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  • 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…
    - 3 days ago 23 Jan 21, 2:46pm -
  • How To Feed Healthy Insects To Your Pet Insectivore
    While feeding Insectivores, make sure of the base diet, dusting, necessary supply supplements, freshwater, remove the uneaten insects & don’t overfeed.    Whether it’s a chameleon or a hedgehog, or a bearded dragon, insects are...The post How…
    - 3 days ago 23 Jan 21, 1:44pm -
  • Taking Care of Overgrown Trees in Your Garden
    When you have trees that have outgrown their space in your garden, you will need to reduce their size. Pruning trees is hard work, and just thinking about it can cause despair, especially if...The post Taking Care of Overgrown Trees in Your Garden a…
    - 6 days ago 20 Jan 21, 4:04pm -
  • How to Build a Bucket Hydroelectric Generator
    With a decrease in conventional sources of energy, scientists are now in the hunt for alternative ways to generate power. Various systems have been developed that can convert natural energy into electricity and the...The post How to Build a Bucket H…
    - 13 days ago 13 Jan 21, 11:04am -
  • 5 Fruits to Grow in Buckets or Containers
    You probably love the taste of freshly harvested fruits; however, you don’t have a garden to dig, or you don’t want to strain your back digging the soil and picking out the weeds. Good...The post 5 Fruits to Grow in Buckets or Containers appear…
    - 21 days ago 5 Jan 21, 3:38pm -
  • How to Build A Brick Smoker
    Ever thought about building a brick smoker? Well, this guide will walk you through step by step. Let’s dive in. Step 1: Pour the Concrete Slab You will use metal grill grates to know...The post How to Build A Brick Smoker appeared first on The Hom…
    - 34 days ago 23 Dec 20, 9:34am -
  • Fire Pit Swing: How You Can Create Yours Today 
    The chances are that you have come across a fire pit swing and wonder how you can create one. This post will guide you on how you can set up one today if that...The post Fire Pit Swing: How You Can Create Yours Today  appeared first on The Homestea…
    - 38 days ago 19 Dec 20, 8:08pm -
  • Canning Safety: The Rules You Should Know 
    You may not have followed some of the kitchen rules, but canning safety rules are a must. That said, below are the canning safety rules you need to obey. 1. Use the Right Canner...The post Canning Safety: The Rules You Should Know  appeared first o…
    - 46 days ago 11 Dec 20, 3:26pm -
  • 4 House Cleaning Etiquette Tips to Remember
    If this is your first time hiring a cleaning service, you should get a few cleaning etiquette tips to make your experience better. It is important to note that outsourcing a cleaning service demands...The post 4 House Cleaning Etiquette Tips to Reme…
    - 53 days ago 4 Dec 20, 3:14pm -
  • Tips to Help You Store Canning Jars
    You are probably looking for ideas on how to store your canning jars. It would be best if you could get cold, dry basements. Sadly, most people may not get either root cellars or...The post Tips to Help You Store Canning Jars appeared first on The H…
    - 55 days ago 2 Dec 20, 3:37pm -

