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How to Tell If You Have a Healthy SCOBY

Of all the things that couples argue about, I’ll bet the last one you’d ever think of is whether or not you have a healthy SCOBY in your kombucha jug. …

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What is the Best Mulch to Prevent Weeds?
May 19, 2019 . · Growing

All Photos By Shelley Dedauw The best mulch to prevent weeds depends on where the mulch lies, what else you need it to do…and, of course, cost. What is the …

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Cattle Handling 101: Play it Safe

By Heather Smith Thomas – Most accidents with cattle handling occur when people don’t understand cattle behavior and are in the wrong place at the wrong time, or may be …

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Different Types of Housing for Pigs
May 14, 2019 . · Pigs

Just like any other type of livestock, pigs have three basic requirements: food, water, and shelter. Compared to other animals, housing for pigs can be fairly minimal as long as …

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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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A Universal Tractor Maintenance Checklist to Keep Your Tractor Running Well

Using a tractor maintenance checklist is a great way to keep your small farm tractor operating smoothly. For many of us, we’ve come to rely on our tractor, and being …

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11 Fly Deterrent Tips for Effective Pasture Management

By Ken Scharabok – Flies can bother livestock to the point they become stressed and growth or overall health is affected. Fly deterrent strategies probably follow the 20/80 rule (20 percent of the …

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7 Pasture Pig Breeds for the Small Farm
May 1, 2019 . · Pigs

Raising pasture pig breeds is talked about frequently in farming discussions. Not too far back in agrarian history, pasture pig breeds were more common. Keeping a few pigs intended for …

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How to Shear a Sheep and Other Fiber Animals
April 29, 2019 . · Sheep

Learning how to shear a sheep takes practice and time. Before you head out to buy sheep shearing supplies try to observe a professional sheep shearer and ask questions. The …

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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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Know The Importance Of Basic Wilderness Survival Gear

By Jim Cobb, Wisconsin This is the time of year when families begin planning summer vacations. Quite often, those trips involve spending some quality time out in the forests and …

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Preventing Unwarranted Aggression in Livestock Guardian Dogs

By Mary Jane Oelke For many years I kept registered French Alpine milk goats and along with this endeavor, I acquired a Great Pyrenees livestock guard dog. One of my …

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Adventures in Orange Oil Ant Killer

By Lisa Jansen Discovering my orange oil ant killer was a triumphant epiphany after a lengthy battle with ants. I’m an old farm girl. As a child, when on our …

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Aphids and Ants on Apple Trees!

By Paul Wheaton & Suzy Bean If you have infestations of ants on apple trees, you could also have an aphid problem. I got home from a long trip for work and …

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

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 seeds into cold …

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