• Herbs

    How to prune rosemary

    Do you use fresh herbs when cooking? Do you want to make sure that you have enough when you need it? If so – pruning is the way to go. Here is a look at how to prune rosemary so that you never run out. This post contains affiliate links to products. We may receive a commission for purchases made through these links. Pruning is an important part of growing any plant – no matter if its herbs or a decorative plant such as a rose bush. Plants need to be pruned to promote new and healthy growth. Rosemary is no different! We love using our rosemary bush pretty much…

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    How to propagate Rosemary – The easy way

    Do you love rosemary? You can grow a ton of it to use while cooking if you learn how to propagate rosemary! We absolutely love growing herbs in our backyard garden. We grow a variety of different culinary and medicinal herbs but one of our favorites to grow is – Rosemary. It is aromatic and really enhances the flavor of some of our favorite dishes so we always want an abundance on hand to use. It is super easy to propagate rosemary form cuttings. This post contains affiliate links to products. We may receive a commission for purchases made through these links. Rosemary is a great herb to grow in…

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    10 Reasons to grow Mint in your garden

    10 Reasons to grow Mint in your garden Mint is one of those plants that individuals feel firmly about having in the garden, and in light of current circumstances. Due to its spreading nature and inclination to assume control, a large number of us select to simply abandon everything together. The issue with doing this is the mint wins! Truly, however, we people are certainly sufficiently shrewd to outmaneuver the mint, making it conceivable to appreciate all that it brings to the table. Mint is a scrumptious plant that can be made into a wide range of treats, while additionally being an amazing restorative herb. There are a wide range…

  • How to heat a greenhouse using thermal mass, heat a greenhouse, thermal mass, Backyard Eden, www.backyard-eden.com, www.backyard-eden.com/how-to-heat-a-greenhouse-using-thermal-mass

    How to heat a greenhouse using thermal mass

    How to heat a greenhouse using thermal mass The main challenge with greenhouse growing is maintaining the temperature swings that we face. The most common way people do this by using energy via heating or cooling systems into the greenhouse. But the better, more sustainable way of managing a stable greenhouse is to use the solar energy from the sun during the day, store it and use it at night. You too can maintain your greenhouse temperature if you learn how to heat a greenhouse using thermal mass. Consider heating when building When you set out to build your brand new greenhouse – you should consider heating, cooling and even…

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    How to pick the perfect watermelon

    How to pick the perfect watermelon There’s nothing like diving into a huge slice of juicy watermelon on a hot summer day. A wedge of watermelon — straight from the fridge is one of my favorite things. A good watermelon is juicy, sweet, and crisp.  It can be a great way to quench your thirst. Even though watermelons can be very good – there is nothing worse than buying a watermelon only to find out that it is not ripe. It can be rather difficult to find a good watermelon if you do not know what to look for.  Here is how to pick the perfect watermelon! There are ways…

  • 10 food storage items that almost never go bad, food storage items that almost never go bad, Backyard Eden, www.backyard-eden.com
    Survival & Preparedness

    10 food storage items that almost never go bad

    10 food storage items that almost never go bad How is your food storage going?  Do you have a stockpile?  There are a lot of different options of things to fill your stockpile with.  Rice, beans, canned meats – what else could you want?  When you start collecting items for your food storage – you always have to remember the expiration dates and remember to rotate your stock.  This will keep things fresh in your storage.  There are some things that don’t go bad as quickly as others.  Here is 10 food storage items that almost never go bad. Shelf Life When adding to your food storage, it is always…

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    Survival & Preparedness

    September is National Preparedness Month

    September is National Preparedness Month Are you prepared? Are you ready for whatever comes your way? I would say that almost 50-75% of Americans today aren’t ready for any sort of disaster.  I am not just talking about catastrophic events such as nuclear war, the Yellow Stone super volcano or anything like that – I am talking about something as simple as a hurricane.  A situation where the power may be off for a week or more can leave you devastated.  Ask me how I know?  Yes, I have been there before.  September is here and it is National Preparedness month – where do you stand? Raising Awareness September is…

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    Sopapilla Cheesecake

    What’s one of the best things about going out to eat at your favorite Mexican or Tex-Mex restaurant?  The perfect chips and salsa? Yes – but even better than that.  The thing we love the most about going to our local Tex-Mex eatery is that when you finish your meal – you get a complimentary dessert!  You know what I am talking about!  Its all about the Sopapillas!  It is an incredible dessert that marries cinnamon-sugar, honey and butter!  Wish you were able to make this at home? You can!  Try this easy Sopapilla cheesecake! We love making this sopapilla cheesecake anytime we have Tex-Mex for dinner or have friends…

