So, How Much Water Does Cilantro Need?

outdoor raised herb bed with sage marjoram fennel etc

Only people who have never tried to keep plants alive think it is a simple affair. Give it a little water, give it a little light, boom, growing plants. But only we gardeners know the truth: it is easy to kill a plant by giving it too much or too little of anything, including water. … Read more

So, How Much Sun Does Asparagus Need?

asparagus plants in raised beds

Asparagus is one of those vegetables that you either love or hate, with seemingly no in-between. Assuming you like it, or that someone in your family likes it enough for you to grow it, you’ll need to make sure it gets enough sun if you want a good harvest. But, asparagus is fairly notorious for … Read more

So, How Much Water Does Basil Need?

basil plant

Every plant, no matter what kind, needs water. Water is the most essential resource for life on Earth, and without enough of it everything will desiccate and die. But, if you are a gardener or landscaper, figuring out how much water to give your plants, and how often, is easier said than done. Too much … Read more

So, How Much Sun Does Arugula Need?

arugula

If you’re getting sick of the same old lettuce, and are plain tired of the usual Bibb or Butterhead, arugula might be a good choice to spice up your salads or give your sandwiches a little extra pizzazz. It also happens to be extremely nutritious and is one of the easiest salad greens that you … Read more

How To Grow Tarragon in Your Garden

tarragon

Tarragon (Artemisia Dracunculus) is a super addition to any herb garden if your growing conditions permit. There are different types of tarragon, Russian, Mexican and French. It’s not a great looking plant, but it is hardy and a sophisticated addition to your kitchen herb garden. Commonly grown to use as a herb because of its … Read more

How to Grow Oregano Step By Step

oregano plants in two containers

Oregano is a superb culinary herb. The delicious herb is not only often used in my homesteading kitchen, but also in herb balls that I made for all of our livestock to boost their immune systems and help keep them healthy. This herb plant is a part of the Origanum genus. Origanum vulgare, the scientific … Read more

How to Grow Comfrey… and Why You Should

comfrey growing in container

Comfrey is a beautiful and medicinal herb. You can easily grow this shrub style herb plant in either ground plots or containers. Comfrey can be cultivated in an apothecary patch on the homestead, or used as part of an edible landscaping project in traditional landscaping flower beds. This healing herb typically grows to reach heights … Read more

How to Grow Marjoram… and Why You Should

marjoram flowers

Marjoram is a superb “plant it and forget it” type of herb plant. Aside from being a little cold weather sensitive, marjoram thrives equally well when cultivated indoors in a pot, or outside in a raised bed. This member of the Lamiaceae family is a cousin to oregano, basil, summer savory, rosemary, thyme, mint, sage, … Read more

27 Amazing Indoor Herb Garden Ideas

basil growing in a mug

Most homesteads have some sort of herb garden outdoors, but sometimes, you want to bring the outdoors in. Whether it’s due to your space, simple convenience, or because you aren’t actually on a homestead yet, an indoor herb garden is an ideal solution. Let’s face it, there are many reasons for an indoor herb garden, … Read more

Amaranth: How to Grow and Use It

amaranth

Amaranth may not be a staple crop on American homesteads right now, but it should be. This nutrient-rich plant has been used as a dietary staple and natural home remedy base ingredient in many regions of the world for centuries. This beautiful and easy to grow plant that is often classified as both a grain … Read more

22 Herbs That Do Well in the Shade

Growing herbs in the shade is a wonderful way to increase the amount of crops on the homestead to eat or use. There are a plethora of benefits of living on a partially wooded homestead, but having ample full sun growing areas is not necessarily one of them. If you live on a small homestead … Read more

How to Start a Natural Herbal Products Homesteading Business

jewelweed and plantain salve containers

Starting an herbal business can bring both added fulfilment, joy, and extra cash to your homestead. Growing or foraging for natural herbal ingredients to create salves, tinctures, infusions, chapstick, deodorant, cleaning products, soaps, cosmetics, and candles can be quite lucrative. Cottage industry is now becoming big business all across the United States.Thanks to high speed … Read more