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Preserve Recipes Turn a Bountiful Harvest Into Holiday Gifts
August 25, 2019 · · Canning & Kitchen

Want to avoid the traffic, crowded stores, and expensive prices when shopping for holiday gifts? Here’s how. Use these preserve recipes to keep seasonal foods when they’re at their peak. You …

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Coloring Soap Naturally
August 16, 2019 · · Soapmaking

When learning how to make homemade soap, will you use dyes, micas, or try coloring soap naturally? There are many ways to achieve beautiful colors in your handmade soaps. Some …

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How to Store Firewood: Try Low-Cost, High-Efficiency Racks

By Ed McClearen, Fleetwood, North Carolina – One thing we have in abundance here in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina is firewood. Last winter, we noticed that the …

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Raising Pigs for Profit
August 10, 2019 · · Pigs

Finding the best return on your investment when raising pigs for profit is the ultimate goal. Piglets are cute and fun to watch, but they grow quickly and require a …

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How Do Blueberries Grow?
August 10, 2019 · · Growing

How do blueberries grow in my garden when there seems to be so much stacked against them? For the last few years, I have been enjoying homegrown blueberries. Not an …

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How to Make a DIY Barrel Smoker
August 1, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Barbecue competitors know all about building a DIY barrel smoker. Smokers can be built from many different humble beginnings. These cookers are meant to prepare all different types of meat …

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Best Dairy Sheep Breeds for a Farm
July 28, 2019 · · Sheep

There are a few dairy sheep breeds you could add to your farm. The East Friesian sheep is considered the best breed of dairy sheep by researchers. The milk yield …

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Castrating Pigs, Lambs, and Goat Kids
July 25, 2019 · · Pigs

Castrating pigs and other livestock is often done right on the farm. The supplies needed are found in a farm first aid box. Healing usually occurs without complication. When you …

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Tornado Safety Tips to Keep You Ahead of the Storm

By Amy G. Hadachek – “We have a tornado warning!” I yelled to our storm chasing team. “A tornado warning is now in effect until 7:30 pm,” squawked the automated voice …

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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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Ballast: The Tractor Tire Fluids Rundown

Since the day tractor manufacturers moved from steel wheel traction to tire on wheel configurations, farmers have added tractor tire fluids to their equipment to add traction weight, counterbalance and …

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A Pig Feeding Guide for Raising Hogs
July 14, 2019 · · Pigs

Many times the only pig feeding guide you can find states that pigs can eat everything. While this may be true, pigs shouldn’t necessarily eat everything. Most homesteaders are raising …

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How to Build a Portable Pig Feeder

In 2017, I raised two pigs as an experiment. I wanted to see how much work and cost goes into raising feeder pigs. The final cost of the pork was …

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The Shocking Truth About Electric Fencing for Sheep

By John Kirchhoff – People have mixed feelings about the use of electric fencing for sheep and other livestock. For people unfamiliar with them, the word “electric fence” conjures up images …

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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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