Giveaway! The Ultimate Home Gardening Starter Kit {with High Mowing Organic Seeds} A $105 Value

The Ultimate Garden Seed Starting Giveaway from High Mowing Seeds & Frugally Sustainable

Goodness…

…am I excited about this giveaway!!!

Ever since our family made the move out of the city into the country, life here at the ranch has been in constant growth and change.

Chickens, dairy goats, and meat birds came quickly. But our gardening efforts were slow and challenging (as I shared with you here last summer).

That was until, we planted a fall garden (Arizona’s best growing season) using High Mowing Organic Seeds.

WOW I tell you…just WOW!

We had the ::

  • highest germination rate,
  • best disease resistance, and
  • largest yields EVER!

And the more I learned about the company, the more I fell in love!

High Mowing Organic Seeds

I was super impressed to learn that The Safe Seed Pledge was created in 1999 when High Mowing Organic Seeds guided a coalition of 9 other seed companies in drafting a statement about the signers’ stance on genetic engineering.

They were the pioneers of GMO-free home garden seeds!

To describe it best, here’s a portion of High Mowing’s Philosophy:

At High Mowing Organic Seeds, we believe in re-imagining what our world can be like. We believe in a deeper understanding of how re-built food systems can support health on all levels – healthy environments, healthy economies, healthy communities and healthy bodies. We believe in a hopeful and inspired view of the future based on better stewardship for our planet. Everyday that we are in business, we are growing; working to provide an essential component in the re-building of our healthy food systems: the seeds.

High Mowing Organic Seeds are the ONLY seeds that my garden will ever see!

They have an AWESOME selection of:

…and much, much more!

The Prize

So…you can imagine how honored I was when High Mowing contacted me for blog sponsorship and a giveaway for Frugally Sustainable readers!

I am just beyond excited to offer this prize!

Entering the giveaway will give you the chance at winning:

How to Enter The Giveaway

It’s super easy to enter the giveaway.

Simply follow the three steps below:

1. Click on the following links:

(Doing so will redirect you to read about the company and products. After that just head back this way and complete the last two steps.)

2. Click this link to subscribe and get Frugally Sustainable tips delivered to your email fresh off the press AND click this link to sign up to receive High Mowing’s monthly e-newsletter, The Seed Bin! The Seed Bin contains articles and advice on organic gardening and farming from an experienced staff of growers and farmers, as well as information about current High Mowing specials and sales. Also included every month are delicious, season-relevant, recipes!

Note: In order to be eligible to win you must be subscribed at the time the winner is drawn.

3. Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter the giveaway.

Note: The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. I will announce the winner within 48 hours of the end of the giveaway. No purchase necessary to win.

Good luck everyone!!!

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Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways #109

The Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways Blog Hop

Welcome to Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways, this is a blog hop! If you are a blogger, please feel free to link-up and share as many posts as you would like pertaining to:

  • Urban or Rural Homesteading
  • Anything DIY
  • Frugal Recipes
  • Preparedness/Survival
  • Repurposed Projects
  • Upcycled Frugal Finds
  • Animal Care
  • Natural Gardening Tips
  • Herbal Remedies
  • Green Cleaners

The list could go on…

Basically, anything that you think will build and encourage our community.

Please Note: I share my personal favorites on my facebook page throughout the week!

It’s Time To Share Your Posts

Bloggers, use the linky tool on the bottom of this post to share your best post. Non-bloggers, feel free to add a comment here with any ideas or thoughts you have concerning frugal and/or sustainable living. Every week I will be featuring the most viewed posts so link-up your best ones:)

When linking your posts, there are only a couple simple guidelines I’d like for you to follow:

1. Remain sensitive to the mission of Frugally Sustainable. Frugally Sustainable exists to be a resource for all things frugal and sustainable. Therefore, in order to maintain the integrity of the mission, share your best posts – old or new – on anything pertaining to frugality and/or sustainability.

