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Carnival of Homesteading – St Patricks Day Edition

March 16th, 2009 · 5 Comments

St Patricks Day is tomorrow and I thought it would be fun to include some facts about it for today’s carnival. Did you know that the person who would become St Patrick was actually born in Britain?  At age 16, he was captured and sold into slavery to a sheep farmer. He escaped when he was 22 and spent the next 12 years in a monastery. In his 30s he returned to Ireland as a Christian missionary. He died at Saul on or about March 17, 461 AD and is buried at Downpatrick.

Editor’s Picks:

Tiffany Washko writes a really good article in Are You in Danger of Becoming Free? posted at Natural Family Living Blog.  If you are interested in gardening at ALL you need to read this one.

Lindsay tells us some ways to garden if you don’t have space.  How to Vegetable Garden… When You Live in Apartment posted at Off the Urban Grid.

Can you learn from chickens?  Sahara Reins can and she presents Ten Things I Have Learned from My Chickens posted at Fowl Visions.

Furniture out of boxes and other money saving ideas.   Silicon Valley Blogger presents How To Furnish Your House On Any Budget, Even For Free posted at The Digerati Life, saying, “Thanks!”

An Irish Prayer:

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Frugal Living

KCLau presents Learn Money Tips playing iMafia posted at KCLau’s Money Tips, saying, “About iMafia, an application for iPhone. How it is connected to real life in terms of personal finance and how to play the game.”

Good Luck on St Patricks Day

What’s good luck on Saint Patrick’s Day?: Finding a four-leaf clover (that’s double the good luck it usually is). Wearing green. (School children started this tradition of their own — they used to pinch classmates who don’t wear green on this holiday). Kissing the blarney stone.

Farm Animals

Stan Wrobel presents Homestead critters on your counter top. posted at Cottage and Yard.

Carole DeJarnatt presents Raising Chickens–Homemade Plans–another Chicken Feeder posted at Fowl Visions.

Fast St Patricks Day Fact: Believe it or not, the colour of St. Patrick was not actually green, but blue! In the 19th century, however, green came to be used as a symbol for Ireland.


MomToCherubs presents Building Garden Beds posted at Simply Beck’s Bounty, saying, “We are adding some raised beds this year, and also some potato boxes. Here is the “building” and the “low down” on our projects.”

VikramKir presents How Create and Make a Garden! Tips to build your own garden! posted at Thoughtfully Vikram….

VegBox Recipes presents Growing Our Own: Update 3 from the New VegBox Garden posted at VegBox Recipes Blog, saying, “This latest dispatch from the veg-patch is a light-hearted review of the Spring ‘haps and mishaps of a newbie veggie-grower, who shares five key “lessons for novices” learned along the way.”

Vikki Lawrence-Williams presents Growing Turnips posted at Survival Cooking, Gardening and Emergency Preparedness Info, saying, “Here’s a great bit of info on how to grow turnips: including a bit of history, seeding, thinning and more. To post 2 days later is info on preserving turnips.”

Leorita Seneres-Velasquez presents Money-Saving Tip for the Day: Grow Fruits/Veggies in Your Yard posted at Money Matters.

Stan Wrobel presents Great homestead garden vegetable posted at Cottage and Yard, saying, “Here is a native American vegetable that would be a great addition to any homestead garden.”

Cindy S presents HR 875 Regulates Homesteaders, Gardeners and Organic Farmers posted at Small Homestead, saying, “This new bill will regulate all food production including small farmers, homesteaders, gardeners. Take a moment to read the bill and let the Ag committee know what your thoughts are.”


Jeonard Cook presents Learn How to Sell Your Own Home: Advertise like a Pro posted at How to Sell Your Own Home.

Buck Weber presents Use What You Have and Cut the Clutter posted at THE BUCK LIST, saying, “Using what you have on hand before going out and purchasing something is one of the basic rules of living frugally. This can be a great way to both save money and get rid of clutter.”

Brian McKay presents Trillions Lost in Household Wealth posted at, saying, “No wonder we are in the worst economic recession of the past 50 years.”

Silicon Valley Blogger presents Lower Your Car Insurance Rates! How To Cut Insurance Premiums In Half posted at The Digerati Life, saying, “Part of being self-sustainable is to live frugally. How about working on ways to cut your family’s insurance payments?”

The Smarter Wallet presents Cheap Meals You Can Cook At Home To Save Money! posted at The Smarter Wallet, saying, “Thanks!”

Shot presents How to fix Mark to Market posted at, saying, “Original ideas to fix mark to market”


Rani presents Irish Potato Candies posted at Christ’s Bridge, saying, “Need something sweet for St. Patrick’s Day?”

Sustainable Living

Heather Levin presents Composting Toilets: All You Ever Wanted To Know | The Greenest Dollar posted at The Greenest Dollar, saying, “All you need to know about varies types of composting toilets, including how to make your own.”

Nancy Muller presents Learn-a-New-Skill Challenge; Sourdough; Recession Depression Therapy posted at Recession Depression Therapy, saying, “Join the fun, as we learn a new skill together. Or, please, lend your expertise.”

Charles presents Electric Solar Panels posted at How To Make Electricity.

I am going to close this edition with an Irish Blessing:

“May you always have…
Walls for the winds, A roof for the rain
Tea beside the fire, Laughter to cheer you
Those you love near you
And all your heart might desire.”

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of carnival of homesteading using our carnival submission form.  The carnival of Homesteading is looking for hosts for future editions.  Please email me if you are interested.  Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 VegBoxClara // Mar 17, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    Thanks so much for featuring us, Cindy. We love this Carnival, and this edition was a particularly smashing one. Really enjoyed MomToCherubs’ piece. Keep up the wonderful work : )

  • 2 Vikki // Mar 17, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    Thanks for adding us to your blog carnival – it’s our first!

  • 3 admin // Mar 17, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Vikki, Thank you for sharing your article with us. I hope you will be a regular.

  • 4 admin // Mar 17, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Thanks again, Clara!!

  • 5 The Digerati Life // Mar 18, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    Thanks for the awesome carnival!

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