animals

Bring Back Life to Your Soil with Organic Gardening

Add to Favorites By Kay Wolfe Organic food has become widely popular in recent years and in part has fueled the success of local farmer’s markets. Maybe you’ve even thought …

Read More
Composting And Compost Bin Designs

Add to Favorites By Kenny Coogan With spring cleaning behind us, it is time to start the odd jobs of summer. Composting is a fundamental aspect of homesteading and is …

Read More
Kitchen Scraps and Coffee Grounds for Plants
February 25, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites Composting isn’t always a fine art. Sometimes, it just means saving coffee grounds for plants and dumping them on the soil. When I started my first garden …

Read More
How to Revive Soil with Organic Gardening

Add to Favorites By Kay Wolfe Knowing how to revive soil and encourage beneficial microbial growth are keys to healthy produce. And it can be done with organic gardening. Organic …

Read More
Unintended Consequences of Lawn Herbicides

Add to Favorites By Aleisha Djuricic, Wisconsin, Zone 5B Lawn herbicides don’t just kill weeds. All broadleaf plants can be damaged. My modest urban homestead is located a short distance from the …

Read More
5 Reasons to Start Garden Composting in Planter Boxes
February 25, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites Fall means yard cleanup. Organic debris becomes garden compost. But small spaces might not have room for composters or piles. Garden composting directly within planter boxes solves …

Read More
Fertilizer Numbers and the Basics of Fertilizing Vegetables
February 25, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites Fertilizer numbers are something that I learned about when I was a biology major in college. Both my chemistry and biology classes taught me the importance of …

Read More
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 …

Read More
Understanding Your Soil: How to Check Soil pH Level
February 25, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites Knowing how to check soil pH levels in your garden is the first step to having the healthiest soil you can produce. For most of us, especially …

Read More
The K.I.S.S. Approach to How to Make Compost

Add to Favorites By Mark Staneart – I imagine I first heard the word “compost” about 40 years ago. Around the same time, I first encountered the word “organic.” Since …

Read More
Digging Holes 101

Add to Favorites Since the dawn of agrarian culture, we’ve been inventing and reinventing ways to keep domesticated animals contained. Many things in our culture have radically changed such as …

Read More
Ketosis And The Family Cow

Add to Favorites By Kay Wolfe, Texas If you have a family milk cow, chances are you have experienced ketosis or you will. Ketosis is a metabolic disorder that affects …

Read More
Prevention Key to Defend Against Pinkeye in Cattle
February 19, 2019 · · Cattle

Add to Favorites No, it’s not a new fashion trend, nor is it something your kid (goat or human) gave your cow, but pinkeye is a serious disease that can …

Read More
Beef Composites and Breed Definition

Add to Favorites By Heather Smith Thomas — Today we frequently hear the terms crossbred, hybrid, composite, synthetic—when referring to breed definition—and we often wonder exactly what these terms mean. Some …

Read More
How to Talk to Consumers About Grass-fed Beef Benefits
February 19, 2019 · · Cattle

Add to Favorites With Spencer Smith – The key to talking about grass-fed beef benefits is understanding why a conscientious consumer is interested in grass-fed/finished beef. Consumers tend to choose grass-fed/finished …

Read More