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Elderberry Offers Edible and Medicinal Benefits
August 9, 2019 . · Self-Reliance

My first experience with elderberries came when my husband and I moved to the country to build our first home. We purchased land that was pretty much untouched as far …

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Wild Plant Identification: Foraging for Edible Weeds
August 5, 2019 . · Growing

On a sleepy Sunday afternoon, on the grounds of an ex-horse stable, Nate Chetelat presents a wild plant identification tour for a local gardening group. The focus of the tour …

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12 Plants That Keep Away Mosquitoes
July 11, 2019 . · Growing

Growing dual-purpose edible plants that keep away mosquitoes is beneficial and practical. From the annoyance of buzzing in your ears to the threat of Zika and West Nile, mosquitos are …

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How a British Family Constructed Their Own Root Cellar

By Susie Kearley – In Buckinghamshire, England, Ali Freeman and her family, farm an impressive eight acre smallholding with a menagerie of animals and abundant vegetable plots. I went to meet …

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Backyard Bugs: Identifying Insects for Good
March 14, 2019 . · Homesteading

Creep, nuisance, vermin, trouble, and costly are synonymous when identifying insects. It’s a shame, too, because without insects, our world would be very different. Yes, we may all be familiar …

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Natural Aphids Control in Your Garden
March 14, 2019 . · Growing

If you are an avid gardener like I am, likely at some point you will have the need for aphids control. Aphids are a common garden pest that like to …

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Essential Oils, Non-Toxic Bug Repellents and More

By Melissa Mink, The Homestead Moma To most homesteaders going green, natural or organic means that you are trying to reduce toxins that have crept into your everyday products. It can …

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El Niño and La Niña

By Rhonda Crank, The Farmer’s Lamp I’m not a meteorologist magnet; nor am I a weather wizard. But as a sustenance farmer, the weather plays a large part in my life. …

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Wildlife Habitat On The Homestead

By Anita B. Stone, Raleigh, North Carolina With an abundance of rural development, only smaller habitats remain for wildlife to thrive. As homesteaders, we can maintain the balance by serving the land. If you …

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The Dos and Don’ts of Buying a Homestead
March 13, 2019 . · Homesteading

It’s a dream held by many: buying a homestead and getting back to the land, raising children in a wholesome environment or retiring with a slower, simpler life. But what …

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10 Things Kids Learn From Homesteading Today

By Rebekah White from New Life on a Homestead – Homesteading today is an idyllic lifestyle. While days are filled with seemingly never ending lists of tasks, dirt, and literal sweat and tears, it’s …

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8 Laws an Urban Homesteader Must Know
March 13, 2019 . · Homesteading

Today’s urban homesteader can’t just raise food with wild abandon. Not if they want to coexist with neighbors. Being a successful urban homesteader involves researching laws first; it’s a lot …

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What Should be in an EDC Bag?
March 13, 2019 . · Self-Reliance

Every Day Carry or EDC bags are about prepping on the smallest scale. You’re more likely to use what’s inside this kit than your food storage or bug out bags. …

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10 Homesteading Blogs That Inspire and Educate
March 13, 2019 . · Homesteading

Are you on the hunt for helpful homesteading blogs? You’re in luck. The Countryside Network features some of the most influential homesteading bloggers today. You’ll hear from these knowledgeable bloggers (and many more!) on …

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10 Skills for Homesteading Today
March 13, 2019 . · Homesteading

There are many skills to learn about homesteading today. Learning these 10 basic skills will help you on your journey. I know you may feel overwhelmed, but take a deep …

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