What is “The Homestead Box”?
Monthly subscription services are all the rage right now. After all, we all love to get mail (as long as it isn’t bills!). What could be better than a regularly scheduled package filled with timely items that you can use on your homestead?
The Homestead box is not like other subscription boxes that are filled with lots of useless fillers, and sub par products. The Homestead Box is designed by homesteaders, not big corporate companies. The fact that the monthly boxes are designed by professionals with experience in homesteading, means that your box will always be full of relevant, and useful items.
April’s Homestead Box Content List
- Hoss Tools Garden Planner
- Cobrahead Weeder and Cultivator
- 100′ Pro Tape Measurer
- 185′ Cotton Butcher’s String
- StringLiner Original 100′
- 5 Seed Packets from Sow True Seeds
- Starter Vegetable Gardens by Barbara Pleasant
- Instructions on how to use all of the items to make a kitchen garden
Let’s take a closer look at some of the items that are in this month’s box.
Cobrahead Weeder and Cultivator: Seriously, I am in love with this tool! To me, this tool is the star of this month’s Homestead Box. I have seen a lot of small hand tools that had big promises, but all fell short. I wasn’t expecting anything great about this. Despite my reservation on this tool, I actually love it!
I took the Cobrahead out to my garden to give it a go. Right away I was impressed with the materials that this tool was made of. It wasn’t one of those typical cheap, flimsy tools that you break in the first season. There is obviously a lot of pride and craftsmanship in this.
One of my foes here on our farm is the grasses in my perennial beds. It is a pain to get rid of, and no matter how you pull it, you always seem to miss some roots. A few days later, its back. Cobrahead had no problem getting to the “root” of my grass problem. It quickly and easily popped the offending grass clumps up. I was able to weed my whole area before I knew it.
At this point, I am thinking that I could end up pretty fond of this little tool. I decided to try it on my biggest foe… pig weed. You guessed it, no problem for this champ! After doing some more research on my new favorite garden gadget, I found that the unique shape of the head allows for removal of weeds right up by other plants. I can’t wait to be able to use this when my vegetable gardens get up and going for the year.
Hoss Tools Garden Planner: Are you stumped when it comes to when to start your garden? This handy, and simple planner will take the guesswork out of your gardening ventures. Designed for both spring and fall planting dates, this is a great tool for new, and old homesteaders alike. Since we just moved to a new location, this is going to be invaluable to help me get my new gardens off to the right start.
Worm Castings Compost: You do not have to be a master gardener to know that worm castings are a valuable tool for building soil in your gardens. Worm castings are great to add to soil, whether your are building up the soil in a new bed, or working on an existing garden space. This is an amazing addition to April’s Homestead Box!
Pro Tape: Ok, so it may seem silly to be excited about a tape measurer, but this is a REALLY heavy duty product that will last. On homesteads, we use tape measurers for a multitude of tasks. From gardens, to fencing, to building, the list is endless. This is hands down, the most heavy duty tape measurer that I have seen. We have had others that were “like” this on our farm before and they never measured up (forgive the pun). This will be able to handle being dropped, stepped on, and the general abuse that comes to tools on the homestead.
When initially viewing the website, my first thought was that the price of the boxes seemed a bit high. However, after getting my Pioneer Box, seeing the quality of the items, and pricing them individually, I can say that the price is not excessive. Not only are the products priced under what you would pay for them individually, but the fact that your packages was designed with a specific intention to help you achieve a homesteading task is invaluable.
I really wanted to reiterate that I am impressed with the thought that went into selecting the items for this box. The selection was timely for the homesteading needs for our area. This fact alone will make the Homestead Box a great asset to new homesteaders especially. Having timely, and appropriate items arrive at their doorstep will help to keep them on track with what needs to be done at certain times of the year. With a subscription to The Homestead Box combined with our monthly homestead resolution list, a fledgling homestead can be kept on track through the year.
How to Order
If the Homestead Box sounds like it will fit the needs of your farm or homestead, you can sign up for the monthly service at The Homestead Box. Currently, the company offers two options for your monthly subscription. The Pioneer Box, is a larger box, and runs $99.99 a month. The Classic box, is slightly smaller, and is $49.99 a month.
The Homestead Box gave me their Pioneer box to test, and review honestly. However, this does NOT affect my review in any way. As a military family, we know how important it is to not waste money on products that are sub par or will not fit into your homestead’s needs. Due to this, I would never recommend any item that I was not impressed with myself. My review of this, and any other products on my website is unbiased.