4 Easy To Grow, Edible Organic Flowers - Experimental Homesteader Exotic Gardening Thoughts

4 Easy To Grow, Edible Organic Flowers – Experimental Homesteader Exotic Gardening Thoughts

 

Are you looking for a way to get more out of your flower garden? Growing flowers with your vegetables or herbs is not only possible, but super easy! Simply choose a mixture of tasty, edible flowers for your organic garden that double as companion plants. Organic gardening is about more than not using chemicals. It’s about stepping back, having patience and letting Mother Nature work her magic. You can assist her by combining flowers, herbs and vegetables that benefit one another and attract beneficial insects into the garden. This is the key to organic gardening success regardless of what crops you are growing. Click Here To Read More -

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Behind The Scenes Survival Diary June 15 - The Experimental Homesteader

Behind The Scenes Survival Diary June 15 – The Experimental Homesteader

Somedays are definitely better than others and that is the focus of today's behind the scenes survival diary. Today was a mix of good and bad. The good was good news from the doctor at the Cancer Center. The bad was feeling lonely. Now you might be thinking being lonely isn't all that bad - and you are right. It is just today it feels stronger than it normally does. It has been a rough couple of days. The mailman complained about the yard, the location of the mailbox and my dog yesterday. Mind you Charlie is not allowed outside of fenced areas unless he is on a leash but it seems the mailman thought he would go through the door to get to him. He requested to come near my house at all as long as that dog was there. Click Here To Read More -

Source: Behind The Scenes Survival Diary June 15 - The Experimental Homesteader

Perennials For Late Summer Color - Experimental Homesteader Exotic Gardening Thoughts

Perennials For Late Summer Color – Experimental Homesteader Exotic Gardening Thoughts

It’s easy to create a riot of color in the late summer garden by growing perennials that burst into bloom towards the end of the gardening season. Many flowers that bloom in late summer offer migrating hummingbirds and butterflies a source of natural nectar that helps sustain them during their long flight home. Most of these plants bloom right up to the first fall frost – some even bloom until the first hard frost of the season. Choose varieties that start to bloom when your summer flowers are starting to fade to keep the color going strong and provide a source of much needed natural nectar. Click Here To Read More -

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How To Make Nasturtium Butter - Experimental Homesteader Elegant Cooking

How To Make Nasturtium Butter – Experimental Homesteader Elegant Cooking

Nasturtiums are not only colorful additions to your garden, but are beneficial in the vegetable garden. Nasturtiums are known for deterring bean beetles and aphids. They are also edible and are often grown for their bright colored flowers that make a great addition to salads, however the leaves are also edible. The flowers can be chopped up and added to butter, seafood sandwich fillings or added to salad dressings. Click Here To Read More -

Source: How To Make Nasturtium Butter - Experimental Homesteader Elegant Cooking

Pansy And Viola Edible Flower Gifts - Experimental Homesteader Elegant Cooking

Pansy And Viola Edible Flower Gifts – Experimental Homesteader Elegant Cooking

Pansies and violas are often some of the first flowers of spring. In mild winters you may have some varieties of pansies that make it though the winter. These beautiful flowers are easy to press for a multi-tude of floral crafts including book marks, candles, natural decorated lamp shades and potpourri. Besides being a popular craft flower, they make lovely garnishes on food, can be candied, added to salads and eaten in a variety of other ways. Be sure, as with all edibles, that you have properly identified the plant before consuming it. African violets are not edible and are not considered viola. Here are a few ways that you can use pansies in violas to add that extra flair or dash of color to food. These lovely edible foods also make great – and somewhat unusual – in season gifts. Click Here To Read More -

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My Struggle With Perfection And Procrastination - Experimental Homesteader Dreams and Destinations

My Struggle With Perfection And Procrastination – Experimental Homesteader Dreams and Destinations

Today is one of those days. I have been struggling since this morning on how to write today’s blog post and follow the advice given to me in the 30 Day Blogging Challenge email I received this morning. I am pretty sure I am off track on today’s assignment but I just am not grasping the concept. I often do not get reader feedback so I do not know if people enjoy reading my work or not. It is the same with my vlog although more people do tend to like the videos or leave brief comments – but still – at the end of the day I am often left wondering if there is something lacking in my work. Among people I work for I am known for my fast work. Yes, I have written a book in 17 days. Yes, I can turn out 5,000 word articles in 24 hours. That is often when I feel I do my best work – when there is barley enough time to do it. I am a perfectionist and I procrastinate a lot because I always question if my work is good enough – but I never miss a deadline and that makes me valuable to people when they have a slot to fill. Click Here To Read More -

