from-scratch

Cattle Shed Design for a Small Herd
November 11, 2019 · · Fences, Sheds & Barns

Add to Favorites The lure of the wide open range and the romance of ranching may entice you to search cattle breeds and cattle shed design ideas. You live on the east …

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Upping the Ante with Tractor Bucket Attachments

Add to Favorites Scoop, scrape and push are really the only things a tractor bucket was meant to do, but with the right tractor bucket attachments, there’s so much more we can do …

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10 Frugal Homemade Fire Starters for Your Hearth or Emergency Pack
August 27, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites Save money on your survival gear list by making items from scratch. Homemade fire starters combine free or upcycled materials with inexpensive combustibles. Whether you need to …

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How to Build a Goat Barn Using a Prefab Shed

Add to Favorites Goat barns are essential if you raise goats, regardless of what sort of climate you reside in. When I was big into dairy goats, my family had …

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Growing Cherry Tomatoes in Pots is Perfect for Everyone
May 31, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites No matter your location, if you have access to even moderate sun, growing cherry tomatoes in pots is for you. With the right varieties and soil nutrients, …

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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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Handling Lye for Soap and Other Safety Precautions
April 28, 2019 · · Soapmaking

Add to Favorites It is critical to follow a few simple safety precautions when using lye for soap. Proper ventilation, along with gloves and eye protection, will help to prevent …

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How to Make Coconut Oil Soap
April 27, 2019 · · Soapmaking

Sold in several forms, coconut oil is used for cooking, in candies, within lotions and lip balms, and rubbed directly onto dry skin. You can also learn how to make coconut oil soap and harness its cleansing properties.

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Essential Oils, Non-Toxic Bug Repellents and More

Add to Favorites By Melissa Mink, The Homestead Moma To most homesteaders going green, natural or organic means that you are trying to reduce toxins that have crept into your everyday …

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We Came To Our Senses And Now Live Within Our Means

Add to Favorites By Kimberly Hansen, Wisconsin You don’t have to live in the middle of nowhere in order to live the “backwoods life” that most of us dream about, but …

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Why You Should KISS Emergency Preparedness

Add to Favorites By Patrice Lewis, Idaho How many of you are confident the economy is solid, your employment is secure, the value of the dollar is sound and the power …

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Solar Water Heating Off the Grid

Add to Favorites Solar electric systems are getting a lot of exposure these days, capturing media and public attention with massive utility-scale photovoltaic arrays covering acres, entire commercial rooftops covered …

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What to Cook in a Solar Oven
March 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites Several years ago, we added a solar cooker to our homestead tools. We have long, hot summers and cook from scratch every day, which was taxing our …

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Wind Energy Facts: Is Wind Power For You?

Add to Favorites By Dan Fink – My interest in wind energy facts started with a particularly brutal winter up here off-grid in the Colorado mountains at 8,200 feet elevation. It …

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10 Homesteading Blogs That Inspire and Educate
March 13, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites Are you on the hunt for helpful homesteading blogs? You’re in luck. The Countryside Network features some of the most influential homesteading bloggers today. You’ll hear from these knowledgeable bloggers (and …

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