5 Great and Productive Ways To Get Rid Of The Winter Time Blues

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It has been extremely cold across most of the United States and the winter time blues are at an all time high. Many of us are stuck in our homes because it is either too cold or too dangerous to

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The 3 Best and Most Delicious Ways To Cook Sweet Potatoes

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Ever since we shared our article on how to grow amazing sweet potatoes, we have been flooded with emails asking us what is the the best way to cook sweet potatoes. We eat sweet potatoes 2-3 times per week. Not

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Our Must Try, Top 5 Vegetable Plants To Grow This Year!

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We are just weeks away from starting this year’s garden seeds indoors, and as we do each and every year – it’s time to bring you our annual “must-try” top 5 vegetable plants to grow. Every year, we love growing

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Weed Free Garden Secrets – 3 Tips To Eliminate Weeds!

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Weed free garden secrets! Every year, just as garden season begins to heat up, the questions start rolling in. How can I keep weeds from overtaking my vegetable garden? What can I do to cut down on my weeding chores?

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The Best Baked Salmon Recipe – With An Amazing Glaze!

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Baked salmon is one of the healthiest meals that you can eat. However, we get a lot of questions on the best and most flavorful way to make this very popular fish. We have prepared salmon many different ways including:

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Make Your Meals – Recipes To Cook At Home For A Self Sufficient Life

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So many good things happen when you make your meals at home. There is first of course, the huge savings to your budget. Nothing is more costly that eating out. Especially if you are feeding an entire family. A single

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4 Secrets To Starting Vegetable Seeds Indoors – Grow Your Own Plants!

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When it comes to starting vegetable seeds indoors, it doesn’t have to take expensive equipment, or a lot of work. In fact, with just a few tricks, you can easily grow strong and productive plants and save big! Starting vegetable

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Amazing Instant Pot Chicken Soup Recipe – Sensational Flavor

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Instant Pot Chicken Soup Recipe – Ready in Minutes! Love the taste of homemade chicken soup but don’t want to wait hours for it to be ready? What if we told you that you could make it in under 30

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Setting Annual Goals – Accomplishing Life and Dreams 15 Minutes A Day

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The new year is close at hand, and that means its time to create our annual goals list! There is little doubt for either of us that our annual goals list has been the driving force behind building our little

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The 3 Biggest Killers To A Family Budget – Spend Less, Save More!

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When it comes to a family budget, the best way to have more money is to save on what you already spend. We all seem to start off the new year with great family budget goals. Goals such as earning

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Sweet and Spicy Bacon Wrapped Shrimp Recipe – A New Year’s Treat!

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Bacon wrapped shrimp is the “must-have” appetizer for every party.  Not only do they taste incredible, but they are the perfect finger food requiring no utensils to eat. However, there are a few secrets to making bacon wrapped shrimp that

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Christmas Photos – The Farm Decorated. Merry Christmas To All!

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Christmas Eve is here, and it’s time for our annual Christmas photos’ feature from the farm! As we do every year, we take a break from our regular articles to share a few Christmas photos – and ask our readers

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Christmas Photos – The Farm Decorated. Merry Christmas To All!

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Christmas Eve is here, and it’s time for our annual Christmas photos’ feature from the farm! As we do every year, we take a break from our regular articles to share a few Christmas photos – and ask our readers

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Growing Fresh Produce In The Winter With A Cold Frame Greenhouse

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With a cold frame greenhouse – wintertime doesn’t mean the end of growing fresh garden produce! A cold frame greenhouse is an excellent way to extend growing fresh vegetables past summer. They work wonders in late fall, early spring –

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Finding A New Life For An Old Barn – Keeping A Family Treasure Alive

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There is nothing in the world like the charm and aged beauty of an old barn. Especially one that has been in the family for more than 100 years. Our re-built and reclaimed old barn at the farm is simply

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Powering The Off-Grid Cabin – A Solar Powered Generator Like No Other!

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I don’t think we could be more excited about the solar powered generator system we chose to power our off-grid cabin project at the farm! (See : Off Grid Cabin Project) We researched a slew of options: wind, solar, propane –

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The Best Christmas Ham Ever – Homemade Honey Baked Ham

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I always crave Honey Baked Ham around the holidays. I absolutely love that sweet flavor, soft texture, and that wonderful crunch of the honey baked glaze. It has been a long standing family tradition to have ham for Christmas dinner

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The Best Christmas Gift Ever! Who Will You Give It To?

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So, what really is the best Christmas gift you could ever give? Or receive for that matter. From time to time, we step away from our weekly farm, home, garden and recipe articles to cover a topic that is a

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Gingerbread Cookie Recipe – For Cookies or Gingerbread House

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Before you run out of time this year you have to make this classic gingerbread cookie recipe. Best of all, it can also be used to make a gingerbread house. Gingerbread cookies are a must have this time of year. 

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Building A DIY Root Cellar At The Farm – A Vintage Storage Solution!

