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Rhonda Crank

We live as close to nature as is possible for us in a modern world. We use organic, non-gmo practices based on the wisdom and skills my grandparents taught me, with a little modern ingenuity mixed in.
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Articles by Rhonda Crank

How to Take Care of a Poinsettia Plant for Years of Blooming
December 4, 2020 · · Growing

The poinsettia plant has come to represent the holiday season in much of the world. Knowing how to take care of a poinsettia plant can mean years of growth and blooming.

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How to Grow a Christmas Cactus for Generations of Blooms
December 1, 2020 · · Growing

Like my grandmother, I have a hard time keeping any houseplant alive. She did know how to grow a Christmas cactus though.

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The 6 Best Houseplants for Clean Air Indoors
November 18, 2020 · · Growing

We’re all aware of the rising health risks from indoor air pollution. It can be frightening and we may feel helpless to protect ourselves.

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7 Things to Consider for Insulated Sheds
October 29, 2020 · · Fences, Sheds & Barns

Sheds are used for all sorts of things nowadays. Many of these uses would make insulated sheds a necessity. Certain things, like electronics and specialty

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Which Cover Crops for Gardens Work Best in Your Climate?
October 22, 2020 · · Growing

When it comes to cover crops for gardens, the list of benefits is extensive. Choosing the best cover crop to accomplish the job in your climate is where most people run into difficulty.

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Cheap Fencing Ideas for the Homestead
October 11, 2020 · · Fences, Sheds & Barns

With the rising costs of fencing materials, we’re always on the lookout for cheap fencing ideas. Fences don’t have to be complex or expensive to do the job.

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7 Steps for Preparing Vegetable Gardens for Winter
October 10, 2020 · · Growing

Our farm, Fairhaven Farm, is in U.S. growing zone 8, so we are able to have a garden pretty much year-round. Late January and February is the most down time we see.

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Breed Profile – The Red Wattle Pig
September 1, 2020 · · Pigs

The docile Red Wattle Pig has a mysterious history among heritage pig breeds. Sadly, it’s on the Threatened list of The Livestock Conservancy.

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What is the Best Way to Store Firewood?
July 2, 2020 · · Self-Reliance

You’ve put in all the hard work of chopping the tree, splitting the wood, and now you’re ready to stack it for storage. But what is the best way to store firewood?

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A Guide to the Best Trees for Firewood
May 7, 2020 · · Self-Reliance

All of us who live off of renewable energy have to know what are the best trees for firewood. After all, if you’re going to put in the time to cut, split and properly store firewood, you want to know you’re being as efficient as possible.

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11 Home Remedies for Bug Bites and Stings
April 17, 2020 · · Self-Reliance

Let’s face it, no one likes to be bitten or stung. The itching, stinging, burning, painful response our bodies have to bites and stings can even be uncomfortable.

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5 Homestead Animals for Self-Sufficiency
April 6, 2020 · · Homesteading

If your aim is self-sufficiency and you’re not a vegan, you will need a supply of milk, eggs and meat for self-sufficiency. From cow farming to chicken keeping, the peace of mind and satisfaction you gain from raising your own animals can’t be matched.

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The Endangered Large Black Pig
March 16, 2020 · · Pigs

Add to Favorites Native to Cornwall, Somerset, and Devon in England, the Large Black pig is often referred to as the “dog” among pig breeds. This is because of its …

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Your Guide to Growing Radishes
February 27, 2020 · · Growing

Growing radishes is one of the easiest of all gardening tasks. I always suggest novice gardeners grow them because of how easy they are.

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Your Guide to Growing Lettuce in Containers
February 25, 2020 · · Growing

For years I struggled with how and when to grow lettuce. So, I decided to try growing lettuce in containers.

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