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

Calving Signs – Being Ready to Assist
February 19, 2019 . · Cattle

When calving signs become evident, be prepared to assist when things aren’t progressing as they should. Know the stages of labor and how to react. When your cow is nearing full …

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Sow Care During Farrowing and Lactation
February 15, 2019 . · Pigs

Sow care during gestation, farrowing and lactation is the key to healthier piglets. When piglets have a strong start in life they are more likely to thrive, develop quickly, and …

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Farm Piglets for Sale in Today’s Market
February 15, 2019 . · Pigs

Finding you have extra farm piglets for sale can happen occasionally. Pig breeders have a product that is more popular at certain times of the year. It may be that more people show …

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A Pig Feeding Guide for Raising Hogs
February 15, 2019 . · Pigs

Many times the only pig feeding guide you can find states that pigs can eat everything. While this may be true, pigs shouldn’t necessarily eat everything. Most homesteaders are raising …

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Important Piglet Care Facts to Know
February 15, 2019 . · Pigs

What kind of piglet care should you be prepared for when raising pigs? Fortunately, the sow normally does all of the hard work for you. There are a few piglet …

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Castrating Pigs, Lambs, and Goat Kids
February 15, 2019 . · Pigs

Castrating pigs and other livestock is often done right on the farm. The supplies needed are found in a farm first aid box. Healing usually occurs without complication. When you …

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Raising Piglets – Off to a Successful Start
February 15, 2019 . · Pigs

Your first time raising piglets is about to start. The sow you cared for is ready to farrow. When the sow begins to ready for farrowing pigs, she will stay more to herself. This …

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How the Bot Fly Causes Warbles in Rabbits
February 13, 2019 . · Homesteading

Bot fly symptoms in rabbits show up after the Cuterebra fly deposits an egg on the skin of the rabbit. It is one of the rabbit facts you should know …

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Dyeing Wool Yarn Differs from Dyeing Cotton
February 11, 2019 . · Homesteading

Dyeing wool yarn is one of my favorite pastimes. Experimenting with different plant sources from nature can yield an amazing range of color. Since we raise sheep and fiber goats, …

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How to Choose Between Natural Dyes or Acid Dyes
February 11, 2019 . · Homesteading

Natural dyes have been used for centuries creating color from plants, insects, fungus, and minerals. Certain colors denoted higher social classes and wealth because they were harder to obtain. In …

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Choosing Yarn for Rigid Heddle Loom Weaving Projects
February 11, 2019 . · Homesteading

When learning to weave, the rigid heddle loom is a good choice. It’s easy to work and you will quickly master the basics of weaving. Plus, setting it up isn’t …

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Solar Dyeing Wool Using Natural Plants
February 11, 2019 . · Homesteading

Solar dyeing wool with natural dyes is a simple procedure that yields beautiful results. The process is fairly safe so the whole family can enjoy the experiment. Solar dyeing involves …

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Natural Dyes for Wool and Clothing
February 11, 2019 . · Homesteading

Natural dyes for wool have been used for hundreds of years. Harvesting plants and extracting the color from the leaves, berries, and flowers is an enjoyable way to gather color today, …

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How to Crochet a Scarf
February 11, 2019 . · Homesteading

When you know how to crochet a scarf you have the foundation of skills needed to create blankets and clothing from yarn. Learning how to crochet a scarf or knit …

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How to Spin Wool Using a Commercial Mill
February 11, 2019 . · Homesteading

Learning how to spin wool using a commercial mill is an option. When we first began raising fiber and wool animals, I had grand dreams of producing yarn myself.  I …

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