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  • newWhat do the crops you know from the shops look like before harvest? Some photos will surprise you
    The time when we only knew fruits and vegetables that grew in our climate is long gone. Thanks to globalisation and the possibilities of fast transport, food from all over the world has gradually made its way to every possible country and state. Most…
    - 17 hours ago 16 Sep 21, 1:39pm -
  • Building a cheap radio tower DIY
    Building a cheap radio tower DIY If you have a ham radio you can build this cheap radio tower and get you antenna up where it needs to be. This is a diy project using repurposed materials that you may have or be able to get for free. Southern Prepper…
    - 2 days ago 15 Sep 21, 6:00am -
  • Canning Cherries in Apple Juice Recipe
      On average, as a very rough guideline, expect to need about 1  kg (2.5 lbs) of cherries per 1 litre (US quart) jar of canned cherries 8  (17.5 lbs) of cherries = 7 litres (US quarts) canned cherries 5  kg (11 lbs ) of cherriess = 9 x ½ lit…
    - 2 days ago 15 Sep 21, 3:00am -
  • Home Made ACE Bandages Crochet Or Knit Pattern DIY Project
    How to make homemade ace bandages. Crochet or knit these bandages and you will have them when you need them. These bandages will serve more purpose than ace bandages as they will work with poultice and such and let the wound breathe. They will also l…
    - 4 days ago 13 Sep 21, 6:10am -
  • 40 Ways to Use Garbage Bags in Emergencies
    Unfortunately with the help of TV programming, many people have the misconception that prepping has to be an expensive undertaking. This is simply not true. Especially when you consider all the dirt-cheap “gems” we find in emergency prepping such…
    - 4 days ago 13 Sep 21, 6:00am -
  • Curb-Appeal Landscaping Ideas for a Gorgeous Home
    Even with all the potential a front lawn has, many homeowners only care about getting the grass cut and ensuring it is clear from debris. However, there are some charming landscaping improvements that you can add to your front yard to help improve yo…
    - 7 days ago 10 Sep 21, 6:34am -
  • How Community Gardens can benefit my neighborhood
    A community garden refers to a plot of land shared by many people. It is a collection of plots that are shared on private or public property. It produces herbs, fruits, and vegetables or flowers to enhance its aesthetic appearance. The plots are plac…
    - 14 days ago 3 Sep 21, 6:22am -
  • 7 Design Tips For Your Outdoor Space Using Backyard Design Software
    Having a beautiful outdoor space is a dream for most homeowners. A livable backyard is perfect for entertaining guests, creating your own green sanctuary, and for anything else you want to use it—your space, your way indeed. Although designing an o…
    - 24 days ago 24 Aug 21, 7:31am -
  • How Long Will My Backyard Chicken Live For?
    In this post, we will be talking about the life expectancy of backyard chickens. What is the average life span of a backyard chicken? Chicken lifespans vary widely, with most hens generally living between 3 and 7 years. However, with ideal care, t…
    - 24 days ago 24 Aug 21, 6:43am -
  • 6 Mistakes to AVOID when Buying Raw Land for a HOMESTEAD
    One of the biggest questions that I get asked on all of our videos is I like your house but how do you actually buy the land to put your house on it. Well buying the land that’s an easy thing but whenever you’re spending this much money to purcha…
    - 25 days ago 23 Aug 21, 11:53am -

