Companion Plant Profile: Calendula

Companion Plant Profile: Calendula

Calendula is one of the best all-around garden plant companions! Find out why and how to grow it in your garden!    Calendula (Calendula officinalis), also known as “pot marigold”, is probably one of the cheeriest flowers you can add to your veggie garden!...

Grow It Guide: How to Grow Rhubarb!

Grow It Guide: How to Grow Rhubarb!

This "Grow It Guide" highlights an amazing and often overlooked perennial plant: Rhubarb! Read on for more info on how to grow rhubarb in your home garden along with ideas for harvesting and using it!   About Rhubarb Rhubarb is one of those “heritage” plants if...

How to Make a Tomato Cage Hot House

How to Make a Tomato Cage Hot House

Some like it hot! Some garden veggies that is!  Hot crops like tomatoes, peppers and eggplants need a long warm season to produce and ripen their fruit. A lot of larger tomato varieties need an average of 80+ days to start producing harvest-ready fruit. Sweet...

It’s Not Too Late to Plant a Garden!

It’s Not Too Late to Plant a Garden!

Fear not! It's not too late to plant a garden! Here are some tips to ensure you can enjoy a great harvest, even with a late start!   In late spring and early summer, one of the main things I get asked from my coaching clients and blog readers is the question: “Is...

How to Mark & Track Seeds + Seedlings

How to Mark & Track Seeds + Seedlings

Good records and efficient labeling is key to growing your own seedlings! Here are the best methods and tools to mark and track seeds and seedlings!  Learning how to properly and efficiently grow your own garden vegetables and plants from seed is one of the best...

The Best Ways to Water Seeds & Seedlings

The Best Ways to Water Seeds & Seedlings

 Learn how to properly water your seeds and seedlings to grow healthier starts for your garden!  We have been talking all about seeds lately! Why? Because growing your own vegetables and plants from seeds is like printing your own money! Seriously! It's a...

How to Sow Seeds in Containers

How to Sow Seeds in Containers

Sowing seeds is fairly straight-forward, but there are some important things to know for more successful germination. Here’s the full scoop on how to sow seeds in trays or containers! For many years, I would head to the nursery each spring and purchase a cart-full of...

All About Seed Starting Containers

All About Seed Starting Containers

There are so many seed starting containers to choose from! Here's the run-down on picking the best option for your seeds and a quick look at how to properly fill the containers with soil before planting.    When it comes to starting seeds, one of the first...

2021 Homestead Management Binder

2021 Homestead Management Binder

The 2021 Homestead Management Binder is here to keep your homestead life organized! Plus, if you are ready to get your homestead life back on track, I have just the thing for you! Keep reading to find out more!   It's baaaaack! And it's bigger and better...

Wonderful Ways to Use Whey!

Wonderful Ways to Use Whey!

Don't waste that whey! Let's chat about all the wonderful ways to use whey in your kitchen, your garden and farm!  When we started with milk goats several years ago, our main goal was to be able to supply the majority of our own dairy products. While nothing is...

Fall Equinox Celebrations for the Homesteader

Fall Equinox Celebrations for the Homesteader

The Fall Equinox celebrates the official start of the fall season! Here are 10 Fall Equinox celebrations that are perfect for the homesteader or gardener in us all!   Can you sense it? Autumn is in the air!  And it’s not just the return of pumpkin spice...

How to Make a DIY Pallet Path

How to Make a DIY Pallet Path

It's easy to create a beautiful and functional garden pathway from pallets! Here's how to create a DIY pallet path, step by step! A few years ago, I set out to transform a bare patch of our property into a beautiful garden area for my perennial plants and medicinal...

July & August 2020 Homestead Happenings!

July & August 2020 Homestead Happenings!

July & August 2020 - Behind the Scenes! A quick recap of some of our homestead happenings, including how we get creative with food preservation, our barn renovation project and more!   August marked our six-month anniversary of moving to the Pacific Northwest...

Soil Drainage: How & Why to Test It!

Soil Drainage: How & Why to Test It!

Did you know that soil drainage can directly effect how successful your garden is? Luckily, it's easy to learn more about your soil by doing an easy at-home soil drainage test!   Are you tired of guessing how much and how often to water your plants?  Knowing...

DIY River Rock Garden Bed

DIY River Rock Garden Bed

Raised beds are a wonderful solution for many types of gardening. Here's how to make your own beautiful river rock garden bed using basic supplies you probably already have on hand!   Let's talk about how to create river rock raised garden beds! They...

