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  • What is a Stainless Steel Table Used For?
    There are many uses for stainless steel tables. Doctors use them to conduct surgeries, train surgeons, cut open cadavers for research, and sometimes display them in an operating room or hospital hallway. Pathologists use them to slice through human t…
    - 5 days ago 29 Nov 21, 9:04pm -
  • Your Own Wonderland: Everything You Need to Beautify Your Backyard
    Maintaining your home’s appearance is a must for the savvy homeowner, whether you’re selling your home or inviting friends and coworkers over, a well-manicured front lawn can convey a solid, positive first impression of both the property and its…
    - 12 days ago 22 Nov 21, 6:37pm -
  • The Benefits of Landscape Lighting
    Maybe you’ve spent a significant amount of time, money, or perhaps both making the exterior of your home beautiful, and especially your landscaping. If so, you of course want to highlight what you’ve done, so why not add lighting to your landscap…
    - 14 days ago 20 Nov 21, 9:57am -
  • Video: Most Misunderstood Aspect of Simple Living
    We are sharing a great video from Kalle Flodin where he explains the most misunderstood aspects of simple living. We really appreciate how unabashedly honest he is, and transparent he is about simple living. The video contains a guide through the pro…
    - 17 days ago 17 Nov 21, 9:36pm -
  • What is new in dining room tables?
    The dining room is that one room where all the family comes together for a meal. It’s a communal room where the furnishing is practical as well as attractive. The centerpiece of every dining room is, of course, the table and its matching chairs. Wh…
    - 19 days ago 15 Nov 21, 8:45am -
  • Dandelion Jelly Recipe
    Even if it is November time now, you can already prepare for the upcoming spring and try out this dandelion jelly recipe. Make sure the dandelions you pick are organic and have not been sprayed with weed killer. Time to collect your empty jars alread…
    - 27 days ago 7 Nov 21, 4:05am -
  • A Veterinarian’s Perspective on Prepper Medicine
    A veterinarian’s perspective on prepper medicine on ailments and the antibiotics that help cure them. A lot of info on antibiotics and how to use them, when to use them and when to use something different. Survival Blog shares this and more info. I…
    - 28 days ago 6 Nov 21, 6:15pm -
  • Working the Land: 3 Essential Natural Gardening Tips for Beginners 
    Long ago, it was common for people to work their own land. In fact, where most citizens today can tell the difference between fast food restaurants, a century ago, most people could discern the difference between edible and non-edible plants with eas…
    - 35 days ago 30 Oct 21, 8:26am -
  • Wild Horsemint Leaves Sore Muscle Rub Homemade Healing Recipe
    This Wild Horsemint Leaves Sore Muscle Rub Homemade Healing Recipe is a blessing from Mother Nature and a knowledgeable homesteader who generously good-spirited shares with the whole homesteading community this pain relief sore muscle rub home remedy…
    - 38 days ago 27 Oct 21, 3:00pm -
  • How to save on flowers
    If you’re preparing for a wedding, anniversary, or any other function where you need flowers, then the most important thing you need is to know where to get the best arrangement at the lowest price. Saving on flowers doesn’t mean you compromise o…
    - 46 days ago 19 Oct 21, 3:27pm -

