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  • Small Backyard Decorating and Landscape Design Ideas 
    A backyard is a private haven for many people. It’s where we relax, unwind, reconnect with nature and forget about the outside world. We entertain our friends and family in our backyards, and we...The post Small Backyard Decorating and Landscape D…
    - 3 days ago 24 Feb 21, 9:11am -
  • 11 Life Saving Tips Every Homesteader Should Know
    Homesteading is a lifestyle of self-sufficiency. The goal is to support yourself using mostly, or only, what you can do on your own. Homesteading takes a lot of effort, determination, and careful planning. So...The post 11 Life Saving Tips Every Hom…
    - 6 days ago 21 Feb 21, 9:41am -
  • 4 Off-Grid Water Solutions
    For people who live on the grid, getting clean water for drinking, cooking, and showering is as easy as turning on a tap. If you want to live off the grid, however, the question...The post 4 Off-Grid Water Solutions appeared first on The Homestead S…
    - 18 days ago 9 Feb 21, 8:15pm -
  • Simple DIY Upgrades Around the House
    If you’re like me, you’re probably always finding areas in your home that could use a little refreshing and improving. Just like the side out cabinet storage I installed for my kitchen, or replacing...The post Simple DIY Upgrades Around the Hous…
    - 21 days ago 6 Feb 21, 9:36am -
  • How to Keep Your Garden Looking Great During Winter  
    Keeping your back and front yard looking good throughout the year can be tough, but it is important for many reasons. Having healthy and tidy outdoor areas will improve the overall appearance of your...The post How to Keep Your Garden Looking Great…
    - 23 days ago 4 Feb 21, 2:30pm -
  • Meal Planning Tips To Save You Time and Money  
    There are a ton of reasons why meal planning is essential. First, it helps you map out your daily or weekly meal schedules, and secondly, it relieves you off from the stress of worrying...The post Meal Planning Tips To Save You Time and Money   ap…
    - 24 days ago 3 Feb 21, 2:15pm -
  • A Quick Guide to Building a Strawberry Pyramid
    You will have to grow strawberries if you want to get the best out of these red fleshy red fruits. For example, homegrown strawberries will give you a rich flavor that you can’t compare...The post A Quick Guide to Building a Strawberry Pyramid app…
    - 30 days ago 28 Jan 21, 9:27am -
  • How to Get Rid of Ticks in Yard Naturally
      Let’s face it – ticks are a threat not only in animals but also human beings. This is because they suck your blood, and at the same time, transmit Lyme disease into your...The post How to Get Rid of Ticks in Yard Naturally appeared first on T…
    - 32 days ago 26 Jan 21, 5:17pm -
  • Steps to Limit Weeds in Your Garden Naturally
    Weeds are the bane of all gardeners, plus those who aren’t green thumbs but still focus on having neat, attractive, user-friendly outdoor spaces. Unfortunately, weeds seem to pop up regularly, whether it’s winter or...The post Steps to Limit Wee…
    - 32 days ago 26 Jan 21, 8:53am -
  • Crucial Things to Consider when Buying or Building your Garden Shed
    Building a shed in your garden gives you additional storage space, adds to the decor, and enhances its value. You can use your garden shed to store various knick-knacks and the sports gear and...The post Crucial Things to Consider when Buying or Bui…
    - 35 days ago 23 Jan 21, 2:46pm -