Common Sense Homesteading

  • 10 Heirloom Seed Companies You Don’t Want to Miss
    Heirloom seed companies have been making a comeback, but what exactly are heirloom seeds, and where the best place to buy them? I'm sharing my favorite seed companies, plus reader recommendations and some unique seed sources to investigate. These hei…
    - 3 days ago 23 Jan 21, 5:59pm -
  • Ascites in Ducks – Treating Miss Emerald for Water Belly
    In fall 2018, we noticed that one of our runner ducks, Miss Emerald, was lethargic and having difficulty breathing. On closer examination, we suspected she had ascites, also known as “water belly”. We made the diagnosis in early October, and trea…
    - 3 days ago 22 Jan 21, 8:51pm -
  • Build a Secure Greenhouse Foundation That Preserves Your Growing Space
    In 2015, my family and I decided to build a large hobby greenhouse to expand our gardening options and growing season. We thought that the aluminum frame would be rigid enough that our greenhouse foundation could be a simple heavy wooden frame on the…
    - 8 days ago 18 Jan 21, 10:07am -
  • The Lost Ways Book – Does it Live Up to the Hype?
    We saw “The Lost Ways” by Claude Davis being advertised widely and purchased a copy. It has a a few interesting items, and a lot of recipes. Overall we do not recommend it. We'll explain why, and share the books that we prefer. The Lost Ways Book…
    - 9 days ago 17 Jan 21, 9:39am -
  • Emergency Radios (Receive Only and Handheld Radios)
    Emergency radios are designed to keep you connected when regular communications fail. In emergency situations like hurricanes, tornadoes, or power outages, a simple “receive only” type radio will get the job done. For communicating back and forth…
    - 9 days ago 16 Jan 21, 9:34pm -
  • Home Food Preservation – 10 Ways to Preserve Food at Home
    There's never better a better time to learn how to safely preserve food at home. Home food preservation helps you stock up and save money, whether you're growing your own food or buying in bulk. It adds variety to meals, and the flavor of home preser…
    - 10 days ago 16 Jan 21, 12:57pm -
  • The 4 Layers of Cold Weather Clothing Everyone Should Know
    Learn to dress for winter with the best cold weather clothing for warmth and safety, including windshells and wicking layers to protect from wind and sweat. In this post, we'll answer common questions about winter clothes and dressing for cold weathe…
    - 17 days ago 9 Jan 21, 12:29pm -
  • Raspberry Ribbon Cookies – Buttery Cookies and Raspberry Jam
    These raspberry ribbon cookies are one of my husband's favorite Christmas cookies. The rich, buttery cookies are filled with seedless raspberry jam, but you can substitute your favorite flavor if you prefer. One note about substitutions for the filli…
    - 30 days ago 26 Dec 20, 9:36pm -
  • Easy, Delicious Wassail Recipe (It Smells Like Christmas!)
    “What is that AMAZING smell? It smells like Christmas!” my nine year old exclaimed as she came down the stairs. That amazing smell was the traditional, holiday punch, Wassail, simmering on our wood cook stove. I keep it pretty simple around the h…
    - 32 days ago 25 Dec 20, 12:29am -
  • 12 Home Remedies for Cough from Honey to Heat
    In this post, we’ll cover some of the most effective home remedies for cough. Most of these remedies are safe for children and adults, and you may already have them in your pantry. Plus, they don't have the side effects of commercial products. What…
    - 38 days ago 19 Dec 20, 6:36pm -

Rural Revolution

  • Instant billionaire
    I stumbled upon a recent study that noted "Making more money really does make people happier." It starts: "The old saying goes 'money can’t buy happiness,' but a new study finds that's not exactly true. Although previous studies find there's a lim…
    - 1 day ago 24 Jan 21, 11:51pm -
  • Getting garlic in the ground
    We're at that awkward juncture where we don't yet have a garden laid out here at our new house, but there are some things that must be planted to thrive. Specifically, garlic. Garlic, as you know, must be planted in the fall (at least in northern are…
    - 3 days ago 23 Jan 21, 3:13pm -
  • Pretty sunset
    If there's one thing we thoroughly enjoyed about our last home, it was the sunsets. Seldom have I been in a place that had so many pretty ones.Here in our new place, we've been socked in by a lot of fog (it's January, after all). But the other evenin…
    - 5 days ago 21 Jan 21, 2:36pm -
  • Books as props
    When I was a teen, a restaurant in the town where I lived had two separate dining rooms: a brightly lit room with lots of windows where most diners ate, and a smaller wood-paneled room with walls of books for business meetings or other situations tha…
    - 6 days ago 20 Jan 21, 2:35pm -
  • A conversation taking place everywhere
    Don and I had a discussion about our finances this morning.No surprise. I imagine a lot of discussions about finances are happening in a lot of homes across America right now.Specifically, we discussed (more) ways to scale back our spending and conse…
    - 10 days ago 16 Jan 21, 12:13am -
  • First project for the new house
     We're settling into our new home.It's a standard three-bedroom, two-bath manufactured home, and it has a 20x20 foot addition tacked onto the living room, which makes for a very large living room indeed.One feature of this addition is a long wall, u…
    - 14 days ago 12 Jan 21, 3:26pm -
  • Technical difficulties, please stand by
    Thanks to a series of unfortunate events (this is the last time I ever try to alter a security feature!) on my email account, I am locked out of my email for an entire month.No, this isn't a result of Big Tech's massive bloodbath purge on half of Ame…
    - 16 days ago 10 Jan 21, 5:05pm -
  • The importance of tangible assets
    Here's news for you: Bitcoin has soared to new highs, trading at $35,000.Hard on the heels of this article was another that caught my eye: "The Case for Digital Assets."Call me a Luddite -- call me an old fuddy duddy -- but why would anyone put their…
    - 16 days ago 9 Jan 21, 8:55pm -
  • Blackberries: Love 'em or hate 'em
    When we lived in Oregon way back when, we had four acres of property. However one entire acre of it was unusable. Why? In a word, blackberries. They had literally covered a quarter of our property with a dense jungle of impenetrable thorns. With no t…
    - 17 days ago 9 Jan 21, 7:50pm -
  • Ug. 2021
    The events of the past week have been nutty and disturbing. Methinks this is just a foretaste of what 2021 will be like.
    - 17 days ago 8 Jan 21, 9:34pm -