Source: My Struggle With Perfection And Procrastination - Experimental Homesteader Dreams and Destinations

Experimental Homesteader Weekend Roundup

Experimental Homesteader Weekend Roundup

This is the first weekend roundup post that I have done on the blog but I thought it might be helpful to some of you to see all my posts from the past 7 days in one place instead of having to scroll down the front page or search the various sites. One other update I made was to install Google Search on all the sidebars. This lets you search the entire site, not just the page you are on. I hope that is helpful as well. I know the site is large and navigation can be confusing to some if you don't know where to look - and I really wanted to simplify this for all of you.

From Exotic Gardening Thoughts -

31 Gardening Blog Posts You Shouldn’t Miss - Experimental Homesteader Exotic Gardening Thoughts

31 Gardening Blog Posts You Shouldn’t Miss - Exotic Gardening has been around since 1998 – and that means there are a lot of older blog posts that maybe you have not seen. Today I thought I would do a round-up post of 31 of the most popular or best posts on this section of the site. I hope you enjoy some of these articles – and please be sure to share them on social media if you do! Click Here To Read More -

From Food Preservation -

Freeze-Ahead Meals and Sauces Are Great For Busy Homesteaders

Freeze-Ahead Meals and Sauces Are Great For Busy Homesteaders - Have you ever wished you could fill your freezer with meals that are prepared so all you have to do is heat and eat? Yes, those are called TV dinners, but we all know they are that they are not the healthiest option not to mention they often come in the foods your family doesn’t like. You could make your own freeze-ahead meals and sauces just like I do here on my homestead. It will take some time to learn the best methods and what meals work out the best for your family but it is comforting knowing you have those meals on those nights that you simply don’t want to cook or have been so busy cleaning stalls or preserving food that you are too exhausted to cook. Click Here To Read More -

From Dreams & Destinations -

Cool #GearVR Bundle From @SamsungMobileUS and @BestBuy - Great Gift Idea For Father's Day! - Experimental Homesteader Dreams and Destinations

Cool #GearVR Bundle From @SamsungMobileUS and @BestBuy – Great Gift Idea For Father’s Day! - Father’s Day is almost here and if you are like me you might be wondering what to get your dad – or even your husband – this year. Well, wonder no more because thanks to Best Buy and Samsung Mobile US I have a great gift idea that is easy on the budget! Just go to your local Best Buy and get your dad or husband a new Samsung Smartphone. When you purchase, or lease, and activate select Samsung Smartphones you get a free Samsung Gear VR, plus $50 of Virtual Reality content. Now that is a gift that is not only practical but very cool. Imagine the thrill your dad – or husband – will experience being able to take part in epic battles or interact with live dinosaurs. Of course the fun does not end there! Dad can easily live stream his favorite games, short films and video clips in a virtual theater setting. The Samsung Gear VR is completely portable so it is easy to escape to a virtual world no matter where you are. Just snap the Galaxy smartphone into the Samsung Gear VR and dad is ready for his next adventure! Disclaimer: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. Click Here To Read More -

From Elegant Cooking -

June 7 Is National Chocolate Ice Cream Day - Experimental Homesteader Elegant Cooking

June 7 Is National Chocolate Ice Cream Day - I love ice cream – and chocolate is one of my favorite flavors. Raising goats meant lots of extra milk – and cream – that was used to make ice cream at least once a week. Homemade ice cream contains a limited number of ingredients and you can make your own unique flavor combinations. In my opinion homemade ice cream tastes better than anything you can buy at the supermarket. So, today for National Chocolate Ice Cream Day I thought I would share a cinnamon chocolate ice cream recipe with you as well as a little history about this day. Click Here To Read More -

From Experimental Homesteader -

Smart Eco-Friendly Ways To Redecorate Your Home - The Experimental Homesteader

Smart Eco-Friendly Ways To Redecorate Your Home - Summer is here and this is a great time of year to re-decorate or even re-model your home. Choosing to go with products that are eco-friendly really does make sense. Do you have reservations about redecorating your home in an eco-friendly way? Maybe you think it only involves earth-colored paint and dim lighting. Or maybe you are concerned about the cost. There’s good news: eco-friendly redecorating can be really beautiful, whatever your taste, and it does not have to be exorbitantly expensive plus it is good for the environment. Here are some ideas. Click Here To Read More -

