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10 Tips for New Homesteaders

Things I’ve Learned on the Homestead Since I moved to the country a few months ago, I’m learning what works and what doesn’t.  I started this adventure with a gardening background, a reasonable level of fitness, and basic carpentry skills (along with a small arsenal of tools).  This has helped a lot.  I’m at a…

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Easy Roasted Root Veggies

Roasted root vegetables are my go-to meal for fall and winter.  So easy, so quick – its like wholesome fast food.  Just chop ’em up, add some herbs and spices, and cook.  I like a little extra heat in the winter so I’ve added some hot pepper flakes and cumin – you can spice it…

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How to Start a Vegetable Garden

Tips for Beginners Are you new to gardening?  Do you want to grow your own fresh veggies and save money?  There’s nothing like a fresh crunchy carrot or crisp green peas straight from the garden.  Winter is a great time to start planning, dreaming, and salivating. Here are 6 steps for starting a vegetable garden…

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Edible Wild Plants

I know it sounds hokey but when we listen to the plants they tell us how they can help us, “ said Shanoon, the herbalist. I spent an afternoon in early October with 5 others following Shanoon along a Slocan Valley, British Columbia pathway while she pointed out dozens of naturalized plants that can be…

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Welcome to Homestead Mania!

I’m Jennifer Houghton.  At the age of 46 I moved out of the suburbs onto an acre of land in the British Columbia mountains.  This blog follows my adventures as I learn to be self-sufficient, grow my own food, and live amongst the pines. Some might say I’m obsessed with frugality and living green.  I…

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