Welcome to my Shop!
Here, you will find the products and companies that I love, use, and support. I am an affiliate with many of these products, but I always make sure that anything I place in my Shop are things that I personally respect and approve. Feel free to message me with more suggestions, as I am always trying to expand my knowledge and my shop!
Gardening Stuff that I Love:
My favorite Seeds:
I wrote about a bunch of other amazing seed companies in a post. Click here to read about more high quality seed companies for the organic gardener.
I wear these gardening gloves when I do any garden chores. I know lots of gardeners prefer to get their fingernails dirty, however, I have lots of spiders running about, and multiple times I have had large wolf spiders aggressively land on my hand while I am gardening. Also, my yard used to be quite junky before I lived here, and there are still shards of glass everywhere, so I keep my hands covered and protected. I am quite fussy about my gardening gloves. I want them just the right size, breathable, thin and yet still protective, and funky colored. So these are my favorite gardening gloves right now. I buy a pack of them every year.
As I mentioned with the gardening gloves, we have lots of spiders. Our first year here, I was gardening in sandals and I got bitten by a poisonous spider on my lower calf leg. Due to how long the pain lingered and the severity of the bite, we think it was a black widow spider. Ever since then, I ALWAYS wear these garden boots in my yard. Even my jeans can be stuffed inside the boots, and they are very waterproof. I bought my gardening boots 3 years ago, and they are still going strong. I wear them every day, too. They are very comfortable, with sturdy soles and they do not cause my high-arched feet any pain. I LOVE these garden boots. If/when my pair of gardening boots finally breaks, I will be buying the same exact ones again.
Misc. Gardening Loves:
Check out my post about Gifts for Gardeners for more ideas on my favorite gardening things.
I have changed my preference for essential oils over the years. I now use Plant Therapy essential oils for all of my essential oil needs. Please check out my two posts for more information on essential oils: How to Buy Essential Oils and Which Essential Company is the Best? Click here to check out Plant Therapy Essential Oils.
It’s no secret that I LOVE herbs and spices. <3 I love them in my natural remedies, my real food recipes, and I love trying to grow as many of them as possible by myself. However, sometimes, I have a bad harvest year, or there is a plant that I struggle growing myself. For those times, I currently LOVE Starwest Botanicals. They have a HUGE selection of high quality herbs and spices. I like their cheap-average prices and they don’t run out of stock as often as many of the other online stores that I browse. Click here to check out Starwest Botanicals.
My Favorite Books:
My Ultimate Number One FAVORITE Book is….
**I mention my Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health book ALL. THE. TIME. here at The Homestead Garden. It is well worn and thoroughly read. It’s the first book I pull off the shelf when I need a remedy for anything. Rosemary Gladstar revolutionized my health and my perspective on healthy living with this beloved book. I love the way she writes and I love all of the incredible information jam-packed into this book. I even reference this book when I’m planning my garden. It helps me figure out which new herbs and spices to try to grow. Click here to get your own copy of Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health.
Other Awesome Books:
Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients into Foods and Remedies That Heal by Rosalee de la Foret.
**This book is awesome! I like to whine to my husband that this is what my book would have looked like if I had written a book on spices and herbs a few years ago, like I had originally wanted to (I learned writing books is HARD and put that project aside). She gives you a brief bit of info on the medicinal benefits of various cooking spices and herbs and then gives you some tasty and practical recipes that you can easily make at home that focus on that spice or herb. It’s an awesome book, and I think if you like informative books and/or cookbooks, you will LOVE this book in your personal library. My only gripe is that it doesn’t include ALL the herbs and spices. There have been quite a few times when I think of a particular herb or spice and reach for this book for some ideas on how to use it in the kitchen, and she doesn’t have anything written on it. But all the herbs and spices she DOES mention get lots of love. It’s a great book. Click here to learn more about Alchemy of Herbs.
The Herbal Apothecary: 100 Medicinal Herbs and How to Use Them by J.J. Pursell
**I love browsing through this book alongside my Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health book. I usually use The Herbal Apothecary to compare/contrast to whatever Rosemary Gladstar writes about the same herb. It’s a great book for anyone interested in learning about herbal remedies. Click here to learn more about The Herbal Apothecary.
The Suburban Microfarm: Modern Solutions for Busy People by Amy Stross
Honestly, I am super picky about gardening books. I have yet to find the PERFECT gardening book that I want to read over and over again. However, Amy Stross’ book, The Suburban Microfarm, is pretty darn close to making the perfect gardening book. It’s awesome! And no, you don’t have to live in a suburb to enjoy this book. It’s LOADED with great gardening tips, and I find myself speed reading it during the winter for garden inspiration. I wrote more about why I love this book in my post, 10 Plants for Attracting Beneficial Insects to Your Garden. Click here to buy The Suburban Microfarm.
I LOVE this book. It is loaded with the prettiest pictures ever. Whenever I am stumped about what to write next for my website here, I love opening up this book and poring over the beauty and health recipes for some inspiration. I wrote a review about this book in my article, How to Make a Headache Salve. Click here to buy 101 Easy Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health, and Home.