2. Please link your posts back to our blog hop. Linking back here helps build our little community by sending your readers to all of the other posts shared. Grab the Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways button below by installing the html into your post. Or simply create a text link somewhere:)

What will you share this week? I am so looking forward to your submissions! Remember: My favorite posts will be shared on my facebook page!!!

Here we go!


Backyard Gardening: How to Choose the Right Organic Vegetable Varieties for Your Region

Great gardening tips to help you choose the right organic veggie varieties for your region

Written & Contributed by Blog Sponsor: High Mowing Organic Seeds

How do I choose the right organic vegetable plants for my region of the country? A question asked by many backyard gardeners and answered today by the organic seed experts of High Mowing Organic Seeds

There are so many different varieties out there – how do I decide what to plant based on what region of the country I am in?

Growing organic vegetables is a rewarding experience when the correct varieties are chosen for your specific area.

Looking through a seed catalog can be a beautiful, exciting, and overwhelming experience for the beginner gardener. There are so many varieties to choose from! Everything looks so interesting and mouth-watering and you can just imagine yourself harvesting baskets of amazing tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, beets, corn…

However, before you get carried away, there are a few things you’ll need to know about choosing varieties that will grow successfully in your area:

  • what your growing season is,
  • what days to maturity are, and
  • special weather considerations for your specific area.

I hear about Zones and plants all the time – Don’t I need to know my Zone?

Zones are useful to know when you are dealing with perennials – plants that grow back every year and do not need to be re-seeded.

When dealing with perennials, gardeners use zone maps to learn where permanent plants can grow. Perennial plants must tolerate year-round conditions, such as the lowest and highest temperatures and the amount and distribution of rainfall.

Since the majority of vegetables we sell – at High Mowing Organic Seeds – are annuals (they only grow for one season), we don’t use Zone information too often in our vegetable descriptions.

Instead, we recommend using information called the growing season and days to maturity.

What is my “Growing Season?”

Your growing season refers to the average amount of frost-free days that you have to garden in each year.

To determine this, the first thing you’ll need to do is find out the predicted last frost date in the spring and the predicted first frost date in the fall for your region.

With this information you can establish:

  • when you can start planting outdoors,
  • when you can no longer plant outdoors, and
  • how many frost free dates you have in your growing season.

To discover your growing season and frost dates, you can use this tool:

Dave’s Garden Frost Dates By Zip

For example, using that tool, we discover that here in Wolcott, Vermont, our first frost in the fall can be as early as September 22nd, and our last frost in spring can be around May 22nd. That gives us, on average, a growing season of 124 days.

Using Days to Maturity to Choose Appropriate Varieties

When choosing varieties that will do well in your area, one of the first things to look for is the number listed for “days to maturity”.

Days to maturity refers to the number of days it takes from planting the seeds in the ground to harvest. You want this number to fall somewhere in the middle-to-late middle of your growing season (frost free days).

Many gardeners shorten the “days to maturity” number by starting their seeds indoors, and planting the seedlings outside. In fact, many vegetables must be started this way for them to grow in your area, especially if you have a short growing season.

Days to Maturity

Remember to check the Planting Informaiton to see if the “days to maturity” are from seeds or transplants.

Be sure to read your catalog and variety descriptions carefully – in many cases the number listed as “days to maturity” are actually in fact “days to maturity from transplants”. Your catalog should make this clear. In our catalogs we include this information in our “Planting Info”, which is located on the left hand side at the beginning of every variety category.

So, for example, if I wanted to grow red field tomatoes, I would go to the tomato section of the catalog, and first check out the Planting Info for tomatoes, located on the left hand side of the page. Here I discover that “Days to Maturity are from transplants.” So now I know that given my short growing season, I should be starting my seeds inside.

Days to Maturity for Moskovich

For this tomato variety, days to maturity from transplants are 60 days.

