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  • 6 Tips For Planning And Building A Garden
    Have you ever dreamt of creating a garden that will be the envy of your neighbors?  The gardens that look easy to maneuver, but hold studding plants are the best to have. These types...The post 6 Tips For Planning And Building A Garden appeared fir…
    - 2 days ago 15 Apr 21, 11:38am -
  • Can I Use Plastic Bottles For Canning?-Home canning guide
    Plastic bottles for canning Today, home canning has become more widespread than ever. Home canning is a technique used to preserve food so that it lasts longer without losing its taste and nutrition. Home...The post Can I Use Plastic Bottles For Can…
    - 7 days ago 10 Apr 21, 6:00pm -
  • 5 Maintenance Tips for Keeping Your Garden Looking New
    Living through a global pandemic gave people a newfound appreciation for spending time outdoors being surrounded by nature. Those of us who were lucky enough to have gardens suddenly had enough time on our...The post 5 Maintenance Tips for Keeping Y…
    - 9 days ago 8 Apr 21, 8:26am -
  • Defending your house – indoor challenges
    Engaging myself in the firearms and training sectors, I often hang around with people who wear a gun on a regular basis. Such guys spend a lot of their work time in a “yellow”...The post Defending your house – indoor challenges appeared first…
    - 11 days ago 7 Apr 21, 7:43am -
  • 4 Ways Trees Personalize and Protect Your Backyard
    Until it comes time to landscape your own backyard, trees are kind of one of those things that are easy to gloss over. You take them for granted. They are always just “there.” But...The post 4 Ways Trees Personalize and Protect Your Backyard app…
    - 33 days ago 15 Mar 21, 9:28am -
  • 11 Life Saving Tips Every Homesteader Should Know
    Homesteading is a lifestyle of self-sufficiency. The goal is to support yourself using mostly, or only, what you can do on your own. Homesteading takes a lot of effort, determination, and careful planning. So...The post 11 Life Saving Tips Every Hom…
    - 55 days ago 21 Feb 21, 9:41am -
  • 4 Off-Grid Water Solutions
    For people who live on the grid, getting clean water for drinking, cooking, and showering is as easy as turning on a tap. If you want to live off the grid, however, the question...The post 4 Off-Grid Water Solutions appeared first on The Homestead S…
    - 67 days ago 9 Feb 21, 8:15pm -
  • Simple DIY Upgrades Around the House
    If you’re like me, you’re probably always finding areas in your home that could use a little refreshing and improving. Just like the side out cabinet storage I installed for my kitchen, or replacing...The post Simple DIY Upgrades Around the Hous…
    - 70 days ago 6 Feb 21, 9:36am -
  • How to Keep Your Garden Looking Great During Winter  
    Keeping your back and front yard looking good throughout the year can be tough, but it is important for many reasons. Having healthy and tidy outdoor areas will improve the overall appearance of your...The post How to Keep Your Garden Looking Great…
    - 72 days ago 4 Feb 21, 2:30pm -
  • Meal Planning Tips To Save You Time and Money  
    There are a ton of reasons why meal planning is essential. First, it helps you map out your daily or weekly meal schedules, and secondly, it relieves you off from the stress of worrying...The post Meal Planning Tips To Save You Time and Money   ap…
    - 73 days ago 3 Feb 21, 2:15pm -

