I have told you all several times how my family has been greatly inspired by the West Ladies in the Homestead Blessing DVDs. I've given away one of the DVDs before, but now I have three DVDs to share with you: gardening, herbs and canning. I have learned so much about gardening, herbs and canning from the wholesome and engaging instruction of Vicki West and her three daughters, Jasmine, CeCe and Hannah. Their down-home personalities will have you wanting to invite them over for tea or wanting to jump into the car to head to their homestead outside of Leeper's Fork, TN for some one-on-one teaching sessions.
The gardening DVD covers making and using compost, raised bed, container and lasagna gardening as well as a nifty no-soil plan for growing potatoes. Did you know that basil LIKES to be planted by tomatoes? I didn't either, until the West ladies shared that little tid-bit of information with me. What are some natural ways to deter bugs from your garden produce? Watch this DVD and you will find out!
The herb DVD had me searching out apple mint in order to make some of that delicious tea that the West Girls made so easily. And yes, I found some! The West Ladies show you how to grow, preserve and cook with the herbs. We started growing several of our own herbs after being inspired by this DVD: parsley, cilantro, oregano, sage, thyme, chives, apple mint, spearmint, peppermint and more now grace our table...straight from our own garden. Oh, and basil...we can't forget the basil!!
The canning DVD made we want my own outdoor kitchen. I have caught the canning bug and last year I probably canned about 100 jars of assorted jams and jellies! I don't think I will need any this year! I recently received a pressure canner and am looking forward to canning much of our garden produce this summer. In fact, this afternoon a friend and I are going to start canning some of that abundance of milk we have been receiving! I am so excited to get started!
As I said before, the West Ladies have really given us a vision as to what we could do with our little homestead and we are constantly striving to get our place in order. I would love to have our home garden be as productive and inviting as the West Ladies. You can tell they work hard and enjoy what they do.
If you would like to win this set of 3 DVDs please click on one of the many links in the post and watch a short clip of any of the three DVDs. Then, leave a comment telling me which clip you watched. That's it!
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And just in case you don't win these three Homestead Blessings DVDs or you want to see more of the West Ladies, you can get 10% off your order at the AFA Store. Really, you get 10% off your order of any item from the AFA Store! All you have to do is type in this coupon code at checkout: ANITA64. Now, ready, get set, go!! Deadline to register is Friday, April 22. I will announce the winner on Monday, April 25!
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