Common Sense Homesteading

  • newThrunite TN12 Flashlight Review and Usage Tips
    The Thrunite TN12 is a great 18650 flashlight for camping or night work. You'll notice it in a pocket, but it's still small enough for an EDC flashlight. When we have to search around the yard in the dark, this is the flashlight we grab. There are tw…
    - 10 hours ago 4 Dec 21, 12:01am -
  • When the Power Grid Fails – 12 Things You Need to Prepare
    In this post, we'll discuss why the power grid fails, and how to prepare for a power outage that disrupts electricity and basic services such as communications, water and trash pickup. If the power grid goes down, water and natural gas will likely fa…
    - 3 days ago 1 Dec 21, 12:00pm -
  • Everything You Need to Know About the 18650 Battery
    This post tells you everything you need to know about 18650 batteries. We'll talk about different types, features, charging, lifespans, and our recommendations for batteries and chargers. What is an 18650? An 18650 is a lithium ion rechargeable batte…
    - 3 days ago 1 Dec 21, 1:12am -
  • Root Cellars 101 – Root Cellar Design, Use and Mistakes to Avoid
    In this article we'll talk about 5 basic things you must include in a root cellar design, plus 10 tips for fruit and vegetable storage. There's also a printable storage guide for over 30 fruits and veggies, and links to additional information at the…
    - 4 days ago 30 Nov 21, 2:09pm -
  • Kaito KA500 Emergency Radio Review
    This small versatile radio lets you listen to AM, FM, NOAA Emergency and Shortwave (HAM).  It does not broadcast.  The Kaito KA500L can be charged using solar, crank, or USB.  The radio can also charge a cellphone or other USB device.  It includ…
    - 7 days ago 27 Nov 21, 8:42pm -
  • Nutrimill Grain Mill (Which one should I get?)
    I've had a Nutrimill Classic grain mill for around 10 years, and recently got a chance to try their their Harvest grain mill. (They also have a Plus grain mill, which I researched but did not test at home.) We'll review and compare Nutrimill grain mi…
    - 12 days ago 22 Nov 21, 12:53am -
  • Bulk Grain – Where to Get it, How to Store it
    Bulk grains are a classic preparedness storage food because they have great shelf life. Whether you're buying quinoa, rice or other gluten free grains, or stocking up on wheat berries for delicious homemade bread, buying bulk grain is a great way to…
    - 13 days ago 21 Nov 21, 12:13am -
  • Easy Apple Crisp (without Oats)
    This easy apple crisp recipe without oats is one of our favorite fall desserts. Enjoy it plain, or top with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. We also include baking tips for crispier crisp and best apple varieties. This recipe is simple enough tha…
    - 20 days ago 14 Nov 21, 9:28am -
  • Preparedness Storage – Finding Room and Keeping it Safe and Sound
    With ongoing economic uncertainty and erratic weather conditions, investing in food and general preparedness storage makes sense and can provide a very good return on time and money spent. Food prices keep creeping up and packages keep getting smalle…
    - 27 days ago 7 Nov 21, 3:19pm -
  • 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…
    - 29 days ago 5 Nov 21, 10:07pm -

Rural Revolution

  • newFirewood shortage
    A couple weeks ago, I stumbled across an article entitled "Americans Panic-Buy Firewood And Stoves Amid Energy Crisis": "The global energy crisis has led to a spike in natural gas, heating oil, propane, and power prices, making the cost of heating a…
    - 19 hours ago 3 Dec 21, 3:57pm -
  • Dinosaurs in the mist
    I stepped outside early yesterday morning and saw ... dinosaurs in the mist.I mean honestly, don't these birds look prehistoric?With those long necks, it looked like a miniature version of Jurassic Park.Yep, dinosaurs in the mist.
    - 2 days ago 2 Dec 21, 6:13pm -
  • Veggies in oyster sauce
    I mentioned in passing Older Daughter's killer recipe for green beans in oyster sauce she made for Thanksgiving. A reader asked for additional information on it.Older Daughter got this recipe from her old boss in New Jersey and brought it home to us.…
    - 3 days ago 1 Dec 21, 12:43pm -
  • A charmingly late Thanksgiving
    Last year, we had an "alternate" Thanksgiving dinner: sushi. That's because we were still camping in our rental house and had no means to cook a fancy dinner.This year, because Older Daughter and I both had to work on Thanksgiving, we postponed our c…
    - 3 days ago 1 Dec 21, 2:02am -
  • NaNoWriMo – done!
    Phew! I finally passed the 50,000-word mark on my NaNoWriMo project!Here are my stats from the website:And the badges earned, including the little winner's mountaintop thingybobber signifying a completed project:I realize most of you are probably sup…
    - 4 days ago 30 Nov 21, 6:27pm -
  • Maternity ward
    This made me laugh. Been there done that.
    - 7 days ago 27 Nov 21, 6:04pm -
  • Remember the cat who fell upstairs?
    I'm sure you all remember Older Daughter's cat Frumpkin – the Cat Who Fell Upstairs. For new readers, Frumpkin was abandoned by people who moved out (this was in our old neighborhood). He was left to fend for himself, a cruel fate for a former hous…
    - 7 days ago 27 Nov 21, 3:39pm -
  • Only 6,600 words to go
    I'm still slogging along on my NaNoWriMo word count.It's been an intense month, but I only have 6,600 words left to go!Yowza, this book will take a LOT of editing when the first draft is finished. But at least I've got a draft to edit. Progress!
    - 8 days ago 26 Nov 21, 10:26pm -
  • No Thanksgiving tomorrow
    We won't be holding Thanksgiving tomorrow since Older Daughter and I are both working.Instead, we'll be holding our dinner on Sunday, when Older Daughter will be able to join us.Meanwhile, I wish you all a blessed, peaceful, and abundant Thanksgiving…
    - 10 days ago 24 Nov 21, 10:19pm -
  • First snowfall
    Yesterday we had lovely weather: high temp 50F, sunny, beautiful.Fat quail in the driveway:Fat turkeys in the field:Today is quite a contrast. We've had frosts and the faintest dusting of snow in the last couple weeks, but today we had our first real…
    - 11 days ago 23 Nov 21, 6:52pm -