Common Sense Homesteading

  • Rural Internet Options – A Comparison of Rural Internet Services
    Living in the country has its benefits, lower cost per acre, fewer regulations and more freedom. But with those benefits comes a distinct disadvantage, slow or no rural internet options. Whether you are trying to find internet for a vacation home, ru…
    - 4 days ago 23 Feb 21, 7:38pm -
  • What are Shell Beans? (Growing Tips, Usage, Storage)
    Shell beans are easy to grow and easy to store, but may not be right for every garden. We'll share what they are and how to use them, and pros and cons of adding them to the garden. What are shell beans? Shell beans are beans grown for shelling. You…
    - 7 days ago 20 Feb 21, 4:31pm -
  • Preserve Apples for Year Round Use 17 Easy and Creative Ways
    Apple season is one of my favorite times of the year. Whether you have your own trees or enjoy the bounty of local orchards, you can preserve apples to enjoy year round. I'll share the easiest way to preserve apples, best storage apples, and lots of…
    - 7 days ago 20 Feb 21, 2:14am -
  • Dehydrating Apples for Easy Homemade Apple Chips
    Dehydrating apples is a great way to preserves apples without canning or freezing. Plus, homemade apple chips are a fraction of price of store bought chips. We include tips to prevent browning, fun flavor ideas, and safe storage instructions. How to…
    - 13 days ago 14 Feb 21, 9:52pm -
  • Dehydrating Pears (With Tips for Prep and Storage)
    Because of their natural sweetness, dehydrating pears makes them taste like pear candy – without added sugar. We'll share tips to help prevent browning (without artificial preservatives) and keep them yummy in storage. Dehydrating Pears Select fres…
    - 14 days ago 13 Feb 21, 12:58am -
  • BAOFENG BF F8HP – Review and Recommended Accessories
    The Baofeng BF-F8HP is a handheld two-way ham radio, the upgraded successor to the notorious and popular UV-5R.  We'll compare the two and suggest some recommended accessories. This radio can listen to: VHF and UHF Ham frequencies and FM, NOAA, GMRS…
    - 20 days ago 7 Feb 21, 1:23am -
  • Chicken Nesting Boxes – What You Need for Happy Hens
    Chicken nesting boxes are for laying eggs and hatching eggs, but what do your hens need to be happy? We'll share tips for building cozy nest boxes, locating your nests, and having enough space for all your chickens. Chicken Nesting Boxes Chicken nest…
    - 21 days ago 6 Feb 21, 7:50pm -
  • Surviveware Large First Aid Kit Review – Pros and Cons
    We reviewed many first aid kits, and the Surviveware Large First Aid Kit is a winner. We'll share some pros, cons and use tips for this kit. Surviveware Pros This is a well labeled, well organized, tri-fold first aid kit. The med kit comes with 200…
    - 22 days ago 5 Feb 21, 11:07pm -
  • Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) – What You Need to Know
    The two most likely reasons for an EMP are a nuclear explosion or solar flare. This post discusses the damage an EMP may cause and actions that you can take to prevent or manage the results of the EMP. A large  Electromagnetic Pulse EMP would caus…
    - 22 days ago 5 Feb 21, 8:59pm -
  • Beef Stock Recipe – How to Make Stock from Scratch
    Making homemade beef stock is a great way to add flavor and nutrition to your kitchen. Slow simmering draws out calcium and gelatin from bones and connective tissue, make a rich, healing broth. We'll take you through the process, step by step. Beef S…
    - 28 days ago 30 Jan 21, 10:16pm -

Rural Revolution

  • Too. Much. Garlic.
    When Don completed the beautiful pantry here in our new house, I was able to unpack all the canned food, organize it, and take inventory.It gave me a chance to see what we're low on (pinto beans) and what we have too much of (peas).What I didn't expe…
    - 1 day ago 26 Feb 21, 2:03am -
  • A year of testing
    What follows is a stream-of-consciousness blog post on the events of 2020/2021 and general preparedness. Forgive me if I lurch from topic to topic without much logical progression. It was almost exactly one year ago that Older Daughter and I took a q…
    - 4 days ago 23 Feb 21, 4:29am -
  • Elk elk everywhere
    When we first arrived here at our new house, I saw something unusual on a distant hillside. When I trained binoculars on the location, I was thrilled to see a herd of elk (too distant to photograph).Later, we saw the herd in a pasture closer to us.La…
    - 9 days ago 18 Feb 21, 11:01pm -
  • Tragic loss: Rush Limbaugh passes away
    I just heard Rush Limbaugh passed away. I knew it was coming, but I'm stunned by the sense of loss.A poignant tribute of Rush's gratitude to his listeners can be seen here.His Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony always brings me to tears. Despite…
    - 9 days ago 18 Feb 21, 3:09pm -
  • Homeschooling supplies
     This made me laugh.
    - 11 days ago 16 Feb 21, 7:42pm -
  • Ta da! The completed pantry
    When last you tuned in, Don was in the midst of building a combination pantry and canning closet in a chunk of floor space that would otherwise be underutilized.Well, I'm pleased to report it's finished. This is a long post, so grab a cup of tea and…
    - 11 days ago 16 Feb 21, 1:18am -
  • Happy Valentine's Day!
    Don and I normally don't celebrate birthdays or sappy holidays. We know we love each other and don't insist upon material demonstrations of that love.So when he came in the other day with a vase of flowers, I melted.I've got them tucked on the window…
    - 13 days ago 14 Feb 21, 5:11pm -
  • Winter's a-comin'
    So far this year we've had an extraordinarily mild winter. No complaints; we were moving.But we also knew the mild stretch was unlikely to last. Sure enough, it looks like we're in for a winter whomp of both snow and cold this upcoming week.If we get…
    - 16 days ago 11 Feb 21, 1:24pm -
  • Winter wildlife
    As we settle into our new home, the one thing that strikes me over and over is how much wildlife is in the area, the notable exception (so far) being predators. We've seen coyotes (I saw one trot by across the road from us as I was putting up this bl…
    - 17 days ago 10 Feb 21, 3:51pm -
  • Frumpkin gets fixed
    Older Daughter's cat, Frumpkin, just got fixed, which means he gets to wear the "cone of shame" for a week (which, being a cat, he hates).She said, "I'm not being a very supportive pet owner right now – I keep cracking up every time I hear the 'b…
    - 22 days ago 5 Feb 21, 11:28pm -

