Apr 17

From the Farm Blog Hop… April 17

From the Farm Blog Hop

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

As always, I can’t wait to see what you post! And I would love to hear what have you been up to this week?

Spring has sprung here in Upstate New York… the flowers are starting to bloom, the days are warmer and sunny. Yesterday I washed the winter coats (you can blame me if it snows again!) And I am very pleased to say that I hung up the coats on my clothesline! Yay! I have really missed my clothesline this winter!

I had help, too! Luna loves to help me hang clothes. She also likes to snatch and chew up any clothespins I drop. She is so helpful that way!

Luna at the From the Farm Blog Hop // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

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Krystyna @ Spring Mountain Living 
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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Apr 16

My Week on Wednesday and Jam Recipes

 

My Week on Wednesday and 13 Jam Recipes I want to Make this Summer // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Hello and welcome to another My Week on Wednesday!

Now, some of you may know that I have a teeny-tiny jam-making problem. In that I LOVE to make jam and that I have a slightly unrealistic idea of how much jam I really need to make in any given summer. Or, rather how much jam my family can realistically consume (or give away) in any given winter.

Even if I send these Jammy Gummy Bites with the kids for lunch every single day!

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So when I see a new recipe that combines ingredients in ways I haven’t heard of, or at least haven’t tried before, the first thing I want to do is run out and make that new jam.

And since I firmly believe that you can never have too many awesome jam recipes on your “to try” list, I have I have collected thirteen jam recipes that I want to make this summer. Some of these recipes are my own “tried and true” recipes from previous summers… and some are new ones that I have collected from my friends over at the Homestead Bloggers Network, and some of my other favorite bloggers.

My Week on Wednesday and 13 Jam Recipes I want to make this Summer // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

13 Jam Recipes

Forsythia Dandelion Jelly from The Homestead Lady — I knew you could make jelly from dandelions, but I had no idea you could add forsythia into the mix!

Rhubarb Mint Jam from Homespun Seasonal Living — in addition to a jam-making problem, I also have a mint-taking-over-the-backyard problem. They mean it when they suggest that you only grow mint in containers!

Honey Sweetened Strawberry Vanilla Jam from Homespun Seasonal Living — Strawberry jam is my sister-in-law’s favorite! Adding vanilla makes it sound like heaven!

Raspberry Cherry Conserve from Homespun Seasonal Living — I’ve never tried a conserve before, and really think I should

Blueberry Currant Jam from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers — This one is (obviously) mine, and it is delicious; I am definitely making it again!

Spicy Blueberry Jam from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers — This is a family favorite, too!

Jars of Jam // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

A Little Jar of Sunshine: Golden Plum Cinnamon Ginger Jam from Building a Frog — I found this recipe last year and cannot figure out exactly how I managed to not make it! It is on the “must” list for this year!

Honey Peach Jam from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers — Another family favorite!

Homemade Pear Jam from Chickadee Homestead — Yum!

Crabapple Jelly from Yearning & Learning — My grandmother used to make crabapple jelly, but I never have. Come to think of it, I don’t even remember what it tasted like

Seedless Elderberry Apple Jam from One Acre Farm — Because unless you are completely dead, elderberries can fix it.

Apple Prune Preserves from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers — My kids haven’t forgiven me for not making a double batch of this last year. Apparently it was their absolute, all-time, favorite jam ever. And we ran out. Oops!

Cranberry Orange Marmalade from Prudent Living on the Home Front — I am not a fan of store-bought marmalade, but niece made some that was delicious! And I love the cranberry-orange combination!

Here are some canning books and supplies that I personally use, and highly recommend:

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Apr 10

From the Farm Blog Hop… April 10

From the Farm Blog Hop

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

As always, I can’t wait to see what you post! And I would love to hear what have you been up to this week?

We started cleaning up the yard and gardens… Until it started to rain. Well they do say April showers bring May flowers.

They also bring mud. Lots and lots of mud. Luna loves rolling in mud, of course, but she is not all that fond of sitting in it while I take her picture for this blog! The trials of being a pretty puppy! ;)

Dog. Mud. April // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

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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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Apr 08

My Week on Wednesday and Compost

Everything you need to know about COMPOST! A collection of over 30 posts, including a basic overview, tips & tricks, posts on building composters, and all the different composting methods -- including vermicomposting! Brought to you by Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

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Hello and welcome to another My Week on Wednesday! Did you miss me last week? We were on Spring Break, and while we didn’t go anywhere interesting, or even have all that wonderful of weather, we had a nice time hanging out together.

Yeah, okay, there were a couple days there where the kids stayed in their pajamas all day! (I am personally okay with that as an occasional thing. I might have stayed in my pajamas all day once, too.)