New Life on a Homestead

  • 9 Ways to Sex Baby Ducks
    Learning the sex of ducklings can be a puzzling yet entertaining endeavor. All of the cute little baby ducks in your brooder or incubator might look and sound identical at first glance, but there are slight but distinct differences between the future…
    - 6 days ago 28 Nov 21, 1:42pm -
  • How to Color Homemade Soap With Mica Powder
    Coloring homemade soap with mica powder is a quick and simple way to create a vibrant colored soap naturally. Using mica powder to make bold or pastel hues in homemade soap also allows the maker to match the color of the bar to the scented ingredient…
    - 8 days ago 26 Nov 21, 12:41pm -
  • 29 Uses For Old Cooking Oil On the Homestead
    Cooking oil is a pantry staple that has far more uses than just frying up some delicious fried chicken. Both the versatility and long-shelf life of cooking oil make it a fantastic multi-use item for preppers and frugal homesteading folks alike. Pouri…
    - 9 days ago 25 Nov 21, 5:02pm -
  • How To Prepare For Hard Times Ahead
    Here are 11 tips to being more prepared for whatever lies ahead in our economy.How To Prepare For Hard Times Ahead can be read in full at New Life On A Homestead- Be sure to check it out!
    - 11 days ago 23 Nov 21, 8:08pm -
  • Foraging and Using the Eastern Redbud Tree
    The Eastern Redbud tree is one of the first trees you might spot blooming in the year if you live around the eastern side of the United States. In identification books, the Eastern Redbud tree will be known as the Cercis canadensis. This tree is also…
    - 12 days ago 22 Nov 21, 12:21pm -
  • Cinnamon Dough Ornament Recipe For Christmas Trees And Rustic Decor
    Cinnamon dough ornaments not only look rustically beautiful when hung on a Christmas tree, they also make fragrant hanging decor year round. The ornaments can be hung simply on a piece of twine to continue the rustic. You can also thin a piece of rib…
    - 15 days ago 19 Nov 21, 12:02pm -
  • 20 Ways to Make Your Homestead Energy-Efficient
    Although the homestead lifestyle as a whole tends to embrace a more self-reliant, simpler existence, it does not automatically require you to remove all the fantastic technology that can make your life easier. Nor should it. Using modern appliances i…
    - 16 days ago 18 Nov 21, 4:00pm -
  • How To Can Corned Beef – Step By Step
    Ok, this is not your mom’s corned beef… Quick story. My dad always has corned beef hash the night before hunting season opens as a good luck charm. He cooks up corned beef and potatoes, stories are told, and the tradition remains alive for anothe…
    - 19 days ago 15 Nov 21, 11:43am -

