herbs

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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How Do Greenhouses Work?
June 16, 2019 . · Growing

Getting an answer to “how do greenhouses work?” will help you choose the most productive location, building and interior resources for your homestead’s greenhouse. Greenhouses are useful for growing produce …

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Natural Ways to Get Rid of Mice
June 5, 2019 . · Homesteading

For the safest, most natural ways to get rid of mice, start with the most minimum impact and work up from there. I have a friend who insists on using …

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Can You Make Goat Milk Soap Without Handling Lye?
May 25, 2019 . · Soapmaking

The idea of making goat milk soap without handling lye is certainly appealing, but the truth is that somewhere along the line, someone has had to use lye in order …

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A Glimpse at Simple Homesteading Life in the 1800s

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 bit of 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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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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A Guide to the Best Survival Foods
May 7, 2019 . · Self-Reliance

Emergency survival and preparation is a hot topic right now. You’ll find many articles online regarding what foods should be on your survival items list. Some are better for long-term storage …

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A Simple Raised Bed Design
May 4, 2019 . · Growing

By Jeff Merkle – About a year ago, my wife and I moved across the country to acreage in Wisconsin. While we have many plans for the land, our immediate …

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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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12 Plants That Keep Away Mosquitoes
April 23, 2019 . · Growing

Growing dual-purpose edible plants that keep away mosquitoes is beneficial and practical. From the annoyance of buzzing in your ears to the threat of Zika and West Nile, mosquitos are …

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3 Natural Home Remedies for Fleas

Home remedies for fleas don’t have to be expensive, smelly or toxic. When I was a veterinary technician 20-odd years ago, the number one query of most of our clients …

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How to Treat Foot Rot in Cattle, Goats, and Sheep
March 14, 2019 . · Homesteading

Thrush and an overgrowth of yeast are often behind a case of foot rot in cattle and other livestock. Foot rot in cattle and all livestock needs to be taken …

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Straw Vs Hay: What’s the Difference?
March 14, 2019 . · Homesteading

When it comes to straw vs hay for your backyard chickens and livestock, there are definite advantages to each. We raise horses and ducks on our small hobby farm, and …

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Healing Herbs For Herding Dogs

By Judith Toth Bigham, Ohio Although herding is first and foremost an agricultural enterprise it has in recent years “morphed” into a competitive sport that attracts enthusiasts from all walks of life. Even confirmed “urbanites” …

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