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Cheap Fencing Ideas for the Homestead

With the rising costs of fencing materials, we’re always on the lookout for cheap fencing ideas. Fences don’t have to be complex or expensive to do the job.

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12 Tips for Starting a Nursery Business from Home
April 27, 2020 · · Growing

Starting a nursery business from home, whether small or large, means knowing the best ways to propagate and sell plants. I purchased my one-acre homestead for its location, mature trees, and potential to grow rows and rows of vegetables.

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Soil-Borne Pathogens Can Cause Plant Blight and Disease

The crops we grow, especially vegetables, are subject to a number of different diseases and plant blight caused by soil-borne pathogens. Soil is full of organisms — both good and bad. The good organisms include worms, slugs, snails, beetles, ants, and spiders as well as gophers and moles and even snakes.

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How to Vermicompost At Home

Even homesteaders on a tiny urban plot make a lot of waste. Our multi-faceted approach to recycling sends most yard waste through our chickens to start the composting process along with both an outdoor, hot composting system and an indoor worm bin.

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Learn How to Grow Carrots
March 26, 2020 · · Growing

Learning how to grow carrots is easy and rewarding. This versatile addition to the garden is wonderful fresh in so many dishes.

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7 Reasons to Consider a Composting Toilet
January 2, 2020 · · Self-Reliance

Why should you consider a composting toilet? In order to answer this question, it is important to first understand how composting toilets work. True composting toilets optimize the natural microbial decomposition process to fully convert waste into fertilizing soil.

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The Versatile Mint: Peppermint Plant Uses

Peppermint plant uses are endless; this versatile mint does a lot more than make a refreshing drink. Peppermint is indispensable in my herb garden and so vigorous I can pull handfuls up by the roots and it always comes back, as fresh as ever.

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Black Raspberries (Rubus): 2020 Herb of the Year
December 11, 2019 · · Growing

The 2020 Herb of the Year is Rubus which not only includes black raspberries, but red raspberries, blackberries, and dewberries, too. I am going to specifically talk about black raspberries and how to grow, harvest, and store them.

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Eliminating Weevils in Flour and Rice
December 4, 2019 · · Canning & Kitchen

Add to Favorites Their little legs wriggled on my spoon. How harmful could they be? Casting my eyes to each side, I watched for approaching family members as I dropped …

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How to Take Care of a Poinsettia Plant for Years of Blooming
December 1, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites The poinsettia plant has come to represent the holiday season in much of the world. Knowing how to take care of a poinsettia plant can mean years …

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Growing and Marketing Bulb Plants
September 21, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites By Lew Small – Experimenting with new ways to earn an income from our small farm, we recently discovered the possibilities of spring flower bulb plants. We had …

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An Earthy Guide to the Best Composting Toilets

Add to Favorites By Patricia Baird Greene In order to find and follow your own path to the best composting toilet for your family and self-sustaining living situation, it may …

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An Old Fashioned Mustard Pickles Recipe
September 2, 2019 · · Canning & Kitchen

Add to Favorites What do you do with those renegade cucumbers that hide under the vine until suddenly they appear — huge and yellow? You could, of course, relegate them …

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Planting Kale in the Fall Garden

Add to Favorites By Nancy Pierson Farris – Planting kale isn’t just a spring activity in our gardens. When spring crops wilt from summer’s heat, and we have the pantry …

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How Do Blueberries Grow?
August 10, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites How do blueberries grow in my garden when there seems to be so much stacked against them? For the last few years, I have been enjoying homegrown …

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