Common Sense Homesteading

  • Are Wild Strawberries Safe to Eat? (Wild Strawberry Q & A)
    Wild strawberries are some of my favorite wild fruits, but they do have a look-alike (mock strawberries). We'll help you find the right berries, and share tips for growing and use. Wild Strawberry (Fragaria virginiana) is also known as Virginia straw…
    - 7 days ago 10 Apr 21, 5:28pm -
  • When Do Chickens Start Laying Eggs? (And Why They Stop)
    Let's face it, most of us start raising chickens in order to have fresh eggs daily. The question of the day is “when do these freeloaders start paying rent?” If you've had your chickens for a couple of months or more and haven't enjoyed collectin…
    - 21 days ago 27 Mar 21, 8:08pm -
  • Easy Lemon Shortbread Cookies (No Chilling Required)
    I have always liked lemon shortbread cookies. Simple, delicate – they're all about using good quality ingredients and handling them correctly. These lemon shortbread cookies are rich and buttery, and don't require chilling or preheating the oven. F…
    - 28 days ago 20 Mar 21, 5:09pm -
  • How to Start a Garden – 10 Steps to Gardening for Beginners
    Want to learn how to start a garden, but not sure where to begin? In this post I’ll cover the basics of gardening, and provide links to more detailed information so you can garden with confidence and have fun doing it. Get ready to enjoy some of th…
    - 32 days ago 16 Mar 21, 11:11am -
  • The Best Homesteading Books (Is your favorite on the list?)
    We've picked out the best homesteading books to get you started on your homesteading journey. Our top three all have enough detail to take you from start to finish on many homestead projects, but deliver it in different styles. Our Top Picks for Best…
    - 42 days ago 6 Mar 21, 11:37pm -
  • Comparison of Metal Lids and Tattler Lids (Reusable Lids)
    Given the current canning lid shortage, I decided to update this comparison of Jarden Metal Lids and Tattler Reusable Canning lids. We'll talk about some background information, how to use reusable lids, concerns, and recommendations. I sent email qu…
    - 49 days ago 27 Feb 21, 8:02pm -
  • Rural Internet Options – A Comparison of Rural Internet Services
    Living in the country has its benefits, lower cost per acre, fewer regulations and more freedom. But with those benefits comes a distinct disadvantage, slow or no rural internet options. Whether you are trying to find internet for a vacation home, ru…
    - 53 days ago 23 Feb 21, 7:38pm -
  • What are Shell Beans? (Growing Tips, Usage, Storage)
    Shell beans are easy to grow and easy to store, but may not be right for every garden. We'll share what they are and how to use them, and pros and cons of adding them to the garden. What are shell beans? Shell beans are beans grown for shelling. You…
    - 56 days ago 20 Feb 21, 4:31pm -
  • Preserve Apples for Year Round Use 17 Easy and Creative Ways
    Apple season is one of my favorite times of the year. Whether you have your own trees or enjoy the bounty of local orchards, you can preserve apples to enjoy year round. I'll share the easiest way to preserve apples, best storage apples, and lots of…
    - 57 days ago 20 Feb 21, 2:14am -
  • Dehydrating Apples for Easy Homemade Apple Chips
    Dehydrating apples is a great way to preserves apples without canning or freezing. Plus, homemade apple chips are a fraction of price of store bought chips. We include tips to prevent browning, fun flavor ideas, and safe storage instructions. How to…
    - 62 days ago 14 Feb 21, 9:52pm -

