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!
The Yager Homestead had a weekend away. One of our best friends graduated with her Doctor of Pharmacy degree, so it was off to Fort Worth to watch her graduate! While we were gone, East Texas experienced a couple of significant downpours, and then some beautiful sunshine to follow (fickle weather as per usual in … Continue reading Using Chicken Wire as a Trellis
The Yager Homestead has reaped our first significant harvest! If you'll recall, I dug up a potato a few weeks ago, and cut a few leaves of lettuce. The potato was still pretty small, so we decided to let them grow a little longer before digging up more. But this weekend, we had a craving for a … Continue reading The First Harvest
I have to brag on Guru Penny again. I've been whining a little (okay, a lot) about maintaining my garden. When I go out to work in the garden, I have several things I need to carry out there (scissors, a bowl to collect, seeds for new plants, etc.). My garden is in the corner … Continue reading Garden Apron
So a few weeks ago we posted about how to make Lavender Shower Melts. They're super easy to make, and only take a few ingredients that you probably have around your house already. The Yager Homestead is all about saving money. We try to operate on a modest budget whenever possible. So we decided for Mother's … Continue reading Shower Melts – The Perfect Gift!
If you're like us, your microwave has seen better days. We are big fans of movie nights and popcorn at the Yager Homestead, so our microwave can get pretty gross. T needs everything to be at least 3000°C to be fit to eat, which leads to spaghetti sauce, cheese, and other various liquids to be … Continue reading Cleaning the Microwave with Lemons
Not much has been happening in the way of the garden at the Yager Homestead - mostly slow, steady growth. We do have two quick updates on the garden. First, our cucumber plants are slowly reaching for the sky. We spied a few tendrils getting ready to unwind, so we decided to give them something … Continue reading Garden Update
I wanted to share a couple more of Penny's fabulous aprons that she sews herself! The first one is an egg gathering apron, very similar to the first egg apron she made for me a few weeks ago. The second one is a regular apron for cooking, gardening, or anything else you can think of! So cute … Continue reading Penny’s Aprons
Most of our homesteading projects are geared toward growing our own food or providing for our chickens. In a previous post about building our chicken coop, I mentioned that we had a friend donate several pallets to us (thank ya, Lort). After building the coop and the chicken run, we had a few pallets left over. Around … Continue reading DIY Pallet Bar
What do you do with your eggshells at the end of a carton? If you're like us, you just throw them out, or maybe compost them (more recently). But if you own a garden, you're trashing a valuable resource! Eggshells provide a great source of calcium for your plants, and also a safe, natural method … Continue reading Eggshells in the Garden