Mar 27

From the Farm Blog Hop… March 27th

From the Farm Blog Hop

Happy Friday! And happy From the Farm Blog Hop Day!

We’er so glad that you’re here! :)

However, something has changed since last week… We still want to see all your ideas on how to garden, homestead, and any DIY tips and tricks you have… but we’re not picking favorites anymore.

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As much as we love scrolling through and picking favorites ourselves, we have decided to let YOU do the honors! Aren’t we nice?

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Karen Lynn @ Lil’ Suburban Homestead

Tessa @ The Homestead Lady

Connie@ Urban Overalls

Dawn @ Oh Sweet Mercy

Honey @ Honey’s Life

Brandon @ Lone Star Farmstead

Rick @ Our Stoney Acres

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Mar 25

My Week on Wednesday and Spring Break

My Week on Wednesday and Spring Break // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of WIldflowers

Hello! And welcome to another My Week on Wednesday.

Normally I do a round-up post on Wednesdays… taking a topic and sharing posts about it written by myself, my friends over at the Homestead Bloggers Network, and some of my other favorite bloggers. It’s a lot of fun, and I LOVE learning about all sorts of new things. But also a lot of work.

And this week is The Week Before Spring Break and my schedule is full to the brim with parent-teacher conferences, lessons, rehearsals, concerts, and two field trips.

Plus everyone seems to think they are entitled to three meals a day. ;)

And, of course, next week is Spring Break.

So I am taking this week more-or-less off, and next week off completely.

I’m giving YOU homework

Don’t worry. It’s completely optional! But what sort of things would you like to see My Week on Wednesday posts cover? Leave me ideas in the comments! :)

And in the mean time, be sure to check out some older My Week on Wednesday posts!

A few favorite My Week on Wednesday Posts

Starting Seeds

My Week on Wednesday and Starting Seeds -- a collection of everything you need to know to start seeds for your garden this year, as well as info on finding and saving seeds // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Garden Planning

My Week on Wednesday and Planning Spring's Gardens // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

 

This is what my raised beds looked like on Monday. They have melted a bit since then, but still… we are more-or-less still in the planning stages of gardening. I don’t really want to talk about the mud/snow/dog poop disaster that is my back yard just yet. Oh well… Spring Break is next week, right?

Raised Beds and Snow // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

The First Day of Spring

My Week on Wednesday and the First Day of Spring // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Dandelions

My Week on Wednesday and Dandelions // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers -- abandon the winter weather and check out all the benefits of dandelions!

Crock Pot Recipes

My Week on Wednesday and Crock Pot Recipes // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

 

Yes, my husband is back from his 7-week business trip to Germany and Poland, and, yes, we relied heavily on the Crock Pot this trip, too!

Quote of the Week

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Mar 20

From the Farm Blog Hop… Mr. McGregor’s Seed Packets

From the Farm Blog Hop

Happy Friday! And happy From the Farm Blog Hop Day!

I’m so glad that you’re here! :)

This week my featured post is from Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth: Mr. McGregor’s (Peter Rabbit’s) Seed Packets.

Seed packets

Okay, seriously, how cute are these?

Our family has always been pretty big into Peter Rabbit and all his adventures, but these past few weeks, the Pixie has been studying Beatrix Potter, and I cannot wait to show these seed packets to her! :)

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Honey @ Honey’s Life

Karen @ Blue Yonder Urban Farms

 Brandon @ Lone Star Farmstead

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Mar 19

My Week on Wednesday and The First Day of Spring

My Week on Wednesday and the First Day of Spring // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of WildflowersThe Year Wheel has turned again, and Spring is upon us. Friday marks the Spring Equinox; the half-way mark between the Winter and Summer Solstices, and the time of year when the hours of light and darkness are balanced.

The Spring Equinox is also referred to as Ostara, named after the Germanic Goddess Eostre (from which we get the word “Easter”) of springtime and dawn, of rebirth and rejuvenation. After a long winter, spring has finally arrived and it is time to celebrate the re-awakening of the Earth.