Rural Revolution

  • newPotting peaches
    Since we're starting out fresh here in our new home with the goal of turning the property into a self-sufficient homestead, one of our priorities is getting fruit trees established since they take a long time to become productive.Apparently (and we c…
    - 4 hours ago 17 Apr 21, 3:53pm -
  • Canning oopsie
    I picked up a couple of gallon jugs of barbecue sauce last time I was in the city, specifically for purposes of re-canning into pint jars.We don't go through a whole lot of BBQ sauce, but we like it in meatloaf or on a hamburger. Having some canned u…
    - 1 day ago 16 Apr 21, 8:13pm -
  • Prepper conventions – status?
    This morning I was musing on the subject of preparedness conventions/expos, and thinking to myself that any such events held this year could potentially be huge.I mean honestly – attendance would be through the roof, wouldn't it? There is an enormo…
    - 3 days ago 14 Apr 21, 10:55pm -
  • Supply chain shortages
    Don went to our local hardware store last week. While there, he fell into conversation with another customer who happened to be an electrical contractor. The contractor mentioned how he was unable to obtain the plastic switch, plug, and junction boxe…
    - 5 days ago 12 Apr 21, 8:39pm -
  • The secret of Sleeping Beauty's castle
    In the original Grimm version of Sleeping Beauty, the castle in which the princess slept was gradually overgrown with thorns "until at last the whole castle was hidden from view, and nothing of it could be seen but the vane on the roof."The story con…
    - 6 days ago 11 Apr 21, 8:13pm -
  • Remember, tankards are available
    Our tankard business is mostly shut down thanks to COVID restrictions (all our wholesale venues are closed), but as a reminder we have some pieces available on Etsy. Just so everyone knows, these tankards are suitable for either hot or cold beverage…
    - 7 days ago 10 Apr 21, 9:18pm -
  • Rest in peace, Prince Phillip
    Today we heard Prince Phillip, consort for 74 years to Queen Elizabeth, passed away at the venerable age of 99.For all the foibles of the royal family over the last few decades, my understanding is Phillip was a rock of stability. What a blow to the…
    - 8 days ago 9 Apr 21, 6:45pm -
  • What kind of mushrooms are you canning?
    Almost ten years ago, I posted a piece on canning mushrooms.Just the other day, I got a comment from someone named "Zohaib malik" on that post as follows: "We request you to definitely the actual web page where one can study along with fascinating ho…
    - 9 days ago 8 Apr 21, 6:48pm -
  • Modern appliances, grrrr
    We live in a very musical house.That's because every appliance that came with the house sings to us. The washing machine sings. The dryer sings. The microwave sings. The refrigerator sings. The dishwasher sings.Modern appliances, grrrr.Seriously, thi…
    - 11 days ago 7 Apr 21, 5:04am -
  • The Faerie Gold scam
    Some of you who are familiar with mythical folklore might remember "faerie gold." Faerie gold is glittering riches bestowed upon humans by faeries. It looks real until humans try to use it, at which point it either disappears or changes into somethin…
    - 12 days ago 5 Apr 21, 12:27pm -

New Life on a Homestead

  • 93 Darn Useful Homesteading Tips and Tricks
    When I first got started homesteading, I had no idea how challenging it would be – or how rapidly our backyard garden and “just a few chickens” would explode into something that became a lifestyle and later, for us, a full-fledged business. Tod…
    - 1 day ago 16 Apr 21, 11:46am -
  • Try These 10 Teas Against Headaches
    Headaches – we’ve all had one at one time or another. They can cause a lot of discomfort, so understanding how to ease that discomfort without pharmaceutical intervention can go far to helping you feel better fast. One of the first things to do i…
    - 3 days ago 14 Apr 21, 12:12pm -
  • Mason Bees: Everything You Should Know
    Mason bees are extremely potent little pollinators. It takes only two or three female mason bees to successfully pollinate a mature fruit tree. Yet, even with all of this pollinating ability, few people keep mason bees. Some folks mistake these benef…
    - 5 days ago 12 Apr 21, 12:27pm -
  • 33 Homeschool Mistakes to Never-Ever Make
    Are you new to your homeschooling journey and eager to start off on the right foot? Are you a seasoned homeschool parent who is always looking to improve your children’s education? Read on for a nearly exhaustive list of mistakes to avoid when home…
    - 11 days ago 6 Apr 21, 6:31pm -
  • Fisher Cats: Keep Them off Your Homestead
    Also known simply as the fisher, the fisher cat is a forest-dwelling mammal found in the northern United States and Canada. If you’ve never heard of one of this creature before, its unique nomenclature might confuse you. Is it a cat, or is it some…
    - 12 days ago 5 Apr 21, 11:04am -
  • Growing Daffodils Step by Step
    Nothing heralds the onset of Spring more than the bright sunshine yellow of the first traditional daffodil (narcissus) bloom. It is the Spring treasure that delights us all each year. In this article, we will explore why daffodils are a good and cost…
    - 16 days ago 1 Apr 21, 10:32am -
  • Activated Charcoal and Tea Tree Oil Melt and Pour Soap
    Activated charcoal and tea tree oil soap might not have the loveliest scent or the prettiest color, but still should be one of the “go to” recipes for natural home soapmakers. These two ingredients can offer great value for the skin – and the f…
    - 25 days ago 23 Mar 21, 5:55pm -
  • Welsummer Chicken Breed: A Full Review
    Raising chickens is a great introduction to homesteading. My husband and I jokingly refer to chickens as “the gateway drug.” We started with a flock of two dozen birds, and since then, have grown to raising several hundred chickens (including mea…
    - 26 days ago 22 Mar 21, 1:02pm -

