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Autumn in the Garden

I have so much to be grateful for in this season that extends to much more than the garden harvest alone.

For the Love of an Old Dog

Behind every old dog is an owner who would do whatever it takes to make sure their loyal friend is happy, healthy, and living their best life.

Let's Get in the Garden!

Last month when there was a run on groceries it was a bit alarming to walk through the stores and see all of the empty shelves. For us, going to the store isn't critical. We have a large freezer, canned jellies, sauces, and vegetables, and eggs from our hens, but I can only imagine how scary it must be for those who don't. If you depend on the grocery store for all of your food, seeing empty shelves and hearing news about food shortages must be terrifying! But it doesn't have to be, with the arrival of spring, now is the perfect time to start taking back some of your food security.

Meet my friend SCOBY! How to make kombucha at home.

It's slimy and smelly but it sure makes a tasty drink! Meet my friend SCOBY. This beautiful Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast perfectly ferments sweet tea into a health food powerhouse full of probiotics and antioxidants.

Palm Oil Free - Does it matter to you?

Here at the Hippie Homesteader we are proudly palm oil free. I have gone to great lengths since the beginning of this venture, changing vendors, changing recipes, contacting suppliers in order to make sure palm oil stays out of all of our products, but - does it matter to you? One of the most difficult items to find palm oil free seems to be soap.

Welcoming in a new decade...

We knew 2019 was going to be rough. The year of change we called it, as it seemed like it was time to make big decisions, face every challenge head on, and leave behind our comfortable past.

Essential Oil of the Month: Tea Tree

While not a tea at all “Tea Tree” was first coined by Captain James Cook in 1732. He came across the Australian Aboriginals preparing an aromatic blend of leaves that they had gathered from the Melaleuca tree. Captain Cook was said to have brewed the concoction for his crew in order to prevent scurvy.

Hippie Product Updates...

We strive to make sure we are offering you only the best products, and with that we also need to make sure we are offering those products in the best packaging so we have a few product updates to share.

Geranium Essential Oil: Top 5 Uses

With its strong rosy floral scent, geranium essential oil is uplifting and powerful and proves to be useful in a variety of situations. Perhaps first used by the ancient Egyptians, geranium has stood the test of time and remained a popular aromatherapy ingredient.

Essential Oil of the Month: Bergamot

While they may share a name Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) and Wild Bergamot (aka Bee Balm) couldn't be more different. The fruit peel of the citrus bergamot is what is used to make up the popular essential oil.

Essential Oil of the Month: Cypress

Much like pine and cedar wood, cypress totes a woodsy, pine scent, reminiscent of walking through a forest. Cypress trees are native to the Mediterranean region and can live over 1000 years! The essential oil is distilled from the needles resulting in a thin yellow oil.

Raised Garden Beds: The Shou Sugi Ban Method

Our Sharon garden has been nothing short of challenging. The entire garden area and yard has started flooding nearly every time it rains. With our wet spring seasons that means we had flooded plants several times a year. That just doesn't work for our vegetable crop, so we decided to go the raised bed route. I fought the idea for many years, but I think our new beds are going to be a great way to grow our future crops.
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