The Prairie Homestead

  • How To Use Einkorn Flour
    Have you ever heard of einkorn flour? I’m always late to new trends and I can admit that it took me quite a while to catch onto the idea of using einkorn flour in my baking. Einkorn flour has been generating quite the buzz these days. If you’ve b…
    - 2 days ago 2 Dec 21, 9:31pm -
  • How to Make Dehydrated Vegetable Powders
    There has been a dehydrator in my home for years, but until recently it sat quietly on a shelf collecting dust. Canning has always been my go-to vegetable preservation method, but lately, I have been in love with dehydrating my food and even MORE obs…
    - 11 days ago 23 Nov 21, 11:04am -
  • Homemade Sourdough Donuts
    Confession: baking with sourdough hasn’t always been easy for me. But I loved the challenge and I kept at it until I found my sourdough rhythm.  I am not ashamed to admit that sourdough and I started out with more of a love-hate relationship. We a…
    - 16 days ago 18 Nov 21, 5:00pm -
  • How to Create and Maintain Pasture Land
      Raising our own grass-fed beef herd, having horses, and owning other grazing animals has really brought to light the importance of having a well-maintained pasture on our homestead. These days, it seems like more and more folks are choosing the ho…
    - 25 days ago 8 Nov 21, 11:31pm -

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 Much Firewood Is in a Cord?
    Anyone who buys firewood regularly, whether for providing a permanent source of heat to a homestead or a cozy ambient fire in a traditional house, will be familiar with the term, “cord of firewood”. However, if you are a first-time buyer you may…
    - 1 day ago 3 Dec 21, 12:26am -
  • So, Why Do Beekeepers Charge for Bee Removal?
    Some 45 years back (when I was kid) we woke up to loud, aggressive buzzing coming from our fireplace. My dad called a beekeeper to come fetch the bees and was informed that the bees could be removed for a fee. He became somewhat angry because he thou…
    - 3 days ago 1 Dec 21, 12:06am -
  • So, How Long Does Canned Food Really Last?
    Canned food is something of a staple in our household, we tend to use either a tin of sweet corn or baked beans with almost every meal. They’re long-lasting, flavorful, and easy to cook – you just boil them. Now, being long-lasting doesn’t mean…
    - 5 days ago 28 Nov 21, 11:38pm -
  • How Long Does Bottled Water Last? What about Tap or Borehole Water?
    For years water has been served up in bottles, from taps, from boreholes, and even untreated rivers that are the only source of water for millions of people worldwide. Each has its own pros and cons. It is a hot topic that affects every person and an…
    - 7 days ago 26 Nov 21, 10:34pm -
  • 8 Ways of Preserving Food like the Native Americans
    Native Americans – they were the ultimate survivalists. Their lifestyle was such that they made everything that they needed. They were farmers, extraordinarily efficient hunters, and experienced foragers. By October and early November every year, t…
    - 9 days ago 25 Nov 21, 4:19pm -
  • 14 Ways to Save Money on Diapers
    Being a parent is tough – I’m not even a parent and I know that – it’s especially tough when you have to shop for the little ones and the price tags on all the things you need are through the roof. One of the more expensive things you’ll be…
    - 12 days ago 22 Nov 21, 1:14pm -
  • Delicious Lentils and Rice Recipe
    This recipe can be really delicious with some added stir-fried vegetables, or as an accompaniment to meat or fish. It can also be made vegetarian if you use a vegetable broth instead of a meat based one. Lentils are included in stockpiles because the…
    - 24 days ago 10 Nov 21, 2:20pm -
  • Are Juniper Berries Poisonous?
    When you’re living off the land, there’s a wide variety of edible plants from which you can choose to eat. On the other hand, there’s also a wide variety of inedible plants which will make you very sick (or worse) if ingested. With that in mind…
    - 25 days ago 9 Nov 21, 2:29pm -
  • 65 Juicy Homesteading Tips and Tricks
    Whether you are a new homesteader, old – sorry, experienced – homesteader, or wannabe homesteader, this article is going to be a great read. You know the old saying “You can’t teach an old dog a new trick”? Well… you will learn some new t…
    - 26 days ago 8 Nov 21, 7:24pm -
  • The Best Way to Store Cornmeal
    I know I have thrown away a lot of cornmeal in my young and dumb years. I have wasted a lot! But the cornmeal I have thrown out was never due to expiry dates, it was always because of mealworms. If stored in the correct conditions, your cornmeal can…
    - 29 days ago 5 Nov 21, 2:17pm -

