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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

Cheap Fencing Ideas for the Homestead
January 25, 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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What is the Best Manure for Gardens?
January 18, 2020 · · Growing

The best manure for gardens is properly composted manure. It’s often called black gold, especially when it contains cow manure. When running a homestead, you have many different types of manure.

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7 Things to Consider for Insulated Sheds
January 15, 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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A Free Choice Salt Lick is Vital for Livestock Health
December 20, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites Don’t laugh, I’m sure I’m not the only farm kid who’s done this. When I was a girl I remember licking the salt lick block in the …

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5 Homestead Animals for Self-Sufficiency
December 19, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites 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 …

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How to Clean Creosote From a Wood Stove
December 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites In our home, knowing how to clean creosote from the stove pipe chimney is a job best handled by my wonderful husband. Although I do try to …

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The 6 Best Houseplants for Clean Air Indoors
December 12, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites 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. I have great …

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Breed Profile – The Red Wattle Pig
December 1, 2019 · · Pigs

Add to Favorites The docile Red Wattle Pig has a mysterious history among heritage pig breeds. Sadly, it’s on the Threatened list of The Livestock Conservancy. When you look at the …

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How to Take Care of a Poinsettia Plant for Years of Blooming
December 1, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites 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 …

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How to Grow a Christmas Cactus for Generations of Blooms
November 29, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites Like my grandmother, I have a hard time keeping any houseplant alive. She did know how to grow a Christmas cactus though. Hers was on a plant …

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Which Cover Crops for Gardens Work Best in Your Climate?
November 2, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites 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 …

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7 Steps for Preparing Vegetable Gardens for Winter
October 31, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites By Rhonda Crank 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 …

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The Endangered Large Black Pig
September 3, 2019 · · 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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11 Home Remedies for Bug Bites and Stings
July 29, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites 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 …

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What is the Best Way to Store Firewood?
July 19, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites 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 …

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