Common Sense Homesteading

  • Safe Rooms Checklist for New or Retrofit Construction
    Like any aspect of preparedness, safe rooms are only as good as the planning and products that go into them. Cut corners, and they may fail you when you need them most. A safe room is also known as a tornado shelter, storm shelter or panic room. Choo…
    - 4 days ago 13 Sep 21, 4:43am -
  • Everything You Need to Know About the 21700 Battery
    This post tells you everything you need to know about the 21700 battery. We'll talk about different types, features, charging, lifespans, and our recommendations for batteries and chargers. What is a 21700 battery? A 21700 battery is a high capacity…
    - 4 days ago 12 Sep 21, 9:11pm -
  • How to Grow Elderberries for Food and Medicine
    With the right growing conditions, it's easy to grow elderberries. We'll help you grow bunches of these superfood berries right in your own backyard. European Elderberry and American Elderberry The two most commonly grown types of elderberry are Euro…
    - 5 days ago 12 Sep 21, 7:51am -
  • How to Freeze Corn (on the Cob or Off)
    When you can't get fresh sweet corn, frozen corn is my next choice. We'll share how to freeze corn on the cob or off, or as cream corn. Freezing corn gives you a fresher tasting product, and it takes only minutes to prep for the freezer. Prepping you…
    - 12 days ago 4 Sep 21, 9:49pm -
  • Best Rechargeable Battery and Best Battery Charger
    My husband, August, did a ton of research to find the best rechargeable battery and the best battery charger for emergencies and every day use, so I asked him to help put together this post to share what he found out. We identify the best value and a…
    - 14 days ago 3 Sep 21, 4:01pm -
  • Corn Cob Jelly 2 Ways – Traditional or Less Sugar
    Whether it's traditional or low sugar, corn cob jelly adds a unique bit of sweetness to your table. Refrigerate or water bath can for longer storage. Each year I make up an assortment of jams, jellies, and preserves to give as gifts during the holida…
    - 19 days ago 28 Aug 21, 11:55pm -
  • Thorfire LED Camping Lantern Review – Camp & Emergency Light
    The collapsible, lightweight design of the ThorFire LED Camping Lantern makes it a good choice for camping, patio, or emergency lighting. Why we Picked the Thorfire LED Camping Lantern We wanted a lamp for camping/hiking and short power outages, with…
    - 26 days ago 21 Aug 21, 11:19pm -
  • Prepping Food Storage – Top 10 Foods to Stockpile
    More than one group of experts are talking about increased risk of soaring food prices and economic instability. With recent droughts and other natural disasters around the world, our food production and delivery system is under a lot of of stress. I…
    - 27 days ago 21 Aug 21, 5:23pm -
  • 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 fail soon…
    - 27 days ago 21 Aug 21, 11:00am -
  • Lumintop EDC01 Review – Perfect for Every Day Carry
    The Lumintop EDC01 is a great flashlight – tiny and tough. We have them in all our first aid kits, and on keychains. The EDC01 lives up to its name. It is just a bit bigger than a AAA battery, so it's perfect for EDC (every day carry). You can slip…
    - 27 days ago 20 Aug 21, 11:14pm -

Rural Revolution

  • newThe elk are returning
    Last winter, we were thrilled to see elk hanging around our little valley.But then ... they disappeared. We haven't seen them since spring. Neighbors said the herd typically moves higher into the mountains during the summer months.Now they're slowly…
    - 10 hours ago 16 Sep 21, 9:15pm -
  • Strange experience
    Today we had the strangest experience.It occurred to us this morning that we never got around the changing the address on our FedEx account, an account we've had for probably 25 years. We haven't used it much over the last year, which is why we forgo…
    - 1 day ago 15 Sep 21, 11:26pm -
  • Need a pressure canner?
    I just heard from Glenda Ervin, Director of Marketing at Lehman's, that they have All American canners (Model 921) again. Specifically she said, "We have hundreds of these canners in stock (finally)!"This is the exact model I've had for over 30 years…
    - 3 days ago 14 Sep 21, 3:21pm -
  • Gravel galore
    Last winter when we moved in (December 20, to be exact), we got our rental U-Haul truck stuck in the mud at the top of the driveway.In fact, the whole area in front of the barn was something of a mud pit, and the driveway had its bad spots as well.I…
    - 3 days ago 14 Sep 21, 2:05am -
  • Interesting photo
    Somehow this doesn't surprise me.
    - 5 days ago 12 Sep 21, 1:36pm -
  • The Great Boat Lift of 9/11
    If you've never read this story, it's a powerful reminder of how people can come together during a tragedy. This is the Great Boat Lift of 9/11.
    - 6 days ago 11 Sep 21, 6:23pm -
  • Lest we forget
    Never forget.
    - 6 days ago 11 Sep 21, 4:48pm -
  • Deer being dear
    I took lots of deer photos over the summer. Here are a few I never posted.May 4, when everything was still green, I caught these young ladies being snuggly.May 18: Be alert! We need more lerts!May 31: Enjoying the green grass.Carefully watched by you…
    - 7 days ago 10 Sep 21, 2:20pm -
  • Help for a hummingbird
    We have loads of hummingbirds around us. As far as I can tell, they're black chinned hummers and broad-tailed hummers.Early one morning as I was working on my computer, Mr. Darcy was outside on the deck. All was quiet and peaceful. Suddenly I heard a…
    - 8 days ago 9 Sep 21, 5:07pm -
  • Another care package for a sailor
    A few months ago, you might remember we sent Younger Daughter a care package consisting of many bags of dehydrated vegetables to enjoy while she's on deployment.Younger Daughter has a passion for mangoes, so last time I was in the city I picked her u…
    - 9 days ago 8 Sep 21, 3:14am -

