Lye Pockets in Soap: How to Save a Botched Batch
February 16, 2020 · · Soapmaking

Lye pockets in soap can occur when a batch of soap separates. This separation can be due to overheating, insufficient mixing, or misbehavior caused by a fragrance or essential oil.

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When Limping is Not a Sign of Sheep Foot Rot
February 15, 2020 · · Sheep

Don’t you just love how sheep keep teaching us what we never knew we needed to know? The past lambing season was one in which I got an advanced education in “Sheep Feet 101.”

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A Simple Raised Bed Design
February 14, 2020 · · Growing

About a year ago, my wife and I moved across the country to acreage in Wisconsin. While we have many plans for the land, our immediate short-term goals were as follows: 1) Convert the existing garden into a chicken run and renovate a chicken coop, 2) Build raised beds close to the back of the house so the whole family can enjoy growing their favorite veggies and herbs.

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Dealing with Diphtheria in Calves
February 13, 2020 · · Cattle

Diphtheria in calves is generally more serious — and more noticeable — than in adult cattle. Diphtheria is an upper respiratory disease and is an infection and/ or inflammation of the vocal folds of the larynx (voice box) at the back of the throat.

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How to Make a DIY Barrel Smoker
February 12, 2020 · · Self-Reliance

Barbecue competitors know all about building a DIY barrel smoker. Smokers can be built from many different humble beginnings.

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Soap Making Troubleshooting
February 12, 2020 · · Soapmaking

Part of the art of creating good soap is being able to control the batter and produce a consistently pleasing result. Granted, most soap mistakes can be salvaged to create usable, if not beautiful soap.

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Recycling a Deck into Standing Raised Bed
February 12, 2020 · · Growing

Not wanting to add to the landfill, I started drafting up ideas on how I could transform my dilapidated deck into a standing raised bed. It was perfect timing as I wanted to expand my vegetable gardening, which was limited to a back corner of my property due to my poultry.

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How to Make Lard from Pork Fat
February 10, 2020 · · Homesteading

Leaning how to make lard is not only easy, but it saves money and is healthier for you than store-bought lard because you know where your pig fat came from.

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Choosing Dairy Cow Breeds for Your Farm
February 10, 2020 · · Cattle

Dairy cow breeds are numerous. How do we know the right breed for our farm or family situation?

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Natural Ways to Get Rid of Mice
February 9, 2020 · · Homesteading

For the safest, most natural ways to get rid of mice, start with the most minimum impact and work up from there. I have a friend who insists on using only the level of protection necessary in a situation.

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