New Life on a Homestead

  • How to Start an Edible Food Forest Garden
    What if you could grow a garden that not only provided nourishment, but also required minimal upkeep? What if that garden attracted pollinators, created wildlife habitat, and was beautiful to look at? You would do it in an instant, wouldn’t you? Wi…
    - 5 days ago 21 Jan 21, 3:40pm -
  • The True Costs of Owning Chickens
    Owning chickens can be a rewarding experience for any homesteader. You can get farm-fresh eggs and healthy meat for the whole family. But, newcomers to the world of homesteading and having livestock, in general, tend to expect an easier process than…
    - 7 days ago 19 Jan 21, 6:51pm -
  • 50 Baby Food Recipes Ideas (Yummy!)
    Having home canned goods to make baby food from is incredibly satisfying. Not only do you have the assurance of knowing exactly what you are feeding baby, canning your own food saves a lot of money as well!50 Baby Food Recipes Ideas (Yummy!) can be…
    - 7 days ago 19 Jan 21, 9:05am -
  • How to Hand Spin Wool and Mohair Into Yarn
    Spinning wool or mohair does not require a huge investment of money. Spinning wheels are beautiful – but very pricey. A handheld drop spindle typically costs less than $25, and can spin beautiful wool or mohair that you have raised on your homestea…
    - 14 days ago 12 Jan 21, 6:25pm -
  • Homeschooling Without A Set Schedule
    Homeschooling without a set schedule is bliss … pure bliss. Setting a rigid schedule when educating your children at home will turn what should be an exciting journey of discovery and learning into an exercise in absolute drudgery that too closely…
    - 16 days ago 10 Jan 21, 3:52pm -
  • The 3-Bin Compost System – Everything You Need To Know
    Americans produce almost 40 million tons of food waste each year – that means we’re putting about a pound of food into the trash each day, when this is totally unnecessary. Composting is a great way to reduce your household’s food waste and to…
    - 18 days ago 8 Jan 21, 6:49pm -
  • Cayuga Duck Breed Guide – Start Here
    Cayuga ducks are a beautiful and wonderfully docile breed. They were once the most popular meat duck in both the United States and England. Sadly, these docile and lovely poultry birds were classified as “threatened”, but have improved their popu…
    - 19 days ago 7 Jan 21, 5:02pm -
  • So, Do Ducks Need a Pond?
    Ducks need water – ducks love water … it is just that simple. Whether or not they need a pond is the one question most asked by potential newbie duck keepers. These cute egg birds are a great addition to virtually any homestead. This begs the que…
    - 21 days ago 5 Jan 21, 7:26pm -