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Here are some ideas from myself, my friends over at the Homestead Bloggers Network, and some of my other favorite bloggers to help you get started!

Colored Eggs

An egg is almost the perfect symbol of fertility… and that is probably why colored eggs are featured so prominently in Ostara/Easter celebrations. Skip the food coloring, though, and learn how to dye eggs naturally.

Dye Eggs, Naturally from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Kombucha Vinegar Dyed Easter Eggs with Natural Colorings from Kombachu Kamp

Easter Eggs: Natural Dye vs Natural Dye from The Homestead Lady — be sure to check out the links to other bloggers who have dyed eggs naturally; everyone has different experiences and suggestions!

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Or skip the dye all together, and find a chicken that lays colored eggs — they really do exist!

5 Chickens to Raise for Colorful Eggs from Frugal Chicken

A Rainbow of Egg Colors from Fresh Eggs Daily

Springtime Animals

Along with eggs, baby chicks and bunnies are beautiful symbols of fertility and springtime. However, I do not believe that baby animals of any sort belong in Easter baskets! If you really need something soft and fluffy in your  Easter basket… well, that is what stuffed animals are for! Or consider visiting a farm, petting zoo, or animal shelter to get your baby animal fix.

However, for people who really are considering bringing animals onto their homestead…

Top 10 Things You Need to Know Before Getting Chickens from Little Blog on the Homestead

18 Questions to Ask Before Buying Chicks from The Coastal Homestead

4 Reasons to Consider Getting Rabbits from The 104 Homestead

Rabbit Recipes!

Fried Rabbit and Sage Buttermilk Waffles from Game & Garden

Farm Fresh Fried Rabbit from Our Simple Homestead

Fasting & Feasting

Before grocery stores, people had to grow, gather, and preserve all the food they were going to eat during the long winter months. And that meant that a certain conservation mentality had to be kept in place all winter long. Sometimes it also meant that the month of March was a hungry one: stores were running low and everyone was sick to death of potatoes and other root vegetables. We can touch on this with the idea of fasting for Lent, and with traditional Easter fare: Cured meat, lots of potatoes… and sometimes some fresh, green shoots.

Greens are usually the first thing to start growing again!

Asian Chopped Salad from Pasture Deficit Disorder

Arugula Salad (with Beets, Avocado, and Eggs) from the Gluten-Free Homemaker

Sauteed Wild Mustard Greens with Dock, Garlic, and Onions from Little Fall Creek

Greens and Roots on a Warm Bed of Quinoa from Herbal Academy of New England

Indian-Spiced Split Peas from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers — Any greens will work in this recipe!

Seed Blessing // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Springtime in the Garden

7 Herbs to Start from Seed from Grow a Good Life

The “Cool” Crops of Spring from Growing Organic

The “Not-so-Popular” Crops of Spring from Growing Organic — Now don’t be snobby and only grow the “cool” crops; these guys are awesome, too, once you get to know them! ;)

The Easiest Cold-Weather Crops to Grow in Your Garden from Lady Lee’s Home

How to Grow Asparagus from Franger Farm

Harvesting and Cooking Nettles from Herbal Academy of New England

If you need help planning a garden, or starting seeds, be sure to check out two older My Week on Wednesday posts: Planning Spring’s Garden, and Starting Seeds.

More Ideas for Ostara and the Spring Equinox 

5 Spring Equinox Activities from Eco-Mothering

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Mar 16

Fish Pie

Fish Pie // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

The first time I ever attempted a fish pie, I was daunted by all the steps, but now I know it’s actually super easy to throw together — and I can do almost all of it in my cast iron pan. Plus my kids love it. And how can you go wrong? It’s mild, lemony fish topped with mashed potatoes. So, basically, it has comfort food written all over it.

