RIP Potato Plants

We finally said goodbye to our potato plants yesterday. They had a good run, but it was their time to go. Rest in peace, little guys. Any suggestions for what we can plant in their place? I'm thinking maybe peppers, peas, or pumpkins! -TBE

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Mason Jar Salads

A big part of our homesteading journey has been finding ways to reduce/reuse/recycle. It's better for the environment, and saves us money in the long run. One area we have struggled with is taking our lunches. T and B pack lunches every day. While a lunchbox is a great reusable container to carry your whole … Continue reading Mason Jar Salads

Homemade Pickles – Two Ways!

If you saw our last post, you've seen how many cucumbers The Yager Homestead is producing, and how huge they are! We are making them faster than we can eat them. Although our neighbors appreciate the random bags of cukes on their doorstep, we've got to find a better way to process these. Guru Penny, … Continue reading Homemade Pickles – Two Ways!

Using Ash in the Chicken Coop

If you raise chickens, you know that they have their own, unique way of bathing that doesn't involve water. We've all heard the phrase, "mad as an old wet hen". Surely there's something to that. So, the chickens have their own technique called a dust bath. Basically, the chicken sits in the dust, flaps its wings, … Continue reading Using Ash in the Chicken Coop

Vinegar – the Natural Ant Repellent!

I was working in the garden the other day, pulling weeds and grass runners that have sprung up after these lovely Spring rains and warm East Texas days. As I pulled one particularly pesky runner, I noticed it intersected with a large pile of dirt at the corner of the garden. When it finally dislodged, a … Continue reading Vinegar – the Natural Ant Repellent!