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…
    - 40 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

  • 146 Ways to Predict the Weather
    Modern science has come so far that we can now accurately predict weather up to 10 days in advance. We receive hurricane, tornado, and even high wind warnings that give us enough time to evacuate, move to safety, or just hunker down at home. Meteorol…
    - 4 days ago 21 Jan 21, 9:38pm -
  • 21 Safety Tips When Working With Bees
    We have all heard that old cliché: Prevention is better than a cure. As it turns out, there is no more appropriate saying than that when it comes to working with bees. Bees sting out of instinct if they feel the hive or queen or colony is in danger.…
    - 7 days ago 19 Jan 21, 3:29pm -
  • Sexy Homemade Granola Parfaits
    Why do I call granola fruit parfaits sexy? Well, it all started years ago when a friend instructed me to bring a ‘sexy salad’ to a barbeque. I didn’t have to ask her what she meant – she wanted something different, with visual and taste appea…
    - 14 days ago 12 Jan 21, 10:38am -
  • How to Grow Marjoram – So Easy!
    Growing marjoram is a great way to add flavor and variety to both your kitchen and your herb garden. It’s actually not a difficult plant to grow as long as you pay attention to the weather. My fatal downfall was that I put my plants outside too soo…
    - 15 days ago 11 Jan 21, 3:35pm -
  • Here’s How Much Land You Need to Be Self-Sufficient
    I have lost count of how many times I have heard people say, “I dream of being self-sufficient”. We think back to the good old days of the pioneers when they created an idyllic House on the Prairie lifestyle. And the first thing they need to cons…
    - 19 days ago 7 Jan 21, 4:23pm -
  • How to Collect, Wash, and Store Chicken Eggs
    Have you ever looked at a hen, and wondered if she misses her eggs when they are gone? The answer is simple: for chickens, laying eggs is something they do out of instinct. You will see a clear difference between a chicken who is just laying an egg,…
    - 22 days ago 4 Jan 21, 4:44pm -
  • How to Build a Food Forest Step by Step
    A forest ecosystem makes an excellent model for a sustainable, permaculture system of growing food. Also known as a forest garden or food forest, this layered approach to growing food will provide an easy resource for food for many years to come once…
    - 33 days ago 24 Dec 20, 12:11pm -
  • How Much Do 55 Gallons of Water Weigh?
    Water is so important for everyone; it is recommended that we should drink at least 2 liters every day to keep us fit and healthy. I have never used water from my faucet for drinking because, although it looks clear and clean, I’m a little paranoid…
    - 38 days ago 19 Dec 20, 4:05pm -
  • How to Understand the Behavior of Your Ducks
    I studied body language at university and even wrote a course on it – human body language that is. But when you own as many animals as I do, you get to know each one’s personality (yes, I am one of those people who consider my pets to be children…
    - 40 days ago 17 Dec 20, 3:27pm -
  • Urban Permaculture – The Ultimate Guide
    Recent events have shown us how easily our food supply can be disrupted and just how helpful it can be to be able to provide at least some of our own food. Permaculture can help us do this by being more sustainable, saving money, and reducing waste.…
    - 41 days ago 15 Dec 20, 10:31pm -

