Welcome to Homestead Garden

Within this site, you can find information on topics such as:

  • gardening
  • homesteading
  • voluntary simplicity
  • food preservation
  • cooking
  • crafts

Members are from all walks of life, but many share the desire to get closer to nature through gardening and/or live a more simple and self-sufficient lifestyle. We're getting back to basics.

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Houseplant Care and Gardening Indoors

Gardening indoors includes houseplants and plants that are just indoors for the winter.The heat and light indoors calls for special care of your houseplants and over wintering of tender garden plants. There are other problems which need consideration including salt build-up, humidity, drafts, pests, how you water your plants and what to do if they get pot bound.

Amaryllis - A Perfect Flower For the Festive Season

There's nothing more festive than several amaryllis plants contributing their rich burst of bloom to your house during the holiday season.

Indoor Gardening With Foliage Plants
Plants grown primarily for their leaf characteristics and utilized for interior decoration or landscape purposes are called foliage plants. As our society becomes more urban, living plants as part of the interior landscape increases.
Winter Care for Wild Birds

Here in Michigan and other temperate climates, winter survival is everything for wild birds. The search for food starts at dawn and continues till dusk. If a bird is able to eat enough, it will store enough energy to survive a cold winter's night. It then starts all over for another day.

Christmas Wreaths: How to Make Your Own

You should find that making your own Christmas wreath is surprisingly easy and that there are a couple ways in which one can be made.

The first method for making your own Christmas wreath begins by collecting the materials you will need from branches or twigs in your environment. Some great sources include pin, spruce, and other evergreen trees. While you’re at it, pick up a few pinecones for decoration and be sure not to harm the trees from which you are collecting branches.

Saving Money on Canning Jars
I thought I'd share some of the ways in which I save money on canning jars.
1. Garage Sales - I live in a rural area, so I often run into jars at garage sales. These can usualy be had very cheaply. Just last weekend I bought over 4 boxes of jars for $20. These boxes contained well over 60 jars (mostly jelly jars which is what we really needed), rings & lids (brand new still in boxes). Plus the boxes also contained 4 antique canning jars with zinc lids, which I collect, so I was really excited to see!
Replanting Your Christmas Tree

If you are in the market for a beautiful evergreen to be added to your landscape, Christmas is a perfect time to begin shopping. While most Christmas shoppers purchase a Christmas tree that has already been chopped at the bottom, there are several nurseries that offer live Christmas trees with the roots still intact.