New Life on a Homestead

  • Easy Urban Composting – And It’s Free!
    Composting is an essential component to permaculture and gardening. It is also essential in striving for that goal of sustainability. Rather than throwing away the trimmings from your kitchen vegetables or the leaves and grass clippings in your yard,…
    - 4 days ago 23 Feb 21, 1:12pm -
  • How To Grow Lavender in Your Garden
    Think of long lazy days in the South of France, and you will be in the lavender fields of Provence. Stretching as far as the eye can see, these blue purple blooms fill the air with their sweet fragrant scent. This eternal symbol of Provence grows wit…
    - 5 days ago 22 Feb 21, 2:58pm -
  • Magpie Duck Breed Guide – Start Here
    Magpie ducks are among the most beautiful and docile of all domesticated breeds. Even though Magpies are not as highly kept as some other well-known breeds, the keepers who breed them and collect their eggs are highly devoted to preserving these enig…
    - 7 days ago 20 Feb 21, 5:59pm -
  • Growing Kohlrabi Step by Step
    If you ever wanted to grow a vegetable in your garden that would have your friends and family stopping in their tracks, pointing, and exclaiming, “What is that?” then you’ve got to consider growing kohlrabi. Kohlrabi is a unique plant that many…
    - 10 days ago 17 Feb 21, 8:44pm -
  • Try These 19 Ways to Unclog a Toilet
    This might just be me complaining, but I feel as though, in my house, I’m always the one that gets stuck unclogging the toilet. I know my husband unclogs his fair share, too, but it’s such a chore that whenever I have to deal with it, I find myse…
    - 12 days ago 15 Feb 21, 3:00pm -
  • How to Grow Parsley In Your Garden
    For many people, parsley is nothing more than a garnish that rests off to the side of the dinner plate. For others, parsley is a necessary staple in the kitchen, providing a whole host of flavors and uses for home chefs. I happen to fall into the lat…
    - 14 days ago 13 Feb 21, 5:00pm -
  • The 3 Permaculture Ethics to Live By
    The word permaculture was created by one of the founding fathers, Bill Mollison. It is derived from the word permanent and the word agriculture. By combining permanence with agriculture we can create systems that are diverse, sustainable and resilien…
    - 15 days ago 12 Feb 21, 4:11pm -
  • 55 Ways to Use Vinegar on the Homestead
    Vinegar is one of those staples that I always keep in stock around my house and homestead. I rely heavily on it, using it as an alternative to harsh chemicals and other abrasive agents. Not only can it be used for a large variety of recipes in the ki…
    - 17 days ago 10 Feb 21, 2:14pm -

The Prairie Homestead

  • Old-Fashioned Sourdough Gingerbread Cake Recipe
    The wind is blowing mach 9 and the snow drifts have formed mini-mountains on my deck… Welcome to winter in Wyoming.  People ask how we survive our brutal winters here, and honestly, I’ve just learned how to be content with lots of indoor project…
    - 73 days ago 16 Dec 20, 9:49pm -
  • How to Can Tomato Sauce (My Favorite All-Purpose Version)
    I’ve shied away from posting a canned tomato sauce recipe forever. Not because it’s hard… Not because I don’t make tomato sauce… Not because I don’t have tomatoes… Mostly just because I’ve just been too lazy to write down my ingredien…
    - 21 Sep 20, 6:20pm -
  • How to Can with a Water Bath Canner
    I got my first water bath canner at a garage sale for $1. You would have thought I’d won the lottery. I left that garage sale feeling giddy… I kept wanting to look back over my shoulder because I was certain they’d realize I’d just made off w…
    - 18 Sep 20, 8:14pm -
  • Easy Homemade Dill Relish Recipe
    I did it again. I PROMISED myself I wouldn’t let my pickling cucumbers turn into monsters this year. And then I did. In my defense, I was checking the plants regularly… one day the cucumbers were the size of my pinky finger, and the next day, the…
    - 11 Sep 20, 8:46pm -

