homesteading

Recycling a Deck into Standing Raised Bed
June 24, 2019 . · Growing

Not wanting to add to the landfill, I started drafting up ideas on how I could transform my dilapidated deck into a standing raised bed. It was perfect timing as …

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H-brace Construction For Your Permanent Fence Line

When homesteading or farming with livestock, fencing is arguably one of the most important considerations there are in regards to the containment and safety of your animals. Whether you’re planning …

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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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Hampshire Pig for Meat and Breeding
June 11, 2019 . · Pigs

The Hampshire pig is recognized easily by the wide white belt that continues down the front legs on a black hog. The Hampshire pig is the fourth most recorded breed …

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Top 10 List of Farm Tools and Equipment You Didn’t Know You Wanted

Leading the self-sufficient, homesteading lifestyle can be rewarding as well as trying at times. Over the years of setting fence posts, fixing barns, and repairing equipment, I’ve built a little …

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

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, you can have …

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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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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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Using a 2-Acre Farm Layout to Raise Your Own Meat
May 11, 2019 . · Homesteading

Although the idea of using a two-acre farm layout to raise your own meat is both bewitching and bewildering, by the end of this article, you’ll have a good idea …

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Remote Simplifies DIY Electric Fence Maintenance

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 to the does. …

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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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Protecting Trees From Deer With Cages & Shelters

By Bruce Pankratz – Why should you know about protecting trees from deer? Well, somewhere along the line you have probably heard someone say “the best time to plant a tree …

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Oh, Deer: Keeping Deer Out of Gardens

By Susan Gateley – Whitetail deer are charismatic, beautiful animals as they leap in graceful 20-foot bounds through your neighbor’s bean field. I like to watch them. Lately, I like to …

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Natural Pest Control for Gardens and Farmsteads

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 dirt. The system …

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