Homestead and Hearthcraft

Homestead and Hearthcraft
Kitchen Witch Corner
Morningbird's Garden

Housewarming Houseplants

If you’re as bummed about the end of the gardening season as I am, you may be thinking of ways to brighten up your indoor surroundings and nothing says springtime like some green. Live plants instantly lift the energy in your home and some can also bring specific magical energy into your space. And if […]

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Homestead and Hearthcraft

Raising Mealworms for the Birds

My step-lizard was 2 years old when my husband and I got married and my husband has always fed him mealworms as an occasional treat (he mostly ate veggies) so we have been familiar with mealworms for some time, though we’ve never dealt with them in quantity.  Now that we have ducks and chickens and […]

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Book of Shadows
Homestead and Hearthcraft
Kitchen Witch Corner

Simple Salves

Salves are soothing medicine for the skin in a convenient form. Nourishing oils thickened with waxes or butters and enhanced with the goodness of herbs and essential oils, salves can sooth irritated skin, bring healing to minor injuries and bring soothing warmth to aches and pains and congestion. All salves are based on the same […]

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Holy Days
Homestead and Hearthcraft
Kitchen Witch Corner

First Harvest Reflections

The feast of the First Harvest is a feast of little bits. The garden is full of promise, but not full of ripe produce. We have some zucchini, an eggplant, maybe even a tomato, but hardly enough of anything to make a meal, but together, with a handful of herbs, couple eggs from the hens […]

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Homestead and Hearthcraft
Morningbird's Garden

Seeding a Path

  Today the weather was quite nice. Sunny and cool. I decided to let the birds wander loose and spend some time in the garden while I can. In truth, this spring-like weather can only last so long, so, even though I worked a 12-hour overnight shift last night and have another one tonight, I […]

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Homestead and Hearthcraft
My Homestead Journal

2018 New Year, New Plans

2017 was a year of major losses for us and we’re really focusing on mitigating them for the coming year. We lost our drake to a weasel and our buck just up and vanished early last year and we were rather attached to both of them. Without them, we weren’t able to get much breeding […]

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Morningbird's Garden

Gardening for Butterflies

Many Pagans consider nature to be sacred and enjoy inviting the wild creatures of our neighborhood to share our gardens with us. A butterfly garden is an excellent way to do this. With just a little extra work and consideration in the selection of your plants, you can create a haven for butterflies that will […]

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Homestead and Hearthcraft

Springtime Babies in Waiting

Here on the homestead, springtime means babies. There are a lot of reasons for this but for me, the primary reason springtime means babies versus any other time of the year is because springtime means lots of grass, weeds and bugs to feed all those babies. Feed costs can be high in the winter, especially […]

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Food
Homestead and Hearthcraft
Kitchen Witch Corner
Morningbird's Garden

Apples

The apple tree is a deciduous, fruit-bearing tree that produces the crisp fruit that gives it its name. It is a relatively small tree, reaching 25 feet in height and dwarf cultivars are available that are considerably smaller, 10 feet tall or less. Small (2 inches long usually, up to 4 inches long), ovular, slightly […]

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Homestead and Hearthcraft
Morningbird's Garden

Gardening by the Moon

Gardening according to the phases of the moon is an ancient practice. Those of us who garden as an expression of our spirituality and our connection with both the Earth and our ancestors may wish to incorporate the moon phases and the lunar calendar into our gardening. There are generally two things that are considered […]

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