Homestead Bloggers Network

  • How to Easily Dry Your Own Fresh Rosemary
    It’s no secret how costly dried herbs are in the baking isle at the supermarkets. Learn how easy it is to dry your own fresh rosemary and save on the family budget. You’ll be amazed at how much better freshly dried rosemary tastes as well. Try th…
    - 23 Aug 19, 1:00am -
  • Oven Canning: Should You Try It?
    Oven canning used to be popular around the turn of the 20th century, where it seemed a handy way to keep the house cooler (before air conditioning, better home insulation, etc) than water bath canning. Some found that their fruit and veggies canned h…
    - 22 Aug 19, 5:00pm -
  • Best Way To Sterilize Canning Jars
    Lookup sterilizing canning jars and you’ll get all kinds of ideas from putting them into the oven, the microwave or running them through the dishwasher. But just what is the correct way to sterilize jars and do you have to do it every time? You’l…
    - 22 Aug 19, 9:00am -
  • Learn How To Control and Get Rid of Tomato Fruitworms
    If you pulled an almost ripe tomato from the vine only to find that it has an eraser size hole in it? Nothing is more frustrating than picking a tomato off the vine only to find that it is rotting from the inside out and has this pencil eraser size h…
    - 22 Aug 19, 1:00am -
  • Best Summer Blog Posts
    Summertime is a fun time and these summer blog posts will take you from homemade crafts to the kitchen, to identifying wildflowers to the right way to cut off shorts, and to making delicious homemade drinks. There are a few tricks to making perfect c…
    - 21 Aug 19, 7:00pm -
  • Chicken Breeds for Colorful Eggs
    When you have your own backyard flock, you don’t have to settle for boring white and brown eggs. To get a colorful, varied egg basket you will need a variety of chicken breeds. Chickens can lay a variety of egg colors, depending on their breed, but…
    - 21 Aug 19, 5:00pm -
  • The Best Tuna Salad Recipe Ever
    This is a very flavorful tuna salad recipe. Once you try this recipe, I am sure you’re going to take your old boring tuna salad recipe and toss it to the curb.
    - 21 Aug 19, 3:00pm -
  • How to Get Started With Caning Food – FREE Printable Guide
    Not sure how to get started canning food? Canning food can be intimidating if you’ve never tried it. But following some simple canning instructions, you can preserve your spring harvest for long-term storage. Get your free printable guide and learn…
    - 21 Aug 19, 1:00pm -
  • How to Make Southern Style Sun Tea
    I have been enjoying sun tea as long as I can remember. I had a gallon of it seeping outside recently when a friend dropped by and she asked me why I had a jug of dirty water sitting out. Making sun tea is great for many reasons but the main reason i…
    - 21 Aug 19, 11:00am -
  • How to Perform Beehive Inspections
    A good beehive inspection will let you know how your bees are doing. Honey bees are very competent and can take care of themselves for the most part. Taking a peep into the hive will make sure that they are healthy and don’t need any outside help f…
    - 21 Aug 19, 9:00am -

The Homesteading Hippy

  • So, How Long Does Heating Oil Last?
    As we all gear up for the cold winter months, heating oil is used in more homes worldwide than any other heating source. It is more affordable and safer than gas. Because of the very big job it does, we buy it by the barrel loads. But how long will h…
    - 3 days ago 24 Feb 21, 6:14pm -
  • 9 Easy Ways to Sex Ducklings
    If you are new to ducks, you will probably need a lot of learning and a lot of questions answered. The question I am asked most often is: how do you sex ducks? This is actually a rather important thing to do if you’re planning to gather a small flo…
    - 5 days ago 22 Feb 21, 8:51pm -
  • Egyptian Walking Onions – Everything You Need To Know
    Egyptian walking onions were possibly in your grandparents’ gardens, but over time they were forgotten. Nowadays, this very useful and easy plant is making a comeback, and reclaiming its rightful place in our gardens. The name is certainly a strang…
    - 7 days ago 20 Feb 21, 6:46pm -
  • How Long Does It Actually Take to Smoke Meat?
    It is believed that Romanians were the first to start smoking meat to make it last longer way back in the 1800s. Since then, as technology and knowledge have improved, smoking meat has become a cross between art and science. If you want to give it a…
    - 8 days ago 19 Feb 21, 11:08am -
  • So, How Much Does a Cord of Wood Cost?
    Not everyone is fortunate enough to have easy access to an abundant wood supply that, with the help of a chainsaw, can be turned into firewood. For many people who need firewood for their log burner, there is only one option: to find a local supplier…
    - 9 days ago 18 Feb 21, 4:15pm -
  • How to IMMEDIATELY Stop A Hot Pepper Burn
    Peppers… we’ve all done it. For most of us, that time when we did it, we swear, will never happen again! Once was enough, we learned our lesson. However, some bonkers people just have to come back and do it again and again and again. My brother a…
    - 11 days ago 16 Feb 21, 1:45pm -
  • How to Get Rid of Hammerhead Worms – Fast!
    Hammerhead worms are an ecological nightmare in your garden. This predatory species of flatworm is highly invasive and feasts on earthworms, mollusks, and other hammerhead worms. They also have a regenerative ability that would make Wolverine and Dea…
    - 13 days ago 14 Feb 21, 3:00pm -
  • So, What Is a Root Cellar?
    Today, more people than ever are planning to be food self-sufficient. Many others have spare garden areas that they want to grow crops on and hence avoid buying expensive store produce. Growing seasonal produce makes it difficult to maintain supplies…
    - 15 days ago 12 Feb 21, 1:26pm -
  • Authentic Boerewors Recipe – South African Sausages
    No matter where they settle in the world, South Africans will find a fellow countryman who can make boerewors, or they will learn to make it themselves – that’s how much they miss their traditional sausage. Boerewors, translated from Afrikaans, a…
    - 17 days ago 10 Feb 21, 8:35pm -
  • 7 Ways to Rehydrate Hard Beef Jerky
    Have you ever forgotten your jerky in the dehydrator for too long, or just left it a bit too long without eating it? I think the only person who has ever NOT done this is my carnivorous husband! Jerky that has been neglected is not very palatable. Th…
    - 18 days ago 9 Feb 21, 11:39pm -

