How to Harvest & Freeze Green Beans

How to Harvest & Freeze Green Beans

Freezing green beans is a great way to extend your harvest over the winter! This article discussed how to freeze any type of bean (green, yellow, purple) of the “string” variety. In our garden, green beans are often one of the first veggies to produce 

How to Harvest, Store, & Cure Garlic

How to Harvest, Store, & Cure Garlic

Follow these simple steps to harvest, cure, and store your garlic and you’ll be enjoying it right through next spring (when you can plant whatever’s left for spring garlic!). In my humble opinion, garlic is one of the best things we grow.  It is easy 

How to Wash & Store Lettuce

How to Wash & Store Lettuce

Washing and storing lettuce property is essential to keeping it fresh and long-lasting. This is especially true when you pick lettuce from your own garden! Here we share a few simple steps to ensuring that your fresh-picked lettuce (or spinach) will last for at least 

How to Barter Effectively: 5 Tips for Success

How to Barter Effectively: 5 Tips for Success

Bartering is an awesome way to get food or items you need for your homestead. Beyond saving money, it’s also an effective means by which a community can share the wealth directly with each other instead of through large corporations or stores. Even if self-reliance 

How to Freeze Strawberries

How to Freeze Strawberries

Freezing strawberries is quite easy, but there are a few tips that ensure success and your future enjoyment! Strawberry season has arrived in Vermont, and like every other year we plan to pick at least 5 or 6 gallons of these delicious berries while the 

Homesteading & Racism: A Letter to our Community

Homesteading & Racism: A Letter to our Community

Dear Homestead How-To Community & Book Club Members, The world is in turmoil and we are writing to share with you how we see a connection between these struggles and the world of homesteading. We are also writing to invite you to be a part 

How to Support Tomatoes: Stakes vs. Cages

How to Support Tomatoes: Stakes vs. Cages

We learned early on that supporting tomatoes is very necessary for all but a few varieties.  Without some form of support, your plant will sprawl out over the ground and likely catch diseases that will keep you from harvesting much fruit.  We also learned early 

How to Plant a Tomato Seedling

How to Plant a Tomato Seedling

When planting a tomato seedling, there are a few things you can do to help ensure a that your tomato acclimates well to its new home. After all, you didn’t grow that baby from seed just to see it die when it hits your garden! 

How to Make Yogurt in an Instant Pot

How to Make Yogurt in an Instant Pot

Homemade yogurt is delicious, nutritious, and a great step toward self-reliance. It also saves a lot on packaging waste! Did you know that you can use your Instant Pot to make an awesome batch of yogurt? We love this method because it is reliable, easy, 

How to use the Sheet Mulch Method to Create a Garden Bed

How to use the Sheet Mulch Method to Create a Garden Bed

Sheet mulching is a permaculture practice for creating a garden bed that feeds your plants with nutrients and doesn’t require digging.  Instead, to sheet mulch you layer materials over the top of your soil to build a bed, beginning and ending with weed-discouraging ground cover.