I then go check out the different red field tomato varieties. I choose Moskovich because I can see that it has a relatively short number for “days to maturity”, 60 days, which will fit my growing season nicely. That means that 60 days from when I put my transplants into the ground, I can expect to start harvesting tomatoes. The description also states that this is an “early-season” variety – always a good choice when your growing season is short!

(How and when to start your seeds indoors is a whole other issue that we will explain in a future article. For now we are focusing on how to choose an appropriate variety for your area.)

Taking into account weather patterns in different regions

Different regions have different weather patterns.

Northern growers have short seasons. In the Northeast our summers also tend to be wet, so hardy short season varieties are more appropriate. In the Northwest summers tend to be dryer and warmer, so most varieties will do well there.

Southern growers should look for heat tolerant varieties that can stand long days of sun and minimal water.

Variety descriptions can give you great insight to which ones will work best for you. Your seed catalog can be your best source of information.

To help you out, we’ve put together recommendations for our varieties that are:

Gardening does take some time to master, so start out with a few of your favorite crops.

As you get the basics down you can start incorporating new items that may be harder to grow.

The idea is to be successful, so don’t overdue it.

Where can I get more information about growing conditions in my area?

For specific growing information on your particular area, your best choice for advice is always to contact your local Master Gardener program.

The Master Gardener program is staffed by experienced gardeners who can provide you with free information, answers and resources.

If you’re looking for the BEST organic, GMO-free seeds for your vegetable garden this year…choose High Mowing Organic Seeds! I had the most amazing garden of my life using their seeds last summer/fall and will ALWAYS choose High Mowing. I’m honored to recommend such a great company!

Stay tuned for a pretty amazing giveaway from High Mowing Organic Seeds later in the week!!!

DISCLOSURE: In order for me to support my knowledge-sharing/writing/blogging activities, I occasionally may receive monetary compensation for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this article. However, I only recommend products or services I have personally used myself and trust.

GIVEAWAY! Beeyoutiful Essential Oils & Gift Card (a $212 value)

Beeyoutiful Essential Oils & Gift Card Giveaway

Remember earlier in the week when I shared with you the article, “The Essentials on Oils: How to Save Money on the Top 5 Essential Oils for Your Home”

Well…

…after working closely with the fine folks at Beeyoutiful, I am SUPER excited to giveaway an awesome prize package from a company who really cares about natural health and helping others attain it!

So many people are looking for a place to start when it comes to essential oils!

Because let’s be honest, with all the information and essential oil companies circling around out there…it can be scary, overwhelming, and financially paralyzing when trying to figure out where to begin.

That’s why this unique prize package is PERFECT!

It includes everything you need to stock your Home Herbal Medicine Chest – with pure, high-quality essential oils – today!

Beeyoutiful: Healthy Living for the Real World

I LOVE essential oils — and use them in my home daily.

And if truth be told, I’m more committed to quality, efficacy, purity, and ethics…than I am brands.

I find Beeyoutiful (check them out by clicking this link) offers the most cost effective, pure essential oils I’ve personal experienced.

Not to mention they have GREAT customer service!

In fact, they are the small, family-owned and operated essential oils company that I recommend to those on a budget, looking to save money on oils without sacrificing on purity and quality! (*NOTE: Read more about Beeyoutiful Essential Oils in their article Essential Oil Quality – How pure are our oils?)

If you’re a blogger — or simply a lover of natural, plant-based healing — and would like promote Beeyoutiful’s line of essential oils click here to earn money and become an affiliate!!!

The Prize

Entering the giveaway will give you the chance at winning:

BONUS :: You will receive an EXCELLENT reference book — perfect for starting your essential oil journey – The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: Over 600 Natural, Non-Toxic and Fragrant Recipes to Create Health – Beauty – a Safe Home Environment

How to Enter the Giveaway!

It’s super easy to enter the giveaway.