  • One Pot Spicy Thai Noodles, spicy thai noodles recipe, one pot meals, thai noodles, Backyard Eden, www.backyard-eden.com, www.backyard-eden.com/one-pot-spicy-thai-noodles

    One Pot Spicy Thai Noodles

    One Pot Spicy Thai Noodles Have you ever had good – no, scratch that – great take out?  There is just something about getting take out food and sitting around with your family while enjoying it.  We love getting take out!  Even though we love it – it can be incredibly hard to find good quality take out but when you do – you certainly don’t forget it.  What if you could make awesome take out food right in your own kitchen? Wait – what?  Yes!  You can make your favorite take out dishes in your kitchen.  One of our favorite dishes is – our One Pot Spicy Thai Noodles! …

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    Don’t count your eggs – just yet!

    Don’t count your eggs – just yet! Over the last few years – there has been massive amounts of food recalls on anything from salad mix, milk, cilantro – an now eggs, really?  The latest food recall is eggs.  What can we buy at the local market – safely? Don’t count your eggs – just yet! In a story breaking yesterday – we learn that eggs are now being recalled because a possible salmonella contamination.  An article published on The Daily Meal and MSN said that “more than 200 million eggs produced by Rose Acre Farms of Seymour, Indiana have been recalled this weekend over fears of salmonella. According to…

  • How to grow medicinal herbs, medicinial herbs, herbs, Backyard Eden, www.backyard-eden.com, www.backyard-eden.com/how-to-grow-medicinal-herbs
    Herbs,  How to Grow

    How to grow medicinal herbs

    How to grow medicinal herbs Wouldn’t it be great to have your own medicinal herb garden? It can be awesome to have medicinal herbs ready when you need them.  It can actually be quite easy! So easy that you can have a medicinal herb garden on your balcony. These are herbs you can use to make healing tinctures, teas and so much more.  Read on to learn more about how to grow medicinal herbs! How to grow medicinal herbs: Growing medicinal herbs is easy Since the beginning of time, humans have been turning to plants for sustenance and healing. But somewhere along the line, much of civilization stopped relying on…

  • Firecracker Cauliflower, Vegetarian Recipe, Firecracker Cauliflower recipe, cauliflower, Backyard Eden, www.backyard-eden.com, www.backyard-eden.com/firecracker-cauliflower

    Firecracker Cauliflower Recipe

    Firecracker Cauliflower How many times have you wanted something a little different but had no idea what to make?  That happens to me all the time – the struggle is real!  If you are anything like me – I like foods that have a great flavor and sometimes a little bit of kick.  I like heat!  This firecracker cauliflower brings both great flavor and some heat to the party. Firecracker Cauliflower: Great anytime It is that time of year again – yes, it is time for the March madness.  Are you having a party?  Do you want some light but delicious food.  This firecracker cauliflower is for you! It is…

  • Chive blossom oil and vinegar, oil and vinegar recipe, chive blossoms, Backyard Eden, www.backyard-eden.com, www.backyard-eden.com/chive-blossom-oil-and-vinegar-recipe

    Chive Blossom Oil and Vinegar Recipe

    Chive Blossom Oil and Vinegar Recipe Chives are one of the best herbs to grow in your garden.  In addition to being incredibly beautiful and beneficial, they are easy to grow.  They should be in every backyard garden. They are perennial, meaning that they come back on their own each year, and are one of the first plants to sprout in the spring.  Our chives produce blossoms all year – so we have to find ways to use them.  We use them in salads for a pop of flavor and color.  We also decided to make a chive blossom oil and vinegar with them – that turned out great! Chive…

  • Bread Baking Tips - every homesteader needs to know, bread baking tips, baking tips, Backyard Eden, www.backyard-eden.com, www.backyard-eden.com/bread-baking-tips-every-homesteader-needs-to-know
    Homesteading,  Kitchen How-to

    Bread Baking Tips – Every homesteader needs to know

    Baking good homemade bread is a skill that every homesteader should be able to do.  Homemade bread is one of the best things in the world!  The light, fluffy and incredibly flavorful bread will outmatch any store bought bread. Here are some bread baking tips every homesteader needs to know! Tip #1: Brown Sugar Storage Sugar is one of those things that can be tricky to store properly.  If you store sugar incorrectly, you could end up with a big clump of sugar.  Although clumps in your sugar is not the worst thing, they can make it hard to get an accurate measurement. Make sure to store brown sugar in…