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I think as long as we can both remember, we have dreamed of building an old-fashioned diy root cellar at the farm. Ever since planting the first of our fruit trees back in 2012, we couldn’t wait for the day

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Easiest Christmas Cutout Cookie Recipe – No Chilling Required

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As we were organizing our Christmas Cookie Tray recipes on the website last week, we realized that we had not yet shared the Easiest Christmas Cutout Cookie Recipe that we make each and every year. We call it the Easiest

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The Off-Grid Cabin Floor Plan – Small Living In Style!

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When it comes to our off-grid cabin floor plan – it’s all about keeping the living space wide open. Our “Tiny Cabin” will be located smack in the middle of our 3 acre farm. Placed at the bottom right side

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5 Great Gardening Gift Ideas For The Gardener In Your Life!

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Searching for some great Christmas gardening gift ideas for the gardener in your life? It’s hard to find folks more passionate about their hobbies than gardeners. So why not celebrate their love of all things growing with a thoughtful garden

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A Great New Twist On Cranberry Relish For Thanksgiving – Recipe Included

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This year how about trying a new twist on your Thanksgiving Cranberry Relish? Whether you call it cranberry sauce or cranberry gel, this year why not try something different and make Pineapple Cranberry Relish to accompany your turkey? Now there

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Garden Planning – How To Plan This Winter For A Great Garden Next Year!

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A great garden all starts with great garden planning. For many, snow is either just around the corner, or already here. But the cold, dark, long and dreary days of winter are actually the perfect time to start garden planning.

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Using Barn Doors Inside – The Beauty And Function Of Interior Barn Doors!

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The beauty, function and practical uses for interior barn doors are catching on like never before! Interior barn doors bring so much more to a home design than simple, old-fashioned rustic appeal. They are perfect for sectioning off a home

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What You Can Do NOW To Prepare For Thanksgiving To Decrease Stress!

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With just over a week to go, it is time to get ready for Thanksgiving! Having to prepare an entire feast for your immediate family can be stressful enough on a typical day, but when you add in extended family,

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Shiplap Vs. Drywall – 4 Great Reasons To Use Shiplap In Your Home

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When it comes to using shiplap vs. drywall in the home, for us, shiplap always win out! When we built our home at the farm last year, we wanted to use natural materials whenever possible. So that meant choosing wood

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Crockpot Cheesy Au Gratin Potatoes – Using No Creamed Soup

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Making homemade Au Gratin Potatoes becomes a breeze when using your crockpot! No need to heat up or take unneeded space in the oven during large gatherings, not to mention it is easily transported and served right out of your

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Creating A Tiny Off-Grid Cabin At The Farm – A 320 Sq. Ft. Guest House!

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It has always been a dream of ours to build a tiny, self-sufficient, off-grid cabin at the farm.  In fact, for those that have followed us for years, you might remember our original plan back in 2013 to do just

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10 Natural Methods To Deter Spiders From Your Home

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Natural Methods To Deter Spiders From Your Home As the weather becomes cooler, we begin to close up the windows and doors and get out our warm clothes to wear.   Because spiders can’t close up their outdoor living environment, and

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Melt-In-Your-Mouth Beef Tips Recipe – Instant Pot and Crockpot Instructions Included

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Are you ready for a melt-in-your-mouth Beef Tips Recipe? Look no further!!! One of our classic, cold weather, go-to recipes is Beef Tips. They are so versatile as you can serve them over noodles, mashed potatoes or rice. In fact,

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3 Simple Ways To Eliminate Clutter From Your House – And Simplify Life!

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It is amazing what happens when you simply eliminate clutter from your surroundings.  We have all been there. Looking for that cheese slicer that we know is somewhere in this drawer – or maybe that one? Or perhaps it’s trying

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Composting Leaves – How To Make Great Compost From Leaves This Fall

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Composting leaves – the quick and easy way to make homemade “black gold” this fall! Fall is here, and leaves that provided shade all summer are now making their way to the earth’s floor. For some, it’s a beautiful display

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The Best Homemade Stovetop Mac and Cheese Recipe

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There are several ways to make mac and cheese, but none that can hold up to this creamy and delicious Stovetop Mac and Cheese Recipe. This recipe will bring you back to your childhood when Macaroni and Cheese was a

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A Harvest Beyond Belief! An Amazing Way To Grow Sweet Potatoes

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Who knew you could grow sweet potatoes in such a small space, and with so much production! We love sweet potatoes. Over the past few years, they have become one of the staples of our diet. They are an incredible

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DIY Sawhorse Farm Table – One Incredibly Cool, Inexpensive Farm Table!

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Sometimes, necessity and fate have a way of coming together, and in the case of our DIY Sawhorse Farm Table, it couldn’t be more true. After hosting our first farm to table event this past summer, we knew we wanted

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Caramel Popcorn Recipe – Using No Corn Syrup!

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We love Caramel Popcorn, but when we would look at the ingredients we would almost always find corn syrup towards the top of the list.  In an effort to enjoy the classic taste of caramel corn without the corn syrup

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5 Must-Do Fall Chores For Your Outdoors! Preparing For Winter

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Winter is just around the corner, and now is the time to get out while the weather is still warm and get cracking on some must-do fall chores for your great outdoors! What you do this fall can set the

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Autumn Farm Photos From Old World Garden Farms – Fall’s Colors Arrive!