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…
    - 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

  • Are Pigs Profitable to Raise?
    Pigs have a reputation for being smelly, so who would want to keep these animals? Well, these animals are quite clean, and providing they have plenty of space to move around in the smell is dissipated. There are plenty of people who do not worry abou…
    - 1 day ago 16 Apr 21, 9:03am -
  • Top 10 Animals You Can Breed for Money
    If you have ever bought a purebred animal, you will know that they are expensive. Expensive may just mean a greedy breeder, or it may mean a quality animal. My first medical service dog was a purebred golden retriever. I got him as a pup, and paid a…
    - 5 days ago 12 Apr 21, 4:11pm -
  • How Long Does Beef Jerky Really Last?
    Whether you make your own jerky, or prefer to buy from your local, you will want your jerky to retain its flavor and consistency. Jerky (dehydrated meat) that has been made and stored should last well, but the most important question is: Just how lon…
    - 7 days ago 10 Apr 21, 5:19pm -
  • So, How Many Apple Trees to Plant per Acre?
    Who doesn’t like a juicy red apple every once in a while? I grew up taking an apple to school every day – yes, I was that kid with the apple in his lunch box. It wasn’t a problem because, unlike some of my classmates, I actually liked fruit in…
    - 11 days ago 6 Apr 21, 1:54pm -
  • Here’s How to Tell Your Hive Is Queenless
    If you are new to beekeeping, this article will prepare you for one of the most annoying aspects of beekeeping: Waking up to find you have no bees! Dead or found a better hotel – waking up too late to ground zero with hives and frames and feeders b…
    - 16 days ago 1 Apr 21, 1:09pm -
  • 29 Ways to Prepare for the Hard Times Ahead
    Personal catastrophes are happening all the time. National and global crises can have a devastating effect on countless people causing hard times for everyone. In recent history, the oil crisis caused a stock market crash in 1973-74… The Iranian Re…
    - 20 days ago 28 Mar 21, 5:39pm -
  • Should You Buy Ducks? Are They for You?
    Ducks are cute and funny to watch, but should you have them on your homestead? There are plenty of reasons to add ducks to your homestead, but there are a few reasons not to raise them, as well. Keep reading to find out whether or not ducks are right…
    - 23 days ago 25 Mar 21, 12:43pm -
  • 106 Uses for Paperclips you Won’t Believe
    I think it’s safe to say we know what paperclips are; some of us use them on a weekly or daily basis. So, what if I told you that there were more uses for paperclips than just clipping paper? Would you believe me? If not, well, prepare to have your…
    - 24 days ago 24 Mar 21, 11:45am -
  • What You Can and Cannot Burn in Your Garden and Burn Barrel
    Having a burn barrel is a great way to cut down on the amount of waste you send to the landfill. From wood scraps to leaves, burning is a good way to get rid of natural waste if you can’t compost it, or dispose of it in another fashion. Whenever we…
    - 26 days ago 22 Mar 21, 2:40pm -
  • Aphid Control – Get Rid of These Pesky Pests Naturally
    Got bugs? Boy, I hope not. There are all kinds of pests that can wreak havoc on your plants, ruining all of your hard work in the garden, but for your sake, I hope aphids aren’t one of them. Not only are these pests highly destructive, but it seems…
    - 31 days ago 17 Mar 21, 12:33pm -