Simply follow the three steps below:

1. Click on the following link:

 Beeyoutiful: Healthy Living for the Real World

 (It will take you to the Beeyoutiful website to read about the products and company. After that just head back this way and complete the last two steps.)

2. Click this link to subscribe and get Frugally Sustainable tips delivered to your email fresh off the press!

Note: In order to be eligible to win you must be subscribed at the time the winner is drawn.

3. Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter the giveaway.

Note: The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. I will announce the winner within 48 hours of the end of the giveaway. No purchase necessary to win.

Good luck everyone!!!

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DISCLOSURE: In order for me to support my knowledge-sharing/writing/blogging activities, I occasionally may receive monetary compensation for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this article. However, I only recommend products or services I have personally used myself and trust.

Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways #108

The Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways Blog Hop

Welcome to Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways, this is a blog hop! If you are a blogger, please feel free to link-up and share as many posts as you would like pertaining to:

  • Urban or Rural Homesteading
  • Anything DIY
  • Frugal Recipes
  • Preparedness/Survival
  • Repurposed Projects
  • Upcycled Frugal Finds
  • Animal Care
  • Natural Gardening Tips
  • Herbal Remedies
  • Green Cleaners

The list could go on…

Basically, anything that you think will build and encourage our community.

Please Note: I share my personal favorites on my facebook page throughout the week!

It’s Time To Share Your Posts

Bloggers, use the linky tool on the bottom of this post to share your best post. Non-bloggers, feel free to add a comment here with any ideas or thoughts you have concerning frugal and/or sustainable living. Every week I will be featuring the most viewed posts so link-up your best ones:)

When linking your posts, there are only a couple simple guidelines I’d like for you to follow:

1. Remain sensitive to the mission of Frugally Sustainable. Frugally Sustainable exists to be a resource for all things frugal and sustainable. Therefore, in order to maintain the integrity of the mission, share your best posts – old or new – on anything pertaining to frugality and/or sustainability.

2. Please link your posts back to our blog hop. Linking back here helps build our little community by sending your readers to all of the other posts shared. Grab the Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways button below by installing the html into your post. Or simply create a text link somewhere:)

What will you share this week? I am so looking forward to your submissions! Remember: My favorite posts will be shared on my facebook page!!!

Here we go!


The Essentials on Oils: How to Save Money on the Top 5 Essential Oils for Your Home

How to save money on the top 5 essential oils for your home!

People always ask me for advice on starting their essential oils journey.

Many folks are just looking for a place to start!

Because let’s be honest, with all the information and essential oil companies circling around out there…it can be scary, overwhelming, and financially paralyzing when trying to figure out where to begin.

So I say, if ::

  • left with the choice of taking only a handful of essential oils with me in an emergency…
  • I could only afford a few and wanted to maximize my budget…
  • simplicity was my goal…
  • I was looking to provide for the healthcare needs of my family in the most natural, powerful, safe, and cost-effective way…
  • broad-spectrum — antiseptic, antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal, antimicrobial — properties were a must…
  • purity and ethics meant something…

…the following oils would be on my list!!!