New Life On a Homestead

  • How to Start an Edible Food Forest Garden
    What if you could grow a garden that not only provided nourishment, but also required minimal upkeep? What if that garden attracted pollinators, created wildlife habitat, and was beautiful to look at? You would do it in an instant, wouldn’t you? Wi…
    - 5 days ago 21 Jan 21, 3:40pm -
  • The True Costs of Owning Chickens
    Owning chickens can be a rewarding experience for any homesteader. You can get farm-fresh eggs and healthy meat for the whole family. But, newcomers to the world of homesteading and having livestock, in general, tend to expect an easier process than…
    - 7 days ago 19 Jan 21, 6:51pm -
  • 50 Baby Food Recipes Ideas (Yummy!)
    Having home canned goods to make baby food from is incredibly satisfying. Not only do you have the assurance of knowing exactly what you are feeding baby, canning your own food saves a lot of money as well!50 Baby Food Recipes Ideas (Yummy!) can be…
    - 7 days ago 19 Jan 21, 9:05am -
  • How to Hand Spin Wool and Mohair Into Yarn
    Spinning wool or mohair does not require a huge investment of money. Spinning wheels are beautiful – but very pricey. A handheld drop spindle typically costs less than $25, and can spin beautiful wool or mohair that you have raised on your homestea…
    - 14 days ago 12 Jan 21, 6:25pm -
  • Homeschooling Without A Set Schedule
    Homeschooling without a set schedule is bliss … pure bliss. Setting a rigid schedule when educating your children at home will turn what should be an exciting journey of discovery and learning into an exercise in absolute drudgery that too closely…
    - 16 days ago 10 Jan 21, 3:52pm -
  • The 3-Bin Compost System – Everything You Need To Know
    Americans produce almost 40 million tons of food waste each year – that means we’re putting about a pound of food into the trash each day, when this is totally unnecessary. Composting is a great way to reduce your household’s food waste and to…
    - 18 days ago 8 Jan 21, 6:49pm -
  • Cayuga Duck Breed Guide – Start Here
    Cayuga ducks are a beautiful and wonderfully docile breed. They were once the most popular meat duck in both the United States and England. Sadly, these docile and lovely poultry birds were classified as “threatened”, but have improved their popu…
    - 19 days ago 7 Jan 21, 5:02pm -
  • So, Do Ducks Need a Pond?
    Ducks need water – ducks love water … it is just that simple. Whether or not they need a pond is the one question most asked by potential newbie duck keepers. These cute egg birds are a great addition to virtually any homestead. This begs the que…
    - 21 days ago 5 Jan 21, 7:26pm -

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…
    - 9 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…
    - 78 days ago 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

  • newDIY Wine Cellar Plans + 10 Ideas to Inspire You
    When you first moved into your house or apartment, there were probably a few things on your wish list. Maybe it was a fireplace. Or perhaps, a big open kitchen. And of course, you probably had a beautiful yard to grow a garden on your list. If you co…
    - 16 hours ago 25 Jan 21, 5:00pm -
  • Growing Black Beans
    Green “snap” beans are a staple in many a homesteader’s garden, and rightly so — they’re delicious and flavorsome, and eating green beans straight off the vine is one of the great pleasures in growing your own food. But far fewer gardeners…
    - 4 days ago 22 Jan 21, 5:40pm -
  • Homestead Stories: Goatsbeard
    “That’s a lovely astilbe.” I paused to study an addition to my friend’s garden. “It’s new, isn’t it? How did you get it to grow so quickly?” “Actually,” she said (with her usual sly grin). “It’s not astilbe — although it doe…
    - 4 days ago 21 Jan 21, 10:59pm -
  • Buying Baby Chicks: A First-Timer’s Guide
    Raising your own backyard chickens makes you feel connected to the source of your food, and proud of every egg you eat. There are lots of resources to help you get started if you are a first-time chicken owner. Here, we will look at where and how to…
    - 8 days ago 18 Jan 21, 6:00pm -
  • Winter Foraging: 20+ Edible Greens, Nuts, Seeds, and Fruits to Forage For in Cold Weather
    Foraging food and medicinal plants at temperatures below 30 degrees Fahrenheit may seem impossible, but you simply need some knowledge and know-how.  Of course, winter foraging isn’t going to bring home the bounty that you find during the warmer s…
    - 11 days ago 15 Jan 21, 3:57am -
  • Keyhole Garden: How To Build One and 30+ Inspirational Ideas For Your Garden
    First made popular in Africa, the keyhole garden is catching on in Texas and other hot, dry places. Keyhole gardens hold moisture and nutrients due to an active compost pile placed in the center of a round bed. Although most helpful in hot and dry lo…
    - 15 days ago 11 Jan 21, 6:33pm -
  • Raising Angora Goats for Soft and Sustainable Mohair Fiber
    When we decided to leave the city behind and start homesteading, one of the first animals I wanted was goats. But the breed of goat became a big question. Fainting, Nigerian dwarf, Pygmy –? And then I learned about Angora goats, and I knew they wou…
    - 17 days ago 9 Jan 21, 4:59am -
  • 13 DIY Flavored Water Drinks to Stay Hydrated and Healthy
    Stop already, you say. You’ve heard it all before: Drink plenty of water, stay hydrated, and stay healthy. You may think it’s boring. It’s old advice. But even though this is sage advice, few people pay conscious attention to the amount of wate…
    - 20 days ago 6 Jan 21, 7:07pm -
  • Hugelkultur: What It Is & Inspiration For Your Permaculture Garden
    Instead of putting those small branches, leaves, and grass clippings in bags by the curbside…build a hugelkultur bed. Simply mound logs, branches, leaves, grass clippings, straw, cardboard, petroleum-free newspaper, manure, compost, or whatever ot…
    - 22 days ago 4 Jan 21, 6:31pm -
  • Homestead Stories: The Delicate Donkey Tail Succulent
    “Oh my!” I exclaimed as I stood with a friend admiring her latest garden addition. She was more creative than I and loved to experiment with uniquely new things. “What did you say it was called?” “It’s a donkey tail succulent,” she said…
    - 25 days ago 1 Jan 21, 7:21pm -