New Life On a Homestead

  • Easy Urban Composting – And It’s Free!
    Composting is an essential component to permaculture and gardening. It is also essential in striving for that goal of sustainability. Rather than throwing away the trimmings from your kitchen vegetables or the leaves and grass clippings in your yard,…
    - 4 days ago 23 Feb 21, 1:12pm -
  • How To Grow Lavender in Your Garden
    Think of long lazy days in the South of France, and you will be in the lavender fields of Provence. Stretching as far as the eye can see, these blue purple blooms fill the air with their sweet fragrant scent. This eternal symbol of Provence grows wit…
    - 5 days ago 22 Feb 21, 2:58pm -
  • Magpie Duck Breed Guide – Start Here
    Magpie ducks are among the most beautiful and docile of all domesticated breeds. Even though Magpies are not as highly kept as some other well-known breeds, the keepers who breed them and collect their eggs are highly devoted to preserving these enig…
    - 7 days ago 20 Feb 21, 5:59pm -
  • Growing Kohlrabi Step by Step
    If you ever wanted to grow a vegetable in your garden that would have your friends and family stopping in their tracks, pointing, and exclaiming, “What is that?” then you’ve got to consider growing kohlrabi. Kohlrabi is a unique plant that many…
    - 10 days ago 17 Feb 21, 8:44pm -
  • Try These 19 Ways to Unclog a Toilet
    This might just be me complaining, but I feel as though, in my house, I’m always the one that gets stuck unclogging the toilet. I know my husband unclogs his fair share, too, but it’s such a chore that whenever I have to deal with it, I find myse…
    - 12 days ago 15 Feb 21, 3:00pm -
  • How to Grow Parsley In Your Garden
    For many people, parsley is nothing more than a garnish that rests off to the side of the dinner plate. For others, parsley is a necessary staple in the kitchen, providing a whole host of flavors and uses for home chefs. I happen to fall into the lat…
    - 14 days ago 13 Feb 21, 5:00pm -
  • The 3 Permaculture Ethics to Live By
    The word permaculture was created by one of the founding fathers, Bill Mollison. It is derived from the word permanent and the word agriculture. By combining permanence with agriculture we can create systems that are diverse, sustainable and resilien…
    - 15 days ago 12 Feb 21, 4:11pm -
  • 55 Ways to Use Vinegar on the Homestead
    Vinegar is one of those staples that I always keep in stock around my house and homestead. I rely heavily on it, using it as an alternative to harsh chemicals and other abrasive agents. Not only can it be used for a large variety of recipes in the ki…
    - 17 days ago 10 Feb 21, 2:14pm -

