Welcome to Homestead Garden

Within this site, you can find information on topics such as:

  • gardening
  • homesteading
  • voluntary simplicity
  • food preservation
  • cooking
  • crafts

Members are from all walks of life, but many share the desire to get closer to nature through gardening and/or live a more simple and self-sufficient lifestyle. We're getting back to basics.

If you're interested in more information on getting back to the basics, please visit our sister site: FrugalVillage.com

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Editor's Pick
Replanting Your Christmas Tree

If you are in the market for a beautiful evergreen to be added to your landscape, Christmas is a perfect time to begin shopping. While most Christmas shoppers purchase a Christmas tree that has already been chopped at the bottom, there are several nurseries that offer live Christmas trees with the roots still intact.

How to Grow African Violets

Anyone can grow beautiful African Violets if they provide the simple conditions required for healthy growth.

Christmas Wreaths: How to Make Your Own

You should find that making your own Christmas wreath is surprisingly easy and that there are a couple ways in which one can be made.

The first method for making your own Christmas wreath begins by collecting the materials you will need from branches or twigs in your environment. Some great sources include pin, spruce, and other evergreen trees. While you’re at it, pick up a few pinecones for decoration and be sure not to harm the trees from which you are collecting branches.


Think of cyclamen and the chances are that Mothers Day immediately comes to mind, which is something of a pity. Now don't misinterpret me, there's nothing wrong with mothers or with having a day for them, but it does seem a little unfortunate when such beautiful, adaptable and useful plants become so commercialized that there's difficulty escaping that association.

Winter Care for Wild Birds

Here in Michigan and other temperate climates, winter survival is everything for wild birds. The search for food starts at dawn and continues till dusk. If a bird is able to eat enough, it will store enough energy to survive a cold winter's night. It then starts all over for another day.

Your Garden - Growing from Seed

With all the plants available on the market these days, both from garden centres and mail order, you might wonder why anyone would bother to grow from seed. There are a few answers to this one but some of the basic ones are:

  • Personal satisfaction - there’s nothing quite like seeing a garden full of plants that you grew yourself from a tiny seed.

Amaryllis - A Perfect Flower For the Festive Season

There's nothing more festive than several amaryllis plants contributing their rich burst of bloom to your house during the holiday season.

Indoor Gardening With Foliage Plants
Plants grown primarily for their leaf characteristics and utilized for interior decoration or landscape purposes are called foliage plants. As our society becomes more urban, living plants as part of the interior landscape increases.