New Life On a Homestead

  • 93 Darn Useful Homesteading Tips and Tricks
    When I first got started homesteading, I had no idea how challenging it would be – or how rapidly our backyard garden and “just a few chickens” would explode into something that became a lifestyle and later, for us, a full-fledged business. Tod…
    - 1 day ago 16 Apr 21, 11:46am -
  • Try These 10 Teas Against Headaches
    Headaches – we’ve all had one at one time or another. They can cause a lot of discomfort, so understanding how to ease that discomfort without pharmaceutical intervention can go far to helping you feel better fast. One of the first things to do i…
    - 3 days ago 14 Apr 21, 12:12pm -
  • Mason Bees: Everything You Should Know
    Mason bees are extremely potent little pollinators. It takes only two or three female mason bees to successfully pollinate a mature fruit tree. Yet, even with all of this pollinating ability, few people keep mason bees. Some folks mistake these benef…
    - 5 days ago 12 Apr 21, 12:27pm -
  • 33 Homeschool Mistakes to Never-Ever Make
    Are you new to your homeschooling journey and eager to start off on the right foot? Are you a seasoned homeschool parent who is always looking to improve your children’s education? Read on for a nearly exhaustive list of mistakes to avoid when home…
    - 11 days ago 6 Apr 21, 6:31pm -
  • Fisher Cats: Keep Them off Your Homestead
    Also known simply as the fisher, the fisher cat is a forest-dwelling mammal found in the northern United States and Canada. If you’ve never heard of one of this creature before, its unique nomenclature might confuse you. Is it a cat, or is it some…
    - 12 days ago 5 Apr 21, 11:04am -
  • Growing Daffodils Step by Step
    Nothing heralds the onset of Spring more than the bright sunshine yellow of the first traditional daffodil (narcissus) bloom. It is the Spring treasure that delights us all each year. In this article, we will explore why daffodils are a good and cost…
    - 16 days ago 1 Apr 21, 10:32am -
  • Activated Charcoal and Tea Tree Oil Melt and Pour Soap
    Activated charcoal and tea tree oil soap might not have the loveliest scent or the prettiest color, but still should be one of the “go to” recipes for natural home soapmakers. These two ingredients can offer great value for the skin – and the f…
    - 25 days ago 23 Mar 21, 5:55pm -
  • Welsummer Chicken Breed: A Full Review
    Raising chickens is a great introduction to homesteading. My husband and I jokingly refer to chickens as “the gateway drug.” We started with a flock of two dozen birds, and since then, have grown to raising several hundred chickens (including mea…
    - 26 days ago 22 Mar 21, 1:02pm -

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

Nifty Homestead

  • new20+ DIY Indoor Hanging Planters to Refresh Your Home
    Science tells us that indoor plants offer benefits such as reduced stress, improved attention, and a boost in productivity. Additionally, plants have a positive impact on a home’s indoor air quality. Indoor plants are great for those who enjoy gard…
    - 23 hours ago 16 Apr 21, 9:00pm -
  • 20 Free Porch Swing Plans for Warmer Days
    With beautiful weather upon us, there’s no better time to build your very own porch swing. Sure, you could purchase a porch swing that’s already assembled and finished — but you’d miss out on huge DIY benefits! A porch swing is a great entry-…
    - 3 days ago 14 Apr 21, 9:00pm -
  • The Forks Over Knives Diet is Easier than You Think
    The Forks Over Knives Diet is all the rage right now. Here's what you need to know about getting started and sticking with it.
    - 5 days ago 12 Apr 21, 10:24pm -
  • 32,000 Years and Counting: Re-Seeding the World’s Oldest Plant
    Have you ever wondered what grew on the planet before the Ice Age? There must have been plants of some description. How else would the prehistoric creatures have survived? Whatever happened to these plants? Was it the overgrowth of plant life that pu…
    - 10 days ago 7 Apr 21, 10:40pm -
  • 18 Free Garden Bench Plans for Your Outdoor Paradise
    You may have a beautiful garden but without a place nearby to sit, how can you admire it? While purchasing an outdoor bench may seem like the easiest solution, benches can be expensive — and there’s no way to customize a store-bought bench to fit…
    - 15 days ago 2 Apr 21, 4:04pm -
  • 11 Fun DIY Dremel Projects to Try This Weekend
    While the term “Dremel” has become a catchall for just about any rotary tool, Dremel is actually a brand. They were the first company to produce the popular rotary tools we know and love today.  A Dremel is a handheld rotary multitool with vario…
    - 16 days ago 1 Apr 21, 10:43pm -
  • 17 Natural Mosquito Repellent Options For The Home And Garden
    I detest mosquitoes. I hate that itchy sensation they leave and the fact that they can carry Zika or the West Nile Virus. I also prefer not to use toxic chemical repellents like DEET. Especially when a plant-based, natural mosquito repellent gets the…
    - 19 days ago 29 Mar 21, 7:46pm -
  • 7 DIY Bath Bombs For a Soothing, Relaxing Soak
    Fizz away fatigue with all-natural, DIY bath bombs that transform bathwater into a fragrant, skin nurturing, stress-melting oasis. A quick search of the internet yields as many different recipes for DIY bath bombs as for chocolate chip cookies. If yo…
    - 22 days ago 26 Mar 21, 3:10pm -
  • How to Make Olive Oil
    Olive oil has been an important food source, lamp fuel, religious material, cosmetic, and medicine for thousands of years. More than just a salad topping, olives join wheat and grapes as the core foods of the Mediterranean. In the modern age, it has…
    - 24 days ago 24 Mar 21, 9:00pm -
  • 19 DIY Smoker Plans
    Smoking is a prehistoric practice, and we have records of it in ancient sources of food and cooking. At its most basic, smoking meat just means hanging salted meat over a slow, smoky fire. Smokehouses haven’t changed much in thousands of years, but…
    - 26 days ago 22 Mar 21, 4:44pm -