  • Creamy Tuscan Garlic Chicken, Chicken Recipe, Tuscan Garlic Chicken, Backyard Eden, www.backyard-eden.com, www.backyard-eden.com/creamy-tuscan-garlic-chicken

    Creamy Tuscan Garlic Chicken

    Creamy Tuscan Garlic Chicken Have you ever wanted to make a delicious Italian dinner?  Do you like comfort food?  This creamy Tuscan garlic chicken is the best of both worlds.  We have a family of seven and when we want some delicious Italian food – we whip up a batch of this creamy goodness! This creamy Tuscan garlic chicken has incredible flavor from the rich heavy cream, the nuttiness of the parmesan cheese and the flavorful sun dried tomato.  There is just something about the Ingredients 1 ½ pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, thinly sliced 2 tbsp olive oil 1 cup heavy cream ½ cup chicken broth 1 tsp garlic…

  • How to mulch with fallen leaves, mulch, how to, mulch with leaves, Backyard Eden, www.backyard-eden.com, www.backyard-eden.com/how-to-mulch-with-fallen-leaves

    How to mulch with fallen leaves

    How to mulch with fallen leaves Many people see the piles of dropped autumn leaves as a hindrance. This could be due to the work involved raking them up, bagging them and sitting them by the curb for the city to pick up.  So, why do it? Why not use the fallen leaves in a positive way that not only feeds the soil in your garden but also feeds you in the long run? Read on to learn how to mulch with fallen leaves! How to mulch with fallen leaves: Why? The first question you may be asking is – why should I use leaves in my garden?  It is…

  • How to dry herbs at home, how to dry herbs, homestead skills, Backyard Eden, www.backyard-eden.com, www.backyard-eden.com/how-to-dry-herbs-at-home

    How to dry herbs at home

    How to dry herbs at home What is a homemade pasta sauce without some herbs? What is better than home grown herbs?  The answer to both of those questions – nothing!  You can grow delicious herbs at home and preserve them so that you have herbs all throughout the year.  How to dry herbs at home is an essential skill on the homestead.  How to dry herbs at home: Getting everyone involved It is a special thing to get the whole family involved in the different tasks on the homestead.  Our kiddos love jumping in and helping.  Growing and processing herbs at home is a simple and fun do-it-yourself project…

  • No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter and Oatmeal cookies, no bake, chocolate oatmeal cookies, cookies, Backyard Eden, www.backyard-eden.com, www.backyard-eden.com/no-bake-chocolate-peanut-butter-and-oatmeal-cookies

    No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Cookies

    No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Cookies Have you ever wanted something sweet – but didn’t have anything that you could snack on without actually making something?  I have!  Our family loves to spend time together and we can be sitting watching a movie when we decided that we want something sweet.  We do not want to spend the time making something and then waiting for it to bake – so we make our go to no bake chocolate peanut butter and oatmeal cookies.  They are super simple and incredibly delicious! No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Cookies: The perfect combination What goes together better than chocolate and…

  • Starting Pepper Seeds using the double cup method, starting pepper seeds, starting seeds, growing peppers from seed, Backyard Eden, www.backyard-eden.com, www.backyard-eden.com/how-to-start-pepper-seeds-the-double-cup-method

    How to start pepper seeds: The Double Cup Method

    How to start pepper seeds: The Double Cup Method It is that time of year again here in Texas – it is time to start pepper seeds for the spring season.  There are different methods to start pepper seeds.  Each of the different methods have pros and cons that make them a reliable way to start pepper seeds.  We will be exploring the different methods over the next few weeks. The first we will look at is the double cup method! 4 Different Methods The Double Cup Method The Bulk Method Regular Seed Starting The Plastic Bag Method The Double Cup Method The first of the these methods that we…

  • Online Seed Suppliers, Seed Suppliers - the best sources for heirloom seeds, Backyard Eden, www.backyard-eden.com, www.backyard-eden.com/seed-suppliers-the-best-source-heirloom-seeds

    Online Seed Suppliers – The best sources for Heirloom Seeds

    Online Seed Suppliers – The best sources for Heirloom Seeds There are surely hundreds of great, family-owned seed businesses I have never ordered from—and new companies seem to pop up every day. There are some amazing companies I have found over the years. The following list contains the best online seed suppliers! It is always important to  consider your values, your gardening needs and your local climate/region when choosing your seed sources. So, if you are wanting the very best quality of seeds for your garden or your homestead – then this is the list for you! Here is the list of the best online seed suppliers: Baker Creek Baker…