Top 5 Essential Oils for Your Home

  1. Eucalyptus. Eucalyptus is one of my favorite all-around essential oils because of it’s amazingly diverse properties. I love using this oil daily in my diffuser (this diffuser is AWESOME, so beautiful, made of glass, and uses cold diffusion as to retain the medicinal benefits of the essential oils…get it here) – during the winter months especially — as it kills dust mites (source) and many of the airborne germs that lead to illness during cold and flu season (source).
  2. Oregano (and/or Cinnamon Bark) Essential Oil. When more serious antibacterial action is necessary, even natural medicine professionals turn to Oregano (and/or Cinnamon Bark) essential oil! Published in the ‘Letters of Applied Microbiology’, a recent study concluded the strongest antibacterial oils are those from cinnamon bark and oregano. These have always been considered the most broad-spectrum anti-bacterial essential oils. Namely, oregano is being studied extensively for its potential use as a all-natural, effective antibiotic – particularly as the emergence of antibiotic resistant super bugs are developing in response to the overuse of pharmaceutical preparations. (source)
  3. Lemon Essential Oil. Lemon equals clean. I diffuse this oil — in combination with Eucalyptus – in my kitchen and use it in almost all of my homemade cleaning recipes…likewise, this oil comes with an incredible list of ailments it has been used historically to treat. (source)
  4. Tea Tree Essential Oil (Melaleuca). Tea Tree is hands down the most popular antiseptic and germicidal essential oil available. It is a must-have in every natural first aid kit for the home. It’s anti bacterial, anti fungal, anti-septic, and offers anti-inflammatory properties help sooth and heal the skin. One of the safest and most effective ways of controlling minor infections is the immediate interventional use of Tea Tree essential oils. (source)
  5. Lavender Essential Oil is quite possibly the most popular of all essential oils. It is also one of the few essential oils that can be applied “neat” which simply means that it does not have to be diluted before using it on the skin. According to The Ananda Apothecary, “Lavender essential oil is an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory (AND stress reducer, especially for kids), and is helpful in the healing of small burns, cuts and insect bites. Lavender is a brilliant soothing agent for nearly every situation; its aroma will bring calm – a useful effect in many situations where an antiseptic is required. For healing unbroken skin such as burns, apply Lavender ‘neat’ to the wound several times a day; insect bites also get a ‘neat’ treatment. For cuts and scrapes, keep a one-to-one blend of Lavender and Tea Tree essential oils available for the best all-purpose antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and pain relieving solution. for the young ones. This soothing, antiseptic formula can be applied directly to the skin in small amounts, or applied to dressings before application.”

IMPORTANT TO NOTE: Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemon, Oregano, and Tea Tree are perfect for broad-spectrum action. Meaning, they are all antibiotic, antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal.

FOR BABIES: Add Chamomile to this list. Why would I recommend an essential oil that is so SUPER expensive – especially since these other oils seem to cover everything? What makes Chamomile so special? Infant care. Chamomile a must-have if your family includes wee-little ones. Chamomile is safe for all ages – from newborn on! Beeyoutiful offers a ONE OUNCE bottle of Chamomile Essential Oils for significantly less than any other company!!! Check it out!

Tips for Using these 5 Oils

Through my studies at the Herbal Academy of New England, I am learning all about the synergistic effects of herbal preparations.

Herbal synergy deals with the combined effort being greater than parts…in other words, herbal synergy is when the result of combining herb/oils is greater than the sum of their individual effects or capabilities. (Side note :: I highly recommend signing up for the Online Intermediate Herbal Course if you’d like to participate in formal herbalism formal training! Learn how to harness the healing power of plants!)

Owning the above 5 oils and using them synergistically — when appropriate – makes you a powerful home-healer!

These essential oils are useful in ::

  • Strengthening and Boosting the Immune System. Lavender, lemon, tea tree, and eucalyptus are all perfect for building and supporting our immune system. They are best applied topically (to the feet), in a warm bath, or diffused.
  • Cold and Flu Treatment. It’s much easier to prevent the symptoms of a full blown cold or the flu with early intervention. Start treating yourself and/or family members as quickly as possible! Lemon, oregano/cinnamon, tea tree, eucalyptus, and lavender are each beneficial when dealing with cold and flu symptoms. They are best applied topically (to the feet or chest), in a warm bath, as hot or cold compresses, or diffused.
  • Fever. I’ve used essential oils to treat MILD fevers more times than I can count. Lavender, eucalyptus, lemon, and tea tree all help in the treatment of mild fevers. They are best applied as a cold compress or diffused near the sick person.
  • Respiratory Illnesses. Eucalyptus and tea tree regin in this arena. They are best applied topically (to the feet or chest) or diffused.
  • Wounds. Lavender, tea tree, and oregano is my favorite combo for hard to heal wounds. They are best applied (3-5 drops) directly to a clean wound diluted in teaspoon of coconut oil (this is the BEST coconut oil on the planet).
  • Acne. A few drops of tea tree and lavender applied as a spot treatment to breakouts works WONDERS.
  • Fungal/Yeast Infections. Lemon, eucalyptus, tea tree, and lavender = powerhouse.