Homestead Honey

  • How to Select Fruit Trees for Your Homestead
    Do you dream of harvesting bushels of ripe fruit from your homestead? Crunching on apples and nibbling on sun-ripened plums? Because fruit trees are a perennial planting – a gift of food that keeps on giving – they are an extremely valuable asset…
    - 41 days ago 17 Jan 21, 8:00pm -
  • Acorn Pancake Recipe and How to Process Acorns for Eating
    If you are serious about foraging for wild edibles, you’ve probably wondered how to add more starch, fats, and proteins to your foraged diet. After all, berries and wild greens are delicious, but they don’t fill your belly. Acorns and other wild…
    - 9 Nov 20, 6:36pm -
  • Building a Yurt for our Off the Grid Homestead in Vermont
    After months of dreaming and preparing, a group of friends joined us in building a 25 foot yurt for our off the grid homestead! It must have been 6 or so years ago that we met Ken of Two Girls Farm and Yurts. At the time we were living in Missouri an…
    - 3 Aug 20, 10:43pm -
  • Wild Ramp Pesto Recipe
    One of the most revered spring wild edibles is the wild ramp, Allium tricoccum, a North American member of the garlic/onion family that is found the eastern United States and eastern Canada. A truly seasonal delight, one of the easiest ways to preser…
    - 25 May 20, 5:39pm -
  • 30+ Homesteading Skills to Build With Your Kids
    Sharing the homesteading lifestyle with the kids in your life can be incredibly rewarding. But sometimes it’s hard to get past the question of “How do I teach my kids how to homestead?” Having homesteaded throughout my entire experience of bein…
    - 26 Apr 20, 4:26pm -
  • Planning and Planting a Root Cellar Garden
    What is a root cellar garden? I like to think of it as a garden that provides you with a large quantity of food that you can store in a root cellar. Think root vegetables, apples, pears, potatoes, squash, onions, some brassicas, etc. Planting a root…
    - 25 Jan 20, 5:17pm -
  • Root Cellaring 101 – What is a Root Cellar, Ideal Conditions, and Use
    I don’t know about you, but by the time September and October roll around, I am ready to put down my canning pot and take a break from food preservation. Luckily, there is a method of food preservation that requires very little effort: Root cellari…
    - 18 Jan 20, 9:41pm -

Nifty Homestead

  • new25 DIY Nightstand Ideas to Upgrade Your Bedroom
    When it comes to bedroom décor, it seems the only choices are to buy a nightstand or accept the one that comes with a larger bedroom set. But what about DIY-ing your own unique piece? After all, nothing spruces up the décor of a space like a nights…
    - 14 hours ago 26 Feb 21, 10:00pm -
  • Growing Cauliflower
    Growin cauliflower can be a bit of a challenge in the home garden as it is extremely sensitive to changes in temperature. However, growing cauliflower is not difficult once you know its likes and dislikes! With some loving care, cultivating cauliflow…
    - 2 days ago 25 Feb 21, 5:30pm -
  • Earth Sheltered Home: An Eco-Friendly, Passive Housing Alternative
    Earth Sheltered Homes
    - 5 days ago 22 Feb 21, 6:47pm -
  • Goat Shelter Basics: What You Need to Know to Keep Your Herd Safe
    Goats are remarkably hardy animals. They can survive on forage and browse that would make a cow or sheep’s stomach rumble in discontent, and their clever feet can scamper among rocks, cliffs, and scree that are impassable to even the most surefoote…
    - 8 days ago 19 Feb 21, 7:22pm -
  • Homestead Stories: Kalanchoe, The Eye-Catching Geometric Succulent
    “Is that a real flower?” I asked, studying the display of succulents in my friend’s garden window. “Of course,” she replied (sounding a little miffed). “You know I don’t go in for fake flowers. Or fake anything, for that matter.” “B…
    - 10 days ago 17 Feb 21, 8:00pm -
  • Biodynamic Farming: What It Is and Why Do It
    I once had the pleasure of working with biodynamic agriculturalists. Being new to biodynamic farming (and agriculture at large), I asked “So, what’s the difference between biodynamics and regular agriculture anyway?” — a fair question to whic…
    - 15 days ago 12 Feb 21, 10:27pm -
  • 15 Weird and Wonderful Tropical Fruit Trees for Tropical Homesteads
    Living in the tropics allows the homesteader to go wild with unique tropical fruit trees and shrubs. You really can’t get a better climate for fruit production. The majority of the tropics worldwide are completely frost free with warm and humid wea…
    - 16 days ago 11 Feb 21, 1:00am -
  • Companion Planting For Beets
    Do you want to improve the health and yield of your beet crop? Companion planting might be the answer. Companion planting is a time-tested, organic gardening method of planting compatible plants in close proximity to each other so that each may benef…
    - 19 days ago 8 Feb 21, 6:59pm -
  • How to Protect Plants From Frost: 12 Clever Methods That Work
    As winter wanes and patches of bare ground open up in the fields, my green thumb gets crazy-itchy. I am eager to get back in the garden and get my eyes full of living, growing things again. With the season’s change, however, comes the age-old game…
    - 23 days ago 4 Feb 21, 1:00am -
  • Free Ranging: The Pros & Cons
    When I brought my first animals home to the farm there was no question in my mind as to whether they would live the life of free range animals. I wanted my animals to be just as free as I was, free to explore, roam, hunt for food, and live their own…
    - 26 days ago 1 Feb 21, 6:00pm -

