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What is the Best Way to Store Firewood?
July 19, 2019 . · Self-Reliance

You’ve put in all the hard work of chopping the tree, splitting the wood, and now you’re ready to stack it for storage. But what is the best way to …

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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 Build a Foundation for a Shed

Knowing how to build a foundation for a shed is the all-important first step of adding barn space to your farm or homestead. Laying a strong foundation for any project …

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Don’t Panic! Recognize and Treat Lyme Disease Symptoms

By Anne Hart, Ohio With approximately 300,000 new cases of Lyme disease in the U.S. each year, the search for knowledge about Lyme disease symptoms is increasing. Although several different types …

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A Guide to the Best Greenhouse Plants
June 30, 2019 . · Growing

After years of putting our gardens in the ground, we decided to build our own greenhouse and pick out the best greenhouse plants for extending our growing season. Our three …

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Vertical Farming Grows Skyward

By Anita B. Stone — Vertical farming has surged in urban areas for one big reason: you can grow a lot of food on just a little dirt. It is estimated …

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Building Elevated Planter Boxes for Easier Gardening

By Anita B. Stone Building elevated planter boxes helps bring plants closer. They’re great for children, disabled gardeners, or the elderly. Gardening can be an incredibly rewarding task, but sometimes …

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Does Buying Older Farm Equipment Save You Money?

Buying older farm equipment can be an economical way to get started in the world of farming. Farmers and homesteaders have long been a thrifty bunch, either out of necessity …

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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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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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How a British Family Constructed Their Own Root Cellar

By Susie Kearley – In Buckinghamshire, England, Ali Freeman and her family, farm an impressive eight acre smallholding with a menagerie of animals and abundant vegetable plots. I went to meet …

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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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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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A DIY Mobile Sheep Shelter

By Carole West – Do you really need a barn for small livestock? This was a question I pondered before we acquired sheep. I came to the realization that most sheep …

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Raising Highland Cattle for Beef

By Gloria Asmussen – “As cute as they look, that is as good as they taste.” That statement is something I live by. Raising Highland cattle since 1990 has not only …

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