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I can’t believe it’s already time for our Autumn Farm Photos feature from the Farm! In what has become a tradition since first starting the blog back in 2012, each fall, we take a stroll around the farm to capture

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Homemade Sawhorse Plans – Simple, Cheap And Perfect For Every DIY’er!

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Every homeowner and DIY’er needs a great pair of sawhorses for projects, and with these easy to follow homemade sawhorse plans, you can make 2 great looking sawhorses on the cheap, with just a few 2 x 4’s and a

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No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars Recipe – A Delicious, Easy To Make Dessert

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If you are looking for an easy to make, delicious dessert, then you must try No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars.   I needed to make a dessert last week but didn’t have a lot of time to spend in the

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Maple Cinnamon Rolls Recipe – Using Real Maple Syrup

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Maple Cinnamon Rolls – Move over pumpkin, maple is taking over when it comes to the most requested Autumn flavor!  In the past few years, pumpkin flavored everything has shown up in restaurants beginning mid-September and lasting through November. But

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The Raised Row Gardening Book -The Ultimate Guide To Simple Gardening!

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Our Raised Row Gardening Book is now a reality!  When we first began our little experimental raised row garden seven years ago, we never imagined how truly fun and simple gardening could really be! The advantages of raised row gardening

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No-Till Garden Cover Crops, How To Stop Next Year’s Weeds This Fall!

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When it comes to low maintenance gardening, nothing can quite lend a hand like planting no-till garden cover crops. Do you want to eliminate nearly all of your weeding woes next year? Would you like to plant your vegetables next

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Apple Streusel Coffee Cake Recipe – An Easy And Delicious Autumn Treat

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Apple Streusel Coffee Cake puts an Autumn twist on traditional coffee cake recipes.  It is packed with tart apples and a sweet streusel topping that no one can resist.  Pair it with coffee for a quick pick me up breakfast,

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Life Throws Us An Unexpected Curveball – Keeping A Positive Perspective

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Today’s Sunday Farm Update provides a personal look into the life and the power of positive perspective of Jim and Mary at Old World Garden Farms. Every Sunday we write about what is happening at the farm and typically that

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Essential DIY Tools – Creating A Great Home Workshop On A Budget!

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The Essential DIY tools needed to create a great home workshop. In spite of what many think, you don’t need a big home workshop filled with expensive tools to create and build the projects you dream up. A few weeks

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Homemade Apple Cider Recipe – Ready In Just Minutes!

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Every Autumn, as the weather begins to turn cooler and the apples are ready to be picked from the orchard, we find ourselves buying several gallons of apple cider to enjoy both hot and cold.  Over the years as we

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DIY Outdoor Living – Completed Kitchen, Pizza Oven and Pavilion Photos!

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For us, it was the ultimate DIY outdoor living project. It was also a project that took nearly the whole spring and summer to finish. But with a little work every chance we could get – our DIY outdoor living

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2×4 DIY Adirondack Chair – Perfect For The Patio, Backyard Or Fire Pit!

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If you are looking for the perfect outdoor chair for your pool, campfire, fire pit, or cabin retreat, this inexpensive, easy-to-make 2×4 DIY Adirondack chair is for you! It can be made easily in under 2 hours – with only

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All-Purpose Hot Pepper Sauce Recipe – Tastes Better Than Store Bought!

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If you have a few extra cayenne peppers on hand, you must try this Hot Pepper Sauce recipe! It tastes just like Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, and it is so easy to make it yourself.  Every year we plant a

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Planting Fall Bulbs – 3 Great Varieties To Add Color To Spring Landscapes!

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When it comes to adding a pop of early spring color, nothing can quite match the simplicity and beauty of planting fall bulbs! Fall bulbs are easy to plant, and provide years of early spring color to your landscape. All

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Farm To Table Dinner Photos – A Night To Remember!

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What a night to remember! Even a little bit of off and on drizzle couldn’t stop 40 of our followers from coming to the farm to enjoy a night of friendship and food at our first ever Farm To Table

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How To Create A Great Fall Compost Pile For Next Year’s Garden!

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If you want to have a great garden and healthy plants next year, then creating a great fall compost pile is a must! Having ready-made compost in the spring is the key to getting your garden and flowers off to

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Honey Barbecue Chicken Wings Recipe – Instant Pot and Crock Pot Instructions

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One of our favorite meals this time of year is Honey Barbecue Wings.  Not only are they absolutely delicious, but they are also simple and easy to make! With just a few common ingredients you can have award-winning wings on

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Planting Fall Garlic And Onions – 4 Simple Tips To A Great Crop!

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It’s hard to believe it, but it’s time for planting fall garlic and onions!  Both garlic and onions are perfect crops to plant in the early fall for a great harvest next June. Planting now allows a good 4 to 6

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How To Divide Perennial Plants This Fall – Create New Plants For Free!

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There is no better time to divide perennial plants than in late summer and early fall! Dividing and transplanting perennial plants is more than just a great way to create loads of new plants. It’s also an excellent way to

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