Tenth Acre Farm

  • When to Start Seeds: Your Guide to Fall Planting
    The beautiful weather of fall makes it perfect for extending the harvest and growing more food. This fall guide covers planting times for 17 popular crops.The post When to Start Seeds: Your Guide to Fall Planting appeared first on Tenth Acre Farm.
    - 27 Jul 20, 11:34am -
  • 6 Reasons to Grow Borage in the Permaculture Garden
    Borage is a useful herb with delightful blue-purple flowers. Here are six reasons to grow this cousin to comfrey in the permaculture garden.The post 6 Reasons to Grow Borage in the Permaculture Garden appeared first on Tenth Acre Farm.
    - 7 May 20, 5:37pm -
  • Inviting Birds To Your Food Garden
    Want to welcome birds into your garden and still get a harvest? Learn the benefits of making your food garden a bird-friendly haven and how to do it.The post Inviting Birds To Your Food Garden appeared first on Tenth Acre Farm.
    - 17 Apr 20, 8:50pm -
  • Clay-Busting Plants That Fight Compaction
    Got compaction? These clay-busting plants penetrate heavy soil to leave it loosened, aerated, and enriched. Jumpstart a regenerative garden ecology.The post Clay-Busting Plants That Fight Compaction appeared first on Tenth Acre Farm.
    - 6 Mar 20, 1:38am -
  • How to Garden in Raised Beds on Pavement
    Raised beds on pavement is a strategy for gardeners with limited growing space. Learn how to grow food on paved surfaces such as concrete or asphalt.The post How to Garden in Raised Beds on Pavement appeared first on Tenth Acre Farm.
    - 10 Feb 20, 2:55pm -
  • How to Build a Rain Garden to Capture Runoff
    Learn how to build a rain garden that captures rainwater runoff from hard surfaces, such as a roof or pavement, for irrigation or to reduce water pollution.The post How to Build a Rain Garden to Capture Runoff appeared first on Tenth Acre Farm.
    - 10 Jan 20, 10:32pm -
  • Growing Perennial Crops as a Side Hustle
    Would you like to make money from your garden doing something you love? Here are six ways to grow perennial crops as a side hustle.The post Growing Perennial Crops as a Side Hustle appeared first on Tenth Acre Farm.
    - 19 Dec 19, 2:17pm -
  • Urban Food Forests: Demonstrating City Permaculture
    Food forests are permaculture gardens consisting of edible perennials. Find out how two urban food forests are shaking up the local food movement.The post Urban Food Forests: Demonstrating City Permaculture appeared first on Tenth Acre Farm.
    - 27 Sep 19, 3:34pm -
  • How to Improve Clay Soil in 6 Steps
    Heavy clay soil can be frustrating. Follow this 6-step plan to improve soil so you can garden with ease and grow crops that thrive.The post How to Improve Clay Soil in 6 Steps appeared first on Tenth Acre Farm.
    - 20 Jun 19, 8:25pm -
  • All About Aronia: Grow Your Own Superfood Berries
    Ready to grow your own superfood? Aronia shrubs are low-maintenance, widely adaptable to a variety of conditions, and yield a ‘superfood’ berry. Learn more.The post All About Aronia: Grow Your Own Superfood Berries appeared first on Tenth Acre F…
    - 17 Jan 19, 3:21pm -

