Frugal Gardening: Tomato Plants…Which Tomatoes Do I Plant? Determinate or Indeterminate?

We love getting that first tomato out of the garden.....what a treat!  There is nothing as good as a ripe, juicy tomato with some good bacon, crisp lettuce and Mayonnaise on some great toast.  Not to mention all the other great ways to eat tomatoes. So we really try to keep tomatoes going until that killing frost or freeze takes them out. We also love to make our own spaghetti sauce, Salsa, pizza sauce and juice to preserve by canning. It takes some thought and planning so we have the right tomato plants in our garden.  We don't run out and … [Read more...]

Seed Excitement

  Oh my, it's getting close to seed planting time.......I'm so EXCITED!!!   Does anyone else get excited about getting those seeds in some dirt??  What seeds will you sow for your garden this year?   We just ordered fresh seeds and feel that it just makes sense to start our seeds and raise our own plants for the garden.  It's so fulfilling and exciting to plant seeds and watch them grow!  Besides that, it is also frugal!   So order those seeds and get your 2023 garden on track.   I saw this and thought it just so … [Read more...]

Frugal Gardening: Starting or Expanding Your Berry Patch!

Frugal Homesteader

  As a Homesteader, how can you start or expand your Berry patch without breaking the bank?  Especially if you have a large family to provide for and would like to preserve some berries for later. If you are just starting your Berry patch there are some frugal ways to obtain your plants.  Family, Friends, Neighbors,  check around and see if anyone is growing the berries you are looking for.  Definitely look to other homesteaders, they always are ready to help. They may have some starts you can get from them and most likely they … [Read more...]

Onions! Which Onion to Grow! Onion Sets vs Onion Plants

Onions, bunching onions, little green onions

  "Onions are gross! We don't really like onions!"  That's what my daughter would say but I can't live without onions in my life!  Thank goodness there are so many onions to choose from ...some can be enjoyed throughout the gardening season and some you will grow for storage to enjoy after the gardening season. I can't even begin to say what my favorite onion is because I have never met an Onion I haven't loved. But for an early treat in the Spring, I really love the little green onions or some people call them 'scallions', 'spring … [Read more...]

Homesteading Frugally: Mushroom Foraging

Mushrooms, Chanterelles, Frugal Foraging

Most folks purchase their mushrooms from the grocery store and you can get some good mushrooms there. But to really get something more amazingly tasty you really need to get out in the fields and woods and forage for some mushrooms. There is nothing like an earthy, fruity mushroom you pull from the forest floor. Not to mention the quiet, reflective time roaming around all the beauty the forest and fields offer. And another plus......It is a very frugal, money saving thing to forage for your food. When you find those favorite spots you will … [Read more...]

PART 111- Homesteading Frugally on Selecting Plants for Your Garden

Every living thing has particular needs to thrive and some have special needs. It sure can be a challenge and expense for a gardener when he or she doesn't match their gardening site to the right plants. This article in the series will address some of the Basic Needs that have to be met for success with healthy thriving plants. 1. Length of Days 2. Light/Sun 3. Temperature 4. Water 5. Soil PH Now I admit....we don't go to the greenhouse or nursery with all these things weighing on our mind. I totally get absorbed to the point of not even … [Read more...]


Folks will sometimes pick their Garden Location without considering several crucial needs for a Productive Garden.       What are some of those Needs? SUNLIGHT SOIL QUALITY WATER SOURCE DISTANCE FROM HOUSE ELEVATION 1. SUNLIGHT- All of us know that Sunlight is Crucial for the growth and productivity in your Garden. Most Gardens should receive 6 hours of direct Sunlight each day. When you select your Garden Site, just watch out for Structures (houses, barns, trees, etc) that would cast a shadow over the Garden Site.  Now some of … [Read more...]


Homesteaders in the past, totally counted on that years Garden for survival . Today, we don't have to rely on the Home Garden like they did. But for most Homesteaders, the vegetable Garden is the main way we provide food for the family. So.....mastering Gardening techniques is, well, important. For some folks, Gardening can be a little intimidating. There are so many different crops you can plant, there is the WHEN and HOW to plant, where to locate the Garden, soil types and soil amendment, composting, weeding, pest control......well, we get … [Read more...]

Gardening Frugally with Our Under $20 Greenhouse!

starting seeds, frugal gardening, greenhouse

We had a few of our friends on Social Media ask us how our seedlings and seeds were doing with the recent cold snap, snow and ice.  We are so HAPPY with our little low cost greenhouse.  And we were happy to let everyone know that the seedlings not only survived the cold, ice and snow....they grew a lot!  And..more seeds have sprouted. We were concerned about the seeds sprouting and the seedlings surviving the cold because we do not heat this greenhouse. The styrofoam seed trays float on water. The idea behind this method is that the … [Read more...]

Reviving Old Time Skills by Raising Your Own Plants From Seeds

starting your own seeds is frugal

After the hustle and bustle of fall cleanup on the yard and garden and all your harvest is in the pantry, freezer or cellar. You have all the farm animals tucked in the barn and all is ready for the first snowfall and freeze...We take a brief rest!  But if you are a serious gardener you cannot just sit through winter and NOT think about next years garden.  This is when our big 'Winter Garden' begins to grow!  If you are like us you pull out the grid paper and plan out every inch of ground you have, making sure to rotate those crops.  And as … [Read more...]