New Life on a Homestead

  • newHow to Make a No-Sew Quiet Book (7 Free Printables)
    Quiet books, whether it is the no sew version or a sewn/embroidered book are educational and interactive toys that are geared to toddlers through kindergarten age children. They first popped up in the hands of young children sitting in church pews. H…
    - 8 hours ago 16 Sep 21, 11:02pm -
  • Are Rabbits Actually Profitable?
    Are you thinking about moving to a homestead or off-grid lifestyle? If so, you might want to consider keeping rabbits – a popular choice for homesteaders because they are quiet and don’t need a lot of space. When you’re homesteading, you probab…
    - 2 days ago 15 Sep 21, 12:55pm -
  • 15 Ways to Use Cedarwood Oil Around Your House
    Cedarwood essential oil has long been appreciated for its aromatic, woodsy smell, but what you may not know is that it has antiseptic and preservative properties. If you’re a homesteader, or are just looking for a great, easy to find oil to help yo…
    - 4 days ago 13 Sep 21, 4:47pm -
  • The 12 Best Egg Laying Duck Breeds
    Farm fresh duck eggs are creamy, delicious, and are typically more durable than the thinner eggs laid by chicken hens. Raising ducks for eggs is not any more time consuming or difficult than raising chickens for the same purpose. In fact, I truly bel…
    - 8 days ago 9 Sep 21, 12:50pm -
  • 22 Profitable Animals You Should Raise
    Looking for profitable animals you can raise? You’ve stumbled upon the perfect resource. Mention raising animals for profit to anyone, and I’m sure that the first animal that they suggest will be chickens. This is because chickens are perhaps the…
    - 10 days ago 7 Sep 21, 5:15pm -
  • Is it Illegal to Live Off-Grid in the United States?
    Is it legal to live off-grid in the United States? In most cases, yes – but this isn’t a dream that will work for everyone. It’s a dream that many people have, though. In fact, if you mention to anyone that you live off-grid, most people will g…
    - 14 days ago 3 Sep 21, 11:07am -
  • Here’s How To Stop A Caught Swarm From Leaving
    Keeping a caught swarm of honeybees from leaving can seem like a daunting endeavor, but following a few simple steps you should have the wild bees making honey and wax for you in short order. Spring is the typical time that you can most easily spot a…
    - 16 days ago 1 Sep 21, 5:10pm -
  • How to Forage and Use Sassafras
    Whether you’re a novice or expert forager, chances are you have access to sassafras nearby; it may even be growing on your property. However, despite how common sassafras is, it is often overlooked as a target for foraging; after all, most people f…
    - 17 days ago 31 Aug 21, 6:29pm -