New Life On a Homestead

  • 9 Ways to Sex Baby Ducks
    Learning the sex of ducklings can be a puzzling yet entertaining endeavor. All of the cute little baby ducks in your brooder or incubator might look and sound identical at first glance, but there are slight but distinct differences between the future…
    - 6 days ago 28 Nov 21, 1:42pm -
  • How to Color Homemade Soap With Mica Powder
    Coloring homemade soap with mica powder is a quick and simple way to create a vibrant colored soap naturally. Using mica powder to make bold or pastel hues in homemade soap also allows the maker to match the color of the bar to the scented ingredient…
    - 8 days ago 26 Nov 21, 12:41pm -
  • 29 Uses For Old Cooking Oil On the Homestead
    Cooking oil is a pantry staple that has far more uses than just frying up some delicious fried chicken. Both the versatility and long-shelf life of cooking oil make it a fantastic multi-use item for preppers and frugal homesteading folks alike. Pouri…
    - 9 days ago 25 Nov 21, 5:02pm -
  • How To Prepare For Hard Times Ahead
    Here are 11 tips to being more prepared for whatever lies ahead in our economy.How To Prepare For Hard Times Ahead can be read in full at New Life On A Homestead- Be sure to check it out!
    - 11 days ago 23 Nov 21, 8:08pm -
  • Foraging and Using the Eastern Redbud Tree
    The Eastern Redbud tree is one of the first trees you might spot blooming in the year if you live around the eastern side of the United States. In identification books, the Eastern Redbud tree will be known as the Cercis canadensis. This tree is also…
    - 12 days ago 22 Nov 21, 12:21pm -
  • Cinnamon Dough Ornament Recipe For Christmas Trees And Rustic Decor
    Cinnamon dough ornaments not only look rustically beautiful when hung on a Christmas tree, they also make fragrant hanging decor year round. The ornaments can be hung simply on a piece of twine to continue the rustic. You can also thin a piece of rib…
    - 15 days ago 19 Nov 21, 12:02pm -
  • 20 Ways to Make Your Homestead Energy-Efficient
    Although the homestead lifestyle as a whole tends to embrace a more self-reliant, simpler existence, it does not automatically require you to remove all the fantastic technology that can make your life easier. Nor should it. Using modern appliances i…
    - 16 days ago 18 Nov 21, 4:00pm -
  • How To Can Corned Beef – Step By Step
    Ok, this is not your mom’s corned beef… Quick story. My dad always has corned beef hash the night before hunting season opens as a good luck charm. He cooks up corned beef and potatoes, stories are told, and the tradition remains alive for anothe…
    - 19 days ago 15 Nov 21, 11:43am -

Homestead Honey

  • 10 Ways to Protect Plants from Frost and Extend Your Harvest
    Like many gardeners, when Autumn comes around I obsessively check my weather app for signs of frost or a hard freeze. I put a lot of work into growing a late summer and fall garden, and know that my future harvest depends on protecting plants from fr…
    - 6 days ago 28 Nov 21, 9:05pm -
  • Building Our Home: The Basement
    To tell the story of a simple basement I should backtrack to the beginning of our time here in Vermont. We moved here in August 2018 with a few plans in place: A beautiful rental house, a school we adored, and the knowledge that some close friends fr…
    - 46 days ago 19 Oct 21, 1:46pm -
  • The Best Apples for Hard Cider
    As we select fruit trees for our homestead orchard, I’m considering how we will actually use the fruit we grow. With apples, for instance, one of the primary ways we preserve and enjoy apples is making hard apple cider. So, as I research apple vari…
    - 50 days ago 15 Oct 21, 1:48pm -
  • 17 Uses for Crabapples Your Family Will Love
    Wandering around my new workplace, a dairy farm turned apple orchard turned school, I have been wondering how I can make use of the dozens of crabapple trees growing on the land. Crabapples are common throughout the United States, often found in neig…
    - 67 days ago 28 Sep 21, 4:48pm -
  • Hardneck vs. Softneck Garlic: The Differences You Need to Know
    Just when you thought you survived peak harvest season, with all of its picking and preserving, garlic planting season arrives! In preparation for fall garlic planting, let’s discuss hardneck vs. softneck garlic. Garlic is one of my favorite crops…
    - 85 days ago 10 Sep 21, 9:00pm -
  • Living Off the Grid with an Electric Vehicle
    In September, 2020 I began a 24-month lease on a 2020 Nissan LEAF, a fully electric vehicle (EV). Since then, I’ve navigated the somewhat challenging, but ultimately rewarding combination of living off the grid and driving an electric vehicle. In t…
    - 1 Aug 21, 10:28pm -
  • 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…
    - 17 Jan 21, 8:00pm -

