How Much Food Can You Grow on Less than an Acre?

How Much Food Can You Grow on Less than an Acre?

A lot of people have asked me "How much food can you grow on less than an acre?" I'm sharing exactly what we produce on our 3/4 acre homestead and what we still buy from the store! Story time ? I was in the grocery store the other day grabbing some butter. I had my...

How to Create a DIY Stock Tank Pool: The Ultimate Guide

How to Create a DIY Stock Tank Pool: The Ultimate Guide

Stock tank pools are all the rage! And it’s easy to see why: they provide a convenient, affordable and low-maintenance way to cool off during hot summer days! Our step-by-step guide will help you create and maintain your own DIY stock tank pool!    One hot...

March 2019: Baby Goats & Baby Plants

March 2019: Baby Goats & Baby Plants

Behind the Scenes: March 2019 – A quick recap of some of the homestead happenings that occurred on the Zenstead this month!   Two words to sum up March: BABY GOATS! Our mini-Lamancha doe, Gypsy, gave birth to four healthy baby girls! It was a picture-perfect...

8 Ways We Saved Money on our Homestead Last Year

8 Ways We Saved Money on our Homestead Last Year

There are lots of creative ways to save money and reduce your homestead operating costs! Here are some of the ways that we saved money on our homestead in 2018! If you've been homesteading for any amount of time, you've probably come to realize that homesteading isn't...

How to Make a Christmas Wreath from Mason Jar Rings

How to Make a Christmas Wreath from Mason Jar Rings

This adorable Christmas wreath is made from Mason jar rings and wash tape! Spoiler alert: it's so easy to make! You only need a few supplies and about half an hour! As a thrifty Millennial homesteader (aka: a broke Millennial homesteader), I try to spend as little...

How to Make a Festive DIY Chili Pepper Garland

How to Make a Festive DIY Chili Pepper Garland

This easy-to-make chili pepper garland is a fun way to use extra peppers from your garden harvest! What could be better than decor made from your own garden produce?! Pretty much nothing, in my opinion! Last year was the "year of the pepper" in our garden! We had...

GMO or Hybrid: What’s the difference?

GMO or Hybrid: What’s the difference?

Home gardeners: Do you know the difference between a GMO and a hybrid? Lately, I've seen a lot of discussion about seeds, especially pertaining to what a GMO is and if it's the same thing as a hybrid. Frankly, I'm glad to see this discussion happening!  It's important...

How to Stock a Goat First Aid Kit

How to Stock a Goat First Aid Kit

Stocking a goat first aid kit will help you be more prepared for an emergency, illness or injury. Here's what we keep in our goat first aid kit! ** I may receive a commission at no additional cost to you from purchases made through links in this article. Full...

Valentines for Gardeners & Homesteaders

Valentines for Gardeners & Homesteaders

These free, printable Valentine's Day cards are a perfect way to show your love for that special homesteader or gardener in your life! Sometimes, between all the chores and craziness of homesteading and gardening, you’ve just gotta have a little fun! And Valentine's...

2018 Homestead Management Binder

2018 Homestead Management Binder

The Homestead Management Binder is a free printable resource to help you organize and track your homestead happenings! Click Here to get the current version of the Homestead Management Binder! Christmas may be over, but I seriously feel like one of Santa’s elves right...

How to Make Eggplant Jerky

How to Make Eggplant Jerky

Eggplant jerky is a healthy & yummy snack and a great way to use extra eggplants from your garden! And, yes, it actually tastes like real jerky! Jerky... Made from eggplant...That tastes like the real deal. Go ahead and be skeptical. I was too! But once you taste...

How to Use Mint for your Chickens

How to Use Mint for your Chickens

Mint is a great herbal ally for humans, but mint is also great for chickens! It's one of my favorite herbs to grow in the chicken yard - here's why! I have a love-hate relationship with mint. Sometimes, I also have a love-hate relationship with my chickens… like when...

50+ Ways to Make Money from your Homestead

50+ Ways to Make Money from your Homestead

Fifty ideas to make money from your homestead, whether you want to generate a full-time income or a little cash on the side! A lot of homesteaders, whether they live on a backyard farm or a full-sized homestead, want to find a way to make money from their homestead....

Weeds Are Not the Enemy: 10 Benefits of Weeds

Weeds Are Not the Enemy: 10 Benefits of Weeds

It seems like weeds couldn't possibly serve any beneficial purpose, right? Think again! The benefits of weeds are actually quite impressive! ** I may receive a commission at no additional cost to you from purchases made through links in this article. Full Disclosure...

Free, Printable To Do Lists for the Homesteader

Free, Printable To Do Lists for the Homesteader

Time to get stuff done! These free printable to do lists are designed to help us homesteaders to keep track of all our projects, our shopping lists and weekly schedules! I’m always working on about 72,456 projects at once. Sometimes, I’ll even finish one of them!...

How to Prepare your Chicken Coop for Winter

How to Prepare your Chicken Coop for Winter

Preparing your chicken coop for winter is a vital part of keeping your flock healthy and happy over the cold season. Here's how we keep our chicken coops comfy & cozy for our flock! I was completely caught off guard by the record-breaking snowfall we received this...