- Susan Marie at SHF
- Writing about the things I love. My writing work has appeared in hard copy magazines including Green Prints, Twins Magazine, Practical Parenting Magazine, Good Old Days Magazine, The Journal of Court Reporting, and more as well as hundreds of articles in Sunset Hosta Farm's blog and The Homesteading Village blog.
Sunday, December 3, 2023
Homesteading is a journey, an adventure, and an ever-evolving quest to make our homesteads more beautiful, run more efficiently, and be the haven that we've dreamed of creating for ourselves and our families.
Friday, December 1, 2023
15 Common Canning Questions Answered
The act of canning your home-grown or store-bought food is becoming increasingly popular as people begin to realize the precariousness of our food growing and food distribution system.
Ten Uses in the Garden!
If you've never used Tulle fabric in your garden, you're missing out on a great opportunity!
First, what is Tulle fabric? Tulle is a soft, fine silk, rayon or nylon material commonly used to make wedding veils and dresses.
Tuesday, November 7, 2023
Seasonal Calendar of Care for Hostas
One of the reasons that hostas continue to be so popular is the fact that they're a very low maintenance perennial.
That being said, if you follow a few basic steps to care for them, you can keep your hostas looking healthy and beautiful throughout the season, whether they're snug in the ground or in pots.
Sunday, November 5, 2023
List of Items NOT Safe to Can
Pressure canning and water bath canning have recently become much more popular due to the increase in home food growers, so it follows that there's also a big increase in newbies or first-time canners.
Thursday, November 2, 2023
The Sun's Effect on Blue Hostas
Blue hostas require the most protection from the sun because the blue color is actually a waxy coating on the top and or bottom side of the leaves. The leaves are actually a shade of green, but the waxy coating makes them appear those great shades of blue.
Too much sun can cause the waxy coating on blue hosta leaves to melt off and expose the green leaf underneath. This is the reason it is recommended that blue hostas are planted in more shade than other hostas.
The blue hostas are always very popular and there are several shades of blue-leaved hostas. Blue hosta leaves will become bluer and bluer each year as they move to maturity, usually about four to five years.
Wednesday, November 1, 2023
Use of Epsom Salt on Hostas!
Hostas continue to be one of the most popular perennials in shady and party shady gardens. It's no wonder. Hostas are easy to grow and care for, they don't require a lot of special attention and they come in a vast array of sizes, shapes, and great leaf colors.
Use of Epsom Salt on Hostas! Hostas continue to be one of the most popular perennials in shady and party shady gardens. It's n...
WINTER SOWING 101 What is it and Why is it So Popular? In a nutshell, winter sowing, or winter seed sowing, is sowing seeds indoors in t...
How to Clean Birdhouses, Birdbaths and Bird Feeders One of my favorite parts of being out in the garden is listening to the sounds of natu...
Epsom Salt for Rose and Bloomers You may have heard that Epsom Salt is a great, safe, effective and economical garden amendment for use on y...
What are Sun Tolerant Hostas? One of the most common questions I hear about hostas is, can hostas handle sun?
Seasonal Calendar of Care for Hostas One of the reasons that hostas continue to be so popular is the fact that they're a very low m...
Growing Hostas From Seed So you're wondering, can I grow a hosta from seed? Growing hostas from seed is a tricky endeavor, but ...