Behind The Scenes Survival Diary June 9 - The Experimental Homesteader

Behind The Scenes Survival Diary June 9 - It has been a long time since I wrote a new survival diary. Sometimes sharing the personal things in my life is harder than what one might think – at least here on the blog. This is why I created the diary posts – so people could skip the personal posts if they wanted to. Today – June 9 – is the day that my mom married my step-dad Larry. They have both passed away but last year I did meet my real dad for the first time. I just love him. It was great finding out I had a whole family who loved me – plus brothers and sisters. I have felt so alone for so long – and the family I grew up with always made me feel like the outcast black sheep who was never quite good enough. While it hurt then – and sometimes still does – I do realize their feelings were their problem and no reflection on me. Click Here To Read More -

From Crafty Creations -

An Easy Way To Give Dining Room Chairs A Brand New Look - Experimental Homesteader Crafty Creations

An Easy Way To Give Dining Room Chairs A Brand New Look - Let’s face it, no matter how much we love our dining rooms chairs, fabric gets dirty and wears out – or maybe we just want a new look. For me, it was a combination of those issues. I saw some chairs I absolutely loved at one of our local craft stores – but the price was way out of my budget. I had received two roll of burlaps fabric in both gold and burnt sienna that I had intended to use for another project that had not worked out. I decided I would use the Gold to recover my dining room chairs. Disclaimer: I did receive the burlap fabric for this project from BurlapFabric.com in exchange for my honest, unbiased review. All opinions are my own. Click Here To Read More -

Experimental Homesteader Weekend Roundup

June 11 Is National Corn-On-The-Cob Day - Experimental Homesteader Elegant Cooking

June 11 Is National Corn-On-The-Cob Day – Experimental Homesteader Elegant Cooking

Growing up in Indiana, corn-on-the-cob was a normal summer side dish. The ears were stripped of the husks, silks were removed and the corn cobs put in a pan of boiling water. Once the corn was done, it was lathered in butter, salt and pepper. As an adult I started learning about herbs. One of the first things I learned was how to use dill. Did you know that dill weed is really good on corn – fresh or canned? I have also learned that I prefer my corn-on-the-cob cooked in hot charcoal coals. With June 11 being National Corn-On-The-Cob Day I thought I would create a round-up post of corn recipes on the site. I hope you enjoy them! Please leave some comments in the comment section and let me know if you have a favorite way of seasoning or cooking corn. Click Here To Read More -

Source: June 11 Is National Corn-On-The-Cob Day - Experimental Homesteader Elegant Cooking

An Easy Way To Give Dining Room Chairs A Brand New Look - Experimental Homesteader Crafty Creations

An Easy Way To Give Dining Room Chairs A Brand New Look – Experimental Homesteader Crafty Creations

Disclaimer: I did receive the burlap fabric for this project from BurlapFabric.com in exchange for my honest, unbiased review. All opinions are my own.

Let’s face it, no matter how much we love our dining rooms chairs, fabric gets dirty and wears out – or maybe we just want a new look. For me, it was a combination of those issues. I saw some chairs I absolutely loved at one of our local craft stores – but the price was way out of my budget. I had received two roll of burlaps fabric in both gold and burnt sienna that I had intended to use for another project that had not worked out. I decided I would use the Gold to recover my dining room chairs. Click Here To Read More -

Source: An Easy Way To Give Dining Room Chairs A Brand New Look - Experimental Homesteader Crafty Creations

Behind The Scenes Survival Diary June 9 - The Experimental Homesteader

Behind The Scenes Survival Diary June 9 – The Experimental Homesteader

It has been a long time since I wrote a new survival diary. Sometimes sharing the personal things in my life is harder than what one might think – at least here on the blog. This is why I created the diary posts – so people could skip the personal posts if they wanted to. Today – June 9 – is the day that my mom married my step-dad Larry. They have both passed away but last year I did meet my real dad for the first time. I just love him. It was great finding out I had a whole family who loved me – plus brothers and sisters. I have felt so alone for so long – and the family I grew up with always made me feel like the outcast black sheep who was never quite good enough. While it hurt then – and sometimes still does – I do realize their feelings were their problem and no reflection on me. Click Here To Read More -

Source: Behind The Scenes Survival Diary June 9 - The Experimental Homesteader

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