The Prairie Homestead

  • Top Tips For Storing Vegetables Without a Root Cellar
    You’re pulling in your garden harvest…it’s covering every surface of your home…and now you’re left with the familiar problem of “what are you supposed to do with all of this fresh produce?” Most of us have not been blessed with a tradit…
    - 2 days ago 14 Sep 21, 7:32pm -
  • Homemade Tomato Paste Recipe
    Harvest season is right around the corner, and if you’re like me, you are often blessed with what seems like a mountain of tomatoes. Every year, I try to think of clever ways to both use and preserve my tomato harvest. There are so many ways you ca…
    - 17 days ago 31 Aug 21, 1:35pm -
  • How to Manage Your Garden Harvest (Without Losing Your Mind)
    You’re going along in your garden weeding, watering and mulching, and then BAM! It happens… harvest time is here, and it tends to come in like a whirlwind of chaos, especially if you’re not ready. I’ve been gardening for over 10 years now, an…
    - 18 days ago 30 Aug 21, 3:33pm -
  • Homesteading With Kids: How We Do It
    “How do you homestead with kids?” This question seems to resurface every couple of months in my email and on social media.  This particular question always leaves me scratching my head a little bit, because I am never exactly sure how to answer.…
    - 29 days ago 19 Aug 21, 12:45pm -

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

  • newThe Ultimate Duck Feed Guide from A to Z
    My grandmother used to take me to feed bread to the ducks at a lake near her home. Through the years, I learned about animal husbandry and a great deal more on the nutrition of the various animals we have kept. I think the bread is the best place to…
    - 9 hours ago 16 Sep 21, 9:34pm -
  • Why Is My Chicken Limping? 5 Possible Causes
    One thing any homesteader can appreciate is just how valuable their animals are. We do the best that we can to keep them safe and healthy. Of course, we can’t prevent everything from happening and sometimes they do get hurt or sick. Chickens, and b…
    - 4 days ago 13 Sep 21, 12:30pm -
  • Will Chickens Eat Watermelon?
    When you’re living off the grid, it’s important to make sure that you can use all resources at your disposal. You must keep your animals healthy if you intend to use them for meat, dairy, and, in the case of chickens, eggs. With all that said, al…
    - 14 days ago 3 Sep 21, 1:07pm -
  • Check out These Free 45 Fall Printables
    Ah, fall! A time when the weather begins to cool as summer fades away towards the winter season. This is probably my favorite of the four seasons because it’s not hot but it’s not freezing cold; it’s somewhere in the middle. Fall is also the ti…
    - 15 days ago 2 Sep 21, 1:14pm -
  • Does Removing a Light Bulb Save Electricity?
    Over the past few years, we’ve seen a serious push towards renewable energy sources for electricity. This is certainly environmentally friendly but switching over to something like solar power is awfully expensive so many of us will likely stick wi…
    - 16 days ago 1 Sep 21, 4:32pm -
  • 8 Reasons My Bees Are Dying – And What to Do About It
    A beekeeper’s worst nightmare is opening a hive that is full of dead bees. It is a heartbreaking frustration when you have put in all the time, effort, and financial investment, and despite your best efforts, your bees are dead. The truth is this i…
    - 18 days ago 30 Aug 21, 9:36am -
  • Homemade Natural Bathroom Foaming Hand Soap
    Being a creative person, I love making my own household products. I love to pick and choose essential oils that are soothing and smell delightful to me. Making your own foaming soap is so quick and easy to do. You only need a handful of ingredients a…
    - 22 days ago 26 Aug 21, 10:47am -
  • Delicious Yellow Plum Jam Recipe
    Yellow plum jam – it’s sweet, it’s tangy, and it tastes great on a warm slice of fresh sourdough bread (or straight out of the jar). And if you want to know how to make your own, you’ve come to the right place! In this article, I’ll walk yo…
    - 29 days ago 18 Aug 21, 7:30pm -
  • Raising Boer Goats – The Ultimate Guide
    First off, a phonetic lesson. The word boer is pronounced: Bo sounds like BOO (with the long oo), and the r is pronounced the same as the first letter r as in red. The e is silent. The word boer is an Afrikaans word taken from the first Dutch settler…
    - 39 days ago 9 Aug 21, 4:40pm -
  • What’s the Best Way to Store Pemmican?
    Preserving food is crucial when you’re living off the grid; if your food supply goes bad; you go hungry. Storing your preserved food properly is also crucial; improper storage can cause the food to spoil. One such way to preserve food – specifica…
    - 46 days ago 2 Aug 21, 11:49am -

