feet of actual cultivated space.  We purchased our seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.  We also had a few Ferry Morse things lying around so we’ve started some of those too, though I’m hesitant to put them in the beds.  The herb seeds came from Mountain Rose Herbs and there’s about 20 – 30 varieties of those alone.  We’ll see how much of that actually gets planted. 

So far we have onions, peas, lettuce (leaf and head), potatoes, cukes, tomatoes, strawberries, broccoli, peppers, and carrots started.  Things are growing well.  My main concern at this point is keeping the rabbits out of it all.  So far, so good.

-knittingprose