How to Ripen Tomatoes Faster on the Vine

How to Ripen Tomatoes Faster on the Vine

Are your green tomatoes slow to ripen? Check out these tricks to ripen tomatoes faster as the end of the season approaches!   Each summer, grow an abundance of tomatoes. We grow about 16 tomato plants each year that provide our tomato-based products for the...

Homesteading & Health Insurance

Homesteading & Health Insurance

If homesteading is calling your name, there are some things you need to consider before you quit your job & go off grid! Health insurance is an extremely important consideration for any homesteader - here are some options to consider for you and your family....

How to Make Sun-Dried Tomatoes

How to Make Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Sun-dried tomatoes are a delicious, flavor-packed way to enjoy your homegrown tomatoes all year! Here's how to make your own using your garden grown tomatoes! Tomatoes are a go-to crop in most gardens - whether you have a teeny tiny garden or a huge one! For us,...

Radish Quick Pickles

Radish Quick Pickles

These radish quick pickles are as tasty as they are beautiful! Best of all, they are easy to make - no canning equipment required! Radishes are one of my favorite garden veggies to grow! They are incredibly versatile, fast growing and happy to grow almost anywhere....

April & May 2020: Sheep, Goats & Gardens!

April & May 2020: Sheep, Goats & Gardens!

Behind the Scenes: April & May 2020 – A quick recap of some of the homestead happenings that occurred this month, including our new goat, sheep, chicken coop and garden spaces! April and May are always crazy busy months on a homestead - but they are even...

How to Grow Store Bought Potatoes

How to Grow Store Bought Potatoes

All about how to grow store bought potatoes! Don't let those sprouted potatoes go to waste - here's how to plant them and grow even more potatoes!  We've all done it! We've left those potatoes in the back of the cupboard and forgotten them. By the time that we...

How to Move a Homestead: Packing & Moving

How to Move a Homestead: Packing & Moving

Moving is hard. Moving a homestead is even harder! I've got tips and trick to help you with packing and moving your homestead! In February, we moved our homestead 500+ miles from Southwest Idaho to the South Sound area of Washington State! It was… an interesting...

How to Make a Seed Starting Soil Mix

How to Make a Seed Starting Soil Mix

 A special seed starting soil mix allows your seeds to grow under the best conditions possible! And, it’s easy and affordable to make your own seed starting soil mix at home - here’s how!   Why exactly do you need a special seed starting soil mix? I must...

Project Zenstead is Now Rooted Revival!

Project Zenstead is Now Rooted Revival!

I am excited to announce that some changes are happening on the blog! These changes will make the blog more useful and applicable for you as you build and grow your garden and homestead!   A little background... As a wise man (Tracy Byrd) once said, “the only...

How to Move a Homestead: Selling Your Homestead

How to Move a Homestead: Selling Your Homestead

Selling your homestead and moving can be very stressful! These tips will help ensure that both you and your homestead are prepared for the big move! Moving is hard. But moving a homestead is even harder! In February, we moved our homestead 500+ miles from Southwest...

Big News: Our Homestead is Moving!

Big News: Our Homestead is Moving!

Yes, you read that correctly: We are packing up our homestead and leaving Idaho! We’ve been at our beautiful little Southwest Idaho homestead for three and half years now (get all the details about our Idaho homestead here). It has been glorious! This is the first...

How to Create a Less Stressful Holiday Season

How to Create a Less Stressful Holiday Season

The holidays can bring joy and cheer to our homes and hearts. Unfortunately, they can also bring a lot of stress! Here are 3 tips to help you create a less stressful holiday season this year! How do the holidays make feel? Are you excited for the merriment and...

Practicing Gratefulness in the Here & Now

Practicing Gratefulness in the Here & Now

If you ever feel frustrated about the scale of your dreams and your inability to make them happen soon enough, this post is for you! Practicing gratefulness in the here and now while we are on our way to "there" may be one of the most important lessons that...

2020 Homestead Management Printable Binder

2020 Homestead Management Printable Binder

It's back! The 2020 Homestead Management Printable Binder is completely updated and ready for you to print! Check out how to use it to organize your homestead and then grab your free copy from the Freebie Library! Get ready to make 2020 the best (or at least the most...

October 2019: Savoring the Fall Season

October 2019: Savoring the Fall Season

Behind the Scenes: October 2019 – A quick recap of some of the homestead happenings that occurred this month, including: prepping our homestead for winter, transitioning to fall eating and savoring the fall season!   Slow living during Fall: Fall is...

September 2019: Our Garden Harvest Yields

September 2019: Our Garden Harvest Yields

Behind the Scenes: September 2019 – A quick recap of some of the homestead happenings that occurred this month, including: wrapping up our gardening season and our produce preservation yields! What a busy month! I feel like September just blurred into one...