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DIY Fence Installation and Maintenance on the Homestead

By Heather Smith Thomas – When building a new fence, you need to consider whether to go with DIY fence installation or hire it to be done. Probably the most crucial …

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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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Enjoy Egg Whites for Skin Tone with Egg Soap
July 18, 2019 . · Soapmaking

There are many recipes using egg whites for skin, as it is a natural and effective astringent and pore tightener. Astringents are ingredients that tighten the skin and give a …

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How to Make Milk Soap: Tips to Try
July 7, 2019 . · Soapmaking

Learning how to make milk soap provides another use for that excess goat milk. It’s not as hard as you’ve probably heard! It’s a popular misconception that making soap with …

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Conserving Romeldale CVM Sheep
July 7, 2019 . · Sheep

By the National Romeldale CVM Conservancy – In 1915, A.T. Spencer purchased New Zealand Romney rams from the Panama-Pacific International Exposition (the 1915 World’s Fair) in San Francisco. The prized rams …

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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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Feeding a Pig (For Market)

By Mel Dickinson – The spring and summer are a great time to bring pigs onto your farm or homestead. Within a few months, it is possible to have homegrown …

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Safely Limbing and Bucking Wood

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 lengths and then …

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Does Buying Older Farm Equipment Save You Money?

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 out of necessity …

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What Can Pigs Eat Out of Your Garden?
June 26, 2019 . · Pigs

One common question I get is “What can pigs eat out of my garden?” The short answer to this question is pigs can eat pretty much anything, and a better …

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How to Start a Cattle Farm on Small Acreage
June 23, 2019 . · Cattle

Learning how to start a cattle farm throws you into the deep end of the homesteading pool. Cattle are large beasts and require strong fencing, water, grazing land or feed …

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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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Jewelweed Soap: An Effective Poison Ivy Remedy
June 19, 2019 . · Soapmaking

Jewelweed soap is fun to make this time of year, when the plant is just starting to send up tender, young shoots full of soothing juice. Jewelweed uses lots of …

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5 Homestead Animals for Self-Sufficiency
June 17, 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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Avoid Plant Sunburn and Summer Garden Disasters
June 16, 2019 . · Growing

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 might rake her …

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