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

  • new12 Fast Maturing Tomato Varieties For Short-Season Growers
    Tomatoes seem to be the one crop that everyone grows. Whether it’s a huge garden with row upon row of them or a cherry tomato plant in a container on the patio, chances are, if you garden, you grow tomatoes. And what about those diehards that grow…
    - 20 hours ago 25 Jan 21, 12:57pm -
  • new14 Common Raised Bed Mistakes You Must Avoid
    Raised beds are enormously popular among beginner and experienced gardeners alike. They’re a great choice for folks with limited space. A well-kept raised bed always looks great in your yard. They’re practically immune to soil erosion. And you ca…
    - 21 hours ago 25 Jan 21, 11:13am -
  • LED Grow Lights – Know the Truth vs the Enormous Hype
    At some point in your gardening or houseplant journey, you’ll find yourself wondering if you need a grow light. Maybe you want to get a jump on the gardening season and produce some exceptionally hardy little seedlings. Or maybe you have a finicky…
    - 4 days ago 22 Jan 21, 2:02pm -
  • How to Make Your First Gallon of Mead
    For many folks, mead is something you read about in books with dwarves and elves, not something you actually drink. But for those of us in the know, mead is a delicious sip of fermented sunshine. As cliché as it sounds, I had my first taste of mead…
    - 5 days ago 21 Jan 21, 2:16pm -
  • 15 Colorful Trees & Shrubs to Attract Stunning Birds To Your Backyard
    Do you enjoy watching birds from the window, peering out several times a day to see what is going on in the outside world? If you would like to increase the activity and flight time in your backyard know that there are several easy ways to attract mo…
    - 6 days ago 20 Jan 21, 2:31pm -
  • 5 Ways To Attract Beautiful Birds To Your Garden
    Birdscaping. Did you even know that was a thing or a necessary and environmentally-friendly act that you can easily carry out in your own backyard? If you’ve already encountered this beautiful new verbiage and have taken the steps to implement it i…
    - 6 days ago 20 Jan 21, 2:22pm -
  • Top 10 Cooking Herbs To Grow In Your Culinary Herb Garden
    In my mind, it’s simple – if you enjoy cooking, you should have a culinary herb garden. The plants beautify your home, the flavor and scent of fresh herbs are marvelous, and growing your own herbs is cost-effective. Where to plant? You don’t ne…
    - 7 days ago 19 Jan 21, 12:05pm -
  • 10 Steps For Starting Tomatoes & Peppers Indoors + The Secret Trick For Sturdy Transplants
    You don’t need to wait for spring to arrive before you get your garden started. In a colder climate zone, it makes sense to get started by sowing seeds early in the year – indoors on your windowsills. Starting your own seedlings is a great way to…
    - 7 days ago 19 Jan 21, 10:49am -
  • Container Veg Gardening: 30 Edibles To Grow In Pots & Why You Should
    The number one reason for most people choosing container vegetable gardening is to save space. While this is a fantastic reason to get started, it is by no means the only benefit you will receive from learning how to grow food in containers. Growing…
    - 8 days ago 18 Jan 21, 2:42pm -
  • 12 DIY Compost Bin & Tumbler Ideas Anyone Can Make
    The aroma and texture of finished compost – or humus – is a divine thing. Rich, dark, and crumbly, humus has a sweet, loamy, and deeply earthy scent that is reminiscent of a stroll through a forest after a fresh rainfall. Teeming with a gazillion…
    - 11 days ago 15 Jan 21, 1:44pm -