Ways to use essential oils therapeutically ::

  • In a bath — add 10-15 drops per bath.
  • Rub – add 10 drops of essential oils in 25ml of carrier oil.
  • In a room spray — Mix approximately 10 drops of your chosen essential oils in 4 ounces of water, and put into a fine spray bottle. Spray sick rooms as needed! (check out the recipe for a disinfecting room spray)
  • In a diffuserThis is my favorite diffuser! I just LOVE it!
  • Orally – as directly by a natural health practitioner.

Where to Buy?

In my arsenal of essential oils, I keep an array of “brands” that I would recommend for anyone!

They include ::

Save Money, Don’t Sacrifice

Although I seriously love all of these brands – and use each of them in my home regularly – Beeyoutiful (check them out by clicking this link) of offers the most cost effective, pure essential oils I’ve personal experienced.

Not to mention they have GREAT customer service!

In fact, they are the small, family-owned and operated essential oils company that I recommend to those on a budget, looking to save money on oils without sacrificing on purity and/or quality! (*NOTE: Read more about Beeyoutiful Essential Oils in their article Essential Oil Quality – How pure are our oils?)

If you’re a blogger — or simply a lover of natural, plant-based healing — and would like promote Beeyoutiful’s line of essential oils click here to earn money and become an affiliate!!!

How do you save money on essential oils? What oils make your top 5!?!

PLEASE REMEMBER :: I am not a doctor, use good common sense and seek medical advice when using essential oils or any other alternative medical treatments. The things I write about here pertain to my own experience using essential oils on myself and my family.

DISCLOSURE: In order for me to support my knowledge-sharing/writing/blogging activities, I occasionally may receive monetary compensation for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this article. However, I only recommend products or services I have personally used myself and trust.

9 Gift Ideas for A Homesteader’s Valentine

9 Gift Ideas for a Homesteader's Valentine

Believe me when I say that there are a lot of things a girl (I) would rather receive from a man (my love) than a dozen roses on Valentine’s Day.

Don’t get me wrong…

…I love a bouquet of fresh picked wildflowers in season just as much as anyone! The colorful, fragrant, and cheerful addition they give to my home makes me so happy!!

But when it comes to the day our culture has set aside to demonstrate love for our partner in this life…it truly is the thought that counts, it isn’t the flowers.

Not to mention, with the price of a Valentine’s Day arrangement, this frugal homesteader would much prefer her husband spend the money on something a bit more useful to show his affection.

So, here’s my Homesteader’s Valentine wish list ::
*Honey, I hope you’re reading this (wink)*  

1. Homestead Blessings DVD Set.

Show her you support her dreams of homesteading/homemaking!

These instructional DVDs are a breath of fresh air! Learn homemaking skills from these down-home sisters (who have families of their own) and their mother as they work together in their homestead. Watch them demonstrate how to do just about everything needed to keep your family fed, clothed and cared for!

These DVDs are entertaining and friendly and easy to learn from! Not to mention, they would make a fabulous homemaking course for children too! It is so very helpful to see something done, rather than just read instructions on how to do it. These ladies live close to the land and have a lot to share that would make your life better.

This series is highly recommended!

This 11 disks-set included…

…but any ONE of these DVDs would make a great gift!

2. EcoZoom Zoom Versa Rocket Stove.

The EcoZoom Zoom Versa is the most popular emergency preparedness rocket stove model in the United States and is also great for camping.