Nifty Homestead

  • newIntroduction To Permaculture
    Interested in permaculture and not sure what to plant? This could be a great article to get ideas for unique and useful permaculture species! Before we begin, let’s talk about what permaculture is.  What Is Permaculture? Permaculture is a land man…
    - 11 hours ago 3 Dec 21, 11:10pm -
  • 21 Off-Grid Tools We Love
    We recently asked our Insteading Community and YouTube viewers if they had any questions about homesteading that we might answer. You all replied with some great questions, and gave us a lot of ideas on material we can pull together to help you! So f…
    - 3 days ago 1 Dec 21, 10:20pm -
  • 6 Reasons Why I Chose Clover as a Living Mulch
    I mentioned in my post about building raised beds that I chose to add New Zealand white clover to the edges of the raised bed to act as a living mulch. First off, I should explain what a living mulch is, and how it differs from a cover crop: “In ag…
    - 4 days ago 29 Nov 21, 10:53pm -
  • Homestead Stories: Growing Vegetables Indoors
    The growing season is too short and I long for fresh vegetables year-round. Whilst most supermarkets have fresh produce (at a price depending on where it came from), there’s nothing quite like growing one’s own food, indoors or out, and enjoying…
    - 9 days ago 24 Nov 21, 10:54pm -
  • Companion Planting For Turnips
    Turnips are great for any garden, and you can use companion planting to help them grow even better. Permaculture Research Institute describes companion planting as “A gardening method which makes use of the synergistic properties found in nature: c…
    - 11 days ago 22 Nov 21, 10:47pm -
  • 20 Festive Holiday Dessert Recipes
    If you’re in search of some holiday dessert recipes for the festive and chilly season, you’ve come to the right place. From traditional classics, classics with a twist, and maybe some things you’ve not thought of, we’ve put together a list of…
    - 14 days ago 19 Nov 21, 10:58pm -
  • Growing Cucumbers Using A Trellis
    I love growing fresh cucumbers in my country garden and enjoy having plenty for salads and pickling. Most seasons, I have lots left over to share with friends and family or to sell at the market. Native to India, cucumbers are members of the cucurbit…
    - 16 days ago 17 Nov 21, 11:05pm -
  • How To Capture And Use Wild Yeast
    I have a secret weapon in my kitchen. It makes my daily bread taste amazing (and far more digestible than anything store-bought). As long as I take care of the starter, this weapon is an endless material. And the best part of all? It’s free for the…
    - 18 days ago 15 Nov 21, 10:55pm -
  • 6 Healing Herbs You Should Know About
    Of the thousands of plants growing wild in nature, most are considered common weeds. However, many of these plants have healing, therapeutic properties.  When out exploring nature, don’t be too quick to dismiss a plant as just another wildflower o…
    - 22 days ago 12 Nov 21, 10:07pm -
  • Ethically Harvesting & Processing Aloe Vera
    Had fun in the sun and now your skin is burned? Do you deal with irritating skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, or eczema? Are you constipated or have digestive issues? What about dental plaque? Do you have buildup? The list could go on, but let…
    - 23 days ago 10 Nov 21, 11:20pm -

