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Safely Limbing and Bucking Wood

Add to Favorites By Ben Hoffman Bucking wood isn’t as easy as it looks. Learn how to limb a tree and buck wood safely. Many country folks buy their firewood in long …

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Does Buying Older Farm Equipment Save You Money?

Add to Favorites Buying older farm equipment can be an economical way to get started in the world of farming. Farmers and homesteaders have long been a thrifty bunch, either …

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How a British Family Constructed Their Own Root Cellar

Add to Favorites 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 …

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Avoid Plant Sunburn and Summer Garden Disasters
June 16, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites Plant sunburn, floods, heat and hailstorms. Planning now protects your garden from disaster later. When you started your first garden, did anyone tell you that Mother Nature …

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Selling Homemade Food: Laws and Considerations
June 15, 2019 · · Canning & Kitchen

Add to Favorites Cottage food law is the legal permission or ban on selling homemade food. And it’s gotten a lot of attention lately. Within the past few years, states …

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A Glimpse at Simple Homesteading Life in the 1800s

Add to Favorites By Kathy Belt – In the September/October 2012 issue of Countryside, a reader wanted to know what homesteading life in the 1800s was like. Here’s my reply. I am a …

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Soap Making Techniques: Which is Right for You?
May 22, 2019 · · Soapmaking

Soap making is an old art with changing history. And it’s not all made the same way. Different ingredients, temperatures, and curing times come into play. If you want to learn how to make soap, first decide which soap making techniques you’re most comfortable with using.

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The Top 5 Farm Implements List for Homesteading

Add to Favorites One of, if not the most useful thing any farmer or homesteader owns, is a tractor. Speaking from someone who has always owned a tractor of some …

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

Add to Favorites 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. …

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In Old Small Farm Tractors, Lubrication is Key

Add to Favorites By Dave Boyt – Call me sentimental, but I have a soft spot for old small farm tractors and here’s why. Just a couple of weeks ago, my …

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14 Ways to Cut Costs on the Sheep Farm
May 12, 2019 · · Sheep

Add to Favorites By Marvin R. Gray – With spiraling sheep feed costs and unpredictable fuel prices, flockmasters raising sheep for profit are seeking ways to operate their flocks more profitably and efficiently. Here …

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Remote Simplifies DIY Electric Fence Maintenance

Add to Favorites One morning when my husband and I went out to feed and milk our Nubian goats, we were horrified to discover the bucks paying an unscheduled visit …

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11 Fly Deterrent Tips for Effective Pasture Management

Add to Favorites By Ken Scharabok – Flies can bother livestock to the point they become stressed and growth or overall health is affected. Fly deterrent strategies probably follow the 20/80 rule (20 …

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Building Planter Boxes for Strawberries

Add to Favorites 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 …

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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