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It also makes a great early spring meal. It uses onions, garlic, and potatoes — all of which store well, and frozen fish. Add a side dish of whatever frozen vegetables you happen to still have, and you have a complete meal. One that’s cozy enough for a freezing March day, yet somehow not as dense and dark as stews can be. It reminds you that spring is on the way!

Plus, it’s made of fish and has potatoes on it, so there’s something Irish about it, which is good for around St. Patrick’s Day! ;)

Fish Pie // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

 

Fish Pie

Begin by heating some good butter (I like Kerrygold) in your favorite pan (if you use a  cast iron panor other oven-safe pan, it will save you a whole step later on.)

Cut up a medium onion, and saute it in the butter. When the onion is almost done, add a large clove of garlic, chopped fine.

Finish sauteeing the onion. When it is done, remove it and set it aside.

To the pan, add:

2 pounds of white fish, thawed

2/3 cup milk

2/3 cup water

1 slice of lemon

1 teaspoon parsley (you can order quality, organic herbs and spices from Mountain Rose Herbs here.)

1 bay leaf

Fish Pie // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

I like to use cod, mostly because my grocery store sells line-caught Alaskan Cod in frozen two-pound packages, and it is already skinned and deboned. I have also made it with haddock, and it is delicious.

If necessary, cut the fish into manageable pieces. If your fish still has it’s skin, that’s fine. You can take it off later.

Heat slowly, to a simmer, and cook until the fish is cooked through–about 15 minutes. If you have boneless, skinless fish, you can use this time to flake the fish, also. If you don’t, when the fish is cooked, you will have to cool it enough to handle and then remove the skin, and any bones. (I can’t tell you how many times I have burned my fingers doing this!)

While the fish is cooking, boil about a pound and a half of potatoes, to mash for the topping. I don’t bother peeling my potatoes for this.

When the fish is done, remove the fish and the cooking liquid from the pan. If you’ve already flaked it, a slotted spoon works wonderfully to separate the fish from the liquid. Reserve the liquid.

To the pan, add:

2 Tablespoons butter

 1/4 cup organic flour (I have only ever used white flour for this)

Cook the flour for a minute, or two, then add the reserved cooking liquid, and stir to remove the lumps. Cook to thicken.

Then add:

1 Tablespoon lemon juice

3 teaspoons parsley (or 3 Tablespoons fresh)

1/4 teaspoon black pepper, or to taste

1/4 – 1/2 salt, to taste (I like this kind.)

the flaked fish

the cooked onion-garlic mixture

Stir to combine.

If you are using a  cast iron panor other oven-safe pan, smooth the fish mixture evenly in the pan. Otherwise, transfer it to an oven-safe dish.

Mash the potatoes, and spoon them on top of the fish mixture. Cover completely.

Bake at 375 for 20 minutes.

Enjoy!

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Mar 13

From the Farm Blog Hop… Top 10 Planting Companions

From the Farm Blog Hop

Happy Friday! Happy Friday the 13th!

And happy From the Farm Blog Hop Day!

I’m so glad that you’re here! :)

This week my featured post is from Our Simple Homestead: My Favorite Top 10 Planting Companions.

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This is an awesome post about planting companions, which is important to me because, as you know, I don’t have a lot of space in my garden. A lot of things need to be up close and personal, if you know what I mean. And, also, because planting companions are just plain cool; you can use them to repel pests, or make your garden grow better! Our Simple Homestead shared a bunch of pairings, some of which I knew, and some of which are brand new to me, and I want to try out this year!

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Honey @ Honey’s Life

Karen @ Blue Yonder Urban Farms

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Rick @ Our Stoney Acres

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Mar 12

My Week on Wednesday, Irish Recipes, and Other Things That are Green

My Week on Wednesday: All things Green or Irish -- Everything you need to celebrate St Patrick's Day!!! via Once Upon a Time in a Bed of WildflowersWith St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner I am thinking that it would be fundamentally wrong not to do a post full of all Irish recipes and other things that are green!