The highlights of our week included:

    • My kids played every board game we own at least once
    • An Epic Game of Tag on the playground. By the way, the Boy is FAST. It is totally possible he is faster than his Mama, though not as crafty! ;)
    • Meeting friends at the hairdresser. Yeah, so that would be 5 kids haircuts… all in one small, upscale salon. So thanks to the staff for their awesomeness, and also to the other patrons for their patience. In particular to the woman with all sorts of book recommendations for the kids! Incidentally, this was a Total Accident — we would never have subjected anyone (in particular the Boy and the Girl, who had to have their hair cut in the same room! The horror!) to this on purpose, but also turned out to be a lot of fun for the younger kids. And then we all went out for lunch. Win! :)
    • Taking the Pixie to see Cinderella — it was awesome! I completely recommend it!
    • Cleaning up the yard. Okay, not the picking up dog poop part, but the raking out the gardens and that sort of thing.

My husband has a great sense of humor! And, yes, that is the rainbow-colored poop of a crayon-eating dog! // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Cleaning up the yard always brings me to one of my homesteading nemesis: the Compost Pile.

What I really want is to just throw my veggie scraps and fall leaves into a pile and then wake up one day to perfect compost. That is not quite how it works. Though, in all fairness, it doesn’t need to be much more complicated than that!

I have collected a bunch of composting posts from my friends over at the Homestead Bloggers Network, and some of my other favorite bloggers because I am always looking for the perfect composting technique that will give me awesome compost with minimal effort!

Everything You Need to Know About Composting: An Overview 

Compost is Black Gold from Yearning and Learning

5 Easy Steps to Composting from the Homesteading Hippy

The Dirty Truth about Composting from Survival at Home — This post includes a Very Helpful Graphic :)

 Mulch and Compost from Homestead Lady

Everything You Need to Know About Composting (A My Week on Wednesday Post) // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of WIldflowers

Composting Methods

There are so many different ways to compost, you are sure to find the perfect set-up for your home and lifestyle!

Chickens and Compost from The 104 Homestead — this is the TOP of my list of why I should get chickens. That and the only space I have in my yard to keep them is… right where my compost pile already is! ;)

Composting Chicken Machine from Idlewild Alaska

3 Reasons to Use a Compost Tumbler from Homestead Lady

Using a Compost Barrel Tumbler from Pint Size Farm

How to Make Simple Compost Tea from Northern Homestead

Garbage Smoothie from My Sister’s Pantry

Cold Weather Composting from Father’s Earth Gear

Vermicomposting via Once Upon a Time in a Bed of WIldflowers
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Vermicomposting: Composting with Worms 

This gets its very own section because a) it’s cool; b) so very many of my friends have written about it; and c) given our situation this is probably the best composting method for us… except for the part where you haven’t really sold me on the whole Worms in the Basement Idea. Yet.

Why You Should be Composting with Worms from The 104 Homestead

The Lazy Gardener’s Way to Make Fertilizer from Tenth Acre Farm — Oh, hello. You had me at Lazy. ;)

Vermicompost: I am a Worm Overlord from Gentleman Homesteading Consultant

Vermicomposting 101: How & Why to Start a Worm Farm from Chickens Are a Gateway Animal

Vermicomposting Questions and Answers with Homestead Chronicles from Homestead Lady

Worm Composting from Joybilee Farms

Worm Factory 360 Review from Montana Homesteader

Red Wiggler Worms vs. Earthworms from Pint Size Farm

Vermicomposting: Potential Problems and What to do About Them

Saving a Frozen Worm Bin and Everything You Need to Know About Worm Composting from Lady Lee’s Home

Why are Worms Escaping my Compost Bin? from Montana Homesteader

Controlling Mites in Your Worm Bin from Little Big Harvest — It’s not as bad as it sounds! I promise!

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Tips & Tricks of Composting

How to Make a Lot of Compost from SchneiderPeeps

Compost in 30 Days from A Return to Simplicity

If You Love Me, You’ll Pee in the Compost from The 104 Homestead

Compost Temperature: Is Your Compost Hot Enough? from Five Little Homesteaders

Don’t Put These Plants in the Compost from Mom Prepares

10 Things You Never Want to Compost from Imperfectly Happy

Build Your Own Composter

While a simple pile in the corner of your yard will do, you might want something that looks a little neater, or works a little more efficiently.

Simple Pallet Compost Bin from Little Big Harvest

A Cheap DIY Compost from Little House on the Hundred Acre Wood

DIY Compost Tea Bucket from Homestead Lady

DIY Underground Compost Bin from Pint Size Farm

 Kids and Compost

Whether it is minding the worms, or carrying out the compost a pile somewhere, composting is an excellent job for the kids!

Interview with the Author of “Compost Stew” from Bean & Bee — “Compost Stew” is a picture book, by the way, but the author shares some of her very own composting tips in the interview!