New Life On a Homestead

  • newHow to Make a No-Sew Quiet Book (7 Free Printables)
    Quiet books, whether it is the no sew version or a sewn/embroidered book are educational and interactive toys that are geared to toddlers through kindergarten age children. They first popped up in the hands of young children sitting in church pews. H…
    - 8 hours ago 16 Sep 21, 11:02pm -
  • Are Rabbits Actually Profitable?
    Are you thinking about moving to a homestead or off-grid lifestyle? If so, you might want to consider keeping rabbits – a popular choice for homesteaders because they are quiet and don’t need a lot of space. When you’re homesteading, you probab…
    - 2 days ago 15 Sep 21, 12:55pm -
  • 15 Ways to Use Cedarwood Oil Around Your House
    Cedarwood essential oil has long been appreciated for its aromatic, woodsy smell, but what you may not know is that it has antiseptic and preservative properties. If you’re a homesteader, or are just looking for a great, easy to find oil to help yo…
    - 4 days ago 13 Sep 21, 4:47pm -
  • The 12 Best Egg Laying Duck Breeds
    Farm fresh duck eggs are creamy, delicious, and are typically more durable than the thinner eggs laid by chicken hens. Raising ducks for eggs is not any more time consuming or difficult than raising chickens for the same purpose. In fact, I truly bel…
    - 8 days ago 9 Sep 21, 12:50pm -
  • 22 Profitable Animals You Should Raise
    Looking for profitable animals you can raise? You’ve stumbled upon the perfect resource. Mention raising animals for profit to anyone, and I’m sure that the first animal that they suggest will be chickens. This is because chickens are perhaps the…
    - 10 days ago 7 Sep 21, 5:15pm -
  • Is it Illegal to Live Off-Grid in the United States?
    Is it legal to live off-grid in the United States? In most cases, yes – but this isn’t a dream that will work for everyone. It’s a dream that many people have, though. In fact, if you mention to anyone that you live off-grid, most people will g…
    - 14 days ago 3 Sep 21, 11:07am -
  • Here’s How To Stop A Caught Swarm From Leaving
    Keeping a caught swarm of honeybees from leaving can seem like a daunting endeavor, but following a few simple steps you should have the wild bees making honey and wax for you in short order. Spring is the typical time that you can most easily spot a…
    - 16 days ago 1 Sep 21, 5:10pm -
  • How to Forage and Use Sassafras
    Whether you’re a novice or expert forager, chances are you have access to sassafras nearby; it may even be growing on your property. However, despite how common sassafras is, it is often overlooked as a target for foraging; after all, most people f…
    - 17 days ago 31 Aug 21, 6:29pm -

Homestead Honey

  • 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…
    - 6 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…
    - 46 days ago 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 -
  • 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 -

