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5 Ways Trash Helps Grow Your Garden

You don’t have to spend a fortune at the nursery or garden supply center to have a happy and healthy garden. There are a few things you probably have lying around the house that can put some extra green in your thumb—and many of them are items you might otherwise...
Which Kind of Chicken Breed Is Best For Your Backyard Flock?

Which Kind of Chicken Breed Is Best For Your Backyard Flock?

A hot topic in homesteading these days is backyard hens and the eggs they will produce for you. Many people are so swept up in the excitement that they stop by the local feed store and pick up some adorable fuzzy chicks and starter feed. This rash thinking can cause...
6 Fall Plants to Get Planted Now

6 Fall Plants to Get Planted Now

The weather is getting colder, but that doesn’t mean your gardening plans are thwarted. There are distinct benefits to planting some things in the autumn months: the temperature is cooler, the soil is still quite warm, there is more moisture in the soil and there are...
6 Unexpected Uses For Oak Trees

6 Unexpected Uses For Oak Trees

When I first bought my homestead there were a couple dozen oak trees in the yard. Unfortunately, they were water oaks. Those are the kind of oaks that spontaneously fall over and crush things. Since I needed sunshine in order to plant my food forest and create my...
6 Ways to Get Your Chicken Coop Ready For Winter

6 Ways to Get Your Chicken Coop Ready For Winter

When it starts getting cold, the chickens need a little extra T.L.C. to keep up egg production. Winterizing your coop can help keep the chickens happy, healthy and producing. How you winterize your coop depends on your geographic location. For instance, those that...
7 Reasons Why You Should Have a Medicinal Garden

7 Reasons Why You Should Have a Medicinal Garden

Growing medicinal plants are a great way to ensure garden sustainability and more notably, have access to natural medicine when you need it most. When I introduced more herbs in my garden, I noticed it had a profound impact on the vegetables and fruits I was growing....
8 Reasons to Become a Yardfarmer

8 Reasons to Become a Yardfarmer

Yardfarmers is a new reality TV/documentary series hybrid for release in Spring 2017. It will follow a diverse set of six young Americans as they move back home with their parents to become yardfarmers. The production crew at Yardfarmers is currently searching for the...
80+ Items You Can Compost

80+ Items You Can Compost

Home composting isn’t just for farmers anymore! The practice is becoming increasingly popular among urban environmentalists who are eager to cut their landfill contributions: from apartment dwellers growing gardens on top of NYC roofing, to folks who participate in...
Another Year Of Gardening Failure (And What I Learned)

Another Year Of Gardening Failure (And What I Learned)

At least someone is winning around here… Failure is part of learning. The kid who learns to ride his bike without falling, read without mispronouncing any words, play football without getting tackled… …doesn’t exist. The trick of failure is learning what it teaches....
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