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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

What Planting Zone Am I In?
March 1, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites U. S. planting zones are based on the weather history of any given area. The question “what planting zone am I in?” is one of the most …

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Growing Blackberries on Your Homestead
March 1, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites Some of my earliest memories are of picking blackberries growing wild along the dirt roads of home. There aren’t as many wild bushes growing blackberries as there …

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Your Guide to Growing Radishes
March 1, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites Growing radishes is one of the easiest of all gardening tasks. I always suggest novice gardeners grow them because of how easy they are. The success of …

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A Garden Vegetables List for Weight Loss
March 1, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites This garden vegetables list is packed full of easy to grow vegetables to help you reach and maintain a healthy weight. Did you know you can grow …

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Learning to Garden in a New Planting Zone
March 1, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites If you’ve ever had to change gardening zones, then you know what it’s like to unlearn years of gardening techniques and adapt to your new planting zone. …

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Do It Yourself Privacy Fence Tips For Success
February 26, 2019 · · Fences, Sheds & Barns

Add to Favorites In suburban settings, a do it yourself privacy fence may be necessary to shield and protect you from those who live around you. They can also provide …

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Livable Sheds: A Surprising Solution to Affordable Housing
February 26, 2019 · · Fences, Sheds & Barns

Add to Favorites In the spring of 2011, tornadoes ripped through west central Louisiana over the course of several days. These storms left hundreds homeless. A surprising solution was utilized …

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Homestead Security May Include Estate Fencing
February 26, 2019 · · Fences, Sheds & Barns

Add to Favorites Estate fencing is on the rise in the off-grid community. You’re using an off-grid power source: solar, wind, hydro, or your own generator. You’ve removed yourself from …

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Homestead Fencing For Your Garden
February 26, 2019 · · Fences, Sheds & Barns

Add to Favorites When it comes to protecting your garden from being consumed by the local wildlife, homestead fencing options are numerous. We’ve always been DIY fence installation people when …

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4 DIY Ideas for Watering Plants While Away
February 25, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites The holidays and summer mean travel for many people. As a homesteader, you’ve made arrangements for the chores and livestock. What about watering plants while away? Keeping …

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The 6 Best Houseplants for Clean Air Indoors
February 25, 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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Wall-Mounted Planters are Ideal for Herbs and Small Spaces
February 25, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites Are you like me and enjoy fresh herbs? I enjoy the scent wafting from them as they grow indoors. Many wall-mounted planters are designed to take up …

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Recycling Materials on Hand for Compost Bin Plans
February 25, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites There are endless compost bin plans available online. A basic understanding of what components a compost bin must have is essential. Composting is among the easiest, environmentally …

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What is Soil Erosion?
February 25, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites What is soil erosion? You don’t find many homesteaders talking about it. If you research soil erosion, you’ll find information mostly aimed at commercial agricultural farmers, not …

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Improve Your Soil: Know How To Lay Mulch
February 25, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites Mulch, mulch, and then mulch some more. Knowing how to lay mulch is one of the greatest skills any gardener can have. Using organic mulch is how …

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