One of my favorite things about our Urban Homestead are the beautiful colors that decorate the outside. I was raised on a homestead with every color and fragrant aroma imaginable and it’s delightful to see the birds, bees and hummingbirds that they all attract. This is especially important because without these “pollinators” you’ll struggle to […]
Living on 1/5 acre, a self-sufficient family of six needed more growing space. Read how Sarah at thriftygoodlife resolves to stay in her Downtown home, but begin farming the neighborhood!
As a beginner gardener my greatest frustration was know what to plant, and when to plant it. Living here in Phoenix, our growing season is usually completely opposite of the rest of the country. Trying to follow most online gardeners left me with nothing growing, stunted growth or burned-up plants. But, truly, avoiding these mistakes […]
When ever we entertain and have guests over for dinner, I am always surprised at how impressed our friends are with our homemade salad dressings. I guess everyone’s tastes buds have been fried by all the preservatives and flavorings in store-bought vinaigrettes nowadays, because mine are not “delicacies.” Or at least we don’t think so! […]
Buddy plants (aka “companion planting) is a great way to ward off the bugs, maximize limited gardening space, and even help boost plant nutrition. Garlic is the perfect example: Grows well with cabbage, cane fruits, fruit trees, roses, and tomatoes. But, does NOT grow well with peas or beans! It deters Japanese beetles and aphids. […]
Most people we talk to have never heard of a deck garden before, and when they come to our house they are amazed at the beautiful array of plants that line our porch. I guess I take this for granted because I was raised with TONS of flowering plants around my home. Thankfully, my mom […]