Tenth Acre Farm

  • Get Them What They’ll Love: 2021 Gift Guide for Permaculture Gardeners
    Do you know a gardener who loves growing an ecologically rich, backyard food garden? If so, then these gifts for permaculture gardeners are sure to please!The post Get Them What They’ll Love: 2021 Gift Guide for Permaculture Gardeners appeared fir…
    - 16 days ago 18 Nov 21, 2:15pm -
  • How to Source Herbicide-Free Compost Soil
    Compost used to be the heart of organic gardening. Now, herbicide contamination is a major concern. Learn 5 questions to ask before buying compost soil.The post How to Source Herbicide-Free Compost Soil appeared first on Tenth Acre Farm.
    - 19 days ago 15 Nov 21, 6:40pm -
  • Growing Community Against Steep Odds: A Community Garden Story
    Read about how one suburb created a community garden that demonstrates a permaculture response to land repair, community fellowship, and growing food.The post Growing Community Against Steep Odds: A Community Garden Story appeared first on Tenth Acr…
    - 30 days ago 4 Nov 21, 3:03pm -
  • How to Keep Persistent Herbicides Out of Your Compost Bin
    Compost can easily be contaminated with persistent herbicide which may harm your garden. Learn the cause and how to keep it out of your compost bin.The post How to Keep Persistent Herbicides Out of Your Compost Bin appeared first on Tenth Acre Farm.
    - 32 days ago 2 Nov 21, 4:54pm -
  • Harvesting, Curing, and Storing Sweet Potatoes
    Follow this step-by-step guide to harvesting, curing, and storing sweet potatoes so you can have delicious, homegrown sweet potatoes at Thanksgiving Dinner.The post Harvesting, Curing, and Storing Sweet Potatoes appeared first on Tenth Acre Farm.
    - 39 days ago 26 Oct 21, 8:25pm -
  • 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.
    - 72 days ago 23 Sep 21, 1:55pm -
  • How to Have a Productive Fall Garden (in 5 Easy Steps)
    Would you like to have a high-yielding fall vegetable garden? Follow these five easy steps for a smooth transition from summer to fall.The post How to Have a Productive Fall Garden (in 5 Easy Steps) appeared first on Tenth Acre Farm.
    - 18 Aug 21, 6:53pm -
  • 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 -

Rural Sprout

  • Poinsettias & Other Holiday Plants That Are Toxic To Pets (& 3 That Aren’t)
    As the holidays approach and we begin to decorate our homes, stringing lights and hanging wreaths, I have to wonder what our pets think of all this. I’ve always imagined …The post Poinsettias & Other Holiday Plants That Are Toxic To Pets (& 3 Th…
    - 4 days ago 30 Nov 21, 2:47pm -
  • Grow Soap: 8 Saponin Rich Plants That Can Be Made Into Soap
    The basic recipe for making soap has been the same for thousands of years. Combining plant or animal fats with an alkali causes a chemical transformation, a process known as …The post Grow Soap: 8 Saponin Rich Plants That Can Be Made Into Soap app…
    - 4 days ago 30 Nov 21, 1:32pm -
  • How to Grow Pineberries – The White Strawberry With A Tropical Flavor
    Most everyone loves a good strawberry. These sweet-as-can-be, red-fleshed fruits are as sumptuous eaten out of hand as they are prepped into a smorgasbord of yummy recipes. There are hundreds …The post How to Grow Pineberries – The White Strawbe…
    - 5 days ago 29 Nov 21, 11:38am -
  • 7 Reasons To Grow Sphagnum Moss & How To Grow It
    Sphagnum mosses are an utterly unique and fascinating genus of bog-dwelling plants. Perhaps you’re most familiar with them in their dried form. The light brown, fibrous, stringy bits are widely …The post 7 Reasons To Grow Sphagnum Moss & How To…
    - 10 days ago 24 Nov 21, 3:32pm -
  • 13 Common Christmas Cactus Problems & How to Fix Them
    The Christmas cactus, or any of the holiday cactuses in the Schlumbergera family, have earned a reputation for being finicky plants. But most of that frustration comes from not understanding …The post 13 Common Christmas Cactus Problems & How to F…
    - 10 days ago 24 Nov 21, 2:01pm -
  • 30 Easy DIY Stocking Stuffers That Everyone Will Actually Love
    It’s nearly that time of year, when colorful lights illuminate windows and trees, while snowflakes come tumbling down from the sky. And as much as people appreciate and do their …The post 30 Easy DIY Stocking Stuffers That Everyone Will Actually…
    - 11 days ago 23 Nov 21, 12:25pm -
  • 12 Inspiring Backyard Fire Pit Ideas
    Eons ago, fire was one of humankind’s most life-altering discoveries, so it’s no wonder that even today, we find comfort around the warm glow of a fire. Getting an invitation …The post 12 Inspiring Backyard Fire Pit Ideas appeared first on Rur…
    - 12 days ago 22 Nov 21, 5:18am -
  • The Ultimate Foragers Gift Guide – 12 Great Gift Ideas
    With the holidays fast approaching, many of us are making lists and checking them twice. While some people are easy to find gifts for, there’s always one or two people …The post The Ultimate Foragers Gift Guide – 12 Great Gift Ideas appeared f…
    - 16 days ago 18 Nov 21, 5:17am -
  • How to Propagate Christmas Cactus + 2 Secrets To Big, Blooming Plants
    Many houseplant lovers enjoy propagating and sharing their plants. But Christmas cactus, in particular, are often part of a family legacy, with cuttings handed down from a family member’s plant …The post How to Propagate Christmas Cactus + 2 Sec…
    - 18 days ago 16 Nov 21, 7:51pm -
  • 10 Common Chicken Coop Mistakes I Wish I Knew Earlier
    When we first delved into the world of chicken keeping, we read every book we could get our hands on to prepare. Our biggest concern was the chicken coop, and …The post 10 Common Chicken Coop Mistakes I Wish I Knew Earlier appeared first on Rural…
    - 19 days ago 15 Nov 21, 3:13am -