So, whether you Irish all year round, or only Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, or just kind of a big fan of the color green,  I have collected a bunch of posts — some Irish, some just green — from myself, my friends over at the Homestead Bloggers Network, and some of my other favorite bloggers.

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 Corned Beef & Cabbage

I don’t care whether you think corned beef and cabbage is traditional Irish food, or not. Whatever it is, it’s darn tasty!

St Patty’s Day Corned Beef and Cabbage from Chickens are a Gateway Animal

Home-cured Corned Beef from Nourished Kitchen

Corned Beef Brine from Ever Growing Farm

Roasted Cabbage from My Sister’s Pantry

Ruben Sandwiches for St. Patrick’s Day from Savoring Today — You’re going to need this one for leftovers, assuming there are any. In fact, this looks so delicious, you should probably make extra!

More Traditional Irish Fare

Homemade Irish Pasty from Turner Farm Living — This looks seriously delicious

Brussels Sprout Stew (or How to Tackle March like an Irishwoman) from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Mom’s Irresistible Cheesy Potato Soup from Homestead Chronicles

Soaked Irish Soda Bread from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread from Better Hens and Gardens — I have to try this one! It’s completely different from mine and sounds amazing!

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Green Vegetables 

Brussels Sprout and Sweet Potato Bacon Saute from Little Sprouts Learning

Swiss Chard Crepes from The Free Range Life

Kale Chips from Pixie’s Pocket

Sauteed Collard Greens with Garlic from The Troups Address

The Superpowers of Stinging Nettles from Little Fall Creek — Hey, look. Nettles are green and they have superpowers

Green Dishes that Have Almost Nothing to do with Ireland

Real Green Food for St. Patrick’s Day from My Sister’s Pantry — check out the recipes for a smoothie and savory green quinoa

Roast Chicken with Brussels Sprouts from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Slow Cooker Cabbage Rolls from Melissa K. Norris

Toodles: The Tuna Noodle NOT Casserole from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Green Mac & Cheese from Weelicious

Kale Quinoa Black Bean Salsa Salad with Tahini Dressing from Urban Naturale

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Sweets and Treats

Homemade Thin Mints from The View from Great Island — You can skip the GMO-laden Girl Scout Cookies and still get your Thin Mint Fix!

Chocolate Mint Ice Cream from Fabulous Farmgirl

Mint Chip Ice Cream with Fresh Mint from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Real Food Shamrock Shake from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Irish Hot Chocolate (with Whiskey) from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Spiced Ginger Lime Juice from Herbal Academy of New England

One-Bowl Mint Chocolate Brownies from Little Blog on the Homestead

Coconut and Avocado Grasshopper Bars from Raias’s Recipes — free of grain, gluten, eggs, dairy, and refined sugar. :)

Dark Chocolate Guinness Cake with Baileys Cream Cheese Icing from Love Swah — Um… what can I say? Not healthy… use organic sugar and hope for the best. ;)

Just for Fun

Shades of Green Roundup from Grounded & Surrounded — Check this out for links to even more green recipes, plus posts on gardening, recycling, and other green things!

How to Crochet a Shamrock from Midwestern Moms

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Thank you for joining me for My Week on WednesdayTell me, what did you do this week? I’d love to hear!

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We only ever promote products and businesses that we believe will be helpful to our readers.
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My Week on Wednesday and Starting Seeds -- a collection of everything you need to know to start seeds for your garden this year, as well as info on finding and saving seeds // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of WildflowersPlanning Springs Gardens sqPancake Day (a roundup of pancake posts) via Once Upon a Time in a Bed of WildflowersMWOW Imbolc sq

Mar 09

Soaked Irish Soda Bread

Soaked Irish Soda Bread // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

 

Whether you really are Irish, or are only Irish for the day, you have to have soda bread with dinner on St. Patrick’s Day. Whether you’re doing the corned beef and cabbage thing, or having a good Irish Stew instead… you still have to have soda bread.