Nifty Homestead

  • Live Fencing: What Is It and How to Implement It
    A few years ago, I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal, West Africa with the specific task of implementing agroforestry practices. Before this position, I was only vaguely familiar with agroforestry, but since then, my eyes have been opened…
    - 1 day ago 15 Sep 21, 8:00pm -
  • Raising Muscovy Ducks And Why You Probably Want Them
    With their clawed feet, bizarre-looking caruncles, mohawk-like crest, and lack of quack, Muscovy ducks don’t quite fit the “bill” (if you pardon the pun) for what you might consider a “normal” duck. But on our homestead, these are the only…
    - 3 days ago 13 Sep 21, 9:10pm -
  • Companion Planting For Cabbage
    Companion planting is one of the very best ways to keep cabbage plants healthy and free from insect pests such cabbage loopers, cabbage root maggots, slugs, flea beetles, diamondback moths, and aphids. Cabbage is easy to grow in the homestead garden…
    - 6 days ago 10 Sep 21, 9:02pm -
  • 15 Creative DIY Garage Plans And Ideas
    Your garage can be one of the unique spaces in your home. Most commonly, a garage provides you a secure place to park your vehicle and acts as a catch-all for tools and yard equipment, but there is a wide range of possibilities to improve your garage…
    - 8 days ago 8 Sep 21, 11:12pm -
  • 20+ DIY Bat House Plans
    If you’re considering adding a bat house to your property, you likely already know the benefits of inviting these furry friends to your yard. Among their many positive qualities, the top three are their excellent pollinating abilities, their benefi…
    - 10 days ago 6 Sep 21, 10:05pm -
  • 20 Cozy Fall Soup Recipes to Try When the Weather Gets Cool
    There is just something about the crisp air of autumn that brings out a desire for a delicious hot fall soup. Butternut squash is ripe and abundant, pumpkins are in their prime, and so many other delectables are available — leading to crockpots ful…
    - 13 days ago 3 Sep 21, 9:03pm -
  • 10 Probiotic-Rich Foods That Are Even Better Than Yogurt
    Move over, yogurt! These probiotic rich foods are even better.
    - 17 days ago 30 Aug 21, 9:30pm -
  • How To Make the Most of Garden Failure
    “Oh, fiddlesticks! Another dratted hornworm has eaten a plant. How exceedingly grumpy I am.” You’d correctly guess these were not my exact words as I plucked the corpulent caterpillar from the stick formerly known as a lush jalepeño pepper, bu…
    - 22 days ago 25 Aug 21, 10:08pm -
  • Companion Planting For Celery
    You can help your celery crop thrive with companion planting. Companion planting is a centuries-old method of organic gardening that places plants that support the growth and development of each other, near each other. Companion plants deter harmful…
    - 24 days ago 23 Aug 21, 10:09pm -
  • 19 DIY Duck House Plans
    Ducks differ in their needs from backyard chickens, and it can be straightforward to create a DIY duck house with some readily available, basic materials. When starting your flock, making your own duck house instead of purchasing an overpriced produc…
    - 27 days ago 20 Aug 21, 8:59pm -

Tenth Acre Farm

  • 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.
    - 30 days ago 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 -
  • 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 -

Rural Sprout

  • 6 Signs Your Houseplants Need To Be Repotted & How To Do It
    Considering the houseplant craze that’s continued over the past few years, it’s not hard to think most people now have at least one plant in their home. When it comes to gardeners, and especially gardeners strapped for space, the number of plants…
    - 2 days ago 15 Sep 21, 12:00am -
  • How We Started A Deer-Proof, Drought Resistant Backyard Orchard
    We always dreamed of establishing an orchard at Pencil Creek, our little farm in southcentral Pennsylvania, but for more than ten years, other projects took priority. It wasn’t until we finished building the Superbarn, the home we plan to age into,…
    - 2 days ago 14 Sep 21, 11:24pm -
  • 11 Reasons to Raise Quail Instead of Ducks or Chickens + How to Get Started
    To anyone who has ever gone down the rabbit hole of chickens vs. ducks, I applaud you for even questioning which is better. (Sorry, chicken-enthusiasts. Ducks rule.) Naturally, what’s best for you will depend on your homestead or backyard setup, yo…
    - 3 days ago 14 Sep 21, 12:00am -
  • 12 Genius Uses for Chives & Chive Blossoms
    Chives are not necessarily the most popular herbs to grow in the garden, but they certainly should be. They look fantastic, whether in a herb patch or as a stunning edging plant. Their bright purple flowers add a pop of color to any space and the ent…
    - 4 days ago 13 Sep 21, 1:23pm -
  • 14 Innovative Ways To Use Sage Leaves
    Sage is a favorite herb among gardeners, home DIYers, and home cooks alike. Not only is it an incredibly easy herb to grow, thriving in the worst of conditions, but it also has so many uses beyond the garden and kitchen. Its Mediterranean heritage al…
    - 4 days ago 13 Sep 21, 11:16am -
  • 4 Reasons To Stop Using Peat Moss & 7 Sustainable Alternatives
    In the world of horticulture, peat moss possesses many qualities we want in a growing medium. Peat moss has a lightweight and spongy texture. It has the uncanny ability to hold on to air and moisture while allowing excess water to drain freely. It’…
    - 8 days ago 9 Sep 21, 12:45pm -
  • 11 Practical Ways to Use Corn Husks
    It’s sweet corn season! Eating fresh corn on the cob is something we all look forward to each summer. But as you’re working your way through our list of 20 Creative and Delicious Sweet Corn Recipes You Need To Try, you’re going to end up with a…
    - 8 days ago 8 Sep 21, 9:05pm -
  • 20 Creative and Delicious Sweet Corn Recipes You Need To Try
    While supermarkets and supply chains have made it possible for us to eat nearly any food we want at any time of the year, there remains one delicious treat that truly is seasonal – sweet corn. Specifically corn on the cob. Nothing says summertime l…
    - 9 days ago 8 Sep 21, 12:49am -
  • Foraging & Using Pawpaw Fruit: A North American Native
    Finding free food is always a cause for celebration among the homesteading types, and the pawpaw is a prized yet often forgotten option. Considered the largest native North American fruit, pawpaws grow in 26 US states stretching from Texas to Canada…
    - 14 days ago 3 Sep 21, 3:00pm -
  • Dilly-Garlic Pickled Beans Canning Recipe