Little House on the Prairie Living

  • Homemade Strawberry Pop Tarts Recipe
    Want to make a homemade version of strawberry pop tarts? Your family is going to love this super easy recipe! Strawberry Pop Tarts Recipe I just love to make homemade versions of “store food”. It almost always comes out cheaper and you get to dec…
    - 1 day ago 25 Jan 21, 8:15am -
  • Quick Pull-Apart Rolls Recipe
    These Pull Apart Rolls are easy to make and fun to eat!The post Quick Pull-Apart Rolls Recipe appeared first on Little House Living.
    - 5 days ago 21 Jan 21, 3:00pm -
  • How to Organize and Downsize Toys, Games, and Movies
    Want to downsize and clean out to make space in areas you didn't even know existed? Here's how we did it!The post How to Organize and Downsize Toys, Games, and Movies appeared first on Little House Living.
    - 5 days ago 21 Jan 21, 11:00am -
  • Simple Cheeseburger Casserole for Supper or Breakfast
    Looking for a delicious new casserole for your family to try? This Simple Cheeseburger Casserole makes the perfect supper or breakfast! Simple Cheeseburger Casserole Having a collection of versatile casserole dishes is a must for simple, everyday coo…
    - 6 days ago 20 Jan 21, 8:10am -
  • Easy Homemade Gluten Free Bread in the Bread Machine
    Are you looking for the perfect homemade gluten free bread to make for your family? This easy recipe will make you wonder why you ever bought it! Homemade Gluten Free Bread Recipe I’ve been trying to figure out for YEARS how to make a yummy gluten…
    - 8 days ago 18 Jan 21, 8:31am -
  • January 2021 Book Reviews
    I know that it’s been a while since I’ve been getting my book reviews done, but I’m back in action now! Check out this brand new blog post with some brand new books that I’ve been checking out this month. Scroll to the bottom of the post to e…
    - 12 days ago 14 Jan 21, 4:33pm -
  • My Frugal Go To Recipes
    Don’t think you can make any filling recipes with what you have at home? These are my frugal go-to recipes that I can use to stretch almost any amount left at the end of my food budget! My Frugal Go To Recipes The other day, I received a question f…
    - 12 days ago 14 Jan 21, 3:00pm -
  • Reducing Holiday Gift Clutter
    So much stuff and so little room! Here's how to reduce that holiday clutter!The post Reducing Holiday Gift Clutter appeared first on Little House Living.
    - 12 days ago 14 Jan 21, 3:00pm -
  • Pigs In a Blanket
    Want to make some tasty, cheesy Pigs in a Blanket from scratch? This is a recipe that our family has loved for many years! Pigs in a Blanket I discovered this idea in an old Taste of Home Cookbook. I decided it needed a little tweaking since there wa…
    - 12 days ago 14 Jan 21, 9:00am -
  • The Little House Living Show – Episode 014 – Saving Money on Healthier Foods
    The Little House Living Show – Episode 014 – Saving Money on Healthier Foods 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…
    - 13 days ago 13 Jan 21, 8:06am -