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How to Get Rid of Bagworms
March 14, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites You may be wondering how to get rid of bagworms that you’re finding on trees in your yard. The first step is to make sure what you’re …

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Garden Hoops: Low Tunnels for Frost and Insect Protection
March 14, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites When you’re itching to get your hands dirty, garden hoops can extend the season enough to avoid disaster. Midway between full-sized greenhouses and the gamble of throwing …

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How to Make a Scarecrow That Actually Works

Add to Favorites By Nathan Griffith – The best yields and the best quality of corn come from planting short-, mid- and long-season varieties all at once, not from planting …

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Natural Pest Control for Gardens and Farmsteads

Add to Favorites 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 …

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Holistic Management On A Pasture Dairy

Add to Favorites By Heather Smith Thomas Ron Holter is the fifth generation on a dairy farm near Jefferson, Maryland, in Middletown Valley. “The land was originally purchased in 1889 by my great-great-granddad,” he …

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Become a Horse Farmer
March 14, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites Ralph Rice is about to live his life-long dream — to become a full-time horse farmer. At age 56 years, Ralph is on target to retire from …

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Farm Poo Paper: Don’t Pooh Pooh It!
March 14, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites Why on Earth would you make paper out of farm feces? Turns out there are a lot of reasons. Typically, with normal paper which comes from trees, …

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Diagnosing Snakebite Symptoms in Horses and Livestock

Add to Favorites By Heather Smith Thomas – It’s important to know the various snakebite symptoms in case you need to take action in a quick manner. Horses and cattle …

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Horse Hoof Abscess Treatment

Add to Favorites By Heather Smith Thomas – Your horse is suddenly lame, with heat and swelling above the hoof. These signs might mean an abscess — a pocket of …

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Treating a Dog Paw Pad Injury
March 14, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites A dog paw pad injury can come from many types of mishaps. Scrapes, cuts, punctures, blisters, and burns are some of the ways a dog paw pad injury …

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Owning a Horse 101

Add to Favorites If you are new to country living and are just beginning to look for a horse, it is probably time to take a long and honest look …

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A First Aid Kit for Rural Living
March 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites Using a first aid kit contents checklist is an excellent way to build a customized emergency kit, but with so many lists on the internet, which do …

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Surviving Spring Power Outages
March 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites It’s all fun and games until the lights go out. Losing power during the summer is hot, sweaty, and miserable. You hold glasses of milk against your perspiring …

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Property Site Planning Around the Sun

Add to Favorites Story & Photos By Ben Hoffman, Maine Many years ago, I borrowed a book from a landscape architect and remember a paragraph in the preface about how …

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Adding a Metal Roof
March 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites I built my house in the 90’s, and my roof is showing its age. I am finding a lot of asphalt particles in the gutter. And when …

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