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

  • Foraging Violets & Homemade Violet Syrup
    Springtime is my favorite time to forage. There’s an abundance of wild edibles growing this time of year. After a long winter of heavy, comfort foods, the woods and fields offer up bright, fresh ingredients to eat. I encourage everyone I know to le…
    - 1 day ago 16 Apr 21, 12:09pm -
  • 9 Worst Pieces of Gardening Advice that Keep Getting Passed On
    Gardening is filled with so much lore and myth it can be hard to weed out (Ha, gotcha!) the truth from the trash. Gardening advice has been passed from one gardener to another since we figured out how to grow things in the dirt. And if your Uncle Jim…
    - 4 days ago 13 Apr 21, 9:16am -
  • 5 Succession Planting Techniques To Triple Your Vegetable Yields
    Succession gardening covers an array of planting methods that can double or triple your vegetable yields – all by using the same plot of land in a single growing season. Best for those who have a shorter growing season or limited garden space, succ…
    - 5 days ago 12 Apr 21, 12:34pm -
  • 15 Vegetable Seeds to Sow Outside Before the Last Spring Frost
    As the garden slowly wakes up after a long winter slumber, the excitement for a whole new gardening season is palpable. The sights and sounds and smells of spring are all around us, and oh how they beckon! And while we can keep busy with a slew of ga…
    - 5 days ago 12 Apr 21, 9:10am -
  • 9 Popular Tomato Growing Myths Get Busted
    If I wrote a post with the title, “10 Secrets to Your Best Ever Green Bean Harvest,” I’ll bet most folks would keep scrolling. However, if I wrote a post about the “10 Secrets to Your Best Ever Tomato Harvest,” folks would sprain their thum…
    - 8 days ago 9 Apr 21, 9:51am -
  • Tomato Blight: How to Spot, Treat & Prevent 3 Types of Blight
    Tomatoes are a pain in the butt to grow. They are, let’s not deny it. If there is one plant in my garden that gives me problems year after year, it’s tomatoes. Radishes? I’ve got those figured out. Potatoes? Not nearly as hard as I thought they…
    - 9 days ago 8 Apr 21, 3:33pm -
  • 12 Common Mistakes That No-Dig Gardeners Make
    If your greatest gardening wish is to improve the soil as you harvest an abundance of delicious homegrown food, then let’s take a closer look at no-dig gardening. Not only will your crops grow better with less effort supplied by you, but the untill…
    - 9 days ago 8 Apr 21, 12:19pm -
  • 15 Mistakes Even the Most Experienced Tomato Gardeners Can Make
    *This article was updated on April 8, 2021. Tomatoes are one of the most popular plants to grow in home gardens. They’re a useful and delicious crop, and growing them can bring a range of rewards, including jealous neighbors who want to know who yo…
    - 9 days ago 8 Apr 21, 10:58am -
  • 37 Edible Plants You Can Easily Grow In a Hanging Basket
    Hanging baskets don’t just have to look good. They can also produce food for you and your family. By choosing edibles to grow in hanging baskets, you can create something useful and beautiful. Hanging baskets (whether they’re actually baskets, or…
    - 11 days ago 6 Apr 21, 2:34pm -
  • 19 Tropical Plants You Didn’t Know You Could Grow
    If you can’t travel to the tropics, why not make your backyard feel like an oasis instead? It’s possible to capture a sense of swinging palm trees and lush jungle foliage in your own space, even if your climate seems unsuitable. There are dozens…
    - 11 days ago 6 Apr 21, 10:09am -