Farm Sprouts Q & A: Vermicomposting with Kids from Hobby Farms

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Apr 06

Easy Homemade Granola

Regular boxed cereal is one of the worst things you can eat (even the "healthy" kind!) but you can whip this up in a half an hour and have a great alternative for quick breakfasts! Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Cold cereal is probably one of the worst foods you can eat. No matter what is says on the label, it is not real food; it is a food-like product. And I’m not just talking about Lucky Charms and those “sugar cereals” as my mom used to call them. Even the ones labeled “healthy,” even the organic ones, are created through the same process, called “extruding,” wherein perfectly good grains are mixed with water to create a slurry and then heated and pressurized to create cool shapes and a product that is almost completely devoid of nutrition and potentially toxic to your body! Find out more about how cereal is made, and why you shouldn’t eat it here.

I haven’t bought a box of cereal in years! Not even Lucky Charms!

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So… What do we eat for breakfast?

Eggs, usually. With fried potatoes and sauerkraut. And homemade lattes.

Oatmeal, sometimes. With plenty of butter and fruit.

Granola, occasionally.

I really like a hot, filling breakfast. The kind of breakfast that doesn’t leave you hungry two hours later. And I like to sit down as a family and take a few moments to connect before we all go off in our own directions.

But then there are the mornings where that is just not going to happen. The kind of mornings where the idea of getting the kids to school on time seems only slightly less do-able than climbing Mt. Everest in sandals.

Which is why it is nice to have some of this kicking around.

It is also especially good at answering the question: What am I going to pack the kids for lunch? Put a serving of granola in a small container. Put a serving of yogurt in a larger container. Have the kids add the granola to the yogurt at lunchtime. Problem solved.

Fact: This is not the healthiest granola recipe out there. The oats aren’t soaked. Even the nuts aren’t soaked. But it’s quick and easy, and if you’re using it instead of boxed cereal, then you are awesome and should go for it. :)

A healthier alternative to boxed breakfast cereal from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Easy Homemade Granola

In a large bowl, mix:

4 cups of rolled oats

1 cup of almonds, slivered, or sliced

1/2 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut

1/2 cup pumpkin seeds

1/2 teaspoon salt (I use this kind.)

Melt: 2 Tablespoons of coconut oil (I use this kind.)

Add to the oats mixture:

The melted coconut oil

1/2 cup maple syrup

Stir well. Spread on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes, stirring at 10 minute intervals.

Remove from oven and leave to cool.

When the oats mixture is completely cool, add:

3 cups of dried fruit (for this batch I used about a cup each of strawberries, blueberries, and peaches)

Store covered. I use mason jars.

And I’m not really sure how long it will keep — it tastes too good! :)

Easy Homemade Granola in Jars

This recipe is completely forgiving. You don’t like almonds? Try pecans or walnuts. You’re out of pumpkin seeds? Sesame seeds are delightful in here. You don’t have any coconut on hand? Skip it and add in another half-cup of oats instead. It will still be delicious!

It’s summer, and there is fresh fruit available? Skip the dried fruit all together and toss in some fresh fruit just before serving!

A word about dried fruit.

It can be hard to find good-quality dried fruit. A lot of it has added sugar, or is coated with questionable oils. For now, do the best you can… but come summertime, I highly recommend getting a dehydrator and drying your own local fruit! All the strawberries, blueberries, and peaches used in this batch were home-dried, using my fabulous dehydrator!

This is the dehydrator that I have, and I absolutely love it!

 


I also recommend this book, which is where I got the directions (and the idea!) for dehydrating peaches in the first place. It turns out that dehydrated peaches are a family favorite!

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Apr 03

From the Farm Blog Hop… April 3

From the Farm Blog Hop

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

We’re so glad that you’re here! :)

I hope the weather is getting a little more spring-like in your neck of the woods. Our snowdrops are finally out; you can check out last year’s snowdrops here. And it starting to seem like spring is really here! :)

And now, of course,it’s time for another round of From The Farm where we love to see your ideas on how to garden, homestead, or any DIY tips and tricks. So here are Last Week’s Top 5 Favorites, as chosen by YOU:

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Heather @ The Homesteading Hippy 
Krystyna @ Spring Mountain Living 
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 
Hilary @ The Lady and the Carpenter  
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Christine @ Once Upon A Time in A Bed of Wildflowers (that’s ME!)  

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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.

(Wait! Nobody panic!)

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

So… here are last week’s Top 5 Favorites, as chosen by YOU:

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Warmly, from your From the Farm Blog Hop Co-Hosts:

Heather @ The Homesteading Hippy

Krystyna @ Spring Mountain Living

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

Hilary @ The Lady and the Carpenter 

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Christine @ Once Upon A Time in A Bed of Wildflowers (that’s ME!)  

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

Also, if you haven’t already, be sure to come visit me on Facebookhang out with me on Google+ and follow me on Pintrest and Twitter

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

 

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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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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!

Dye Eggs Naturally // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

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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