Cultivate a backyard homestead…no matter where you live!

gardening. preserving. chickens. diy.
How can I help you today?
a red bell pepper growing in the summer vegetable garden

Gardening

Whether you want to grow a huge backyard garden or just a few herbs indoors, let me show you how easy it is to grow some of your own food and easy ways to preserve it for later.

a chicken in the yard looking at the camera

Chickens

If you want to get started raising backyard chickens, I’ll show you what you need to buy (and what you don’t) and how to care for the baby chicks from the minute you bring them home.

lavender bath salts with asters

DIY

If you want to learn to make a few of your own beauty items from scratch, I’ve got tutorials on homemade soap, lip balm, and many other items that also make great gift ideas.

Get access to my Resource Library!

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Whether you want to raise a few chickens, grow a small garden, or make some homemade lip balm for gifts, the resource library has lots of free printables to help you succeed in living a more self-sufficient life.

WELCOME TO

Dogwoods & Dandelions


I’m Julie B. and I want to show you how you can have a backyard homestead (or mini-farm) no matter where you live. In this day of empty food shelves and rising grocery prices, wouldn’t it be nice if you could grow or raise some of your own food? Well, I’m here to help. I was born and raised on a farm and still live there today. But you don’t need acres and acres of land to grow a small garden or raise a few backyard chickens. Even if you live in the city, you can grow a few herbs indoors. Let’s cultivate a good life…no matter where we live.

a picture of Julie B.