In the middle of winter when the Christmas greenery has been taken down but it’s not yet time for spring planting, I find myself craving the color and life found in houseplants. This is a perfect time of year to dive into what it takes to create a home full of thriving houseplants, and there’s no one better to discuss this with than Maria of Growing Joy Podcast, a self-proclaimed Plant Lady. If you consider yourself a plant killer, you are in good company because both Maria and I have had our fair share of plant fails. May this episode inspire you to try a new plant variety or tending method as you grow your houseplant collection.
If you are a gardener (or hopeful gardener) who is eagerly browsing seed catalogs and mapping out garden plots in anticipation of the upcoming growing season, this episode is for you! Bailey is a wealth of knowledge on backyard gardening, and our conversation was full of practical tips, especially for the suburban gardener. Bailey tends ten raised beds on her California neighborhood lot, and she helps gardeners in every zone plan, start, and cultivate their gardens no matter their level of experience. If you are looking for some garden inspiration as we look ahead to spring and summer, join us for this chat!
If you desire to live a natural lifestyle—whole foods, less toxins, holistic health—it can be intimidating to know where to start. Many people are also concerned about the cost of living this way. In this episode with Roxanne of Happy Holistic Homestead, we tackle the question of where to start if you simply can’t afford to jump all in. What changes make the biggest impact on your family’s health? We also bust the myth that it takes a lot of money or a lot of land to begin prioritizing your health by sourcing high quality foods. You might be surprised by some of our money saving tips! No matter where you are starting from, may this episode encourage you to take the next step in your journey towards a more natural lifestyle.
If you dream of starting your own homestead but worry that you don’t have the skills or time or money, you’ve got to hear Katie’s story. Six weeks after giving birth to her ninth daughter, Katie and her husband moved their family from their established homestead in Texas to a piece of raw land in Missouri to start over. They are building everything themselves and doing it debt-free! Katie shares how she and her family of 11 found joy in the simple pace of living in a small shanty without electricity or running water. Whether you have a homesteading dream or are pursuing another goal, may Katie’s story remind you of all that is possible with patience, sacrifice, and hard work.
With the many conveniences of our modern food system, it’s easy to become detached from the knowledge of how our food is actually produced. Brianna is on a mission to reconnect the community to its farmers. At her family’s ranch in Washington, Brianna welcomes her neighbors—especially children—to come experience what farm life is truly like. Children learn invaluable, lifelong skills as a result of participating in animal care and food production. Brianna shares age-appropriate ideas for teaching your kids about farming and responsibility whether you live on a farm or in an apartment.
Many people think that beginning a farm or homestead requires you to have previous farming experience, but this isn’t necessarily true. Even if you have never set foot on a farm yourself, it is possible to begin living the homesteading lifestyle. In this episode, Jess shares how her lifelong dream of owning a farm became …
When you look around the homesteading world and see other people doing all the things, it can be overwhelming to know how to get started. In this episode, Melissa K. Norris, a homesteader for over 20 years, joins me to talk about where to start when you want to learn new homesteading skills. She reminds us not to be afraid of starting small and learning as you go. She also provides many tangible tips for getting started. Whether you have been homesteading your whole life or are still contemplating jumping into this lifestyle, there will always be more to learn, so these tips on self-education are for you!
hands. That’s why I am so glad there are people like Kali Ramey Martin putting lovely resources out into the world. Her book, Potager, and her seasonal magazine, Notebook Quarterly, curate recipes and gardening tips and home inspiration in such a masterful way. Our conversation spanned a variety of topics related to welcoming spring into our homes through what we are cooking to how we decorate our homes. We talked not only about seasonal decor but also about more permanent home design choices like paint, wallpaper, furniture, and more. I hope this conversation leaves you inspired to embrace in your own home all the beauty that springtime has to offer.
Although winter is still in full swing, it’s already time to start thinking about planting seeds for your summer garden. In today’s conversation, Meg Hollar of The Hollar Homestead joins me to talk all things gardening: selecting seeds, preparing the soil, what we are growing, and even how to use and preserve the harvest. We have both been gardening for many years now, but we are continually learning more each year. Whether you are a seasoned gardener or just starting out, this conversation may give you some new strategies to try this year!