About the Author

Janet Garman

Janet Garman is a farmer, writer, instructor, and fiber artist living in central Maryland on the family's farm. She loves all subjects related to small farms and homesteading. Raising chickens, ducks, sheep, and fiber goats led her to write her most recent books, 50 Do it Yourself Projects for Keeping Chickens, (Skyhorse Publishing 2018) and The Good Living Guide to Raising Sheep and Other Fiber Animals, (Skyhorse Publishing -February 2019)
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Articles by Janet Garman

Hiring a Farm Sitter for Your Homestead
March 14, 2019 . · Homesteading

Hiring a farm sitter may be a reasonable answer to getting away for vacation while owning a farm or homestead. But who can you call to do what you do …

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Pink Eye in Sheep: Treat or Let it Run its Course?
March 14, 2019 . · Sheep

During show season, pink eye in sheep can be a common livestock issue. Small ruminants easily transmit pink eye from one animal to the next. This highly contagious bacteria is …

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Recognize Signs of Parvo in Your Dog
March 14, 2019 . · Homesteading

Quickly recognizing signs of parvo in your dog greatly increases his chance of full recovery from this fast spreading virus. Any unvaccinated puppy or mature dog is susceptible to a …

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What is Parvo in Dogs?
March 14, 2019 . · Homesteading

What is parvo in dogs? Should you be concerned about this disease if you are raising a farm dog? Canine parvovirus is actually an extremely fast-acting and deadly virus. When …

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Is a Livestock Guardian Dog the Right Choice?
March 14, 2019 . · Homesteading

Using a livestock guardian dog dates back more than 2,000 years. Dogs bred for the purpose of protecting livestock from predators and thieves were necessary when nomadic people roamed thousands of …

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How Bot Fly Larvae Affect Livestock and Farm Income
March 14, 2019 . · Homesteading

Bot fly larvae are a disruptive, destructive threat to your livestock and not something you or the animals want to deal with during the summer months. The bot fly will lay …

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Treating a Dog Paw Pad Injury
March 14, 2019 . · Homesteading

A dog paw pad injury can come from many types of mishaps. Scrapes, cuts, punctures, blisters, and burns are some of the ways a dog paw pad injury can present. A …

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How to Raise a Barn Cat Right
March 14, 2019 . · Homesteading

It’s a tale as old as time. Cats go with barns. Our hard working barn cats are essential as a natural way to get rid of mice. Not only do they …

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Simple Homesteading – How to Start Successfully
March 13, 2019 . · Homesteading

Starting a new homestead can be an overwhelming experience. We start out full of hopes and vision. We look for a better quality of life through simple homesteading. Then the …

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How to Make Peach Jam
March 13, 2019 . · Canning & Kitchen

It’s good to know how to make peach jam before the peaches come into season. Peaches are delicious right off the tree and buying from the orchard is an amazing way …

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Canning Green Beans to Enjoy Later
March 13, 2019 . · Canning & Kitchen

Canning green beans fresh from the garden, preserves the taste of summer. Once you know how to grow green beans, you will want to enjoy the fresh beans all year …

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Best Barns, Chicken Coops, and Hutches for Homesteads
February 26, 2019 . · Fences, Sheds & Barns

Building the best barns, chicken coops, hutches, and other shelters adds value to your homesteading land. How do you know what to pick for housing your animals? With so many …

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Cattle Shed Design for a Small Herd
February 26, 2019 . · Fences, Sheds & Barns

The lure of the wide open range and the romance of ranching may entice you to search cattle breeds and cattle shed design ideas. You live on the east coast or some …

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Selective Cutting and Sustainable Forestry Plans
February 25, 2019 . · Growing

Selective cutting is a term used in the management of forest land. Selective cutting and clear cutting both have a place in the proper management of timber growth. Protecting trees …

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When to Add Perlite Soil to Container Gardens
February 25, 2019 . · Growing

What in the world is perlite soil anyway? Is it organic? I do a lot of container gardening, especially with my herb plants. Since I try to keep things all …

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