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What is the Best Mulch to Prevent Weeds?
May 19, 2019 . · Growing

All Photos By Shelley Dedauw The best mulch to prevent weeds depends on where the mulch lies, what else you need it to do…and, of course, cost. What is the …

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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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Building Planter Boxes for Strawberries

By Sue Robishaw – It wasn’t that the old chicken wire covers we’d constructed five years ago didn’t work, they did. I had an idea for building planter boxes that …

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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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Adventures in Orange Oil Ant Killer

By Lisa Jansen Discovering my orange oil ant killer was a triumphant epiphany after a lengthy battle with ants. I’m an old farm girl. As a child, when on our …

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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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Eliminating Weevils in Flour and Rice
March 14, 2019 . · Canning & Kitchen

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 the little bugs …

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Poop for Profit? How to Sell Manure

By Mary O’Malley, Honeysuckle Farm, Silver Spring, Md. Learning how to sell manure can turn an unpleasant byproduct into more than garden gold. When people decide to raise sheep, they’re …

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5 Homestead Animals for Self-Sufficiency
March 14, 2019 . · Homesteading

If your aim is self-sufficiency and you’re not a vegan, you will need a supply of milk, eggs and meat for self-sufficiency. From cow farming to chicken keeping, the peace …

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Shoo Flies from Livestock

By Alexis Griffee As you know, every farm needs to have a pest control program in place, as flies can be far more than just an annoyance. They can be an …

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Farming, to the Nth Degree

By Doug Ottinger, Minnesota Academia, I learned, is not all about laptops and college football games these days. In a few corners around the country, universities and colleges are training …

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Building Bridges With Basil, Rosemary And Yarrow

By Judith Andrews Starting a medicinal herb garden in early spring of 2013 was the beginning of bridge awareness—the bridge between fresh herbs and their equivalent essential oils, between traditional Chinese medicine and …

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The Countryside Tale
March 13, 2019 . · Homesteading

Around 1969, JD Belanger, the founder of this magazine, combined Rabbit World, which was 32 pages long, with Dairy Goat Guide, which was 12 pages, and Countryside, which was 20 pages, …

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An Unconventional Cider Press

By Luke Potrzeba This fall was marked by a bumper crop of apples in my parents’ old apple orchard. When I went to visit them one weekend, we gathered many …

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7 Reasons to Consider a Composting Toilet
March 13, 2019 . · 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 …

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