Little House on the Prairie Living

  • newFrozen Hot Chocolate Recipe
    Looking for a nice cold drink to make on warm days? This super simple Frozen Hot Chocolate recipe only uses things that you probably already have in your pantry. Frozen Hot Chocolate Recipe For some reason, I’ve been craving this little treat for a…
    - 13 hours ago 17 Apr 21, 7:00am -
  • Homemade Milano Cookies Recipe
    Looking to stay out of the stores and make a tasty new treat? This homemade Milano cookies version recipe has so many possibilities! Homemade Milano Cookies I had a request on the survey that I posted to make more make-your-own junk food. I love this…
    - 2 days ago 16 Apr 21, 7:01am -
  • Fermented Lemons – How to Preserve Lemons in Salt
    Want to keep some lemons around for as long as you can without taking up freezer space? These Fermented Lemons are crazy easy to make and they add a delightful flavor to many different dishes! Fermented Lemons We use lemons quite a bit in our cooking…
    - 13 days ago 5 Apr 21, 7:40am -
  • The Easiest Foods to Preserve That You Can Grow
    Looking for some plants that you can grow in your garden that you can easily preserve this fall? Here are some of my favorite things to grow and preserve! The Easiest Foods to Preserve That You Can Grow When it comes to canning and preserving season…
    - 20 days ago 29 Mar 21, 7:25am -
  • Simple and Easy Carrot Cake Recipe
    Looking for a very easy Carrot Cake recipe that you can make for your family this spring? This simple recipe that follows is something I’ve been making for a quick dessert lately to use up some carrots! Easy Carrot Cake Recipe I recently had a bunc…
    - 27 days ago 22 Mar 21, 7:58am -
  • Hatching Eggs in a DIY Egg Incubator
    Ready to add some little ones to your homestead? Create your own DIY Egg Incubator and start hatching eggs with this tutorial! Hatching Eggs in a DIY Egg Incubator Contributed Post by Kendra Paulton Spring is in the air and with the warmer temperatur…
    - 34 days ago 15 Mar 21, 7:24am -
  • Sourdough Caramel Rolls Recipe
    Looking for a yummy treat that you can make with your sourdough starter? Here is a delicious and easy recipe for Sourdough Caramel Rolls! Sourdough Caramel Rolls Recipe If you are looking for another way to use up some sourdough discard, this is anot…
    - 46 days ago 3 Mar 21, 8:18am -
  • Saving Money in the Spring
    Want to know how to save money with every new season? Today I’m sharing all about how you can start saving money in the spring! Saving Money in the Spring When I think of springtime I think of green shoots coming up from the ground and the smell of…
    - 47 days ago 1 Mar 21, 8:48am -
  • The Little House Living Show – Episode 017 – The First Time Gardener
    The Little House Living Show – Episode 017 – The First Time Gardener Thanks for joining me for the Little House Living Show podcast! My hope for this podcast is that it will be a new way for me to connect with you, my readers, and for you to be a…
    - 52 days ago 24 Feb 21, 8:40am -
  • DIY Hand Painted Door Mat Tutorial
    Looking for a custom door mat to grace your front door? Here’s how to make your own DIY Door Mat! DIY Hand Painted Door Mat Tutorial Spring is around the corner, and it’s one of my favorite times of year to spruce up around the house. I love havi…
    - 59 days ago 17 Feb 21, 8:42am -