It’s a thing. And it’s delicious. Mmmm… warm bread, slathered in butter. In fact, let’s just skip the corned beef and move straight to the bread.

It actually took me a while to come up with an Irish Soda Bread recipe that I really liked. My husband had a recipe that baked up like a rock. My mom’s recipe was always delicious, but tended to be doughy in the middle. My friend used to follow the Bisquick biscuit recipe, but add raisins. And that one, I have to admit, was pretty good, and pretty easy… but not something I want to use anymore. The Bisquick ingredients list is full of things I don’t want to put in my mouth anymore — think dextrose, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, and canola oil. Yuck.

Besides, I take exception to the idea of Bisquick now. I really can mix my own flour and baking soda or powder. And so can you!

 

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This recipe is for soaked soda bread, in other words, it uses flour that has been soaked in an acidic medium for 8-24 hours. So you have to plan ahead a little. But don’t worry; it’s easy! :)

Why Should I Soak my Flour?

Well, because it makes it taste delicious!

But also, because when you soak a flour in an acidic medium, such as buttermilk, yogurt, or lemon juice, an enzyme is released which helps to break down the phytic acid in the grain. According to Nourishing Traditions, soaking grains increases vitamin content, and makes the nutrients in the grains more available.

I recommend that whenever you can manage it (without driving yourself crazy) you take the time to soak your grains before you use them.

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Soaked Soda Bread Recipe

What you need:

4 cups of flour — I usually use half organic white flour (like this) and half spelt (like this)

1 3/4 cups cultured buttermilk

4 Tablespoons cold butter (I like Kerrygold)

2 Tablespoons organic sugar (like this)

1 teaspoon baking soda (like this)

1 teaspoon salt (I like this kind)

1 cup organic raisins

Soaked Irish Soda Bread // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

 What you do:

Add the flour to a large bowl; if using two different kinds of flour, stir to combine. Cut the butter into small squares and slices and add to the flour. Use a pasty cutter to cut it in well.

Add the buttermilk, and stir to combine. Try to get as much of the flour moistened as possible.

Place a towel over the bowl and leave it at room temperature for 8 – 24 hours; the longer the better. This is the soaking part.

Once the dough has soaked long enough, remove it from the bowl to a flat surface. The dough should be sticky (strongly consider removing your rings!), but workable. (You shouldn’t need to flour the surface.) Flatten it out.

In a small bowl, combine the baking soda, salt, and sugar. Then sprinkle about half of the sugar mixture over the dough. Kneed the dough until the mixture has disappeared into the dough, about 5 or 6 times.  Flatten the dough again, and repeat with the rest of the sugar mixture.

Repeat the process with the raisins.

Shape the dough into a round lump. Place it in the middle of a slightly greased cookie sheet.

Do your best to carve the traditional “X” on the top of the dough. Because the dough is sticky, this is easier said than done, but it will bake better if you open it up a bit.

Bake at 350 for 30 – 40 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.

Remove to a rack to cool.

Serve with plenty of butter.

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Mar 06

From the Farm Blog Hop… Growing Peas in Your Garden

From the Farm Blog Hop

Happy Friday! And happy From the Farm Blog Hop Day!

I’m so happy that you’re here! :)

This week my featured post is from Our Stoney Acres: Growing Peas in the Garden.

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Peas — all varieties — are some of my favorite vegetables. I always grow a couple of pea plants in my little garden… and they never do all that well. Probably because of the lack of sun. But I am going to take some of the tips in this article and see if I can’t do a little bit better of a job! :)

And now……..

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My Week on Wednesday and Starting Seeds

My Week on Wednesday and Starting Seeds -- a collection of everything you need to know to start seeds for your garden this year, as well as info on finding and saving seeds // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers Hello, and welcome to another My Week on Wednesday!

Last week we talked all about Planning Spring’s Garden. I shared links to help you decide how and what to grow, as well as some tips for “special needs gardens” … you know, for people who have tiny yards, or shady yards. (I happen to have both; aren’t I lucky?)

