Lisa writes in-depth articles about gardening and homesteading topics. She grew up on a farm and has continued learning about horticulture, animal husbandry, and home food preservation ever since. She has earned an Associate of Applied Science in Horticulture and a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She is a self proclaimed gardening freak and crazy chicken lady.
In addition to writing for her own websites, Lisa has contributed articles to The Prepper Project and Homestead.org.
The author lives outside of Chicago with her husband, son, 2 dogs, 1 cat, and a variety of poultry.
Plants that attract pollinators to your garden are a great addition to your yard or homestead. Many of our food plants will not produce a harvest for our tables without pollination. Hummingbirds, bees, butterflies, and many other insects travel from flower to flower looking for nectar and pollen to consume. In the process, they pollinate countless flowers.
Select the best fruit and nut trees for your homestead orchard before you order or plant! Fruit and nut trees take several years to bear fruit and may provide you with harvests for years to come. Plan ahead for best results.
Growing chicken fodder for your flock is a great way to supplement their feed. Sprout grains and other seeds to increase their nutrition, especially in winter! Here’s what to grow, and what NOT to grow for your hens.
The Great Backyard Bird Count takes place every February and helps give ornithologists the big picture on bird populations all around the world. Be a part of the project by taking 15 minutes, or more, to observe the bird species in your backyard this weekend!
All Natural Peppermint Patties…Yum! This all-natural peppermint patty recipe is a delicious treat to make for a special occasion, or as a replacement for store bought candy! I love peppermint… Read more »
Companion planting can be a great way to increase yields and reduce pests and disease. However, not all of the charts and guides out there are based on science. Let’s take a closer look at the proven methods and ditch the hype!
Putting together your own Survival Seed Bank allows you to choose your seed varieties, save some money, and increase your self reliance. Start this year with our instructions for setting up your own survival seed bank!
Learn how to preserve garlic so it won’t sprout or dry out. Save money by storing garlic in your root cellar. How to freeze, dehydrate, or pickle garlic and make your own garlic salt. Store garlic in olive oil safely with this tip.
What is a broody hen and why do you need one? Broody hens make great additions to the self reliant homestead. Here’s how to spot a broody hen, give her a good spot to nest, and the 10 best broody hen breeds for your self reliant chicken flock!