Rural Sprout

  • newPruning Roses In Late Winter – For Healthier Plants & More Blossoms
    Pruning roses, fruit trees and other landscape plants is not rocket science. Anyone and everyone can do it. Of course, your success still depends on your willingness to follow a few rules. As well as developing your sense of aesthetics. Overall, your…
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  • How Homesteaders Can Reach Out to Help Others
    As homesteaders, we’re already ahead of the curve when it comes to self-reliance and resilience. We understand how important it is to make the most of our land and resources. Homesteaders do what we can to grow as much of our food as possible. We k…
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  • 24 Terrific Ways to Use Up Your Leftover Pickle Juice
    You know what’s really sad? Grabbing the jar of pickles from the fridge and realizing there’s nothing left but brine and spices. Or am I the only one who absentmindedly puts empty pickle jars back in the fridge? In any case, eating that last pick…
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  • 11 Common Chick Brooding Mistakes
    Bringing home a batch of new baby chicks can be stressful, especially if you’ve never raised chickens before. There’s a lot to learn before you start raising chicks, and the first thing on the list is how to brood those little babies without maki…
    - 3 days ago 24 Feb 21, 1:03pm -
  • 12 Herbs That Happily Grow in the Shade
    Herbs are savory and aromatic plants, grown for flavoring, fragrance, and medicine. About as easygoing as can be, most herbs will thrive with very little intervention from the gardener. They require less water and fertilizer than many other garden pl…
    - 3 days ago 24 Feb 21, 11:53am -
  • How to Clean Copper Easily Without Harsh Chemicals
    Copper is a friendly metal, isn’t it? It has such a beautiful, warm glow and charm to it. I mean, come on, it’s even one of Julie Andrews’s favorite things – bright copper kettles. The image of a bright copper kettle feels homey and welcoming…
    - 4 days ago 23 Feb 21, 3:09pm -
  • How To Fill A Raised Bed With Healthy Soil (& Save Money!)
    You’ve built yourself a raised bed (or maybe you’ve put together one of these ready made kits), you’ve avoided all the common raised bed mistakes, but now it’s time to start filling with healthy growing medium so you can enjoy abundant harves…
    - 5 days ago 22 Feb 21, 2:27pm -
  • 7 Reasons Every Gardener Should Grow Comfrey
    Once you start growing a garden, you will keep finding more reasons to add more and more diverse plants. That’s just the way it works. You get excited by growing and eating nasturtiums, then you move onto even more colorful, nutritious and edible f…
    - 5 days ago 22 Feb 21, 10:50am -
  • Why You Need More Earthworms In Your Soil & How To Get Them
    When you type your query with nimble and curious fingers into a search bar: “why attract earthworms”, what comes up? Why would you want earthworms in your garden? Are earthworms good for soil? Do earthworms have a purpose? To the last question I…
    - 8 days ago 19 Feb 21, 12:15pm -
  • How to Get Rid of Spider Mites on Houseplants for Good
    Nothing strikes fear into my houseplant-loving heart more than going to water my plants and finding the tell-tale signs of spider mites. Leaves that were lush and green start to look mottled with yellow blotches. And my heart skips a beat. A closer l…
    - 9 days ago 18 Feb 21, 1:07pm -

Little House on the Prairie Living

  • The Little House Living Show – Episode 017 – The First Time Gardener
    The Little House Living Show – Episode 017 – The First Time Gardener Thanks for joining me for the Little House Living Show podcast! My hope for this podcast is that it will be a new way for me to connect with you, my readers, and for you to be a…
    - 3 days ago 24 Feb 21, 8:40am -
  • DIY Hand Painted Door Mat Tutorial
    Looking for a custom door mat to grace your front door? Here’s how to make your own DIY Door Mat! DIY Hand Painted Door Mat Tutorial Spring is around the corner, and it’s one of my favorite times of year to spruce up around the house. I love havi…
    - 10 days ago 17 Feb 21, 8:42am -
  • Our Mid-Winter Garden Plans Vlog
    There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.The post Our Mid-Winter Garden Plans Vlog appeared first on Little House Living.
    - 11 days ago 16 Feb 21, 8:33pm -
  • A Trailer for Our Homestead Build
    There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.The post A Trailer for Our Homestead Build appeared first on Little House Living.
    - 11 days ago 16 Feb 21, 4:41pm -
  • A Simple Eat from the Pantry Meal Video
    There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.The post A Simple Eat from the Pantry Meal Video appeared first on Little House Living.
    - 11 days ago 16 Feb 21, 4:12pm -
  • How Much You Need to Plant to Feed a Family
    Are you planting a garden this year and you want to make sure that you plant enough to feed your family? Here’s my detailed plan and how to come up with your own! How Much You Need to Plant to Feed a Family I’ve been wanting to write a blog post…
    - 12 days ago 15 Feb 21, 8:22am -
  • The Little House Living Show – Episode 016 – The Keys to Finding Land
    The Little House Living Show – Episode 016 – The Keys for Finding Land Thanks for joining me for the Little House Living Show podcast! My hope for this podcast is that it will be a new way for me to connect with you, my readers, and for you to be…
    - 17 days ago 10 Feb 21, 8:12am -
  • How to Make Your Own Paper
    Are you looking for a unique craft that you can do with materials you already have on hand? This DIY Homemade Paper Tutorial is perfect! How to Make Your Own Paper We homeschool our children, and art is a very big part of every single day—even if i…
    - 19 days ago 8 Feb 21, 8:21am -
  • Tried and True Banana Bread
    Need a simple banana bread recipe? This one has proven itself to our family for decades! My Tried and True Banana Bread I’ve been making this banana bread recipe for years. I think I may have even made a batch for the fair back when I was in 4-H an…
    - 23 days ago 4 Feb 21, 8:00am -
  • Homemade Buttermilk Pancake and Waffle Mix
    Looking to make a big mix of Buttermilk Pancake and Waffle mix that you can keep on hand? This is the perfect recipe! Homemade Buttermilk Pancake and Waffle Mix We are one of those families that loves having breakfast for supper! I like to keep a nic…
    - 24 days ago 3 Feb 21, 12:00pm -