The Versa ::

  • is designed to burn biomass (twigs, leaves, branches and organic materials) as well as charcoal…all that is needed to get things going is a lighter, a pocket fire-starter, or waterproof/windproof matches (these are the ones we keep in our emergency supplies kit)
  • reduces fuel needed by 60%
  • emits 70% less smoke and emissions than a three stone fire
  • stays cool to the touch while in use, reducing burns and preventing injury
  • brings 5L of water to boil in approx. 20 minutes
  • comes with an adjustable pot skirt which wraps around your pot to hold in the heat for FAST, hot cooking

A PERFECT gift for the prepper, survivalist, or outdoor enthusiast!

3. The Online Intermediate Herbal Course offered by Herbal Academy of New England (HANE).

Give the gift of knowledge! Through my studies at the Herbal Academy of New England, I am learning that health doesn’t come from plastic bottles. Vitality grows naturally from the way you live your life.

If you think your Valentine wants to learn more about herbs as medicine and as food, and if he/she is just too busy to enroll in an in-person program, join myself and others from around the world at the Herbal Academy of New England (HANE) for a comprehensive and convenient online herbal course you can complete anywhere and anytime!

4. Essential Oils.

Essential oils and plant-based medicine (as I am learning more formally in my studies through HANE) has transformed the way I stock my first-aid kit and medicine cabinet, clean my home, and care for the animals here at the ranch!

In my arsenal of essential oils, I keep an array of “brands” that I would recommend for anyone!

They include ::

5. High Mowing Organic Garden Seeds.

High Mowing Organic Seeds is committed to providing the highest quality non-GMO, 100% organic seed to backyard growers.

When you buy organic seed from High Mowing Seeds, you have the assurance that the seed was grown without synthetic chemicals and you are supporting farms and companies that are committed to organic agriculture with your purchase.

I had the BEST garden EVER using these seeds and highly recommend them for any homesteader — rural or urban with large or small garden space!!!

6. Duo 10 Piece Pressure Cooking / Canning Set.

Home Canning is a healthy way to fill your pantry with home cooked, preservative-free recipes such as soups, vegetables, baby food and so much more!

This all-in-one kit includes the tools, instructions and recipes necessary for any aspiring homesteader to begin pressure cooking & canning at home (I’d be lost without mine!).

The Duo Pressure Cooker/Canner can be used for both pressure cooking and pressure canning. It works on all domestic cooking surfaces such as gas, electric, ceramic, and induction.

10-piece set includes:

  • 10-quart 18/10 Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker & Canner
  • Canning rack
  • Jar lifter
  • Jar wrench
  • BPA-free wide mouth funnel
  • Magnetic lid lifter
  • BPA-free ladle
  • BPA-free bubble freer
  • Home canning cookbook with recipes
  • Pressure cooking recipe booklet
  • Instructional manual

7. Raised Garden Beds Kits.

Raised garden beds are great for those who want to provide high-quality, better-than-organic food for their families — but have limited garden space.

Any number of these garden bed kits would make an outstanding gift!

8. Coconut Oil.

I know…coconut oil for Valentine’s!?! Yep! I LOVE this stuff and don’t know what I would do without it in my home!

I only purchase what I consider to be the BEST coconut oil on the planet through Tropical Traditions.

This is a must-have — and highly desirable — ingredient for any homestead!

9. Homesteading Books.

Almost all that I know about homesteading I learned from books.

Without my home library, I would be lost!

If you’re looking to buy the love of your life a few books he/she would love…take advantage of the books that The Bulk Herb Store offers!

They’ve done all the hard work and eliminated the guessing game! These books are awesome!

In conclusion, I give you this list to say…forget the flowers – they’ll die in a few days anyway – and invest your time and money into something that has staying power! And make a Homesteader’s Valentine!

DISCLOSURE: In order for me to support my knowledge-sharing/writing/blogging activities, I occasionally may receive monetary compensation for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this article. However, I only recommend products or services I have personally used myself and trust.

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