    - 16 days ago 1 Sep 21, 1:43pm -

Little House on the Prairie Living

  • newOld Fashioned Scalloped Potatoes
    Create a warm dish of Old Fashioned Scalloped Potatoes to get you through these long winter days!The post Old Fashioned Scalloped Potatoes appeared first on Little House Living.
    - 19 hours ago 16 Sep 21, 12:00pm -
  • Easy Orange Sauce Recipe
    Need a simple little sauce that you can put on chicken, in stir fry, or in any dish that needs a citrus twist? This Easy Orange Sauce recipe really is easy and so delicious! Easy Orange Sauce Recipe This is another recipe that we make often and I rec…
    - 2 days ago 15 Sep 21, 7:37am -
  • Weekly Menu Plans – Camping Days
    Need some meal planning inspiration? Here’s what is on our menu for this week! Weekly Menu Plans – Camping Days 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 of me…
    - 4 days ago 13 Sep 21, 7:30am -
  • Make Your Own DIY Essential Oil Diffuser – Homemade Reed Diffuser
    Love the idea for having an diy essential oil diffuser but don’t want to have to buy one? Or perhaps you just have a room or two that you would like to gift a lovely scent to? This is such an easy way to make your own DIY Oil Diffuser! Make Your Ow…
    - 7 days ago 10 Sep 21, 11:03am -
  • Homemade Egg Nog Recipe
    Need a holiday treat? Make your own homemade Egg Nog from scratch this year!The post Homemade Egg Nog Recipe appeared first on Little House Living.
    - 8 days ago 9 Sep 21, 6:30am -
  • Easy Steak and Cabbage Recipe
    Looking for a quick supper that you can make this week? We love this steak and cabbage recipe! It’s so easy and everyone enjoys it when I serve it for supper. Easy Steak and Cabbage Recipe I posted my menu plans earlier this week and several of you…
    - 9 days ago 8 Sep 21, 7:00am -
  • Weekly Menu Plans – Fall at Home
    Need some meal planning inspiration? Here’s what we are having this week! Weekly Menu Plans – Fall at Home 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 of menu pl…
    - 11 days ago 6 Sep 21, 7:17am -
  • How to Start Preserving Pumpkin
    Preserving Pumpkin is easy to do safetly when you know how. Learn how to puree and freeze pumpkin for use in your favorite pumpkin recipes all year long. How to Preserve Pumpkin This time of year you are probably starting to see pumpkins everywhere.…
    - 11 days ago 6 Sep 21, 6:00am -
  • Drying Pumpkin Seeds & Making Flavored Pumpkin Seeds
    Pumpkins are in abundance in the fall and drying pumpkin seeds can be a great way to make the most of these yummy treats! Here are some pumpkin seed recipes for various flavors as well. Drying Pumpkin Seeds I love Pumpkin seeds. They are so good and…
    - 13 days ago 4 Sep 21, 11:00am -
  • 11 Ways to Use Squash Seeds and Pumpkin Seeds
    Have plenty of seeds from squash and pumpkins hanging around? Here are some great nutritional facts about the seeds and what you can do with them.The post 11 Ways to Use Squash Seeds and Pumpkin Seeds appeared first on Little House Living.
    - 13 days ago 4 Sep 21, 10:00am -