But before we get on with Starting Seeds, I want to share two posts that I somehow missed last week! Because my yard is so small, I get most of my fruits and vegetables from the Public Market, and other farmers that I know and trust. Very little of what ends up on my pantry shelves or in the freezer actually comes from my garden. The vast majority of my garden space is devoted to things that will be eaten fresh, or are there for the bees and butterflies.

But if you’ve got the space…

Deciding How Much to Grow to Feed Your Family and Preserve Food for the Winter

A Garden Planner for Home Preservation from Granny Miller

How Much Should I Plant to Feed my Family? from New Life on a Homestead

So now you’ve figured out what you want to grow, and where you want to put it and… now what? Well, I have collected a bunch of post about seeds from my friends over at the Homestead Bloggers Network, and some of my other favorite bloggers to help you figure it out!

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How to Decide When to Plant & Seed Starting Schedules 

Planning your Vegetable Garden: Seed Starting Schedule from Grow a Good Life

What to Plant and When to Do It! from Imperfectly Happy

Seed Starting and Planting Schedule from Better Hens & Gardens

When to Plant What from Northern Homestead

Old-time Planting Lore from Our Simple Homestead

You Can Start Your Garden in the Winter

Learn how to start your seeds outside in the middle of winter! Or inside a greenhouse!

Winter Seed Sowing Anywhere from The 104 Homestead

Winter Seed Sowing by Zone & FAQ from The 104 Homestead

How to Grow Vegetables in a Greenhouse from Survival at Home

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Starting Seeds

3 Ways to Start Seeds at Home from Homespun Seasonal Living

All About Starting Seeds from SchneiderPeeps

Starting Seeds on the Homestead from Makalea Family

Starting Seeds Inside: A Step-by-Step Guide from Tenth Acre Farm

5 Tips for Starting Seeds Indoors from The Free Range Life

How to Plant Seeds with Very Young Kids from Little Sprouts Learning

Peat Pellet Pots for Seed Starting Success from Granny Miller

Starting Seeds Indoors Without a Grow Light from A Return to Simplicity

Can Fluorescent Lights be Used to Start Seeds? from Yearning & Learning

8 DIY Seed Starting Tips from Mom Prepares

10 Seed Starting Garden Hacks from Grounded and Surrounded

Finally, don’t forget to label your seeds! Check out these Vintage Fork Garden Markers from Homespun Sprout. Her tutorial makes it seem quite do-able… even for the crafty-challenged among us. (Um, yeah, that would be me.)

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Choosing & Saving Seeds

Where will you get your seeds? Will you use seeds saved from last year’s garden? Get them from a friend? Or purchase seeds? Find out how to store and organize your seed collection — and how to recover if tragedy strikes your seeds!

Four Steps to Keep Monsanto Out of Your Garden from The Healthy Home Economist

5 Reasons You Need Heirloom Seeds from Melissa K. Norris

Heirloom vs. GMO Seed from Pint Sized Farm

Early Ordering of Seeds is Important from Turner Farm Living

Choosing a Seed Catalog from Tenth Acre Farm

Seed Catalogs You May Not Know from Imperfectly Happy

When Bad Things Happen to Good Seeds from The 104 Homestead — Find out what to do when a natural disaster (or a toddler) strikes your seed collection

Organizing Garden Seeds from Montana Homesteader

Origami Seed Envelopes from Little Blog on the Homestead — These are just so cool I can’t stand it!

How to Save Seeds: From Harvesting them to Using Them from Herbal Academy of New England

How to Save Seeds from Little Sprouts Learning

Simple Seed Germination Test from Grow a Good Life

And now…

Quote of the Week

Approximately daily, I post quotes on my Facebook Page. The quote with the most likes, shares, and comments will become the Quote of the Week. Be sure to “like” my page so you don’t miss any, and so you can make your favorites known!

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Thank you for joining me for My Week on WednesdayTell me, what did you do this week? I’d love to hear!

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