Little House on the Prairie Living

  • How to Meal Plan When You Need to Use Things Up
    I’ve been using a new creative way to meal plan lately that has nothing to do with shopping lists or trips to the store. Today I’m going to share how we make a meal plan when we need to use things up! How to Meal Plan When You Need to Use Things…
    - 5 days ago 29 Nov 21, 8:02am -
  • My Famous Homemade Stuffing Recipe
    Don’t think that the homemade stuffing can be the star of the show? You just haven’t found the right recipe yet! Hopefully, this recipe for my Famous Homemade Stuffing will change your mind about how delicious (and easy!) and stuffing recipe can…
    - 11 days ago 23 Nov 21, 8:55am -
  • Eggless Pumpkin Pie Recipe
    Need to make a pumpkin pie without eggs this year? This Eggless Pumpkin Pie is just perfect and turns out wonderfully! Eggless Pumpkin Pie Recipe After many years of allergies and intolerances, we were finally able to re-introduce eggs to our family…
    - 12 days ago 22 Nov 21, 11:33am -
  • The Easiest Healthy Cranberry Sauce
    Looking for a simple and yet somewhat healthy Cranberry Sauce that you can make this holiday season? This is the recipe that we have been enjoying for several years. It’s overly-processed sugar-free and only needs 3 simple ingredients to make one d…
    - 20 days ago 14 Nov 21, 11:39am -
  • Recipe for Taco Seasoning
    Taco Seasoning is a basic staple in most households. Learn why and how to make your own with this Recipe for Taco Seasoning. Recipe for Taco Seasoning Taco Seasoning is a basic staple in our house. You might be surprised at how easy it is to make you…
    - 47 days ago 18 Oct 21, 7:00am -
  • 25 Uses for Peppermint Oil In and Around Your Home
    Do you have some Peppermint Oil Essential Oils sitting on your shelf? Here's how to make the most of it!The post 25 Uses for Peppermint Oil In and Around Your Home appeared first on Little House Living.
    - 51 days ago 14 Oct 21, 10:00am -
  • DIY Nut Free Trail Mix Ideas
    Looking for a simpler snack to make for the kids when you need something on the go? Here are some Nut Free Trail Mix ideas that you can put together! Nut Free Trail Mix Ideas If you have kids that like to snack like mine or if you happen to be out of…
    - 54 days ago 11 Oct 21, 7:15am -
  • From Scratch Pumpkin Doughnut Holes
    Looking for a perfectly “fall” breakfast? Our family loves this incredibly simple recipe for Pumpkin Doughnut Holes! From Scratch Pumpkin Doughnut Holes You already know that I love to make something “special” for breakfast. Our house has nev…
    - 61 days ago 4 Oct 21, 7:23am -
  • Weekly Menu Plans – Into October We Go
    Need some meal planning inspiration? Here’s what is on our menu for this week! Weekly Menu Plans – Into October We Go In an effort to have a little accountability in my menu plans, I’ve decided to post them here again. I don’t really do a lot…
    - 62 days ago 3 Oct 21, 7:58am -
  • Unique Charcuterie Board Ideas
    Need some new meal ideas or are you looking for something a little more “upscale” to serve for upcoming get-together meals? Here are some simple but unique charcuterie board ideas. Non-Traditional Unique Charcuterie Board Ideas Guest Post by Kend…
    - 68 days ago 27 Sep 21, 7:44am -