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The Care of Aging Guardian Dogs

By Brenda M. Negri Livestock Guardian Dog (LGD) research studies have shown that a working LGD often suffers a short lifespan, the average full time working flock protector dying well …

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How to Store Firewood: Try Low-Cost, High-Efficiency Racks

By Ed McClearen, Fleetwood, North Carolina – One thing we have in abundance here in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina is firewood. Last winter, we noticed that the …

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11 Home Remedies for Bug Bites and Stings
July 29, 2019 . · Self-Reliance

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 uncomfortable. I had …

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What Size Generator Do I Need for My Farm, Ranch or Off-Grid Home?
July 28, 2019 . · Self-Reliance

When most people think of Connecticut they envision a state covered in pavement and cramped little houses stacked on top of one another, but nothing could be farther from the …

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

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 best way to …

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Prepare Livestock Guardian Dogs For Summer

Originally published in the May/June 2017 issue of Sheep! magazine. Subscribe for more great stories!  ©2016 Brenda M. Negri Cinco Deseos Ranch LGDs www.lgdnevada.com Longer and warmer days are often …

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The Best Small Farm Tractor Buyer’s Guide

When you’re looking for the best small farm tractor for your farm or homestead, you may gravitate toward the tractors of yore; Ford 9Ns, Farmall Cubs, Fordsons, and the such. …

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10 Frugal Homemade Fire Starters for Your Hearth or Emergency Pack
June 2, 2019 . · Self-Reliance

Save money on your survival gear list by making items from scratch. Homemade fire starters combine free or upcycled materials with inexpensive combustibles. Whether you need to start a fire …

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Designing Your Ideal Homesteading Land

By Ken Wilson – Homesteading land is neither a farm nor a rural residence; therefore, it presents design challenges that are different from the others. A rural residence is basically nothing more …

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A Guide to the Best Trees for Firewood
May 2, 2019 . · Self-Reliance

All of us who live off of renewable energy have to know what are the best trees for firewood. After all, if you’re going to put in the time to …

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A Complete Guide to How to Compost at Home

By Frederick C. Michel, Jr., Joe E. Heimlich, & Harry A. J. Hoitink – If you are interested in learning how to compost at home, here is some helpful advice. Mow …

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Handling Lye for Soap and Other Safety Precautions
April 28, 2019 . · Soapmaking

It is critical to follow a few simple safety precautions when using lye for soap. Proper ventilation, along with gloves and eye protection, will help to prevent any kitchen mishaps …

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How to Make Coconut Oil Soap
April 27, 2019 . · Soapmaking

Sold in several forms, coconut oil is used for cooking, in candies, within lotions and lip balms, and rubbed directly onto dry skin. You can also learn how to make coconut oil soap and harness its cleansing properties.

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Natural Pest Control for Gardens and Farmsteads

By John Blum – An “ecosystem” can be very large or very small. The (ecological) system needed to support a colony of bacteria may be a pound of dirt. The system …

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Firewood Management 101
March 13, 2019 . · Self-Reliance

Wood-splitting tools have enabled homesteaders to survive and thrive for centuries. Just like many of today’s tools we use on the homestead, there have been some marked improvements since the …

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